My Web Design Story

This is the web design story of Andrew Backhouse Design. I also blog for fun on my Adventure Blog. You can find that by Googling “Funny Little Man, Harrogate” or going to www.ijopona.org.

 

Six recent projects

    1. I made a Bot for the Facebook page of Harrogate Community Radio - lightening the load of the Social Media volunteers.

    2. I built a photography website that is hosted in my Dropbox as static files.

    3. I built an Alexa Skill so people can stream Harrogate Community Radio on, say, an Echo.

    4. I built an App for @HarrogateRadio so people can tune in to the station on their mobile phone.

    5. I built a sewing blog for a good friend. It is called Pin/Cushion.

    6. I had a returning customer! RAD Landscapes came about due to the success of another website that I built Richard.

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If you have a project in mind, I would love to hear from you.

Well, We Are In September 2020

Well, We Are In September 2020

This Blog post is part of my monthly round-ups. We are entering the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfullness' and at the end of every Calendar month I write a short blog post saying what I have been up to. You might be asking what I have been...

Tomorrow Is The First Of August

Tomorrow Is The First Of August

[wpseo_breadcrumb] Tomorrow is the 1st of August, 2020 - I am writing this on the evening of one of the hottest days so far this year. There have been a couple of thunder claps to clear the air, a welcome deluge and I am now comfy in my pyjamas. Kathryn is watching a...

My Shop: Find Me On Etsy!

My Shop: Find Me On Etsy!

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I thought it was about time I opened a shop to allow you to purchase a high quality print that I had designed. It is a way of supplementing my income and it is a way to keep me on my toes, up to date with trends and topics current in the field. It...

Fancy New Logo. Look!

Fancy New Logo. Look!

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I got a bit restless with my old logo. Well, it did not speak about my business or show what I was capable of. So, I have made a new Logomark and re-jigged the Logotype. I wanted to make a logo that showed a bit more of what I was about, as a...

It Was A Quiet June in 2020, For Me

It Was A Quiet June in 2020, For Me

[wpseo_breadcrumb] June 2020 was a bit of a quiet month for me, due to Lock Down - I have not been able to get out and network and people are not really spending money. With this in light, people are not needing things promoted and they do not have the resources to...

All About Pin/Cushion – The Sewing Blog

All About Pin/Cushion – The Sewing Blog

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I was contacted by a good friend, Ms T, with regards to a possible passion project. Ms T is a keen sewist and she wanted a blog to tell people about her work; keeping her friends up to date with what she has been up to and creating a bit of a...

The Basics: How To Write A Blog Post

The Basics: How To Write A Blog Post

[wpseo_breadcrumb] In this blog post I hope to write about a basic methodology for my clients to tell them how to maintain their blog. This is for customers of Andrew Backhouse Design - there will probably be better instructions on the web, but this is the system I...

A Returning Customer For A Growing Business

A Returning Customer For A Growing Business

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I have had a returning customer - and - no it was not to correct an error. I am pleased to say that the website I built for RAD Plumbing & Joinery is doing so well that Richard is expanding his business and he has taken on more staff. So, that...

How I Designed My Own Coronavirus Mask

How I Designed My Own Coronavirus Mask

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I have been living in a bubble for the past few months - rarely venturing out. I have been isolating. It is my wife, Kathryn, who has been doing the shopping trips and I have been left to my own devices in my office. But, I hope to go out to the...

Seeing Out May

Seeing Out May

[wpseo_breadcrumb] Well, as promised, I am continuing my run of end-of-month round-ups and it is now the end of month of May. I am quite pleased because I am within the month that I am blogging about - but, that is also a downside; it has been very quiet, too...

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

[wpseo_breadcrumb] Whether employed to warn or impart information about symptoms, prevention, and infection, graphic design plays a significant role in the front-line response to infectious disease, making life-saving messages accessible to all. Examples of this can...

May Starts, With Trepidation

May Starts, With Trepidation

[wpseo_breadcrumb] Well, as promised, I am continuing my run of end-of-month round-ups and it is now the month of May. I was a bit late with the closure of April but I hope to rectify it with this post. Well, what did April have in for Andrew Backhouse Design? It was...

April 2020 Has Started

April 2020 Has Started

[wpseo_breadcrumb] April 2020 has started: this is a recap of the month of March 2020 by Andrew Backhouse, the freelance digital designer in Harrogate. I write a monthly recap of shenanigans at the end of every month - this is good for long-tail SEO and is also a good...

Staying At Home: Tech Solutions

Staying At Home: Tech Solutions

[wpseo_breadcrumb] From my home office, I’ve been scanning the web over the past few days to collect tips and resources for designers, illustrators, and self-employed creatives during the Covid-19 outbreak, or Coronavirus as it is known. While it’s a scary time, it’s...

Bias.Store Redesign

Bias.Store Redesign

[wpseo_breadcrumb] Even though all of the design projects I work on are client-led, I do like to advise and negotiate what is currently technically feasible. Over the weekend I have ben working on the website for Bias Harrogate, on Commercial Street. Sally is the...

