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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 new prescription glasses on for the first time. The clarity is remarkable. However, viewing the…

16 May 2017Design

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 logo in any way, it should always retain the original proportions when resizing the logo…

13 February 2017Design

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…

21 November 2016Design

Should links open in new tabs?

No they shouldn’t. Here’s why.

9 September 2016Design Usability

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 pages is becoming a more familiar design trend.

6 September 2016Design

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. Standardisation Most of the maps on our site are already using Google Maps but they…

12 August 2016Design

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 websites? This can be a rather math heavy topic, with various percentages and such, so…

9 August 2016Design

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, posters or menus).

29 July 2016Design

What is flat design?

The digital world today is dominated by flat design. But what exactly is flat design? Where did it come from, and is it here to stay? In this post, I break down the ins and outs of flat design according to five useful articles:

22 July 2016Design

How new design has affected University news

In June 2016 we launched a new homepage that was more focused on external visitors. It introduced the idea of news and events being highlighted on a limited number of ’tiles’. The aim was to selectively promote specific news and events rather than than just a list of the past ten press releases and the next…

23 June 2016Design