Archive: May 2017

Source Raising Money For Cancer Research UK In Race For Life

Novelty t-shirts on and running shoes at the ready, Source is uniting with thousands of women across the country for one purpose; to beat cancer!

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On Sunday 11th June, Sally, Kirsty, Paula and Jem will be lacing up their trainers, getting ready to run 5K in Shrewsbury's Race For Life. The women's-only event has been running since 1994, where ladies across the country are sponsored to walk, jog or run the 5-kilometre course and all proceeds are given to Cancer Research UK.

Over the years, Source have been more than happy to raise money for various charities all across the UK; more recently in December 2016, we devised '25 Days of Christmas', our charity fun game which took place over the Advent period and raised £1,175 for local Shropshire charity, Hope House.

But this time, we're delighted to be taking part in such a worthy, pre-established event and we're excited to be joining other women from Shropshire and beyond to support this great cause. In fact, we love this event so much that this is our fifth time!

How can you support us?

Whether you wish to donate to the cause, come along to cheer us on, or just send us your well-wishes, your support will be gratefully received, giving us plenty of motivation to reach that finish line.

Want to come and watch? You'll find us at the starting line just before 11am in The Quarry on Sunday 11th June - we'll be wearing our very own black and pink Source t-shirts so we'll be hard to miss.

Want to donate money? Whether it's pennies or pounds, every little helps and your donation will go a long way towards battling cancer. Sally, Kirsty, Paula and Jem all have individual fundraising pages for the event - all of which are listed below - but we are fundraising collectively as Source.

Sally - https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/sallys-fundraising-page-272

Kirsty - https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/kirstys-fundraising-page-2736

Paula - https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/paulas-fundraising-page-246

Jem - https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/jems-fundraising-page-1

So please dig deep and give generously to a great cause!

The Importance of Mobile-Friendly Design

The concept is simple - making your website, application, or digital advertising, respond to being displayed on a small screen (like a smart phone) by altering its layout.

Buttons become larger and easier to touch, whilst other non-vital elements such as decorative images or illustrations are made smaller, or are hidden completely.

With the truly huge range of smart phones, tablets, phablets, laptops and desktop computers available, the implementation of this concept can sometimes be daunting; your website needs to work perfectly for as many screen shapes and sizes as possible, in landscape and portrait! Simply shrinking your website to fit won’t work - intelligent design decisions must be made to ensure a solid experience for users on any device.

Apps are no different. What works for your desktop computer, with it’s keyboard and mouse, will certainly need to change for your phone, with a small touchscreen as the sole form of input. Advertisements must adapt as well, if they are to grab attention in a space of dwindling real estate.

why (and how) to make sure your website is responsive

- There is an increasing trend of visitors browsing the website on a daily basis from mobile devices, rather than traditional computers. Many companies report seeing upwards of 50% of their traffic come from these devices, such as iPhone and Android handsets.

- Modern websites are often designed for mobile first. The layout is planned for use on a small screen, and then scaled up for larger displays, to avoid images and text ever becoming too crowded.

- Mobile devices often rely on touch for browsing, rather than a mouse. Buttons and links should always be large enough to tap with a finger, without difficult aiming.

- Websites loading for mobile will often rely on a slower Internet connection that full desktop sites. To improve loading times for users, measures should be taken to optimise the size of the images being loaded, the order that code resources are being loaded, and the number of resources the website relies on to function. Lots of files and images equals a longer wait for users, and patience can run out quickly.

- Although mobile browsing is relatively young (when compared to traditional desktop websites) a strong design ethos has already arisen around what constitutes a simple to use website for mobile. Elements such as the so-called ‘burger’ menu abound, and act as useful shorthand for communicating meaning to users subconsciously. Utilising these mobile design paradigms will improve user experience.

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