Web Design, Web Development, Websites

OMdeSIGN redesigns and revamps the online presence of the University of Essex Summer School

When the University of Essex Summer School needed a complete revamp of their online presence, they turned to London based web design agency OMdeSIGN to get the job done.

The University of Essex Summer School was established in 1963 and, since then, has been teaching data analysis with an emphasis on social sciences. The teaching they offer is highly specialised but widely applicable, and the emphasis placed on the importance of research has enabled them to establish a first rate reputation amongst Doctoral and Masters Students, postdoctoral students, researchers and university departments.

University Website

The Essex Summer School came to OMdeSIGN when they realised that their existing online presence simply wasn’t up to the job in hand. We took a look and agreed with them; the navigation was inconsistent and frequently frustrating and content was duplicated many times across the site. Not only did this create a poor impression, but it meant staff at the Summer School wasted far too much time updating the same content multiple times.

We began to put things right by crafting a logo which captured the ethos of the School and expressed it in a visually appropriate manner. This was then used as the basis of an aesthetic overhaul of the entire site. We created wire frames, kept the small amount of existing content which was effective, and filled the wire frames with imagery and branding which was consistent, bespoke and perfectly captured the offer of the Summer School. We also engineered the finished site to ensure that it was simple to navigate, easy to manage and responsive to the full range of mobile devices. Having suffered a website which wasn’t fit for purpose, the Summer School now boasts an online presence they can be genuinely proud of.

Since its launch, the new Summer School website has proved to be a huge success, and an online reflection of a first rate educational establishment.

For more information on OM Design’s web design and web development services and for further case studies please visit http://www.omdesign.co.uk

About OM Design

Based in the heart of London, OM Design has extensive experience in designing and building beautiful, usable and accessible websites created to inspire and effectively communicate your message to your audience. Services include:

Contact details: OMdeSIGN, Anglers Lane, Camden, NW5 3DH. Phone: 0208 123 5606

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Bespoke Websites, Responsive Design, Uncategorized, Web Design, Web Development

OMdeSIGN builds a responsive website for the Lending Standards Board

London award winning web design agency, OMdeSIGN, are proud to announce the launch of a brand new website for leading financial body the Lending Standards Board

 The Lending Standards Board (LSB) is a body which seeks to promote, instil and maintain good practice in relation to financial products. They do this by monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Lending Code, a self-regulatory set of rules and regulations pertaining to financial institutions such as banks, credit card providers and debt collection agencies, all of whom have to meet stringent standards to be allowed to even apply. Sponsored by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and the UK Cards Association, they have the full weight of the industry behind them. In an age of mistrust and scepticism, much of it aimed at financial bodies, signing up to the code is an attempt by the bodies concerned to instil a sense of trust between themselves and their customers, and the LSB both oversees the code and assists with its implementation.

The LSB came to OMdeSIGN and asked us to design and build their new responsive websitelsb-website-responsive-min. Following a major review which had led to fundamental changes to the Code, they wanted to be able to work with and through an online presence which reflected the service they offered, the ethos they represented and the kind of trust they wanted to engender. They felt that their website now represented a key part of both their branding and their service delivery, and they wanted us to make sure it met these challenges.

We worked closely with them to create a website which hit every target. Above all else, the finished site would promote the Code and provide a first port of call for anyone seeking advice, reassurance or information. The branding would help to cement a reputation for trust and competence, while the intuitive interface would make the site user-friendly and accessible. This last, in particular, had to apply no matter what size or type of device the site was being accessed on. Finally, and looking to future-proof the site, we built a simple, easily utilised content management system, allowing the LSB to update the site to reflect changes in the financial landscape or the needs of visitors.

One of the key selling points of the LSB site is the sheer wealth of content it gathers through the portal we created. We engineered a design which made it easy for visitors to work through this material seeking the information they need. Taken together, the work we devoted to the site has positioned the LSB as the leading UK authority on lending practice, and has built a brand which is capable of reaching out to all parts of the audience.

 

 

 

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Bespoke Websites, Ecommerce, Responsive Design, Uncategorized, Web Design

OMdeSIGN designs and builds state of the art e-commerce website for designer florist Paul Thomas Flowers

London based web design agency, OMdeSIGN, are proud to announce the launch of a brand new e-commerce website for the innovative, high end designer florist Paul Thomas Flowers

To call Paul Thomas Flowers a designer florist is to understate matters somewhat. Since starting his own business in 1989, having trained with Kenneth Turner, Paul has been earning plaudits for the unique style, endless innovation and seemingly effortless beauty of the floral works of art which he creates. A passion for the flowers he works with allied to a fearlessly bold eye for aesthetic detail have earned Paul a reputation for supplying hotels, restaurants, shops and offices – as well as people simply seeking a beautiful treat – with designs described, time and again, as ‘luscious’, ‘explosive’ and ‘beautiful’.

