Well, it has been a while since we uploaded a freebie – Today we’d like to offer you a free ambulance icon, hot off the press!
Please note this FREE ambulance Icon can be used on commercial or non-commercial projects, all we ask in return is not to re-sell or distribute our work, be cool and link back to this page…
Over the years we have uploaded a variety of FREE Stuff for you, our loyal Tidy Blog readers to enjoy. If you get time then please do check them out or post a comment below, we’d love to hear from you. Keep it Tidy!
Earlier this month (March 2015) several companies renting office space at 23 High Street in Old Portsmouth got given three months notice. This was a bit of a bummer, especially as we’d taken on a couple of new staff and projects! Quality (and affordable) office space in Portsmouth is pretty rare, especially in Old Portsmouth… We needed to act, and act fast!
Royal Naval Club, Old Portsmouth
A long story short; after several visits to various commercial offices / units both in and out of Portsmouth we stumbled upon an office for rent at the Royal Naval Club (also in Old Portsmouth)! Two weeks later we had packed up our desks and moved in…
A weekend moving stuff to the new office…
As much as I liked 23 High Street, the building and people, this new office does offer a sea view and room for growth. So, although this unforeseen event was a bit disruptive and stressful at times, the end result is pretty awesome!
Welcome to Tidy Design HQ
Some heavy lifting…
Hell of a view…
A new chapter has started for Tidy Design…
A big thank you must go out to all our clients for your patience and understanding this past fortnight, we are now settled into our new Tidy Design HQ and ready to work…
You may have received a notification from Google, regarding the requirements to update your web site so that it is compliant and compatible with the ubiquitous mobile device.
Why is this happening? Well, most of us (if not all) have a smart phone, maybe a tablet device too. Using a website that has the additional code to allow mobile functionality now becomes a pleasure, rather than a chore.
Google have some key details with what it means for a website to be mobile compliant Mobile Usability if you would like further reading, but in summary this is:
- A defined viewing area – this means that whether you’re using an older generation smart phone, a brand-new cutting-edge tablet device or a computer system with a high-resolution display, the website dynamically adjusts to fit (within reason, of course) the display of the device.
- Content that flows – if you have browsed a website on a mobile device and had to move the screen around the read the contents, a mobile friendly site resolves these issues.
- Fonts that scale – for easier reading on small screens.
- Easy-to-touch-elements – buttons that are well-spaced from other touch elements
- Visual design and motion – driven by mobile-friendly technology.
What we have here is Google reminding us, the designers and builders of your site that it isn’t ‘mobile friendly’ and a terse warning that the web-pages will not rank well in a mobile search.
Reading further into this, we expect a new mobile-site ranking algorithm to soon launch.
As you may expect, we are receiving a reasonable volume of the Google sent email and from both new and existing customers. If you would like us to implement mobile functionality with your site, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are self-motivated, love a challenge, enthusiastic about business, technology and web design then please get in touch. Send over some examples of your work with a CV and cover letter. We plan to make 2015 another awesome year for Tidy Design; we hope you can join us…
So, yesterday we sent out a festive newsletter to all our Tidy Design clients – If you would like to have a read then please click here.
Our Tidy Design office in Old Portsmouth will be closed over Christmas and New Year. Please note the following dates: On Tuesday 23rd December we will be closing at 3pm. Our office will then re-open on Friday 2nd January 2015. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any urgent edits or support queries during this period. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Tidy Design’s hourly rate of £35.00 has been a great hit with clients (old and new) for many years now… Being half the price of some web design agencies, our ‘client updates diary’ is always pretty full – I must once again say a big “thank you” to our clients for this – You rock!
So, it has been a few years since we sat down and properly assessed competitor rates (what other companies are charging for bespoke web design), and amended our own prices accordingly… It has been decided that we will keep the rate of £35.00 going for general site updates throughout 2015 (this covers photos, text and document edits). We will also continue to charge for updates in X15 minute slots on a pay as you go basis.
When it comes to new projects (a site re-design, mobile app, mobile site, new web application etc) we will be charging £45.00 per hour as of the 1st of January 2015.
As a company Tidy Design proudly offers a great price for a great service, this approach to business has allowed us to grow and forge strong business relationships during tough economic times – We hope 2015 will be no different.
I am delighted to announce that Tina The Christmas Turkey, A to Z for Kids and Montgomery Moon have all reached the Play store – This time next year we’ll be millionaires!!
As well as developing websites and brands for awesome clients, we also do a spot of app development… This month I set aside time for a few neglected personal projects – The spec; get Jordan stuck into some Android app development and make each book available on the Play store :)
All in all I am very happy with the end result – Both Tina The Christmas Turkey and A to Z for Kids are free apps, these promote Montgomery Moon (this one costs 69p) at the end of the book. I thought this would work well and encourage people to buy the app, time will tell.
It would be great to hear your thoughts and feedback on the above, if you have any questions (or maybe your own Android app idea) then please do give us a call or email.
Well, it has been a while my Tidy Blog readers – In recent weeks (or should I say months) Tidy Design has been manic… If we then throw in (not literally) a new born baby, a complete property renovation project, moving house, copious client updates, several big meetings / projects and some biz development work, there has literally been no time to blog.
The youngest – Jamie Leon Ward
Firstly I must say a big thanks to my wingman Jordan Terry who has been putting in the hours. With several new and pretty big chapters started this year; Jordan has been an absolute legend manning the Tidy Design fort. Clients have certainly kept us busy this year, probably a little too busy at times, but this is a good thing – I would like to thank them all!
And on that note it is time for some more client work, we have lots to tick off our to-do list before month-end – Another busy week ahead…
As a small business we like to do what we can to help – Business is not only about making money, it is about making a positive difference to the world we live.
“Big thanks to Tidy Design for their generous sponsorship of me in Sydney’s annual City2Surf 14km run. I completed the course in 1 hr 36 minutes and 48 seconds. This was a massive personal achievement (having never run further than 8km) and it was made even more special by raising money for Amnesty International. Massive thanks to Tidy Design for helping me do so…”
To Do Good And Give Back – Tidy Design .org
Working with the NHS to create My Birthplace was pretty awesome – but what is even more satisfying is hearing such positive feedback from the end user. Thank you!
BBC Report: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-28697178