Coda 2 – Coming soon on 24th May

This is a post I've been wanting to write for the last 5 months but we all promised Cabel at Panic a vow of silence. What we were all working on was top secret - but no more - the announcement came from Panic last night that Coda 2 will be available to buy on 24th May 2012. Hooray! Now I can tell you how great it is! There's a wealth of information on the Panic website about all (over 100 of them!) the new features in Coda 2 and...[ read more ]

iPhone app design – graphics

Website design takes time. iPhone app design takes even longer. With so many assets to produce in so many formats and resolutions, creating a universal iPhone/iPad app can take many, many hours and a huge amount of attention to detail. There are so many iPhone apps out there that look terrible, are illogical to use with no visual identity or anything to differentiate themselves in an ever growing market place. At kc web design kent we can't stress enough how important it is to have your iPhone or iPad app professionally...[ read more ]

Adobe Creative Cloud – Web design bliss!

At kc web design Kent we got very excited using the beta version of Photoshop CS6. We got even more excited when the new pricing structure was announced along with the Creative Cloud. Now that Adobe Creative Cloud has finally arrived we decided to take the plunge and go for the monthly subscription service. What is Adobe Creative Cloud for web designers? Adobe Creative Cloud is great for web design studios, freelance web designers and anyone involved in web design, graphic design, video production, etc. At kc web design Kent...[ read more ]

kc web design Kent and the growth of HTML5

According to the BBC (full story), HTML5 is taking the internet by storm! Working as a web designer at kc web design kent this comes as no surprise. HTML5 has broken the boundaries of multiple markup languages, added great new features and brought HTML into the modern world to compete with - and out-do in some cases - other modern web languages such as Flash and Javascript. With the growth of the mobile market and especially the iPhone/pad/pod market, web designers and website creators have become increasingly aware that websites...[ read more ]

iPhone app design wireframes

At kc web design Kent we know the value gained from good wireframes when creating a website design, but with iPhone app design it's even more important to get things perfect at the wireframe stage. Planning and wire-framing an iPhone app design is one of the most important stages of the app design process. You don't want to have to change something later on down the line that could mean redesigning whole screens so every element needs to be considered and thought out at this early stage. There is so...[ read more ]

kc web design Kent and streetlife.com

          kc web design kent are proud to be working with the amazing streetlife.com - the local social network - as their new web design partner. Exciting times ahead for streetlife.com and a huge amount for kc web design Kent to do on the design side but its all going to be fantastic fun and a lot of hard work. As a slightly less enthusiastic user of Facebook, its great to see a new social network thats taping into something thats the essence of all social...[ read more ]

Designing an iPhone app

At kc web design kent we mostly do website design, ecommerce web design, responsive web design and print & brand design. Designing an iPhone app is something many designers are aiming for and it's a field of design that's garnering a huge amount of interest of late. Designing an iPhone app seems like the ideal project. Designing the user interface on iPhone app seems like the best design job in the world and in a way it is but there's a huge amount to learn, plan, read, and organise before...[ read more ]

New Adobe pricing for web design professionals

At kc web design Kent we've been using the beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 for the last few months and we're eagerly waiting for the launch date. While we wait, Adobe have announced the prices for the creative suite and the new creative cloud service. If you're a freelance web design or own a small web design studio then the new subscription based cloud service looks excellent. For only £17 per month you can pay for Photoshop CS6 on a monthly basis or sign up to a 12 months...[ read more ]

Starting a web design project with a web designer

Starting a web design project with a web designer can be a daunting task. At kc web design kent we make sure we communicate clearly with a new customer every step of the way so they know exactly what the web design project will entail and how the web design project will work, for both parties. Web design projects - How to start The first thing we do at kc web design Kent when initially talking to clients is to try and get a clear understanding of their we site...[ read more ]

Web design and sketching ideas

At kc web design Kent we do a lot of web design, UI design and mobile app design work. One of the most valuable processes we go through on any project is the initial sketching phase (Yes! We really do still use paper, pens, pencils and rubbers!). While working on a few recent projects for UI design and iPhone app design I realised how valuable sketching web designs is and how much I enjoy quickly sketching out web design ideas on a nice pad - we use White Lines pads...[ read more ]

