course notes 2015/16

good luck :)

Sep 14th 2016

What a great year it’s been! While you’re getting ready for your final presentation, here is a quick look back at our time together ;) Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labour ~ see you all soon :) Good luck x

WordPress • more theme design

Mar 17th 2016

more WordPress love <3

Thanks to the eight of you who votes – winning with 6 votes is a follow-up on our WordPress theme design session ~ lovely :) The WP codex  will still be your best friend – and if you’d like another way to read up – check out WPHierarchy. It offers a clear flow chart which➢ continue reading

WordPress • theme design

Mar 3rd 2016

WordPress… how I love you x

I’m really looking forward to taking you all through the theme design today ~ let’s see how beautiful your blogs will become once you start creating your own themes :) With so much material out there to support you on your journey into designing your own custom themes for WordPress, we’re going to focus on➢ continue reading

interface design

Feb 25th 2016

'how keys work' via tweet from @Cennydd

How do you design an interface which is not only easy to use, works well across all screens and is aesthetically appealing as well? Like a key to open a lock, your UI needs to give access to the content without bothering the user with the complexities which might lie beneath :) case studies mentioned:➢ continue reading

Icon design

Feb 11th 2016

ISOTYPE and beyond

Icons are the small little details with such high importance that they deserve as much TLC as the rest of your design. If you search for icon sets online, you will find an ever growing number of beautiful sets to choose from. However, it will be worth your while to at least explore icon design,➢ continue reading

Vector graphics

Feb 2nd 2016

illustrator tools
the beauty of vectors

Vector graphics are wonderful ~ they allow for prefect precision and scale without loss of quality. With SVGs now  the web – you should definitely spend time to create vector graphics for your sites and understand their use on the web. If you are completely new to Illustrator – here are a few references to➢ continue reading

design for UX & accessibility

Jan 21st 2016

Eric Meyer
designing with people - for people

As web workers, be that designers or developers, it is our job to create not only engaging user experiences but also to ensure an all inclusive design and setup. Making sure our content is presented in the most accessible and easy way will liberate our user to use the web freely and without hinderance, a➢ continue reading


Dec 16th 2015

make a splash.

In these days of social media – having a strong brand is only the basis of a successful presence within the market. While there’s more competition, there are also more channels, more ways to engage with people and entice them to become loyal supporters. The web and social media make it easier than ever to➢ continue reading


Dec 9th 2015

colour illustration

Colour is a topic which never ceases to inspire great discussion about interpretation, meaning and effect within design. As subjective as colour can be – it is our job as designers to be mindful of implications as well as considerate in our selection for use in interface and web design. Don Norman discusses design psychology.➢ continue reading

graphic design principles

Dec 2nd 2015

heather hansen, emptied gestures
Emptied Gestures © Heather Hansen

Design is a fluid process, something that will change with each project, each challenge. Intuition if often a good starting point. Following the well-trodden paths which are influenced by long standing principles is another. Let’s take a look at some established as well as popular graphic design principles and their possible inspiration for design for➢ continue reading