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Designing for users with low vision

In a fact sheet on vision impairment and blindness, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment.

Designing for users on the autistic spectrum

Users on the autistic spectrum can benefit from accessible web-based services. This guidance is for web and digital professionals who want to make sure that their service is accessible for users on the autistic spectrum.

Hero banner redesign

We have taken feedback into consideration and optimised the hero banner used for home pages. The current hero banner has been in effect since 2015 with minor adjustments to improve accessibility over time.

New global contact page

On Tuesday 31 July 2018, the digital communications team launched a new general contact page in our updated style to assure future accessibility for users. This post looks at some of the changes we’ve made.

Design sprints

To help improve the development of the University website, we have begun implementing the methodologies of ‘design sprints’ into our process. Our friends over at the University of Dundee were so kind to include some…

360 degree photospheres

We have recently launched refreshed webpages regarding accommodation at the University. An important element we really wanted to communicate with people looking to stay in St Andrews was what the University’s…

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…

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…

Why is consistency important in web design?

Consistency is a golden-rule in design. To provide a quality experience to your users it is essential that you are consistent in both design and content of your websites. Consistency is the biggest factor that…

Why is Eastern Asian web design so busy?

In 2014, I spent some time in Japan. The country is remarkably efficient, from transportation services right down to their second hand books. However, from a Westerner’s perspective, one area that is lacking this level…