Designing the Layout of a Web Page

Visitors to a website tend to like uncluttered simplicity in the layout, and from a designer’s point of view this helps walk the visitor through the information they need, leading to an action being taken such as making a booking or a purchase. Achieving this means utilising negative space around elements that make up a web page. If elements such as paragraphs and photographs only take up something in the region of about 50% of the screen on a desktop version of a website, it helps the visitor focus on the information presented to them without any distractions (the constraints of a mobile phone screen practically forces the designer to do this in a mobile version of a website).

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The Secrets of Design – Colour

The colours you see in logos, branding and signage are not chosen at random or by chance. There is a very good reason why specific colours are used to emphasise brand identity or to make us react in a certain way. Colours can affect our mood and even the way food tastes. Here are a few examples of the effect colour can have on us, and what type of business, or industry, is likely to use some of these colours.

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A Visit to Chatsworth

It’s always great to visit Chatsworth when the sun is shining, but even better after a long, dark, winter lockdown!

Chatsworth House Fountain
Chatsworth House Gardens

Holmebrook Valley Park, Chesterfield


A brief walk through the snow in the local park yesterday had me thinking back to last year, and of the great weather we had in spring and summer… Seems a long time ago now. I found the photo below of the lake at Holmebrook Valley Park (taken whilst on a walk in spring) when looking back at a some pictures from last year. What a contrast! (Spot the ducklings).

Brrr! A Chilly Walk Around the Local Park


A short break from the computer screen to walk around the frozen lake in our nearby park in Chesterfield. Great to get some fresh Derbyshire air, but glad to get home and have a hot cup of coffee!