Category: web-design
  • Be Your Own Designer - The Best Free Resources for when You’re Short on Time

    Has there ever been a time when you’ve realised you’re a day away from a big pitch, but you forgot to book any design time through your creative department? Or perhaps there’s that last minute blog post that needs some images and banners, but there’s no way of roping in a designer at such short notice! To help you out in such hours of need, I have compiled a list of my favourite design resources for non-designers and designers alike. Oh, and did I mention they’re all free? Read more

  • Creative Inspiration: Content We Enjoyed this Spring

    Every brand should have an event calendar; you should know when anniversaries, yearly celebrations and public holidays are taking place so that you can leverage them to your advantage. At Distilled, the team have a broad range of passions and interests, which means the types of content we share... Read more

  • Creative Inspiration: Content We Enjoyed this Winter

    In the age of everyone having a blog, highly stylised long format can be what it takes to make your written content stand out. At Distilled we often ask ourselves does something being a blog post make it immediately feel less valuable than say, a white paper or a comprehensive guide? Is turning... Read more

  • Creative Inspiration: Content We Enjoyed this Autumn

    Following on from our post this summer, where we talked through a range of exciting new content, from peace tributes to social adverts, we now turn to what has got eyeballs on a brand this Autumn. Read more

  • Demystifying the Design Process with Sketch

    For non-designers, there is often a level of mysticism around the way we work. In your job, it may well be your responsibility to brief a designer, but as for what happens in between that stage and finally seeing the fruits of their labour – well, this may be rather alien. While it’s not necessarily important to know the ins and outs of this, this post aims to demystify the process and shed light on one of my favourite design programs at the moment, and equip you with good reason to convince any digital or web designer you work with to pick it up if they don’t use it already. Read more

  • 3 Ways to Improve Map Visualisations on Mobile

    Designing and building data visualisations have long been a core part of the creative team’s offering at Distilled. As technology continues to develop, the way we work must also develop and adapt with it. Coming up with a good execution for a data vis piece can often be a tricky task in itself, without someone throwing in the “How can we make it mobile-friendly?” Read more

  • What Web Dev Inadvertently Taught Me about SEO

    Before Distilled, I was a Digital Producer (think: front end developer meets project manager) and worked on dozens of web development projects. So when I started my role at Distilled, I didn’t expect to discover that I’d been inadvertently practicing SEO in following guidelines that make websites accessible to most people. This is because, believe it or not, web development best practices map onto SEO guidelines pretty well. Read more

  • Mobile Web 1.0: Party Like It’s 1999

    Do you remember the first websites from the early days of the web, circa 1994-95? We laugh at them now, but back then they were all we had, no matter how funny looking or awkward the experience. Brian Massey, Founder of Conversion Sciences, says we're there again, but this time on mobile. Read on and Brian will show you how to turn your firm's mobile experience into a high-converting money-making machine.
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  • Story Focussed Data Visualisation

    Towards the end of last year, we completed a project for blinkbox Books that charted the careers of some of the greatest authors of the last 200 years, and showed at what age they published their breakthrough books. The final piece was an overall success, doing well on social media and gaining some excellent coverage online. However, the process of arriving at the final execution and design was by no means straight forward.
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  • For the Love of Good Content

    About a year ago, our head of creative Mark presented How to Produce Better Content Ideas at SearchLove Boston. The slide deck has been really popular, with over 443,000 views so far. With that in mind, I thought our audience might like to see examples of work we’ve made off the back of such... Read more

  • Mobile SEO in 2015 - Is Your Site Up To Date?

    A year and a half ago, I worked with Bridget Randolph to put together a guide to building a mobile site. It takes you through the process of creating a mobile-friendly site, from design to development to analytics. Needless to say, we did a lot of research into mobile site creation. We spent so... Read more

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