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Research is a key element of our work and here are some of the websites that have influenced our thinking or caught our eye as we have delivered our digital, print and branding projects.

 

BBC - BBC Internet Blog: A new global visual language for the BBC's ...

The BBC website began its official life back in December 1997 with this very simple design. It was a basic offering with two sections to the site. Over time it has grown to encompass a great deal more. However due to the organic way in which the website evolved and the old structure of the business, with dozens of small design teams working independently of each other, the site had a fairly schizophrenic nature once you delved into its depths.

Fri, 19/02/2010 - 12:35


50 Amazing and Inspirational Typography Examples and Tutorials | Web ...

More and more we are seeing the use of strong and vivid typography all around us; on the web, in print and in film. Many graphic/web designers are opting for the written word over images in their designs. The results are sometimes a bit crazy, artsy and many times downright beautiful. Strong typography allows a graphic designer to express emotions and convey messages in their designs when an image just can’t do it. As you will see, many of these works of typography capture so much more than just the words on the page. Today, lets get inspired with these 50 amazing typography examples and tutorials.

Thu, 11/02/2010 - 10:57


6 Tips for Writing Well for the Web

A short article from Susan Hallam with some important points for writing content for the web which will be well received by search engines and humans alike.

Tue, 09/02/2010 - 11:26


10 useful tools to develop, monitor, evaluate or debug web pages

Webcredible (http://www.webredible.co.uk) article which recommends ten tools, mostly Firefox add ons, to support web development and quality assurance. The article referes to a particularly useful tool called IETester which allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.

Mon, 01/02/2010 - 13:15


frequency decoder ~ Unobtrusive JavaScript datePicker (calendar) widgit ...

This unobtrusive datePicker (calendar), which is accessible using the keyboard, requires no embedded JavaScript blocks, uses no pop-up windows and is suitable for use within documents served as application/XHTML+XML.

Thu, 21/01/2010 - 15:08


oldmasterflash.com

oldmasterflash.com is one of Futurate's internally sponsored projects (i.e. there wasn't a client). It was designed to explore the possibilities offered by integrating Adobe Flash, CakePHP and jQuery. The site allows anyone to create a painting in the style of the renowned Renaissance painter Guiseppe Archimboldo. Website visitors use an intutive Adobe Flash interactivity to create their painting from a range of pre-existing stamps. They can also select a background and frame for their masterpiece. Once complete they can save their work and publish to the public gallery for other artists to rate and comment on.

Mon, 18/01/2010 - 15:39


Morgan Stanley sees bright future for mobile Web, credits Apple for ...

A recent report released by Morgan Stanley goes into great detail about the state of the Mobile Internet.

In short the mobile Internet is the future, and the authors see it surpassing the PC as the main way of accessing online information within five years.

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 15:30