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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.

Lewis Wake

Flaws in UX design standards: Empty states

An empty state is something that is easily overlooked by inexperienced designers, however, they can be an important factor when it comes to an app’s overall user experience. Sometimes designers see error messages and…

Flaws in UX design standards: Tutorial overlays

Onboarding is a new territory within UX design that is essentially how efficient it is for a new user to board your product or service. It’s about allowing the user to make an easy entrance. Recently, users are likely…

Flaws in UX design standards: Icons

Due to limited screen estate, it seems like a no brainer to save space by replacing text labels with icons wherever possible. Icons take up less space, they don’t have to be translated, and people are familiar with…

Flaws in UX design standards: Hidden navigation

Experienced designers will likely agree that inspiration from other sources is not stealing when it comes to user interface design. It’s called “best practice research”. One phrase I reiterate when others…

How to make 404 error pages useful

If you’ve spent enough time surfing the rad waves of the internet then it’s likely you’ll have stumbled upon a 404 page at some point. The 404 page is a standard response code in HTTP telling the user that they’ve…

Mobile first and responsive design

The core design mission of the new St Andrews website is to cater for mobile devices, as these are rapidly becoming the dominant medium for web. While most organisations still commission a website to look good on their…

Hero banners: Why are they so attractive?

What is a hero banner? You see that big, wide section at the top of most modern websites? That section with the large catchy slogan and button that is effectively tempting you to click it? That section with the fresh,…