[gawr-juhs] – Visual Communication & Design Thinking

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Design Guidance for Text-Intensive Documents
Thursday, December 21, 2017

A friend asked if I would be willing to cast my eye over an eBook document that they’d created in a popular word processing package. They told me that they were happy with the content, but felt it was lacking something visually. Could I make suggestions on how to improve it? 


Should we trust design by social media approval?
Thursday, September 28, 2017

I was scrolling through my LinkedIn news feed recently, when I saw yet another post asking for the design opinions of its members. To summarise the post briefly, it contained a graphic that displayed the same word in five different typefaces. The author asked its network to select the word in the font that they thought would be most attractive to a ‘millennial’ audience.  


The Importance of Made In Britain Products
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Recently I travelled to the picturesque Yorkshire town of Harrogate to attend the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival. My primary purpose was to visit Dee Two, who were exhibiting there, but the trip also provided me with an opportunity to chat to potential new customers too. In addition I attended some of the informative sessions that Home & Gift had organised as part of their Great Northern Retail Forum. One of which was an interview-style keynote speech with Janet Street-Porter on why it was important for us to be supportive of products that are made in Britain. 


Can animated GIFs damage your health?
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

** WARNING ** Readers are advised that this blogpost doesn't contain any flashing-images but the content of the text deals with the subject of online flashing or strobing images. **END OF WARNING** 


Is it time to evaluate whether your branding is in the right shape?
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

If you're a regular Twitter user, then the recent design changes introduced in June 2017 won't have gone unnoticed to you. Twitter has provided us with a cleaner, less cluttered interface; more consistent typography with bolder headings; new slender icons that are more intuitive; and the ability to make everything more accessible through increased colour contrast.  


How Grant Stott helped to make [gawr-juhs] gorgeous
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Like many people across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, my Monday morning was settling down into a nice groove. The radio was on in the studio. Email had been checked. Weekly analytics for clients’ websites had been checked, and it was full-steam ahead with projects on my “to do” list. 


Does your business stationery & website comply with UK legal guidelines?
Thursday, January 05, 2017

At [gawr-juhs] we specialises in working with start-up organisations. I'm always surprised, when the owners of new businesses say that they didn’t realise they were legally required to show specific information about their company on their website and printed stationery.  


Why You Should Participate in BIMA’s Digital Day
Friday, September 16, 2016

Why is it important for your school or digital agency to participate in the British Interactive Media Association’s (BIMA) Digital Day this 15 November? You may be unaware of the fact that we are facing an imminent skills shortage within the digital industry. How can this be? I hear you ask. Aren’t all young people IT savvy these days? It’s true that they’re heavy users of digital. However very few of them are aware of how the apps, games and sites – that they use on a daily basis – are created. 


You’re Just My Type
Monday, June 27, 2016

A few weeks ago I was contacted by David White, secretary for The Creative Exchange. He asked whether I would be interested in presenting a short talk, at their next meeting, about type design. Not knowing anything about this group, David explained that members were all creatives who worked for public sector bodies: local authorities; universities; the health service; housing associations; etc. As I’m always happy to share any design knowledge I have, that may be relevant or useful to others, I said yes. 


Delivering The Goods
Monday, May 16, 2016

At the beginning of 2015 we were approached by a potential new customer. Mr Smith was in the early stages of setting up a business. He asked us if we would be able to produce an identity for his new venture and create a digital presence for it, all for a limited budget. We said we could, as this was exactly the kind of design project that interested us, and which [gawr-juhs] specialises in. 




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