Covid-19 & Independent Businesses In Harrogate

Covid-19 & Independent Businesses In Harrogate

[wpseo_breadcrumb] Can I help? I do not have the facts to tell you how to cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic as an illness. This is a post about how you can keep on helping independent, small businesses survive these times. There is a massive economic downturn across the...

Well, February Whizzed By!

Well, February Whizzed By!

[wpseo_breadcrumb]This Blog Post is part of the monthly round-up series of posts. At the end of every month I write a short blog post explaining what I have been up to over the past month. This is not for the sake of preservation - the idea of setting in stone - nor...

The Basics: How To Write A Blog Post

Thoughts On De-Colonising Design

“Decolonisation” is a word we’re increasingly hearing in Design Literature, often being used interchangeably with “diversity.” It’s important to emphasise that while the terms are linked, they shouldn’t be confused. Diversity is about bringing more people to the...

Weekend Project: Poetry

Weekend Project: Poetry

[wpseo_breadcrumb]I had a bit of spare time over the pre-birthday weekend. I figure I could do with a break, but when I enjoy designing things so much then my break will ultimately involve designing something. So, I have built myself a new website for an old project....

Designing Artwork For An EP

Designing Artwork For An EP

[wpseo_breadcrumb]As readers of my blog may know, I take a lot of pleasure in designing for music. I enjoy designing download covers for experimental music releases. Quite handy really, as I am part of the experimental music label, Focused Silence. I am the boss-man...

Moving In To February, 2020

Moving In To February, 2020

[wpseo_breadcrumb]We are moving in to the February of 2020. It has been a slow month - plenty to keep me occupied but I wish it was still Christmas; when I could eat cheese and biscuits at 11am and never really knew what day it was. I am working on a few websites but...

The Basics: How To Write A Blog Post

Gender Representation In Design

I appreciate I am a man, man. A white, middle aged man. I have the power. Why would I want to rock the boat? I once studied a BSc at uni - I know that in closed systems, you either evolve or go extinct. The industry i work in has been dominated by white middle-aged...

Focused Folio Branding

Focused Folio Branding

[wpseo_breadcrumb]So, you know I run a record label as a hobby right? Well, there have been developments in the label that have called upon my design skills. You may remember my Blog post from late 2019 called "Designers: Pay The Bills But Don't Forget To Feed Your...

In Praise Of Asap

In Praise Of Asap

[wpseo_breadcrumb]As you can tell from this site I am quite a fan of the Asap typeface. I am currently displaying this post in that very font. With Asap (“as soon as possible”) there are 4 styles: Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic. This family, specially developed...

Looking Back On December 2019

Looking Back On December 2019

[wpseo_breadcrumb] That was December 2019. I figure I would not write an end of year catch-up, but, instead plough on with my end of month write up - the work month has ebbed off as people prepare for Christmas. So, I figure I would take the opportunity gifted to me...

What Happened In November 2019

What Happened In November 2019

[wpseo_breadcrumb]That was November - I appreciate it is becoming a cliché on this blog to say something like "where did that go" but it seems five minutes since the halcyon days of summer, not five months. Nowadays it is dark & depressing but nearing the festive...

That Was October 2019

That Was October 2019

[wpseo_breadcrumb]That was October 2019 - where is the time going?! I have been working for this month, despite what my health throws at me. And, I am gradually getting the jobs done after what has been a terrible summer. In this series of blogs I write an...

September 2019 – Where Did That Go?!

September 2019 – Where Did That Go?!

[wpseo_breadcrumb]That was September - it hardly seems an eye-blink since the halcyon days of summer. Nights would blur in to dawn and there was no really oppressive darkness. We are now knee-deep in October and the weather is fighting for it's last glimpse of warmth....

September Already!

September Already!

[wpseo_breadcrumb]I hardly seems a few days since I was last blogging, telling you about July - well; here I am telling you about August. It was quite a funny one, weather wise. There were flash floods and the hottest day on record. It really is hard to work in when...

That was July 2019

That was July 2019

[wpseo_breadcrumb]I am a bit behind with my blogging this month - I am knee deep in August and only just getting around to writing up what happened in July of 2019. So, if you forgive the procrastination in Blogging then I can tell you. I have been busy for the month...

When Do You Need A Rebrand?

When Do You Need A Rebrand?

[wpseo_breadcrumb]A brand’s heritage can provide a great starting point for a new identity – but sometimes, the past is best avoided. I'll mention some of the brands drawing on their archives for inspiration and express a point of view about the pros and cons of...

What Happened In April 2019

What Happened In April 2019

[wpseo_breadcrumb]“April is the cruellest month . . . ” begins the first line of The Waste Land, the signature modernist poem by T. S. Eliot. But, all in all, it has been quite rosey for Andrew Backhouse Design - I have been ticking over and finding new ventures to...

