Category: Technology

Protecting against the Wordpress ReST Vulnerability

13 February 2017, 09:39

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

https://derby.graphics/protecting-against-the-wordpress-rest-vulnerability

 
TBS Web Design Belper

TBS Mobility Website & Branding

22 July 2016, 18:32

Website design and build & branding development

https://derby.graphics/tbs-mobility-website-branding

 
Watch Face Design

Round Smartwatch Face Design

8 February 2016, 07:49

Part of a larger app draft, here’s a nice clean smartwatch face design.

https://derby.graphics/round-smartwatch-face-design

 
Test Tube Logo Design

Hexagon test tube logo composition

20 January 2016, 06:29

An early design and composition of a test tube based logo with a hexagonal grid structure.

https://derby.graphics/hexagon-test-tube-logo-composition

 
Town Illustration

Town Use Case Illustration

14 January 2016, 09:25

Illustration highlighting a wide range of uses for a mobile technology firm.

https://derby.graphics/town-use-case-illustration

 

Swiss Style Watch Design

6 January 2016, 11:20

Sample design for a watch face that forms the basis of a commercial watch face solution.

https://derby.graphics/swiss-style-watch-design

 

Designing for the worlds largest IT company

4 September 2015, 09:16

Not a story I’d ever imagined to tell, but a rather pleasing tale none the less!

https://derby.graphics/designing-for-the-worlds-largest-it-company

 

Brand Design for Mobilise Your Workforce

3 December 2014, 14:09

Mobilise Your Workforce events provide an unrivalled opportunity to spearhead a competitive edge by empowering you to harness the latest mobile technology in the enterprise.

https://derby.graphics/mobilise-your-workforce

 

Online meets Print with PaperLater

1 July 2014, 10:37

Like print and like the web… no need to fight with a little magic from PaperLater!

https://derby.graphics/online-meets-print-with-paperlater

 
Liqorice Allsorts 4.5

Android 4.5 to be named Liquorice Allsorts

4 September 2013, 10:50

BREAKING: After Google and KitKat announced their tie up to release the next version of Android 4.4 as “KitKat”, my (imaginary) sources reveal that 4.5 is to be named “Liquorice Allsorts”. {SPOOF}

https://derby.graphics/android-45-to-be-named-liquorice-allsorts

 
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Event Promotion for Mobilise Your Workforce

30 April 2013, 11:40

Promotion of a mobile technology event at Microsoft London HQ.

https://derby.graphics/event-promotion-for-mobilise-your-workforce

 
Live-Feed

Create a live-feed of photographs for your event.

11 June 2012, 11:17

Display images in a live feed using a smartphone, a few apps and a Mac. A couple of people asked me how it was achieved so I thought I’d write a quick post on it. There’s nothing big or clever here, just a few smart apps and a bit of tweaking.

https://derby.graphics/create-a-live-feed-of-photographs-for-your-event

 
Mobile Web

Your Website on a Phone

27 April 2012, 15:33

Before I point the finger, hands up, I’ve done it too.

Yep, along with the hoards of a new generation of mobile phone users, whilst walking down the street, I too have almost bumped into the bloke coming the other way because I’ve had my head down starring at my smart-phone.

https://derby.graphics/your-website-on-a-phone

 
Top 10

Festive Top 10 - Programs/Web Apps I use at Work

23 December 2011, 12:56

It’s that time of year when media channels of the world scrape together an magazine article, tv show, radio broadcast or blog post summarising one thing or another with a Top 10, 20 or even Top 100!

https://derby.graphics/festive-top-10-programs-web-apps-i-use-at-work

 

70's Cars - the future!

12 August 2011, 10:09

Maybe it’s the fashion, maybe it’s the desire to reduce fuel use with aerodynamics or maybe it’s shared platforms for cost savings , but new cars do all seem to look the same.

The relief is of course found on Flickr, and surprisingly in the style dead end of the 1970’s. Which isn’t such a dead end after all, but joyous madness going by these pictures.

https://derby.graphics/70-s-cars-the-future

 

QR Codes

13 July 2011, 11:46

They are nothing new (first presented in 1997) but I’ve recently begun to see more and more QR codes about the place and actually using them. In the Quad exhibition I visited the other week, you could snap a photo of the QR code and get an audio guide of the exhibition. It’s a great development of the gallery audio guide, where you might usually have a headset and select the number relevant to the artwork you’re looking at.

https://derby.graphics/qr-codes

 

LogoCrunch

12 July 2011, 10:32

If you’re in any way interested in new technology, you will have visited the TechCrunch site at some point I’m sure. Set up in 2005 this US based site offers news and analysis on all things tech, start-up profiles, product previews and web site analysis.

TechCrunch quickly grew to become a very popular site with 4.5 million rss subscribers. The big and controversial news in September 2010 was that AOL was to purchase TechCrunch, which it did in January 2011.

https://derby.graphics/logocrunch

 

The End of Print?

1 July 2011, 16:46

It’s a question that’s been asked for a good few years now, with the increasing accessibility and availability of technological solutions to consume media that traditionally would be provided by newspapers, magazines and books, how long does print have to live?

