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A quick festive update…

We are finally here… December! Since our last blog post, Team Tidy has been extremely busy with several new and existing projects. Jonno has been a trooper developing and supporting software for Kidney Research UK.

Luke has been busy designing a new and exciting web app, MyMaternity, which enables women to make informed decisions on where they can have their babies.

Mike’s feet rarely touch the ground and has had two meetings and a conference in the past week alone. And as for me, I have been dealing with VAT deadlines, payroll, invoicing and the incredibly important task of hanging the tinsel up.

We have settled nicely into our lovely new office at Port Solent, and we are building some nice friendships with other fellow businesses within the building. Julie, the manageress of Pure Offices regularly puts on a coffee morning, with the last one being held on Halloween. Each office could enter the pumpkin carving competition, and we are very proud to announce that Mike won the competition with his fantastic design!

I have now informed him that we will be entering the gingerbread house competition which is being held at the office Christmas get together, much to his dismay.

Mike has also put his creative flare to good use, with some amazing illustrations that he drew for the project MyMaternity. For all the parents out there who have had a baby of their own, we know that during pregnancy we become obsessed over how big our baby is compared to a fruit or vegetable. Mike has drawn 36 illustrations all of fruit and veg, which enables the user of MyMaternity to see what size her baby is during her weeks of pregnancy. We are still however unsure what a Swiss Chard is, even after several Google searches of it.

We now have less than 3 weeks left till the big day, and with home and the office decorated with all sorts of festive treats, we are ready for the main event. Our workload however is far from complete… With impending deadlines and more meetings in the diary, we are still firing on all cylinders and there is no chance of winding down just yet. But when it reaches the evening of the 22nd December, you can be sure that we will all be well and truly ‘clocked off’ for a gloriously long week and a bit.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, thank you for reading.

Rosie

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our Tidy Design office will be closing on Friday 22nd December (mid-day), and re-opening on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. If anything urgent crops up during the festive holidays then please do email support[at]tidydesign.com, we will get back to you ASAP!

Albatross Paragliding

We are very proud to see the launch of one of our new websites… Albatross Paragliding! This website was commissioned by a client whom we manage a couple of sites for. These include ET Games, and MonkeyPuzzle.

The spec for Albatross Paragliding, was to have something simple and to include a paragliding video as a central element within the site. The video sees Dave (the instructor) paraglide over the stunning scenery of Hampshire.

Overall, the new site and logo took Mike a few days, and we feel the simplistic look gives the site a fun, fresh and exhilarating look. The pictures and video have also provided a great topic of interest within the office….would you or wouldn’t you?!?!

Rosie

Grapevine – Pen Sketch

Following my recent olive tree pen sketch post I thought I would upload these grapevine sketches, here I decided to record my illustration using a short photo time-lapse. Enjoy!

Grapevine Pen Sketch 01

Grapevine Pen Sketch 02

Grapevine Pen Sketch 03

Grapevine Pen Sketch 04

Grapevine Pen Sketch 05

Please feel free to post your comments below or check out our tidy illustration page. I am planning to add loads more sketches, paintings and other creative stuff over the coming weeks/months so please stay tuned – thanks for visiting!

Mike

Olive Tree – Pen Sketch

Whilst on holiday in Italy this summer I did a lot of drawings, most of these doodles got given to my two boys who coloured them in, however a couple I kept for myself… Below is an olive tree, a quick pen sketch I did following a drive around Umbria, viewing its many olive gardens.

Olive Tree - Pen Sketch

Here are a few photographs I took of an olive garden, some pretty spectacular scenery;

Olive Trees 03

Olive Trees 02

Olive Trees 01

Following my olive tree sketch I started work on an olive tree branch, probably my favourite doodle of the holiday…

Olive Branch Sketch 01

Olives Sketch 02

Olive Branch Illustration

Personally I find illustration, fine art, painting etc a great escape… It really helps me to unwind and switch off from the busy World we live, a World heavily influenced by tech, social media and computer screens. So to conclude; I hope you liked my olive tree / olive branch sketches, please visit our illustration page for more tidy art, doodles and paintings…

Mike

Out with the old…

It’s been a busy period here at Tidy Design. After several years being based in Old Portsmouth we’ve decided to move on to a more fitting web dev environment.