Paul Thomas e-commerce website

Despite a client list which already includes Vivienne Westwood, the Ritz London and the Royal family, Paul came to OMdeSIGN to expand his online presence via a bespoke e-commerce website. The OMdeSIGN web agency team worked closely with Paul to design a site which captured and reflected the visual impact of the designs for which he is famous. Paul Thomas Flowers provided the stunning imagery and we built a website designed specifically to make the most of the carefully crafted beauty on display. This meant creating full width slideshows on the homepage and product pages and complimenting this with an overall look which matched Paul’s creations for style, elegance and the wow factor.

Not only did the website we built look the part but it got the job done. It was responsive to the full range of mobile devices and easy to navigate. A custom built content management system meant that the team at Paul Thomas could update the content of the site as quickly as they fashioned stunning new creations, whilst the administrative interface made it simple to perform tasks such as managing stock, taking delivery details and dealing with payments. Everything which you should be able to take for granted when using an e-commerce website, in other words, allied to a grasp of the business which meant that the site played a key role in projecting and emphasising the up-market yet accessible nature of Paul Thomas Flowers.

Since being launched, the site has received overwhelmingly positive feedback and helped to drive a rise in online sales.

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Bespoke Websites, Uncategorized, Web Design, Web Development, Websites

Websites for Start-up Businesses and local companies

Websites for startups

Websites for startup businesses and SME s

If you’re starting, or are planning to start, your own business, then you’ll naturally be an expert in the service or product which you’re seeking to provide, and will be keenly impatient to get that message out to the wider world via your own website. The days when an online presence could be regarded as either a luxury option or a virtual adjunct to the wider business are long gone.

Put simply, if you don’t exist online – and by ‘exist’ we mean boast a website which is effective, accessible and easy to find – then, to all intents and purposes you hardly exist as a business.We’ve created a huge number of start-up websites over the years…

Read the full article here: Websites for Start-up Businesses by OMdeSIGN London

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Bespoke Websites, Web Design

Is your website responsive? Why is responsive design important for your SME.

I’ve raised the topic of responsive web design on a few occasions previously, and it’s important enough to anyone with a presence on the Internet for it to be a subject that’s worth exploring again. In simple terms, Responsive Web Design (RWD) covers the aspects of a site which maximise accessibility, ease of use and the visitor experience. Via aspects of design such as lay-out and coding, RWD ensures that a site can be read, utilised and navigated no matter what the nature of the device through which it is being accessed. From a tablet to a smart phone via a laptop or our old friend the desk top computer, a site which utilises RWD will be at home no matter where it appears, with annoying aspects such as resizing, panning and scrolling kept to a bare minimum.

responsive mobile friendly website

As designers, however, it can easy to slip into a discussion of the technical parameters of RWD without capturing its essence for the lay person. Put simply, it creates a one size fits all website, capable of snapping into position and working perfectly with the device at hand (and ‘at hand’ is more and more often an accurate description of how people access sites), a concept which is obviously beneficial when put like that, but one which some people still fear is just the kind of thing that web designers mention when they want to bump the price up a little bit.

Read the full article here: Is your website responsive? by OMdeSIGN London

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Ecommerce

Making the most of your e-commerce website

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Having a great range of products or services on your website is obviously one of the key factors for success. However, it’s just as important to make sure your website looks great, is easy to navigate and has a quick and easy purchasing system. When someone lands on your e-commerce website, you want to make sure they stay for as long as possible and have a good browse around that will ultimately lead to a sale.

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Here are some of the techniques you can use to ensure that people using your website have a positive experience that means they’ll come back for more… Usability, concise copy, great design…

Read the full article here: Making the most of your e-commerce website

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Uncategorized, Web Design, Websites

Are You Ready For Google Mobile Friendly Update?

There used to be a saying which ran something along the lines of ‘When America sneezes, the whole world catches a cold’, an aphorism designed to capture the overwhelming global financial clout of the USA. As the 21st century advances, it may well be that those with a keen eye on the general good health of the world are more inclined to watch out for China developing the sniffles, but the principle remains the same. When a big player does something different, it’s smart to pay particularly close attention, and in the fields of web design, internet searching and e-commerce, they simply don’t come any bigger than Google.

Mobile friendly website

The change in question is an alteration which Google has made to its’ search algorithm. The search algorithm is the almost sacred, semi-mystical formula which Google uses to come up with its all-important page rankings

Read the full article here: Are You Ready For Google Mobile Friendly Update?

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