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Christmas Closure - see you next year!

Christmas Closure - see you next year!

We’ll be closing the studio at 5pm Friday 22nd December - back and raring to go from 9am Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We will be running our emergency email address for urgent support issues - as in previous years, we can’t promise an immediate response but we’ll do our best to help.

Please use: rudolph@thisisfocus.co.uk

Team Focus wish you all a fabulous festive break, and we’ll look forward to catching up in 2018!

Annette Ryske
Annette

Created on Friday December 22 2017 09:24 AM


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2016 Design Predictions

2016 Design Predictions

Whenever I stop by to see my parents, I am reminded of how far I've come (and I don't mean geographically). There is a framed school project piece of mine that hangs proudly on their wall. I remember feeling that was well deserved at the time. Now though, I'm convinced it gets worse with each visit but even that doesn't date as quickly as websites can. It's frightening how fast web design moves, but with that comes a continuos flow of new and exciting trends and techniques to take on.

There are many factors that can change in web design; technology, user behaviour and other creative fields that can influence the web such as graphic design and fashion.

- Responsive Web Design (RWD)
It is so popular right now and will no doubt continue to be throughout the year. It serves the same HTML code to all devices and uses CSS to alter how the page appears on the device. It is also what Google recommends to build mobile-friendly websites. Many of the trend predictions featured in this list are most suited to RWD.

- Increase in UI Patterns
We've seen a lot of similar looking websites lately which many blame on RWD and the rise of WordPress. Take the hamburger menu for example, it has been criticised for being everywhere but this is also why it is so easily recognised by users. UI patterns are there to guide users through the experience, making it easy to navigate and the hamburger menu does just that. I think we'll see designers working hard this year to be the one to come up with the next popular UI pattern. This will no doubt result in a lot of visually inspiring attempts.

- Memorable Typography
We are no longer limited to a few system fonts. Services like Google Fonts and Typekit make custom fonts readily available and easy to use on the web. Expect adventurous experimentation with type to make a strong statement in design.

- Material Design: dramatic alternative to Flat Design
Like flat design except it uses shadow effects and the concepts of movement and depth in order to create designs that appear more realistic to the user. Material Design creates clean, modernistic design that focuses on UX.


- Flat Design with a Twist
It has been around for a while now but it looks set to stay for 2016 with a few differences to keep things interesting. A little like material design long shadows will bring more depth to flat designs. Vibrant colour schemes. Simple typography and ghost buttons will allow for functionality without distracting from the UX. Minimalism will reduce the number of elements and create a raw, tidy UI.

- HD Visual Assets
HD background images and videos on websites could well grow even stronger in 2016 due to increased bandwidth, wide browser support of HTML5 video, and ways to serve high resolution graphical assets selectively to devices with retina screens.

- Striking Custom Iconography and Illustrations
.jpg and .png files can result in a pixelated look on retina displays, which spoils the aesthetics of a website. Now though, there is wider browser support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and easily implemented icon fonts. The outcome? more web designs showcasing colourful custom illustrations SVG icons that remain crisp and engaging at any screen resolution.


Thinking of it now, my 'work of art' has gradually been demoted from hallway masterpiece to bathroom backdrop. Perhaps even a mother's love isn't strong enough to ignore the fact that design moves on quickly and unless you don't mind your hard work being tucked away, it's best to keep up!

 

Jordana Jeffrey
Jordana

Created on Tuesday January 12 2016 11:02 AM


Tags: website technology new-year web-design designtrends 2016


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Woodland Court are mobile-ready for 2014

Woodland Court are mobile-ready for 2014

Working with our friends at Pace, we've got a new responsive site live in super-quick time for the friendly folk at Woodland Court.

Part of BrunelCare, Woodland Court is a new retirement living choice, situated in a quiet area of Downend. The Woodland Court team needed a website that they could keep up to date, particularly with apartments that come up for sale.

Already having an established relationship with Pace meant that when they suggested we work in partnership to develop the website, Woodland Court were only to happy to go ahead. The new site features a Content Management System, so the Woodland team can update the majority of their pages themselves. There are also lightbox features, enabling users to view lots of (professionally-taken) photos of the apartments and surroundings. An editable slideshow means promotions and events can be shown quickly and easily.

More specifically, a customised 'Apartments' module means the team can list new apartments, add downloads and images, and mark them as 'sold'.

With accessibility features and fully responsive build, the site is ready to roll for 2014! Take a look here.

Fancy knowing more about mobile, responsive or any other features in this article? Then please do get in touch!

Annette Ryske
Annette

Created on Wednesday December 18 2013 09:31 AM


Tags: new-year responsive mobilewebsite


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Welcome to 2010!

So... it’s all over again for another year... no more turkey, mince pies or mulled wine for another 12 months. We’re all agreed here that this is not entirely a bad thing! With Christmas over and done with, it’s time to look forward to the New Year!

Things we’re looking forward to in 2010:

  • Google’s Nexus One Phone. Launching today – likely to well and truly divide the camp here. So long iPhone? The jury’s out as yet.
  • Celebrity Big Brother. Or the backlash anyway. At the very least, we can be pleased that it’s the last one. EVER.
  • Real – time search taking off. Still not sure whether I need to know everybody on Twitter’s opinion on my desired search term, but could be a giggle to start with.
  • Onwards and upwards for Focus. We’ve had a great 2009, with a bit of a team reshuffle, and we’re looking forward to a cracking 2010. 

Created on Tuesday January 05 2010 01:00 PM


Tags: christmas new-year technology google realtimesearch googlephone focus


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Focus!

Happy New Year from all of us at Focus New Media!

We hope you've all eaten and drunk a plenty over the Christmas period, and aren't to shocked at the prospect of returning to work after the longest Christmas break (according to the radio) in twenty years!

We would like you all to know that we're back and with a fully functioning team as of the 2nd, so please get in contact if you need us for anything.

Created on Monday January 05 2009 11:47 AM


Tags: fun new-year web-development


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Schmoozing with the luvvies


While Lisa dined out on croissants and hearty English fare yesterday, I quaffed a few glasses of complimentary red with the cream of Bristol media society... dahling! 

It seemed that everyone had turned over the same leaf, with a collective decision made to be sociable and 'get out there'. 

Goldbrick House's champagne bar was heaving with an eclectic mixture of folk representing the entire spectrum of media.  I met cameramen, post production crews, an artistic dance director and a lovely illustrator amongst others, whose lengthy job titles prevent me from mentioning them here.  What they all had in common, however, was an open, friendly approach - cooperation rather than competition seemed to be the order of play here.

Bristol Media are doing a great job of providing a link between disparate arms of the well established media body here in the South West - I'm looking forward to the next event in February.

Created on Wednesday January 30 2008 03:42 PM


Tags: media networking new-year technology


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Happy New Year

 

After a lovely Christmas and New Year break, the Focus team are back and raring to go. There are still a few sniffles to be heard, but overall we're in fine health and good spirits.

So what's new for 2008 at Focus towers?

Well, we have the small, but perfectly formed development team working on some wonderful new products which will be ready in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2008. As well as creating a new internal framework - to increase productivity.

Amy and I shall be getting out and about at various networking events across the region. The next one we shall be attending is on the 9th Jan with the Bath Business Women's Association. It's at Browns Restaurant in Orange Grove Bath, if anyone fancies coming along. Only ladies of course!!

And towards the latter end of 2008 we shall hopefully have a brand spanking new Focus office!

So it's all go here! See you soon.

Created on Friday January 04 2008 10:59 AM


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