Why Hire A Freelancer In Harrogate?

Why Hire A Freelancer In Harrogate?

[wpseo_breadcrumb]Simply put - it is a gig-economy when you are a freelancer. Employ one, like me, when you need the work doing and then you will not need to hear from them again until you need further work. Since the advent of the Internet, the ability for businesses...

And, That Was March

And, That Was March

[wpseo_breadcrumb]Well, as promised, I am continuing my run of end-of-month round-ups and it is now April. I was a bit late with the closure of March but I hope to rectify it with this post. Well, what did March have in for Andrew Backhouse Design? It was a month of...

What Happened In April 2019

What Is Article 13?

[wpseo_breadcrumb] Article 13 of the EU's new copyright directive has sparked huge controversy online, with YouTube campaigning strongly against the proposal & the Alliance for Intellectual Property and Proponents campaigning strongly for it. I'll explain why ......

I’ve Gained A Certificate In Site Structure

I’ve Gained A Certificate In Site Structure

[wpseo_breadcrumb]As you may be aware, I am an SEO Consultant. This involves a process of constant study - updating my learned skills and keeping abreast of trends and tools. As part of that, I have acquired a new certificate - A certificate in Site Structure. The...

New Certificate

New Certificate

[wpseo_breadcrumb]I took a test at the beginning of January - I flew through it and passed. But, what was the test? Why am I writing about it? It was a test from Google Digital Garage about web design and SEO. I did the 40-hour course in three hours and forty-five...

That Was December

That Was December

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I thought I would start writing a series of monthly round-ups so that people can keep abreast of what has been happening at Andrew Backhouse Design. After all, a blog is a great way of gaining Goody Points for SEO - Long-Tail SEO benefits from...

D&Ad Membership

D&Ad Membership

[wpseo_breadcrumb]After sitting on the fence for some time, I took the plunge and applied for Full Membership of D&Ad - the global association for creative design. I am now a member and have all of the associated perks - but is it worthwhile? I'd like to think so...

Redesigning The Parish News

Redesigning The Parish News

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I had a bit of a troubled nights sleep last night - no real big deal, it is something I have to live with. During the time I was awake, I spent it redesigning The Parish News. In fact, it was a complete re-branding. The first thing to change was the...

Blogging Tips & Tricks

Blogging Tips & Tricks

[wpseo_breadcrumb] I may not be a blogging expert, but after working on the Andrew Backhouse Design Blog for more than three years (and having my own personal Adventure Blog, Ijo Pona, for seven years) I have a few tricks up my sleeves! I have a loyal audience and...

Bias Boutique

Bias Boutique

[wpseo_breadcrumb]I first met up with Sally Hindle a few months ago - the brief was to take on the mantle of Social Media Manager for her shop, Bias Boutique on Coldbath Road. I quickly realised that their website was not up to scratch. Yes, they were getting the...

There’s A New Vegan Shop In Harrogate

There’s A New Vegan Shop In Harrogate

[wpseo_breadcrumb] There is a new Vegan Shop in Harrogate and I got to design the website. It was a Wordpress build with a credited E-Commerce engine at the back-end. But, What of the business, The Online Vegan Market? Claire Rose has been the proprietor of 4a...

Building A Website For Baby Castings

Building A Website For Baby Castings

[wpseo_breadcrumb] A Couple of months ago (late July 2018), I was trying to get out of washing the dishes by looking at Facebook - one of the businesses I follow on Facebook is Crafty Chops Castings - Leeds. The proprietor, Marie, put out a call for web designers to...

Braille & Type

Braille & Type

[wpseo_breadcrumb] A new typeface, by Kosuke Takahashi, has been announced. And, it is a stroke of genius (pun intended). It combines Braille & Type. Currently, we rarely see braille implemented in the public space since it takes additional space and sighted...

Lessons to Learn

Lessons to Learn

[wpseo_breadcrumb]The recent revelations about how Cambridge Analytica exploited the personal information of Facebook users is yet another worrying reminder about the collection of our Personal Information: how much data has been collected, and of how little control...

An SEO Success Story In Harrogate

An SEO Success Story In Harrogate

An SEO Success Story In Harrogate:: I am the proud owner of a record label - it is one of the many things that I do to help pay the rent. My record label is called Focused Silence. It is about the success story of Focused Silence in SERP (Search Engine Results Page)...

The Basics: How To Write A Blog Post

How To Get My Site Ready For Voice Search

Voice search is picking up steam. You can now use your voice to search the web and play music, navigate home and order a pizza or get the latest Cricket results. Not a day goes by without news stories about search assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri,...

The Basics: How To Write A Blog Post

Tabula Rasa

Tabula rasa: a clean slate. I am ceasing operations as TreeBark Design and moving to a more slimline, streamed down version of freelancing. I was getting restless with the bloated behemoth that TreeBark Design had become - after all, it was my first venture as a...

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