Cheap smartphone market grows

As more and more mobile phone companies are producing cheaper smartphones the more the mobile market grows. For web designers the mobile market has become very important over the last few years and this is set to grow even more rapidly in 2013. For kc web design kent and other freelance web designers and website design studios, responsive web design (RWD) has now become the normal way to create new websites. Almost all clients now want their new websites to work on mobile and tablet devices and responsive web design...[ read more ]

kc web design kent website offline for over 18 hours

On Monday evening the kc web design Kent website went down. Sometimes it does this when our hosting company reboot servers or do routine maintenance. We host the kc web design Kent website with a company in California called AISO.net who are an eco-friendly hosting company powered by solar and wind energy. kc web design Kent have been hosting with them for over 7 years now and they've always been great, until Monday night. What we thought was a maintenance blip turned into an 18 hour outage with no website...[ read more ]

Weather apps for the iPhone

It seems like every other week there's a new weather app for the iPhone. All beautifully designed with lots of swiping and pinching but all missing one key point - a lot of people that use weather apps don't just want todays temperature and a nice cloud icon, they want weather information, all weather information. As the talented Mark Boulton tweeted the other day... The problem with pretty weather apps on iOS is the data is usually pretty shitty and generic. I want beautiful *and* accurate. And by accurate, I...[ read more ]

Web design and development in kent

kc web design ltd work on web design and development in kent, Canterbury, the South East, London and the rest of the UK. We also have global clients from all over the world such as the Toll Group and Fujitsu amongst others but for 2013, as a freelance web designer and user interface (UX/UI) specialist, I'd love to do some work with a local web start-up or Apple software company. Working on web design and development in kent is a lovely way to work and the web design and development projects...[ read more ]

Happy New Year 2013 from kc web design kent

Happy New Year from kc web design kent! 2012 was a great year for kc web design kent and 2013 is going to be even better with some exciting new projects on the horizon! What's happening at kc web design kent in 2013? We have a few projects going live in the next few weeks while we get started on a new web app client project which will last a few months. This web app is going to be very special and utilise HTML5 only technology to create a web...[ read more ]

A website designer in kent – Meetups & gatherings

When we moved 4 years ago with kc web design kent I thought this area might be a really cool place to work as a freelance website designer in kent. I was expecting lots of meet ups and gatherings and conferences but sadly there hasn't been much of that at all. A while ago I did try to help resurrect what looked like a great night called Canterbury Geeks (akin to the Oxford Geek Nights) but sadly this didn't happen for one reason or another. Another interesting night, similar to Canterbury...[ read more ]

Brilliant Retail, brilliant support

At the beginning of this year kc web design Kent built an e-commerce website for Drai Fine Art to sell fine art paintings and prints. We created a responsive website design to work on mobiles and tablets and built the website using Expression Engine and the Brilliant Retail e-commerce add-on. The initial build of the website was a relatively smooth process and working with Expression Engine and Brilliant Retail on this website design project was no trouble at all. Brilliant Retail hooks into Expression Engine perfectly and allows you to...[ read more ]

kc web design kent Dribbble PSD freebie button

Here's another Dribbble PSD freebie from kc web design Kent. It's just a simple button but free for everyone to use. You can download the free Dribbble PSD freebie or see the post on Dribbble. If you're a professional website designer or just a freelance web designer, Dribbble freebies can help spark that little bit of creativity or give you a push in the right direction if you're struggling with a web design project. This Dribbble freebie photoshop file is free to use on any of your web design projects,...[ read more ]

Photoshop CS6 Creative Cloud update

Adobe quietly rolled out an update to Photoshop CS6 yesterday and I almost didn't notice two amazing new features for web designers. Apart from retina support, an improved crop tool, smart filters for video and a few other small updates there were two big additions that are going to get web designers and everyone at kc web design kent very excited. Copy CSS Yes, you read that right! Copy CSS! What, web code in Photoshop you say, it can't be true! Just right click on a layer and you'll see...[ read more ]

I’m Paul, a freelance web designer in Kent

I'm Paul, a freelance web designer in Kent. It's taken me a while to actually come out and say it but yes, I am a freelance web designer. When I started kc web design Kent back in 2007 it was a collection of very talented web designers and developers all working as freelance web designers or freelance web developers in their own right but would come together under the kc web design umbrella for special projects. I still work with some of the original freelance web developers I did back...[ read more ]

