In today’s digital landscape, you don’t have to look too far to find a plethora of different screen sizes that all have access to the Internet. Computers, tablets, and mobile phones: all can be great sources for online information, provided that they are designed the right way.
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As of late 2013, over 17 percent of global web usage comes directly from mobile phones and that number is continuing to grow; gone are the days of focusing on One Size Fits All for your company’s digital presence.
All great websites begin with a solid design and development process. At WDG, we have a tried and trusted process that elevates each and every one of our projects, helping our clients reach their digital goals. However, for those unfamiliar with web design and development, these processes can seem confusing. To help shed some light on WDG’s design and development process, I spoke to one of our amazing past clients who has experienced our trusted phases, The Alexandria Small Business Development Center, as well as our own designers and developers.
Having been out of school for a little over a year, I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I took my passion for graphic design and turned it into a full-time career. There were a lot of things I did right–found a great internship, gained invaluable advice from mentors, and strengthened my design skills–along with things I could have done better.
There are many assumptions out there about what web designers are and do, many involving the wire-framed-glasses-and-gingham-shirt, spew-creativity-at-the-blink-of-an-eye variety. Web designers might wear cool glasses (hi, Zach!) and are certainly creative, but there is more to it than that.
If you’re a website owner, or in the market for a new website, having concise and effective content, a functional design, and intuitive user experience are key. But as I mentioned in a recent post about conversion rates, websites have to do more than just list out information especially if you’re in the business of selling products or services.
When we started focusing on WDG’s rebirth in 2011, one thing was crystal-clear: our employees won’t just be considered employees. Our coworkers would be the team to make WDG go round. This is because our office isn’t just an office. It’s a work culture on a whole other level where our folks are inspired and relaxed while they go a hundred miles an hour for our clients.
Say you’re a business with an outdated and ineffective website and are in the market for an updated website. The first thing you’ll probably do is tap into your favorite search engine to find a reputable digital web company in your area. But then what? How do you decipher whether or not the digital web company can not only provide functional web solutions, but do so without making the entire digital web design and development process seem like drudgery?
Building a website can be an exciting prospect. Maybe you have an awesome product or service everyone should be using. Or maybe you’re a non-profit organization with a fantastic mission and are looking to encourage volunteers. Either way, in the current economic market, your website needs to do more than just inform users about all the reasons you are so great.
The web design research phase is probably one of the most overlooked aspects of the web design and development process by clients. Face it, if you were a client and given the choice between obsessing over awesome typography selections or researching business strategies, which one would you rather do? There’s no arguing that visual design elements are important—they do help set the stage for your website’s and business’s tone—but how would you know what tone to set without research?
To say I’ve always wanted to go to E3 would be an understatement. Video games aren’t just a casual hobby: I grew up reading the latest gaming news (remember Nintendo Power?) and was always eager to hear news about the latest and greatest games and hardware. Seeing all the great holiday announcements for upcoming games in June was great, but I wished I could go out and see everything the press did firsthand.
When faced with a website redesign, most of our clients wonder about the differences between WordPress and Drupal. But what about the distinctions between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Last week, WDG’s senior and lead developer Mike Garrett spoke with Business News Daily about helping clients choose between a WordPress.com-hosted site and a customized WordPress.org content management system (CMS) for their individual projects.
It’s that time of year again … or every four years rather: vividly-colored jerseys sported on the backs of dedicated fans, fierce debates about what teams are destined to win, and boisterous crowds roaring as their favorite team makes the winning goal. At least, that’s what I think happens at the World Cup—my knowledge doesn’t extend past BuzzFeed articles listing out of most eligible players.
The first time I published a blog was way back during my freshman year of college. I made all the mistakes a rookie would make when it came to content: writing for myself instead of the user, crafting inconsistent posts, and putting out more fluff than fact. Fortunately, I quickly learned the ins and outs of successful writing and blogging.
Last week, WDG’s senior Drupal developer, Grant, traveled down to Texas for DrupalCon Austin 2014. The barrage of parties aside, more than 3,300 Drupal developers, designers, and agencies were there attending various networking and educational sessions to learn more about new innovations in the Drupal community. Grant gave us the lowdown of some of his favorite keynotes and sessions during DrupalCon.
As far as I know, there aren’t any big secrets that I can divulge to make you a better designer – this comes from years of practice to refine your craft. What I can provide is tips on how to get to that point of awesomeness by enhancing your efficiency in all aspects of your web design work.
These days, websites are complex and massive undertakings. Even the most seasoned web developers need to have a big toolbox of applications to get the job done right. While there’s no definitive list, we’ve gathered some of our team’s favorite tools for the many tasks developers are faced with when it comes to building websites and applications.
As a UX Designer– officially an Information Architect– here at The Web Development Group, I focus on the Information Architecture and content strategy with our clients. Oftentimes, our clients come to us unaware of exactly what Information Architecture is and how it relates to a successful experience for their website users.
The Web Development Group (WDG) has been ranked one of the best Drupal Web Design companies by 10 Best Design. Located just outside of Washington, DC in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, WDG is the only Mid-Atlantic firm to have received the Drupal Web Design Company awarded by 10 Best Design.
The scenario: It’s time to dive in and begin work with your recently contracted web designers. You’re excited to get your new website launched and want to have a great experience in the process. What should you be doing to ensure a successful project with your web designers?
Long recognized as an industry leader in the public health field, the former GWU School of Public Health launched its new website this past summer aiming to better its digital experience for students and alumni, alike.
This past Friday, I was invited to speak to students about S.T.E.M. and how it related to my field as a web developer.
The S.T.E.M. program is a blended approach to problem solving, including but not limited to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. S.T.E.M based initiatives have been gaining notoriety to pique interest in and provide an introduction to these disciplines earlier in the academic journey.
Utilizing websites and blogs is a smart and easy way to engage your business’ targeted audiences. As content becomes more key in digital engagement, the value of creating awesome, relevant content often draws in much of a marketer’s focus, leaving little attention to other website-related decisions. Important decisions, such as choosing the right web host, end up on the back burner.