Is parallax scrolling bad for your website?

You may be very familiar with the term “parallax scrolling” or you might just be hearing it for the first time, regardless, if you’ve browsed the web in the past four years you’ve certainly encountered it at some point. Parallax …

Monday 10 July 2017 | Design

Where and when should you use a hero banner?

Hero banners are great. They are perfect for conveying the mission statement of your website through strong visuals and a large tagline. They’re almost like billboards in the digital era, but they are one step better as they also have …

Wednesday 14 June 2017 | Design

It’s time to make your site retina ready

Some members of the digital communications team have updated their hardware. Right now, I’m rocking around the internet using a 2K “built-in retina display” monitor and the best comparison I can make to how it feels is when you put …

Tuesday 16 May 2017 | Design

Correct and incorrect use of the University of St Andrews logo

The strength of the University of St Andrews logo is dependent on its consistent application, which means that the correct logo graphic must always be used without any modifications or additions. As well as not modifying or adding to the …

Monday 13 February 2017 | Design

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 …

Monday 21 November 2016 | Design

Should links open in new tabs?

No they shouldn’t. Here’s why.

Friday 9 September 2016 | Design

Why we don’t use video backgrounds

The release of HTML5 in 2014 introduced a standard way to embed videos directly on a web page, rather than needing to use a plug-in such as Flash. With an easier way to embed videos, using video backgrounds on web …

Tuesday 6 September 2016 | Design

Standardising the use of Google Maps

Look through the University’s website and you’ll find that there’s a wide variety of map styles being used. With things like map size, marker colour, how marker information is displayed (information window) and many other features varying throughout the site. …

Friday 12 August 2016 | Design

Browser wars 2016

We are presented with a plethora of options when it comes to browsers and devices to access the web with, but which ones do the world at large use? Does this make a difference in how we design and build …

Tuesday 9 August 2016 | Design

Canva: the design tool for non-designers

Canva is an online graphic design tool that allows users to create their own designs for a variety of purposes, including: social media posts (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr) blog images PowerPoint presentations print material (such as invitations, …

Friday 29 July 2016 | Design