Blog: Design

A book for all Geordies anywhere!

For nearly 18 months we’ve been working with Newcastle University on a special book, made by and for the people of the North-East. Today the advance copy arrived from the printer and we’re very pleased! (See below for quick camera phone snaps). ‘A year in the life of our north east coast‘ is a rich visual document of the coastline of north east England, featuring hundreds of images by local residents of all ages. A full colour, case-bound (hard back)

Google tooltips

As one of Google’s randomly selected usablity testers, I get to see a lot of upcoming developments before they’re released. Google’s latest feature is a preview tooltip of each website. Looks like their screengrab tool doesn’t render HTML canvas properly, as shown by the missing text on Siteroom. It also highlights where Google gets its snippet text from:

Shortlisted for an award!

We’re proud to announce that a cookbook we designed, copy-edited and printed on behalf of the Mouth Cancer Foundation has been shortlisted in the prestigious Pfizer 2010 Excellence in Oncology awards.

Siteroom in the press!

Last week Siteroom were the lead story in the business section of Newcastle’s newspaper, ‘The Journal’!

DIBI 2010

Had a great day yesterday at the DIBI (Design It, Build it) conference in The Sage Gateshead. It’s a new conference, with – as the name may suggest –two tracks; design and development. I was in the design camp, while Phill went for the development (standing in for Jason after he had a nasty bike accident a week or so ago – get better soon Jason!). Great selection of speakers including (in reverse chronological order, for no good reason!) Andy

Designers now boarding at gate … err…

The latest craze for designers seems to be redesigning airline boarding cards (and/or websites). Dustin Curtis started this off a little while ago, after wondering why American Airlines’ website is so difficult to use. Being proactive, Dustin redesigned the site and sent it (with an impassioned letter) to AA. This started a conversation with their web developer which is quite revealing about large organisations and their difficulties in bringing about change. This inspired Tyler Thompson to have go at redesigning