An Autumnal photographic stroll in Lewes

Category : Photography December 7, 2014

Moody autumnal scene

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How to autoplay an embedded youtube video

Category : Design tips and tricks May 6, 2014

Once you have embedded a youtube video into your webpage you may wish to allow the autoplay facility, especially if it is a welcome video or a sales video. This is very easy to achieve. Simply copy this code: &autoplay=1 and paste it in straight away after rel=0 in the youtube embed code with no gaps. It will now automatically start playing when the page opens, perfect for important videos.

Why is my website page title different on Google?

Category : Design tips and tricks, SEO February 6, 2014

An issue that I bumped into recently was that google was displaying my website’s page title (title tag) differently to how it should be. My website page title was perfectly fine on my actual website (on all web browsers) and on all other search engines, the problem was literally only showing in a google search.

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This is my website’s homepage title as seen from a browser.

Graphic Designer Lewes

Category : Design News January 9, 2014

Lewes East Sussex Graphic Designer

Hi and happy new year, I hope 2014 is already shaping up nicely for you! My soon to be wife and I started 2014 with a move to Lewes, having been in Brighton for nearly 10 years. I am now looking forward to being a part of the Lewes community and providing my graphic design services to the people of Lewes as well as continuing with any Brighton based clients. So if you are a business based in Lewes looking for a reliable Lewes based graphic designer, please give me a call, I’m always happy to discuss a new project! Please check out my graphic design testimonials from my existing clients.

Naturally if you are Brighton based or indeed based anywhere in Sussex or London I am still more than happy to work with you on any graphic design project that you may have, just get in touch!

Why has my website dropped on google?

Category : SEO October 31, 2013

It is rather annoying to say the least the moment you realise that your website has drastically dropped on the google rankings. It happened to me, I went from page 1 of google for the search term ‘graphic designer brighton’ to page 4. It was really disappointing and confusing as I thought I had been doing everything right. I decided to look into this to discover what triggered such a big drop. This is what I found.

dropped on google

Faces with type

Category : Fun Graphic Design, Typography September 20, 2013

This is a project from my University days. Everyone in my class was assigned an area of type to explore and to develop a piece of design based on it. I was given foreign characters. I decided to have some fun with this so I made a collection of various foreign characters such as umlauts, accents etc. I then pieced them together to make faces, stereotypical foreign faces that is. Whether or not I just insulted people by suggesting foreigners look like this, who knows. For every character that I used within the creation of the typographic face it features next to the face with a description about its use and origin.
Faces with type

Do I have the correct server response code?

Category : SEO May 12, 2013

There is a very simple way of checking whether or not your server is configured correctly and that the server response code is optimal for SEO. This is important for search robot requests and can affect your position by as much as ten places in a search result if it’s setup incorrectly.

Simply visit http://responsetester.appspot.com type in your website’s URL into the box and click test now.

The responsinator (as the tool is named) will give you a score, hopefully an A+ if all is well.

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Screen shot of the responsinator tool

 

 

Chocolate bar wrapper design proposal

Category : Design proposals April 25, 2013

I used to work part time in a small chocolate factory in the West Sussex countryside that specialised in making raw dark chocolate bars. Raw chocolate became very popular in the health food scene some years back and is made using unroasted cacao beans instead of the conventionally roasted bean thus preserving more nutrients and anti-oxidants. Any way, whilst I was there the owner of the chocolate factory was devising a new range called ‘the Darker Side of Delicious’. I offered to come up with a design for him that carried on with the nature theme of his other range. This is what I came up with.

design proposal for dark chocolate bar wrapper

Competition entry for the AA

Category : Design competition entries April 25, 2013

I was just browsing my hard drive and thought I would share this. It was a competition entry that I did several years ago for the AA. The brief was to simply create a fresh and exciting marketing campaign. I kept the design very simple with simplistic vector illustrations made up of straight lines. The colour palette was literally just the AA colours, black and yellow. The idea behind the posters was to create fun and exciting ways in which the customer’s car had been taken off the road. A normal break down is very boring so I thought ‘what if it was something highly exciting instead’. The AA mechanic can play the hero and come to the driver’s rescue in an almost fairy tale unfolding of events. The copy was short and sweet and I wanted it to incorporate a bit of word play. I never got around to submitting it in the end which is a shame, but here it is now.

AA design competition to design a new marketing campaign