Website Design Chesterfield

  • We are recruiting – PHP and WordPress Developers

    Our staff retention at Crush Design has been excellent, especially if you compare it to the Agency sector average.

    However, after five years one of our developers believes (quite incorrectly) that the grass may be greener elsewhere.

    This tragedy happened shortly after we had already made the decision to expand the developer team with another junior. So now I have two position to fill!

    • a senior and a junior developer
    • would consider two middle weights

    There is no mad rush as the development work schedule is manageable, plus getting the right people is vital as we want them to stay for five years at the very least!

    So who is right for us, and who are we right for?

    • PHP is the language of choice. Lots of knowledge and experience for the senior, some experience but evidence of enthusiasm and eagerness more important for the junior role
    • Full’ish stack for the seniors, though more emphasis on front end skills
    • Front End more important for juniors to start
    • Knowledge of WordPress and Laravel would be good (Magento knowledge would be awesome but not a requirement)
    • Friendly, because the team you are joining is and we want a positive working environment
    • Hard working, because we are a popular agency with more opportunies than we can manage
    • But not just fast work as pixel perfect quality is important

    In terms of the work we do, it is varied both in terms of the clients we work for and the projects we get.

    Never a dull moment!

    If you are interested please get in touch, we would love to hear from you: jon@crush-design.co.uk

    More information on the job role: Developer Jobs

    Agencies – Aiming not to use an agency, though chances are you have already contacted me as I ran an advert on Indeed and Linked In. If you want to chance you arm send anonymised CV of local and relevant candidates with your required commission rate. All other contact will be ignored / avoided. Sorry.

  • New Premium Website

    How do you make something feel exclusive and premium quality.

    That was the challenge set by one of our clients, Pagefield Global Counsel who are an amazing company.

    We love them, but the website brief was not so lovely as we couldn’t really say what they do or who they do it for.

    All we can say is that they want the world’s most powerful and wealthiest people to get just how special they are at a glance.

    Fortunately we have some amazing designers who absolutely relish a challenge and developers who can do cool stuff.

    Also the client was comfortable investing in the work it takes to deliver quality.

    Any, that is enough chat, here is the website: http://pagefieldglobalcounsel.com/

  • Magento 2 website launched

    Magento 2 website launched

    Magento is the most powerful open source e-commerce platform.

    In layman terms Magento is the go-to platform for companies that want a big and complex online shop.

    The challenge was immense;

    • Magento 2 is a new and significant update
    • Lots of improvements from Magento version 1, so a lot of learning
    • The client sells over 6,000 products
    • Products range from simple on/off switches to large, complex and very expensive automated systems
    • The client wanted all the e-commerce bells and whistles!

    Take a look and judge for yourself: https://www.999automation.com/

    But we think we have combine great design,UX, functionality and build.

    So if you are looking for a Magento 2 developer in Chesterfield, Sheffield or north Derbyshire, then look no further that Crush Design!

     

  • Future Website trends for 2018

    I am a great fan of Digital Synopsis and once again I think they hit the mark on a lot of really good developments in website design for 2018 in their recent article

    The facts that most resonate with me are:

    • 95% of users want a good user experience (not just design)
    • But also that trust comes from quality in design with 94% not trusting degraded websites
    • And remembering that homepages are usually transitional pages, so planning the navigation to content the person wants to see is key

    On the design side the top five points they list are absolutely on the mark

    1. Bold typography and colours – though only when the brand permits
    2. Scroll trigger animations – already doing it and it looks great!
    3. Quality photography – bin the crappy stock images and take time to find something special (or hire a photographer)
    4. Your digital voice – getting better at speaking to customer through the screen in the right tone and on brand
    5. The use of Cinemagraphs – think they are beautiful, just need to figure our how to incorporate one in to a client website!

    At Crush Design we have many more views on where great website design is going. So if your website could do with some love in 2018, pick up the phone!

    A cinemagraph

    This is a still image with some subtle movement. The example below is beautiful….
    Author: http://domquichotte.com/

    Good work Digital Synopsis!

  • A Creative and Meaningful website for Light Up A Life

    A Creative and Meaningful website for Light Up A Life

    Occasionally we get to work on really challenging and interesting projects.

    The Light up a Life website for Ashgate Hospicecare was one of those projects.

    The client, in a wonderfully trusting manner, gave us freedom to come up with the best way to represent the night sky along with stars that could be dedicated to a loved one.

    The solution was a combination of creativity, UX design, planning, mathematics and clever coding

    • An empty night sky and silhouettes of Chesterfield were designed, as well as individual stars
    • These stars are randomly spread throughout the night sky by a mathematical formula and algorithm
    • The website has to be usable on desktop, tablet and mobile, so things like star density on mobile phones was an issue
    • A search function allows those remembering family and friend to re-find the star they sponsored
    • People can add photos and messages of loved one
    • All this managed by an intuitive interface that links directly to a payment gateway for donations

    The biggest problem with the website was just how popular this way of remembering people has been, as the first 300 stars were dedicated almost within the first week.

    Please see for yourselves: lightupalife.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk

     

     

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