We’ve said goodbye to the seaside view and quirky Royal Naval Club building and replaced it with the brand new high tech offices at Pure Offices in Port Solent. It’s a very different feel from what we’re used to but the modern furnishing, high speed broadband, and opportunity to expand makes it a welcome transition.

It’s not only the move that’s been keeping us busy. Website updates, redesigns and software projects (Yes you read that right, Tidy Design do more than just web development) have been making sure the new office is filled with tapping keyboards. Some of our latest redesigns include The Queen’s Hotel Portsmouth and TEG English language colleges, be sure to take a look! On the software side of things Jonno has stepped up to the plate taking over the development reins on ASSIST-CKD, our Kidney Research UK project in partnership with the NHS and is doing a fantastic job.

Unfortunately as our focus has been placed on clients our own website has become slightly neglected. Not anymore though, we will be dedicating some time to this and soon you’ll find a fresh website with a updated portfolio so you can see all of our current up to date projects. Keep your eye out for our new website launch which will be coming soon…

Luke

Evolution of technology

I am from an era where the internet did not exist at one point in my lifetime. I have just turned 30, and by no means do I feel old….yet! I even remember listening to a debate over the radio which my parents had put on in the car many years ago, on encyclopedias v internet. Need I say more.

It still amazes me however, how technology and the web based world has evolved in the last three decades. Many of us will remember watching Back to the Future II, and thinking how amazing would it be to have a telephone conversation with someone where you can actually see them at the same time on the screen! Who knew that 28 years later, we would all be making those sort of phone calls on a daily basis and not have to worry about any extra charges for it.

I was also from a generation where the mobile phone was only just coming into popularity for both the old and young folk. I think I was 14 years old when I got my first phone. My 7 year old nephew has his own iPad!

With this advance in technology, it opens the world of possibility to people. It can create knowledge, power and even love. However it can also create a lot of issues that perhaps people never foresaw. As a Mum of two boys, I worry about giving them a facility where the world (good, bad and ugly) is at their fingertips.

For now though I have comfort that they do not know my password for my phone or iPad, and they have never asked for it….yet!

The only one advance in technology that still hasn’t come to fruition, is the expandable pizza that takes two seconds to cook. One can still live in hope.

Rosie Ward

Why HTTPS?

As a start in a 2017 effort to update and revamp TidyDesign.com, we have upgraded to HTTPS, the security-concerned friend of HTTP.

HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol, and it denotes the set of rules computers use while communicating in HyperText (web pages) over the web. That HTTP’s rules underpin the web can be seen in the typical URL – “http://website.com”. The prefix to that address denotes the protocol in use.

You may have noticed that more and more sites over the past decade are labelled with a different prefix – “https://website.com”. This denotes that the site is accessed over HTTPS; or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS adds security concerns to HTTP’s base ruleset, ensuring that all transferred data is encrypted, undamaged and travelling to an authenticated recipient (in other words, HTTPS helps ensure that you are actually browsing Amazon.com, not someone pretending to be Amazon).

For the modern web, HTTPS is important. There’s no way around it. HTTP doesn’t concern itself much with secure communication, because the original purpose of the web was just to share textual information. The modern web, by which we trade personal details millions of times a second, requires a more secure underlying ruleset. When you’re sending someone your credit card details to make a purchase, you’re going to want that to be encrypted – it’s as simple as that.

