Web Design Tips

    Website Design Tips for Non Designers

    19 July 2012, 11:53

    As the tools and systems we use on the internet are getting increasingly powerful. Seen in many sectors, such as Google’s increasingly powerful online browser based office tools; Google Docs (about to become fully integrated into Google Drive). These tools allow you to open and edit Word files in your browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone, anywhere.

    EU Cookies

    The Cookie Law. Or the EU makes more work for you.

    22 May 2012, 10:56

    There’s a deadline looming. A pretty big one in the online world. One you may or may not be aware of?

    In the internet circles I swim, you’d think the world is about to end.

    Derby Council Logo - Non Jobs at DCC

    About as much use as a German Council Promotion Co-ordinator

    16 May 2012, 09:24

    This job title got me thinking about websites.

    Mainly how cross you’d be a a business if your website was as wasteful as these non jobs seem.


    Website Trust Signifiers

    4 May 2012, 08:01

    If you’re in the UK, you can’t avoid “The Bard” at the minute, that is if you read, listen to the radio or watch telly.

    He’s dead of course, but were he not, he’d be 448 and I guess he would be some kind of medical guinea pig to see why he lasted so long!

    Wayne Stock Badge

    Build it and they will come...?

    14 February 2012, 10:04

    It’s a shame but websites aren’t like WayneStock.

    WayneStock was the fictional music festival of one of my favorite 90’s films, Wanyes World 2 (childish I know). At one point during the festival setup, Wayne gets disheartened that no artists will attend, the spirit of Jim Morrison arrives to reassure him saying “If you book them, they will come.” It’s a homage to the film Field of Dreams “If you build it, he will come” (not one of my favorite films).


    Website SEO - 5 Simple things to check

    22 November 2011, 14:56

    I always describe web site SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) as a black art. There are plenty of ‘wizards’ out there offering magic to get your site to number 1, but there’s rarely any guarantee to success. In reality what you need to do is put in some time and effort into making your site super friendly to Google.

    Here are my top tips of things you can check to make sure your web site is in tip top condition for Google.


    Look at my new web site!

    10 November 2011, 15:43

    One aspect of web design that I always encounter when discussing sites with customers is the tricky area of promoting their site. Often a client assumes that once they have employed a designer to create a site (or perhaps set one up themselves) then the internet will do the rest.

    This can be a very dangerous beleif for any small business. It could mean that the company has as good as wasted a large chunk of the cost of the site.


    Web Site Title Tags

    8 November 2011, 10:03

    Recently I’ve been trying to expand my Twitter network to include more local businesses, for a couple of reasons but mainly because if I’m going to move my contacts from online to offline, local businesses are the most likely candidates. I can visit their stores and take advantage of their offers as well as share local experiences and news.

    As a result I’ve been visiting the web sites of some of these local businesses.


    More Customers Please

    24 October 2011, 17:28

    It’s the top request from clients I speak to regarding their web site. Most of whom are small businesses who are confident that the internet is a place where they want to promote themselves, but often they find that their web site isn’t doing what they’d like it to.

    As a little food for thought, here are 5 things you do to get more customers…


    Locum GP Website

    22 September 2011, 14:30

    To compliment the branding designed for Derby based Locum General Practitioner, I also created a web site promoting the services Dr Lawes offered.



    12 September 2011, 17:00

    If good web site design is useful then your web sites must offer something of use to your visitors. Our widget shop was being useful to people looking for the opening times of the store, that’s great and they will swing by to check and possibly come in to your store. If you have a bricks and mortar shop, then opening time are a no-brainer. But if your looking to tempt visitors who don’t know they are looking for your shop, then you need to offer some more general information on the product or service you offer.

    EMSOM Website

    Back to School

    21 June 2011, 10:47

    East Midlands School of Motoring,(EMSOM) a well established Derby driving school.

    Owner Dave and colleague Geoff were looking for a presence on the web to direct potential students to but also a modern looking first impression for internet users.

    The brief was small, to design a 1 page site, but the client was open to suggestion on how it would look, having no existing brand identity to work with.


Stay Updated!

Keep in the loop with what's happening with snapshots, drafts & work in progress to new portfolio pieces and blog posts giving you an insight into my design process each week!


Friar Gate Studios
Ford St
Call: +44 (0)1332 416 446



We are really happy with the comprehensive branding solution that Kieran has put together. It was very important for LEL to have impact and be visible to the public as well as supporting the cyclists with essential kit. Kieran seamlessly brought together multiple elements to give the brand continuity and help position LEL as a noteworthy cycling event.

Danial Webb - London Edinburgh London


Business Card Pocket Portfolio »

On a 600gsm stock my business cards are fabulous, really sturdy and thick, they also have a great feel to the finish. They also feature some of my fave projects to make a pocket portfolio!

Protecting against the Wordpress ReST Vulnerability »

When the ReST vulnerability hit the news, I was happy that my hosted websites were already safe.

Logo Project Delivery, What Files Should You Expect? »

At some point in the discussion of a new branding project, the client will almost always ask what files they expect to receive. At first, I found this an odd query, although perfectly valid, my assumption was alway that I’d supply every file they’d need, why would I design a logo and do anything less?

©Kieran Harrod 2011 - . All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy.

Registered Address: 24 Chapel Street, Kilburn, DE56 ONR

Proud to be:
Made in Debyshire

Supported by: