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Category: Web Development

Website Design Toronto Trends for 2020

More UI candy with less load time New libraries like Vue, Ember, and React are blurring the line between website and native application. People’s expectations for readily available, instantly responsive online experiences have been, in part, driven by faster internet speeds and more powerful smartphones. The result, websites now offload a lot of the heavy lifting to the device. Since our devices are doing most of the work, we no longer have to wait for the webserver to process information and return a result. Instead, our devices are processing the data and sending the result to the server. This role […]

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Brand & Mortar is a 5-Star Digital Marketing Agency on Clutch

Our team believes in creating well-defined digital marketing strategies that generate momentum for our clients. We’re dedicated to creating new opportunities for our partners, helping them to transform their businesses and boost their market influence. We are a multi-disciplined group of experts that know how to build web traffic for our clients. With the new year upon us, we are excited to announce our partnership with Clutch, a B2B ratings and reviews platform for service providers in the IT services, web/app development, and advertising & marketing industries. Clutch uses various metrics such as market presence, quality of work, and verified […]

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Using Garrett’s 5 Planes of User Experience in Web Design

When designing a website, it is important to think through every possible way that users will be interacting with the website. The way they interact with the website is highly dependent on the way it is built. This might sound like a complicated process, but by breaking the process down into its core elements, we can understand it better. Thankfully, Jesse Garrett, an information architect, came up with a principle called Five Planes of User Experience.

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Mood Boards: Essential Visual Aids for Creative Projects

A mood board (or inspiration board) is a physical or digital collage of ideas. It is used in all creative fields including interior design, product design, fashion, and graphic design. A mood board, such as Pinterest, is a tool that presents a quick visual representation and first-round benchmark of any visual and creative project.

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Finding Love in an Ad-Free Place: Ad-Blockers & Your Brand

Ever since the internet was young and innocent, advertisements have cropped up as a way for brands and marketers to get access to the huge amount of people logging on every day. The pop-up has served as the bane of many an internet user’s existence, popping up in more and more frustrating situations and in greater quantities. Nonetheless, users have revolted and used ad-blocking softwares to dispel the efficacy of “traditional” internet marketing — namely, the pop-up window. The era of the pop-up advertisement is all but dead, and it has everything to do with ad-blockers. What is ad-blocking? Simply […]

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Creative Resources

Finding the right tools and creative resources to complete projects can really help their outcome and timeline. There are a ton of resources online that help with completing your projects, no matter the subject. Below I have compiled a list of resources to help complete your creative projects.         Web Design Learnable: Learnable provides a list of online books and online courses created for web designers and developers. They provide unlimited access to all courses and videos. This is a great resource for all areas of web design. W3Schools: This website can provide everything from HTML to CSS […]

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Tech Skills: Learn To Build Your Own Websites

Tech skills are fast becoming one of the greatest additions to your work tool box; high demand, multipurpose, practical hard skills that can be used in a multitude of settings. With almost everyone needing a website for their business, personal blog or community group – being able to navigate code and website technology is becoming vital in today’s online age of virtual communication. It’s a new year and if you want to pick up some new tech skills for complete newbies the best place to start is with HTML and CSS. HTML and CSS are the foundation of website design. […]

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Lightweight Open-Source Code Editors

Working with big projects requires a lot of back end coding and editing. While trying to stay on a time schedule and meet deadlines, it is good to utilize the best resources you have. There are a lot of different code editors that help blend the visual aspect of a website and the backend together. Utilizing these applications help speed up the process of coding and get the job done. Here are some popular code editors that many web designers use today: Sublime Text Brackets Github Atom PHP Storm Notepad++ Netbeans   Many of these have their own unique features […]

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A Second Look: Trends in Web Design and Development

After spending many hours online, you naturally begin to pick up on web design’s current (and evolving) trends. By visiting a variety of different web sites and communities, you start to pick out specific differences in layouts and styles of each design you stumble upon; you begin to observe the subtle nuances designers have begun to adopt to put their work above and beyond what we call ‘average’. Incorporating the latest trends through a marriage of coding and design is ever advancing the web and how we view it day-to-day; it’s not stopping or slowing by any measure, and you should […]

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Part 2: An Intro to Online Business Branding

Welcome to Part 2 of our Intro to Online Business Branding! If you’re looking for a few tips to get you ahead online, keep reading!   Email Newsletters & Social Campaigns  As you gain customers, be sure to understand that engagement and communication are extremely important. This can mean a larger focus on social media or other channels; if you’re looking to grow your brand online, social media is a must. This ties into brand recognition and your ability to understand and reach out to potential customers. In addition to tapping into social media for its communication prowess, its pretty important to […]

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