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Dragons, Harrods and Hamleys at Source...

Shrewsbury-based agency Source, which specialises in creative and digital marketing, has completed the first phase of a major packaging and online overhaul for a mid-Wales company that will see its products displayed in Harrods and Hamleys stores in London next year.

Timberkits, based at Llanbrynmair in Powys, recently secured funding for expansion after appearing on television’s Dragons' Den programme, where fashion tycoon Touker Suleyman invested £40,000 for a 30% stake in the business.

Founded in 1998, Timberkits produces wooden models sold in kit form and has increased its product line-up to face an expanding world export market.

Sarah Reast, managing director of Timberkits, said: “The brief was to streamline and broaden the appeal of our packaging design and to produce an easy to navigate website which clearly displayed our products yet adhered strictly to our ethos as an approachable family company.

“One of the many things that impressed us about Source was that in addition to their 360 degree business approach and willingness to get involved beyond normal service levels, they ensured that we have total control of our website through their own comprehensive Content Management System which is incredibly easy to use and gives us the ability to make changes as and when we require.”

Source MD Sally Tringham added: “The team here at Source have been delighted to work with such a prestigious company as Timberkits. They are a really creative and forward-thinking client and we have developed a highly successful working partnership with them.”

Tools of the Trade

Techy post ahoy! If you’re interested in how the technical team take a web design and turn it into a living, breathing website, read on.

For a long time, building website was reserve of a cerebral minority. Until the last few years, front-end development (the art of building what a visitor sees when they visit a website, out of nothing but good old HTML and CSS) was tricky to say the least.

The World vs Internet Explorer

Complex differences in the ways different browsers rendered (just a fancy word for ‘displayed’) a website meant that quite often a website would look fine in one, for instance Firefox, and not in another. The ‘another’ was usually Internet Explorer, historically a very unreliable browser that would turn otherwise beautiful websites into a mess of garbled images and text.

Building a Better Internet

But as the user experience evolved, and companies pushed the envelope in making their platforms easier to use than the competitor, browsers improved. Even Internet Explorer has evolved (and will soon be replaced with Microsoft’s new browser effort, Edge.) And so did the technologies they relied on: HTML and CSS are now more powerful than ever, and offer developers simple ways to achieve layouts and effects that simply weren’t possible five or more years ago.

Another catalyst for these changes has been the advent of the mobile web. Responsive layouts demand robust, flexible coding to allow for ease of use by the end user. Improved support for CSS attributes such as box-sizing have greatly lowered the difficulty in producing layouts that can easily resize to fit any size of screen.

These improvements have allowed the creation of a new generation of attractive and nuanced websites, where layouts are always simple and content is king. At least, that’s the theory; in practice, giving developers more power sometimes leads to some over-egged omelettes. Overcomplicated designs and complex navigation schemes which may have seemed a good idea on paper, but in practice cause issues for visitors.

Tools are Just Tools

As always, the most important element in the production of any website is the decisions its designers make. Tools are, after all, just tools.

If you have any questions about website development, browser compatibility, layout design or coding for the web in general, get in touch with the experts.

Being mobile-ready is now more important than ever

By the end of 2014, 51% of website visitors were using their mobile phones to access the internet. This paradigm shift has been a long time coming and it’s a shift that has big repercussions for business everywhere. With so many visitors now using small screens for Internet browsing, it’s important that your website is designed with this in mind.

Getting to Page 1 of Google

If you have a website, you’ve asked yourself this question before: “How can I get my website to the top of Google?"

Positive Moves for Design Agency

Design agency Source is celebrating success following a hat trick of new business wins and the launch of its new company website.

Source launches it new website for 2015. Pictured from left to right:  Paula Savage (Creative Director), Sally Tringham (Managing Director) and Steph Campbell (Designer).

Source unveils stunning new website for 2015

To mark the start of the new year, Source have produced a beautiful new website to display their range of fantastic imagery. The site features a portfolio of work produced for clients, great photography of the team and offices, and a new and improved blog.

Hopkins Longworth get the Full Solution

Executive Search and Senior Recruitment specialists Hopkins Longworth chose Source to deliver their full solution; brand, stationery, internal documents and website.

Make backups easy with Mirrornet

Mirrornet's website is fully content-manageable, meaning the text, imagery and pages of the website can all be edited simply and quickly by the client, from any computer, in just a few clicks.

A fresh fishy tale from Shrewsbury!

A leading county fishmonger who this year celebrates 100 years in business has embraced the latest computer technology to modernise its operation.

Oxjam branding 'rocks' thanks to donation by local creative agency

A leading Shropshire creative agency has stepped in to help the county’s newest music festival.

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