Selective Colouring and Basic Colour Replacement in Photoshop

20 July, 2011

A quick look at two simple Photoshop techniques, selective colouring using saturation filters and colour replacement using hue/saturation. Darryl takes you through each of these techniques giving a detailed walkthrough on how to achive the desired result.

In a world of willing slaves, how do real copywriters compete?

27 June, 2011

Neil writes about the struggle 'professional' copywriters face having to compete alongside 'amateur' copywriters who use copywriting as a means to top up their general income and the effect this has on the industry as a whole.

Wireframes are not enough

14 June, 2011

As at most web agencies here at Evoluted wireframing is an integral part of our design process. Every project first goes through a wireframing process to ensure that we build a robust, easy to use website that includes all the features and elements required. The final wireframes are used as a starting point by our designers and throughout the project life these are referenced by designers and developers alike.

5 ways your web copy can satisfy lazy people (that's most of us)

31 May, 2011

I’m lazier than I used to be. And if you shop online, use a smartphone or browse the web often, you probably are too. In 2011, we all have amazing technology at our fingertips. Yet when that technology goes even slightly wrong, nobody’s happy.

How my Dribbble profile got me a job

25 May, 2011

As the title suggests, I didn't join Evoluted through traditional methods. My work got spotted on Dribbble by Ash, who had been searching the site for designers under the term "Sheffield". Ash then approached me after looking at my full portfolio on my website. I visited the Evoluted offices for an informal interview and now here I am writing this blog post.

Google Maps API v3 Embedded with Custom Location Pin

23 May, 2011

Google Maps API offers a wide variety of applications that enable you to embed the functionality and customisation of Google Maps into an external website at no cost. This tutorial aims to guide you through the process of embedding a basic map, located at a specific point with a custom pin, which can be particularly useful for 'contact' pages.

Creating Your Own Twitter Trends Widget

10 May, 2011

Creating a customer widtget for making calls to Twitter's Search API with JSON and then displaying the result with HTML, CSS and jQuery. Stewart shows how to create a simple widget displaying what the people of Twitter are saying about Sheffield.

Creating a jQuery plugin

3 May, 2011

Mike's latest tutorial shows the basics of creating your very own jQuery accordion plugin from scratch. This has many advantages, mainly the simplicity of performing a single jQuery function call in the head of your html rather then having to copy over 100 lines of code that another developer wrote and you have to decipher.

What the ASA’s new online remit means for web copywriters

26 April, 2011

On 1st March 2011 the ASA’s online remit was extended to cover all marketing messages online. This means that their rules about misleading advertising, social responsibility and the protection of children now apply to corporate websites. And when a complaint about misleading web copy is upheld, the ASAcertainly has the clout to take action.

Browser Wars! The Browser Market Shares moving into 2011

14 April, 2011

A fierce war has ensued over the last year between competing web browsers, each trying to dominate one another, in struggles to attain a bigger piece of the pie within the browser share market. Darryl takes and in depth look into the market share shift in browser market.

Simple jQuery Filtering using Quicksand

11 April, 2011

The second part of Stewart's Simple jQuery Filtering Using jQuery article. This time Stewart uses the Quicksand jQuery plugin and a bit of HTML5 spice up the transitions.

Design Inspiration #1

28 March, 2011

The Design Inspiration roundup series is an infrequent list of the sites that have caught my eye over the last week or so. These have been picked for their aesthetic and technical brilliance.

How to become a Freelance Copywriter

18 March, 2011

Copywriting is great work. It can be fun and creative. It can pay very well. It can also be a mind-numbing slog on occasion. That’s ok though, because as a freelancer you’ll soon find yourself moving on to something else. So how you can you become a freelance copywriter?

Time Saving Database Functions

10 March, 2011

We've all been there, making an awesome form nicely laid out on the page and arranged pixel perfect to fit all the fields required; name, address, email, telephone etc. everything is going great until you come to the PHP. Mike creates and demonstrates a simple set of time saving short hand database functions.

An Introduction to Wireframing

3 March, 2011

Whether you're just getting started in web design or you're a seasoned pro, the concept of wireframing must either be something you're familiar with or been hearing a lot about recently. Nik takes a brief look at what wireframing is and how you and your clients can benefit from encorporating a wireframing stage into your workflow.