Websites : Jargon Buster
I was delighted to be asked to lead some introductory web design learning for Access to Business delegates recently. One aspect was explaining some key terminology around website design. I thought I'd share some here - both as text and images.
“…a set of related web pages located under a single domain name, typically produced by a single person or organization…”
Universal/Uniform Resource Locator: the website address, identifies a certain location on the world wide web (www. …..)
Is concerned with how a website looks and feels: colours, images, logos, layout
Looks after the CORE, inputting code for optimum performance, technical aspects, making sure it works
This is registering or booking the name of your website for your use, you can’t have a site without this
‘Renting’ the space on the world wide web for your website. Normally for a set period of time. Hosts link website domains to the world wide web
All the items that make up your site: pictures, words, videos, links etc. See the list later
How accessible is your site for your users and for people with disabilities?
CSS Cascading Style Sheets.
HTML Hypertext Markup Language
In simple terms HTML is the language of the text and CSS is the language of page design
Search Engine Optimization is the process of improving the quality and quantity of website traffic to a website or a web page from search engines
Responsive layouts are adaptable and change depending on the user device. They optimise the page to fit as much content on as possible.
The term used for the number of pixels in the vertical and horizontal elements of a screen. Also relates to the size and quality of the images you use on your website
The tiny icon next to the site name on a web browser tab
It enables encrypted connection The tiny icon lock or hazard triangle to show if your site is ‘secure’. It shows that the web service host has demonstrated ownership of the domain
See examples of my website design HERE.
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Reasons Your Business Should Have a Website
I was pleased to be asked by Access To Business in Wolverhampton to lead some introductory training in website design for their clients. Although more of a brand and print designer, I have created several sites for customers, using a web builder. I'll be adding these to my portfolio page.
Along the way and with some research, I was able to share some simple but important 'Do's and Dont's' of web design and I will share these here over a few separate posts.
Starting with: REASONS YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE A WEBSITE
You can read more about this in an article.
We feel really lucky to have been able to continue working during a global pandemic, when so many other individuals and businesses have lost work due to restrictions and lock downs. The business model of Alex Vann Design has always been to facilitate 'remote' working as a lot of our customers are business owners themselves and can't always make face to face meetings - although of course that would be perfect, in an ideal world.
Please take a minute (well, 2 minutes and 20 seconds!) to watch our review video above which showcases some of the standout projects. Otherwise, here are a few selected images below along with a slideshow.
The variety of work has been really pleasing. A lot of branding and logo design which is our specialty alongside document design, garments, website, flyers and leaflets and business stationery.
Alex also completed some private portrait commissions including his first coloured pencil drawing (above).
You can see more of Alex's portrait work here: Alex Vann Portraits Gallery
Looking at your business's marketing and design during Covid-19
We hope you are staying fit and well as we find ourselves in unprecedented times, a global and invisible threat to our livelihoods, communities and loved ones. Like most small businesses, AVD has had to adapt quickly to be able to offer a high quality service to our customers. As a positive by-product of having more time on our hands, why not use this time to 'reset' your business aims / design / marketing. Here are some ideas:
You could use this time of Covid-19 to review your business:
Creative (and free) things to do with your family during Covid-19
Branded pull up banner backdrops for video conference calls
If you are delivering training or attending business meetings using video apps, why not order a branded pull up banner from £70 for a more professional look?
Packaging design for a shaving oil
Branding for a specialist education tuition company
A nurturing logo symbolising the growth of knowledge through high quality education, simply denoted in three strands of the business, Home, Online and School
Branding for a men's clothing brand
A highly personalised and illustrated logo for this brand from which certain graphic elements are pulled to create a fabric print
Logo and stationery
Logo, business cards, leaflets, social media and vehicle graphics
Stationery, branding and socal media
Logo, stationery and magazine advertising
Other logos / identities
Alex Vann is a true all round creative. As well as owning Alex Vann Design he is the founder of the community arts group: Real Arts Workshops, a portrait artist and a gigging musician.