A freelance web designer in Kent

Reading the articles on kc web design Kent you'd get the impression that we're a small design studio - which we are - but more and more these days I'm doing pure freelance design jobs on user interfaces and getting involved in bigger long term projects. As a freelance web designer in Kent and the owner of kc web design Kent it's important to let prospective clients know what we do and how we do it. At kc web design Kent we do a lot of small bespoke web design projects...[ read more ]

Dribbble freebies infographic PSD file

Everyone loves a freebie and everyone loves Dribbble freebies so kc web design Kent have given you a little present to use in your own designs. Its a simple infographic that can be used for all sorts of number presentations. You can download the PSD file from Dribbble or here. Over the next few months we'll be doing some more Dribbble freebies and giving back to a great web design community. If you're a web designer that isn't on Dribbble yet then do it now! Get some of your best work together...[ read more ]

kc web design Kent review – The new iTunes 11

iTunes 11 came out today and the internet has been a flood of praise and criticism for Apples new version of its flagship music player. The top 5 latest features in the new iTunes are the completely redesigned interface, iCloud integration, a new mini player, up next queuing and a much better search as well as being much much faster and integrating a common look for the iTunes store across all Apple devices. Working at a small web design studio like kc web design kent means working mostly in a...[ read more ]

kc web design kent – Google Nexus 7 review

kc web design kent - Google Nexus 7 review. I talked about the need for hardware testing for responsive web design a few days ago and mentioned the devices we were going to add to our arsenal here at kc web design Kent. One of those was the Google Nexus 7 tablet. First good thing I have to say about the Nexus 7, and more specifically about Google, was the delivery was super fast! Ordered 1 day, came the next, even though the order stated 2/3 days. Well done Google,...[ read more ]

Responsive web design hardware testing

As responsive web design becomes more and more relevant and the majority of websites that get built now are made to work on most devices, the problems of testing become more appearent. At kc web design Kent pretty much all of the websites we build now are responsive and testing them on all the devices out there is becoming impractical. You can get away with testing specific break points in the browser and there are a lot (more than 19 at last count) of responsive web design tools out there...[ read more ]

Fujitsu UK blog

Over the last few months, kc web design Kent have been working hard with Fujitsu UK and Progress SEO to completely rebuild and redesign the Fujitsu UK blog website. Working with Progress SEO, kc web design Kent rebuilt the Fujitsu UK blog from the ground up. We setup a brand new server that was security audited by Fujitsu and installed Wordpress on the dedicated system. Wordpress was secured, tuned and audited again by Fujitsu to make sure the whole system was secure. Once kc web design Kent had built the...[ read more ]

HTML5 local storage

I love how the internet works some days. After spending most of Friday researching HTML5 local storage and how it might work with a new web app we're creating I came in this morning to find a nice link in an article in my RSS reader mentioning this... Imagine you're filling a complex form on site, or typing effervescent and extensive comment. And when you're almost done with that browser is crashed, or you closed tab mistakenly, or electricity is turned off, or something else break your efforts. Disgusting, huh? With Sisyphus on...[ read more ]

Responsive web design – Pull Down for Navigation

Pull down for navigation is a great way to display your website navigation on responsive web designs. On smaller devices such as the iPhone the pull down for navigation system allows you to create a bar at the top of the screen that you pull down to reveal the navigation boxes. It works really well and we've been using it on the kc web design kent responsive web design ever since we built it. Unfortunately, ever since iOS6 was released something in the update to Safari on iOS6 broke the pull...[ read more ]

Expression Engine plugins for web designers

At kc web design Kent we build a lot of Wordpress websites. Recently we've been doing a lot of Wordpress website design and a lot of UI/UX design but haven't done an Expression Engine websites design in a while. In my previous post I spoke about the fantastic Updater plugin for adding automated updates to Expression Engine. In this post I'm going to talk about the plugins and modules we use at kc web design kent when we build an Expression Engine web design project. So, here's the basic list then a...[ read more ]

Web design Kent tools – Updater for Expression Engine

At kc web design Kent we use Wordpress and Expression Engine to build most of our websites. They're both fantastic content management systems but very different. After doing a lot of Wordpress website design recently it's been nice to get back into Expression Engine. One of the things that Wordpress does extremely well is updating. Whether it's a plugin or the core itself, updating is fully automated and can be done with the click of a button in most cases. Unfortunately this is where Expression Engine is lacking some what....[ read more ]