Over the last couple of weeks a number of news stories have moved the debate on a step, including the latest edition being the final one in print for industry magazine Design Week. Almost 25 years after it’s first edition the publication is going web only. There is naturally a lot of talk on the web about what it means for the UK design industry, of which DW has been a large part of for quarter of a decade.

https://derby.graphics/the-end-of-print

 

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  • A Tale of Two Christmas Flyers Ah Christmas the season that starts ever earlier! As the final firework leaves the launch tube the commercial arm of the Xmas kicks into gear showering us with adverts tinsel and Michael Bublé. Its December now though so is it OK to discuss a few things festive? Best close the tab now if not because Im going to discuss a Tale of two Christmas flyers. However long we think the run-up to Christmas has extended there are some folks for example those in the consumer products field for whom Christmas commands their time for much much longer. Unsurprisingly churches also have to keep one eye on Christmas from pretty early in the year planning a multitude of events and services often alongside the local community or schools. Ive been designing various things for a couple of churches for a number of years now (one I attend the other I used to) this year I created promotional Christmas flyers for them both. Theyve both been printed and Ive got them in my hands. Theres something striking when you have them together just how different they are despite both being the same format printed on A6 double-sided 450gsm stock. Its also despite the core theology of the two churches being roughly similar (I guess the shorthand would be reformed evangelical or those who were wondering) and despite the ultimate goal getting people to church at Christmas being the same. As I sat considering this I realised it was a good lesson in getting to know your client and ensuring design solutions meet their needs. St Alkmunds Duffield Duffield Church Flyers During 2017 Ive worked with St Alkmunds (and sister church St. Pauls) to develop a new website and brand for the two congregations. Things are nearly wrapped up (and I look forward to sharing that soon) and we developed a promotional flyer for this years 2017 Christmas events. St Alkmunds is a church that can date itself back to the Doomsday book the existing church is believed to have been started by the Normans in the 12th century. It serves a large mostly well-off residential village to the north of Derby. Its a very pretty very traditional looking building and always enjoys busy Christmas events attended by people throughout the village with some seven special events from Christingles to Carols on top of their regular advent Sunday services. The village is also kind of typical middle class and pretty boasting some of Derbyshires best schools (one even ranks exceedingly highly in the national league tables) packed with well-educated residents families and comfortably off retirees. Christmas is always well attended links to the local schools make promoting traditional childrens services easy but the Church didnt want to rest on their laurels and were keen to promote the dates for the 2017 season. Although the church community is modern in outlook the wider village looks tend to prefer comfortable traditional Christmas celebrations with carols choirs and candles. Duffield Flyer Back I reflected this in the flyers with a stylish script announcing Christmas on a teal blue background taken from the newly developed branding colourway. Its a sophisticated and stylish design aimed to appeal to the people of the village. It speaks of a traditional Christmas with well-known songs and crib services. Christ Church Derby Christ Church Manger Things Church Flyer In contrast the congregation of 7-year-old Christ Church Derby meets in a former scaffolding warehouse in the centre of Derby. Theres very little traditional beyond theology at the church. With an age range somewhat younger than your typical church lost of young families and students they have an outlook to match. Christmas services do have a sprinkling of tradition songs youll recognise mince pies and a little nativity scene but theres plenty unusual too no church organ or choir for example. The surrounding community is far more mixed than Duffields with blocks of flats and streets of Victorian terrace houses making up the bulk of the residential stock. Its a typical city community more diverse and mixed than a village or town with generally modestly incomes as well as pockets of poverty. For the Christ Church Derby flyers I aimed for something much more modern and developed a design that picked up on a recent cultural event the release of Netflix Stranger Things. I was mulling over the design as the program was released at the end of October and the wordplay of Stranger and Manger struck me as interesting. I then needed to persuade the client that billing the Christmas event at the church as Manger Things was a good idea! Christ Church Flyer Front - Manger Things Fortunately they loved it so I recreated the Stranger Things title text using the font Benguiat adding the various effects and shadows until Id got something along the lines of the original titles. The finishing touch was to reference the large red 2 in the second seasons titles with a Christmas star shape behind the text. Its a much more modern of the moment design created to appeal to culturally aware city dwellers. Comparisons The two designs then are leagues apart in style targetting two very different audiences. I dont think you could simply swap the two styles over. Using the traditional St Alkmunds flyer for Christ Church Derby would I believe create a false impression that the services are really traditional Christmas visitors may be disappointed that this wasnt quite what they got. Promoting Duffield with the Manger Things flyer would maybe alienate traditional Christmas attendees confusing the message that at St Alkmunds they can expect a recognisable Christmas service. Two very different flyers then both attempting to do the same thing encourage people to come to church at Christmas both great fun to work on and both being distributed to local communities as I type. Id love to hear your thoughts which design do you prefer? Which works the best? let me know below! Duffield Flyers Duffield Flyer Front Christ Church Flyers Duffield Church Flyer Christ Church Flyer Back Tale of Two Christmas Flyers A Tale of Two Christmas Flyers



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