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  1. The Art Of Good Design: Insight From Kalahari.com’s UX Specialist Posted in Heavy Chef News, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Wendy Tayler April 13, 2012 6 comments

    When it comes to User Experience and Design, kalahari.com is a sound example of a brand doing this successfully. We spoke to Rian van der Merwe, Head of User Experience at kalahari.com. We got some great perspective on some of the challenges faced in large organisations, design versus usability, and we hear about his next chapter that is soon approaching. Read Further

  2. Does a good user experience help to attract more people to become part of your community? Posted in Community Management, Social Media, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Sachin Ranchod October 13, 2010 7 comments
    • User Experience (UX) describes the subjective feelings a person has when using a system (in this case, a website).
    • UX Design aims to influence the user’s emotions, perceptions and behaviour by designing a system where the user interface (including images, wording and components), workflow, information architecture, help, performance, marketing, accessibility and the general ease-of-use are all designed with the user in mind. Read Further
  3. New website design for World Wide Creative Posted in Digital Strategy, Heavy Chef News, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed September 8, 2009

    The Heavy Chef Project, as many of you know, is an initiative by our parent company, World Wide Creative. This forum is an extension of all the stuff we learn working with our clients in Europe and Africa on digital marketing campaigns. So, we’re pretty excited about our new presence that began with the redesign of the Heavy Chef site a few weeks ago, and now continued with the launch of a fresh new look for the WWC site.

    There were three reasons for the design:

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  4. The first Heavy Chef Course ends today Posted in Heavy Chef News, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed August 14, 2009 1 comment

    Phew, what a week!

    After months of planning leading to the last three days of exhilarating learning, we’re pretty pleased with the results. After stellar feedback on the various modules, we’re looking at a winner here.

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  5. The first Heavy Chef “Creating Profitable Websites” Course starts Posted in Heavy Chef News, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed August 12, 2009 2 comments

    Today is a big day for The Heavy Chef Project in that it marks the first day of the first ever digital marketing course run by the Heavy Chef’s in our digital kitchen. With a small gathering of 10 delegates, we began bright and breezy this morning with an ice-breaker. This entailed Mike giving the course attendants some ingredients (ingredients, heavy chef course… geddit?) that they needed to taste blind-folded and identify.

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  6. Fresh new design for The Heavy Chef Project website Posted in Heavy Chef News, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed July 27, 2009 4 comments

    As most of you know, The Heavy Chef Project has revolved around the monthly sessions we hold. These sessions have gradually picked up steam, with the amount of people registering for our newsletter increasing week on week. All this interest has called for a rethink of our web design, with our creative team working overtime on creating this fresh new look that you see before you. Read Further

  7. The Apple Website in 1983 Posted in Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed July 20, 2009
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    apple

    The sales team at World Wide Creative have probably used the Apple website in a few of our client pitches as an inspiration piece for a combination of great design and usability. Nice, squeeky clean and conversion-focused. So, check out this classic piece of reinvention from a guy called Dave Lawrence that’s doing the interweb rounds right about now… Read Further

  8. Have you seen the new FNB.co.za? Posted in Website Design, Concocted by LouisJvR July 20, 2009 3 comments

    As banking websites go, they aren’t really built to excite.

    In fact I often wonder if they’re built to transact. It doesn’t seem as much, considering their failure (in my opinion) to find even a swift of balance between creative design and the user-experience.

    That being said, FNB has changed my perception. Read Further

  9. The Heavy Chef “Creating Profitable Websites” Course running in August Posted in Heavy Chef News, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed July 14, 2009
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    heavy chef

    The World Wide Creative studio is buzzing with a trifecta of announcements. The first, and most significant, being the inaugural Heavy Chef “Creating Profitable Websites” Course running from the 12 – 14 August in Cape Town. We are also finalising a Johannesburg Course, which will be announced in an upcoming Heavy Chef newsletter. Read Further

  10. Create Unusually Simple & Surprisingly Powerful Products Posted in Digital Strategy, Website Design, Concocted by LouisJvR June 4, 2009 4 comments

    At World Wide Creative we promise 2 things when creating digital strategies for our clients – Profitability and Creativity.

    I’m wondering if we should add ‘Elegance’ to that pledge?

    Guy Kawasaki recently interviewed Matt May, author of In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing, about tips to pursue elegance. Read Further

  11. Sheer logo loveliness Posted in Branding Online, Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed March 11, 2009

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    This little guy is a peach, although, if it was me, I would have chosen a better font. Love the icon though. Read Further

  12. Why do you attract visitors to your website? Intel doesn’t… Posted in Search Engine Optimisation, Website Design, Concocted by LouisJvR March 2, 2009 3 comments

    I stumbled accross this great piece of insight provided by David Veneski, a marketing manager at Intel, who said that one of the requirements of his marketing efforts was to NOT link to Intel.com.

    Wham!  Thank you David. Exactly what I was preaching to a client the other day.

