What is responsive design?

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 by
Responsive design

Every website I’ve built over the last few years have been developed using a technique called ‘Responsive Design’. I’m often asked what this is and why it’s needed, so I’d thought I’d explain this approach to website design. Before the rise of devices like smartphones and tablets, almost every visit to a website was made

Apps vs responsive websites

Thursday, 23 January 2014 by
Apps vs Responsive

“Should we develop an app or a mobile friendly website?” I’m increasingly coming across this question. It’s important to understand the pros and cons of each approach. Against a background of rapid growth in the use of smartphones and tablets, many organisations are unsure about the best way to target users on these devices. Apps

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  I recently developed a new website for UCATT, the union for construction workers. Most of their members do not work at a desktop PC – so it was vital for the website to display well on smartphones. This is increasingly required for all websites, not just union sites. The biggest single change to website

The Climbing Frame App

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 by

A new addition to the world of trade union Apps has just been released. TUC unionlearn’s popular Climbing Frame website, an online service primarily aimed at Union Learning Reps, has been launched as an App. The App is another way of accessing the same information as on the website, allowing Union Learning Reps and other

Union apps

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 by

With a large increase in the number of people using mobile computer devices like smartphones and tablets, unions are increasingly looking at the opportunities presented by developing their own apps. This is something I’m seeing firsthand as I’ve been working more and more on apps recently, with the launch of Prospect’s new Apprenticeship App and a new app

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Apprenticeship jobs & guide app

Monday, 11 March 2013 by
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I’ve recently been working with Prospect and Unionlearn to develop an app aimed at people doing or considering doing an apprenticeship. It’s just been officially launched to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week 2013 (March 11th to 15th). It’s available on Android smartphones and tablets, and the iPhone/iPad. The objective was to create an app that

The increase in the popularity of tablets and smartphones means that a growing proportion of website visitors are using these devices rather than traditional desktops or laptops. However, most websites are built for display on desktops, so people viewing them on smaller devices have to zoom in and out to read the content. Even worse,

The ‘Girls Around Me’ app

Thursday, 26 April 2012 by

The recent furore over the ‘Girls Around Me’ smartphone app illustrates the increasing  ease with which our movements can be tracked. The app was developed by Russian  developer i-free and enabled people who had downloaded the app to view a map of  women in the local area, along with names and even background information like

Predictions for 2012

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 by
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Changes in technology and their impact on the world have been relentless over the last few years, and 2012 doesn’t look to be any different. Below is a list of predictions and trends for 2012. Social networking continues to dominate The number of global Facebook users reached 700 million in 2011, and is predicted to reach 1 billion

Increasingly, people are spending more time on their phone checking email than they do making calls. Mobile devices are one of the fastest moving areas of technology, and there is a bewildering choice of handsets now available. The Blackberry has been dominant amongst business users for years, with the iPhone the established choice for the

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