Web designer within the University of St Andrews digital communications team. A graduate of Abertay University (BA Hons Computer Arts, 2012), Lewis joined the digital communications team in 2013 during the re-design of the admissions website which lead to the new visual design for the University website. Lewis is a jack of all trades when it comes to design and media. You'll mainly find him burrowed in the depths of Photoshop meticulously crafting designs to pixel perfection.

Keep your social media content relevant to your audience

Whether personal or corporate, social media channels develop their own voice and tone. Audiences don’t want brands talking to them as if they were dollar signs. They subscribe to channels with an expectation of authentic communication.
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5 of the best international calling and texting apps

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Ring, ring. Remember these things? You probably don’t since they were so last century.

Smartphones have completely revolutionised the way we communicate with one another over the past decade, subsequently rendering cord-tethered landlines a thing of the past — for better or worse.
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Implementing UniStats’s KIS widget into our design

What is the KIS widget?

Unistats is the official site to search for, and compare, data and information about university and college courses from across the UK. Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of data about full or part time undergraduate courses catered to meet the needs of prospective students.

KIS data is published on the Unistats website and can be accessed via an ad banner on the course web pages of universities and colleges. You can see the KIS widget on the St Andrews course search pages, such as this Art History one – just click into the ‘Overview’ section.
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Skype vs FaceTime vs Google Hangouts

In this digital age, we sometimes forget that we’re living in a sci-fi future where calling someone via videophone is now a normal everyday occurrence. Video calling services have been improving over the past decade and the rise of mobile devices and 3G / 4G internet connectivity has made them more accessible.

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Do you really need an app for that?

This blog post will be referencing statements from Rob Borley‘s talk at IWMW 2012 on the requirement for mobile apps and reflecting upon them with trends from 2016.

It’s a known fact that as of last year, handheld devices are now the most popular way to browse the web. In response to this, many organisations have optimised and re-designed their websites so that all of their content can be accessed on all handheld devices, including us.

Mobile devices are now a constant gateway to access online content and we see them as our digital companions to complete everyday tasks. If you have a smartphone, then it’s likely that you’re never more than a few feet away from it. It’s quite a bizarre relationship.

When smartphones started increasing in popularity in 2010, the word “app” was culturally redefined to describe software designed to fulfil a particular purpose downloaded by a user to a mobile device. The necessity to have an app boomed. Continue reading “Do you really need an app for that?”