There are reasons other than adapting to industry standards to upgrade to HTTPS, from SEO to simple consumer reassurance. Google ranks secure sites higher than insecure sites by default, so upgrading is a good first-step for getting to page one. Consumers are becoming more aware of security concerns on the web, too – largely thanks to that green padlock you see next to secure web addresses in the browser – and are less likely to provide any details over an insecure connection. The sound theory is that if you provide a secure connection, your customer is much more likely to contribute to your business with confidence.

Implementation of HTTPS for a domain involves purchasing a certificate from a Certificate Authority, and some server configuration. Those certificates verify domains as being owned by the people who claim to own them, facilitating the green padlock your users will see. Here at Tidy, we’re happy to provide this service and set up secure connections, moving the web forward and growing your business – just give us a call, or send us an email.

Jonno

First Day of Spring

As I sit here typing on the 20th March, we have both heaters on in the office, the wind is howling outside and when I look out the window, I can barely see the Isle of Wight because of the mist.

Spring is most definitely not in the air! Tidy Design however is beginning to blossom. New and exciting projects are in their infancy, we are madly trying to recruit someone to join our nest of Tidy workers, and even old projects have come out of hibernation and we are redesigning some old friends.

However, every time I go onto our website, I cringe at how long it has been since we updated any part of the site. We are very good at preaching to our clients to keep updating their sites and keeping it looking fresh, but when it comes down to us doing our own site edits, I am afraid we have neglected our own! Ok, we should not complain, as it means we are doing something well. The time we should be updating our site, is being spent on client updates and projects.

Although the British weather is not yet aware that Spring is officially here, at Tidy Design HQ we are well aware that we are due for a big Spring clean of our Tidy site!! So before projects turn from infancy into fruition, now is our opportunity to work on our own website…

Rosie Ward

A Crazy Few Months…

Evening all, it has been a while! Tonight I thought it a good idea to write a quick blog post, something to say “hi, Tidy Design is still here!” and “thank you clients old and new, you have been keeping us very busy!”

Tidy Design – Guest Speakers at ASSIST-CKD

Testing 1 2 3 – getting ready to present…

Since I last sat down and wrote a blog post so much has happened, it is hard to know where to start. We have designed and launched several new sites, worked with Kidney Research UK to develop some life changing software, taken on a few new NHS projects, recruited, processed hundreds of website updates and celebrated a Christmas / New Years!

Christmas 2016

Finding the time to write new blogs posts and update our website (portfolio page) has been difficult, but this is something we are working on so please stay tuned – thank you for visiting.

Drawing to a close for 2016!

As we are drawing to a close for 2016, Team Tidy is drastically trying to get projects complete, updates signed off and all to-do lists highlighted with ticks.

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This morning I ordered another 200 Nespresso capsules, only a mere five weeks after I placed the last order. That works out at 4 espressos a day for each of Mike and Jonno. If only the rest of the world could be powered with our version of fuel… coffee!

The more we get signed off however, the more work that keeps coming in. We are by no means complaining, we love how our business has evolved over the years and most especially over the past few months, but things at our HQ in Old Portsmouth are far from winding down. Mike has recently got back into the design elements of the business, and is relishing the opportunity to design something that doesn’t involve creating and drawing scary sea life creatures for our two young children.

sea-monster-illustration

shark-illustration

animal-illustrations

Jonno’s keyboard is in overtime and there is a constant musical tap that can be heard from the other side of the room. I wager that no one can type quicker than him! And for me, well amongst bookkeeping and ordering the coffee, I try to keep an optimistic face on it all. I like to think we have a happy office atmosphere, and for some strange reason we all differ so much from each other, but we just click. Pardon the pun.

We say it every year, but without out our loyal customers, old and new, we would not be in this very fortunate position.

We are still avidly recruiting, and are searching for someone who can contribute to our ever growing empire. If you think you fit the bill, then we would love to see your CV and portfolio, which you can email to jobs@tidydesign.com. It remains to be seen whether our Nespresso intake will increase as well!

Rosie Ward