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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

Instagram’s new look

Fans of the gram will have noticed something different recently. Instagram got a new look, including a modernised logo and simplified user interface (UI).

9 June 2016Design Social Media

The digital pattern library is platform agnostic

At the University of St Andrews we have a digital framework called the digital pattern library (DPL), which is used to make the University digital presence consistent across the website. We primarily build in TerminalFour Site Manager but it’s not the only platform we build websites for and we aren’t the only ones making digital products…

25 April 2016Design

Why are we making the website responsive?

What is a responsive website? A responsive website is a flexible one that works across all platforms, screen sizes and orientations, and responds to the user’s behaviour (e.g. screen tilting). Fluid, proportion-based grids are used with flexible images, thus providing optimal user experience across all devices. Josh Clark’s Content is like water illustration is useful…

21 April 2016Design