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Web Designs Trends to Follow in 2018

When is the last time you redesigned your website? This is a question that we often ask, but sometimes we can make pretty viable guesses based on trends your website holds. For instance, sites that are responsive but not exactly mobile-friendly are likely at least 1-2 years old. Seeing a website that isn’t mobile responsive at all immediately tells us that the site is more than three years old. Additionally, sites that use a completely separate mobile version were likely created... Read More
Posted by Kindra Svendsen at Monday, March 5, 2018

Why a New Website Deserves Professional Photos

One of the best things you can do for your new website design is to get professional photos taken. Sure, there are plenty of stock photo options out there, and you might even have some of your own photos in a file somewhere. Instead of the using stock photos or cell phone photos, we recommend using professional photos. Reasons Against a Stock Approach While stock photography has grown in quality and relevance and dropped in price, many people can recognize a stock image. That means... Read More
Posted by Trent Erwin at Thursday, February 8, 2018

Creative Works Conference 2017: What We Took Away

Our creative team just returned from the Creative Works Conference here in Memphis and we wanted to share some insights from the conference. This blog differs from our other expositions. Here you’ll find some inspiration as a creator. You’ll also find encouragement to break free of the mold. We hope you join us in challenging our routines and beliefs of what creating is like and how we create. Get Up Off the Floor “You can’t just lay on the... Read More
Posted by Trent Erwin at Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seeing a Project Through: How to Effectively Manage a Website Design

Recently I celebrated my 5th Speakiversary, a term you’re probably familiar with if you follow us on any of our social accounts. I have worked at Speak for 5 years, and in those years I have learned plenty about managing a web project. While I have gained terrific insight on what you should do in a project, I feel like the more valuable knowledge is knowing what not to do. Every new opportunity you have to improve on or serve your clients better is a step in the right direction.... Read More
Posted by Meagan Walley at Friday, September 8, 2017

4 Major Uses for Video in Web Design [2017]

YouTube is still the second largest search engine. And it’s the third most visited site after Google and Facebook. While we’re mentioning Facebook…what do you see more of in your feed now? Videos? Companies and organizations have used video marketing for several decades, but we’re seeing more because it’s cheaper to produce, quicker to share, and easier to measure. However, it’s easy to point and say “maybe we need a video,” yet... Read More
Posted by Trent Erwin at Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Top Takeaways from Creative Works 2016

  Last week, three of us from the Creative team had the opportunity to attend the Creative Works Conference here in Memphis to get inspired and tap into the creative process of other pros. We heard from and interacted with creatives from Facebook, Nike Jordan shoes, Reach Records, Kid President, and more who are making waves with their brands.  We were reminded why we create and how to create even on days when the creative tank doesn't quite feel full. We... Read More
Posted by Trent Erwin at Friday, October 14, 2016

Designing in the Browser: How It's Challenging and Rewarding

Recently, the creative team here at Speak made the transition to designing in-browser. That means we are, for the most part, abandoning desktop design tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch. We've thrown off the shackles of flat concepts and moved to interactive prototyping. While I can't say the transition has been entirely painless, I can definitely say it's been rewarding as well as liberating. Here is an overview of my journey with designing in-browser. ... Read More
Posted by Trenton Elkins at Monday, May 2, 2016

Web Usability: It's Time to Start Taking Simple Seriously

Can you remember the last time you bought something? What about the last time you found what you were looking for online? Let’s dive even further. How about the last time you stumbled on a website and felt confident about what you were doing? Mike Moran recently wrote about c reating web experiences that people fall in love with and one of the fundamental ways to assist in that is to make your site extremely easy to use. What’s the difference between usability and user experience? How... Read More
Posted by Michael Morgan at Thursday, March 24, 2016

Start Getting Emotional: Designing Experiences For People to Fall in Love With

“ Good design is good business." Tom Watson, IBM Think about something you love; something that keeps you coming back for more. Maybe something you own that you would buy time and time again. Whether it’s your favorite clothing line in your closet, the favorite car in your garage or even the type of phone in your pocket - chances are the reasons you chose to bring these objects into your life isn’t because they are simply a superior product to... Read More
Posted by Michael Moran at Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Digital Spring Cleaning: How to Improve Your Homepage Design

Whether selling products, advocating for a cause, or positioning your business as an industry leader, your website should contain plenty of content to communicate the depth of your expertise and the value of your brand. However, attempting to cram everything onto your homepage is not only ineffective, but also it can overwhelm users and cause them to keep moving. Just like each of the possessions in your house, every piece of content for your website should have a place of its own. You... Read More
Posted by Megan Jones at Thursday, February 11, 2016