Hardboiled web design book review

Here's another kc web design kent book review and this one is a book no web design company should be without. It's been a while since we finished hardboiled web design by Andy Clarke at kc web design Kent but its still on my desk and I still go back to it. Hardboiled web design is beautifully designed with fantastic cover illustrations from Kevin Cornell and even came with a free giant poster! It covers a whole range of subjects from micro formats, the latest html5 tags to responsive web...[ read more ]

Mobile website design or native app design

At kc web design Kent we get a lot of requests from people wanting iPhone apps. Some of them are unique ideas that would make great apps, most of them though, are simple mechanisms such as searches or forms or even just information. Are these types of functionality worth spending the time and money on to create a native app or would they be better as a simple website made to look native on mobiles using responsive web design? It's a difficult question but one I feel is very important....[ read more ]

Mac Flashback Trojan

At kc web design Kent we use Macs. Web designers and anyone in the web design industry mostly use Macs. I've been a designer for over 15 years and have always used Macs. Mac users do get very smug about viruses on their computers and are always the first to mention that Macs 'don't get viruses'. With so many people using Macs now this was bound to change at some point and recently theres been an active trojan doing the rounds - Mac Flashback Trojan. kc web design Kent and the...[ read more ]

Facebook – Eating everything in its path

After a hard days work at kc web design Kent I don't normally dive into Facebook to socialise although I know a lot of people that do. I have to say I'm not the biggest Facebook fan. Never have been. I like to see what people have been up to, look at the odd photo but thats about it. At kc web design Kent we do create Facebook pages for businesses so I have to get my hands dirty sometimes. Facebook have been buying up small companies for a while...[ read more ]

Web design books – Web app success

At kc web design Kent we like keeping up with the latest technology and trends in web design and one of the best ways to do this is by reading a website design related book. We're starting to gather quite a collection of Five Simple Steps books here in the studio at kc web design Kent, amongst others, and the quality of their books is second to none. Our latest read from Five Simple Steps is the fantastic Web App Success. From the outset you know this book is going to...[ read more ]

Web design with Photoshop CS6

At kc web design Kent, we've been web designing with Photoshop CS6 Beta for the past week or 2. So, what do we think so far... Well, kc web design Kent have been hitting CS6 pretty hard on our web design projects and for a beta it's holding up pretty well. There is a bug in the font display that means multiple version of the font weights shows up in the drop down mean and grows the more you edit fonts. I'm sure Adobe are working on this as it...[ read more ]

Web design books – The icon Handbook

At kc web design Kent we do a lot of icon design work, they get included on websites, user interfaces and iPhone apps and they can be integral to a web design UI. The Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks is by far the best book on icon design to be released in the modern web age. If you're a web designer and use and kind of icon in your website designs then you want to read this book. Firstly, I paid for the paperback and the PDF way back before Xmas...[ read more ]

kc web design Kent & Getting British Business Online

About 12 months ago I trial ran a service from Getting British Business Online for kc web design Kent and a client we had. I set up a simple website through the service which is described as... GBBO is an initiative aimed at helping UK businesses unlock the power of the web. It offers online trainings, free websites and live workshops and events across the nation. Seemed like a very good idea. I'm all in favour of helping UK businesses get online. We have one of the best online marketplaces in...[ read more ]

Website navigation for mobile web design

Deciding what to do with website navigation on a mobile web design can be tricky. There are lots of different ways to tackle this. We talked previous about the different design patterns that can be used on mobile web design but there was one we missed off. The one we now use on kc web design Kent. Pull down for navigation Almost all users are used to pulling down to refresh iPhone apps and it has slowly become a standard interaction on touch devices. All of the current navigation methods...[ read more ]

Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta preview

Adobe have released a beta preview of Photoshop CS6 which has some interesting new features and looks like it will be worth the upgrade from CS4 when it comes out. At kc web design Kent we've been designing for over 15 years and Photoshop has been our main tool since version 7 many years ago. Previous versions have had mixed reviews but CS6 looks very good. As a web designer I tend to use certain features more than others so I'll highlight some of the interesting new features that will...[ read more ]