    Well-known web analyst, Jeremiah Owyang adds that rather than try to join a community then pull them away, the marketing efforts of Intel was focused on to join communities and staying there – likely where the trust is highest. Read Further

  13. World Wide Creative completes the new DA website Posted in Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed February 20, 2009

    World Wide Creative pressed the ‘live’ button for the new DA web presence yesterday. The site was unveiled by Helen Zille and her team in Cape Town at 12 noon on Thursday 19th February.

    The site marks a significant shift in South African politics, with the DA’s digital strategy hammering a technological stake in the ground that positions them at the forefront of the modern communication environment. Read Further

  14. The Cure for Blogger’s Block? Posted in Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed January 23, 2009

    We like this: Plinky,  a new service that helps you create inspired content on the web (via ReadWriteWeb)

    Like it or not. You’re a writer. You’re creating content on a daily basis, updating your Facebook status, commenting on blogs, sending tweets. Social networking requires that level of communication. But as a writer, you’re also a potential victim for writer’s block, a condition that plagues even the most prolific authors. Read Further

  15. A good logo makes our life a lot easier: 10 cool examples Posted in Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed December 18, 2008 2 comments

    At World WIde Creative, we spend a lot of time trying to understand the brand of each client that we work with. This is a great springboard for creativity, since the brand contains the essential message that needs to be conveyed. At the heart of every brand is its visual identity. From a designer’s perspective, I know that it makes a site design a whole lot easier when the logo is designed well.  Read Further

  16. What a pleasure to create a website if you’ve got photos like these… Posted in Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed December 5, 2008 1 comment

    Vitaly and the team from Smashing have put together another top notch gallery of photos: check these out, focusing on Reflective Photography.

    At World Wide Creative, a sticky point is often how much it costs to get decent images, but when you see a gallery like this one, entitled ‘50 Stunning Examples Of Reflective Photography’, it just nails the argument in favour of hiring a pro. Read Further

  17. Retouching Magic Posted in Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed November 17, 2008 1 comment

    I love observing a specialised talent, especially as the digital industry is throwing up new roles all the time. One highly specialised job is that of a photo retoucher. Thomas from Retouch Shoppe emailed me today with his retouching portfolio (which you can check out here). Read Further

  18. Rethink your desktop Posted in Digital Strategy, Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed November 7, 2008

    If you haven’t seen the video on YouTube, or StumbledUpon the preso at TED, then you need to check out the latest hype in desktop tools here: bumptop.com

    BumpTop is a new way of organising your desktop, not released yet, but we’re excited about playing with this as soon as it’s out.

  19. Cartoons in web design Posted in Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed October 1, 2008 1 comment

    If I wasn’t a web marketer, I’d be a cartoonist. In my previous life, I used to doodle on anything that was doodlable. Now, with the introduction of a mouse in my life, I’ve dropped the pen, so to speak. Every now and then, I see something that makes me really sit up and take notice. Today I saw the work of Noma Bar for the first time and am amazed by his skill and dexterity. He somehow managed to combine ruthless satire with extreme economy of line. Read Further

  20. User centred design must not replace creativity… Posted in Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed September 19, 2008 2 comments

    …it should enhance it.

    There’s been a lot said about ‘user centred design‘ in web marketing circles recently. We talk about things like ‘conversion strategy‘ and ‘navigation strategy‘, phrases which have now become big buzzwords in marketing meetings. There’s no denying that these things are really, really important, but what if they come at a price? What if the the function of a site replaces creativity – instead of laying a platform for it? Read Further

  21. Challenge Your Website Design Company to Understand Your Audience Posted in Website Design, Concocted by LouisJvR September 11, 2008 1 comment
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    Think before you design.

    One of the primary things the we at World Wide Creative concentrate on before embarking on the design and development of any website or online community, is to conduct a thorough study and analysis of our clients’ niche market. Read Further

  22. Flash Intro or no Flash Intro? That is the question. Posted in Website Design, Concocted by Fred Roed September 1, 2008 4 comments

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    [Cartoon via ReadWriteWeb]

    Flash Intro or no Flash Intro? That is the question.

    Actually, that’s not really the question we ask at World Wide Creative. The big question we ask (internally) is what strategy can we come up with to persuade the client not to use a Flash intro. Read Further

  23. Africa’s biggest Internet provider delivers… a crap website Posted in Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed August 5, 2008 3 comments

    You’d think?? Telkom, South Africa’s biggest internet provider, 800lb gorilla of the African Internet, should really be able to deliver a smokin’ redesign.

    Er, nope…

    The result is actually an apocalyptic vision of mediocrity. Read Further

  24. Over 8 million downloads for Firefox Posted in Digital Strategy, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Fred Roed July 3, 2008

    I got this in my inbox today:

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    We set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours. With your help we reached 8,002,530 downloads.

    You are now part of a World Record and the proud owner of the best version of Firefox yet! Read Further