The Studio 4 Blog
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The Design Process – Concept to Completion

As one of the designers at The Studio 4 I have had the opportunity to work on some really exciting projects over the past 12months, Including advertising campaigns for a leading flooring manufacturer and websites for some of our biggest clients. Producing artwork for projects like this is always a challenge, I’ve written this blog to give insight into how I tackle these briefs.

Every designer is different and there isn’t one single way of working. It all depends on what works best for you, the timescale and the project. But for me as a rule of thumb I break my design process down into 6 key areas. Reaching each step helps me get to the next, and gives me a structure to a more often than not hectic day. It also allows me to understand where each different job is up to, and makes picking them back up easier. … [Read More]

All-Stars 2 – 7 The Studio 4

The charity match between the Newport All-Stars and The Studio 4 proved to be a great success. Fortunately, the weather stayed fine and at 2pm, 25 players and a good crowd descended on the football pitches at Lilleshall Sports centre.

The studio 4 had pre-match concerns about their keeper with none of our players seeing it as their best position, so it was agreed that 3 or 4 of the lads would rotate. As the game kicked off, The studio 4 were under the cosh a little as we tried to get our shape. The All-Stars were passing the ball well and tried to capitalise on the fact that we did not have a natural goal keeper. They operated with a 4-5-1 formation with Ben Jones in the All-Stars midfield looking sharp as the All-Stars gathered a bit of momentum. Twenty minutes into the game and against the run of … [Read More]

The Studio 4 Charity Football Match

The Studio 4 lads have been training for a charity football match against Newport All-Stars over the last couple of months.

The match will take place at Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre on Sunday 19th November.

Newport All-Stars is a group of lads that all grew up together and now, in their late 30’s put together a football team. They have already played 7 games this season with 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Matt Curbishley, The Manager of The Studio 4 plays for Newport All-Stars and they are always looking for a new team to pitch themselves against. Matt decided to put together a team from The Studio 4 to go against his old school friends and hopefully give them their toughest test yet.

We’ve also decided to donate all of the proceeds from the day to charity. Our chosen charity is Children in Need ,which is … [Read More]

5 Tips for Good Website Design

Websites are often the first interaction potential customers will have with your business. This is why it is important to have a site that is not just informative, but also looks good and is easy to use. Things like colour choice, responsiveness, and navigation are just some of the informative factors to consider when designing your website.

Navigation

You could have the best content in the world on a great looking website, but it can be pointless if you haven’t considered the navigation of the site. Users need to be able to move freely around the site easily, being able to find exactly what they want. Dropdown menus are a great way to achieve this, such as this one on A&S Landscape.

A dropdown menu is a simple, yet effective way to show users everything your site has to offer. For A&S Landscape, their menu is broken down into … [Read More]

How should I make my website mobile friendly?

Take a look around you now. Who has a mobile within a metre of them? The answer is probably everyone.

Research from GSMA’s real-time tracker puts the number of mobile devices at 7.22 billion whilst the US Census Bureau says the number of people is still somewhere between 7.19 and 7.2 billion. No other technology has impacted us like the mobile phone. It’s the fastest growing manmade phenomenon ever.

Believe it or not, 37% of websites are not compatible for smartphones.

Making your website mobile friendly can be done in two ways.

Option 1: Mobile Site

This essentially means creating a duplicate version of your website on a different domain to make it mobile friendly.

For example, www.mobile.websitename.co.uk as well as www.websitename.co.uk

Although having a mobile version of your website isn’t the easiest way to make it mobile friendly there are a few advantages.

You could make the mobile version… [Read More]