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Another great Norfolk Show this year with plenty of local businesses on show. My personal favorite was the local Saab dealer and their climbing wall – great fun.

Looking forward to next year and hopefully a little more from the online community to see – come on all you Norfolk web design companies.

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Sitting in the coffee shop at the back of Waterstone’s book shop in Norwich, Norfolk I am surrounded by a wealth of web design books. The idea of referring to printed books in the world of web design may seem a little low tech in this fast changing industry.

However, there are many fundamental principles of design and usability that could have been written thousands of years ago that are relevant to today’s online world. The software, coding techniques and computers change daily but one thing that remains the same is human behaviour.

Web design books have a place in the modern, online world

Web design books have a place in the modern, online world

A pleasing design will have the same principles weather it’s for a web site, book, map, poster, TV, fashion, a chair, a car or a building.

There are 3 books I reference regularly when web designing and they are as follows.

Don’t Make Me Think!
Excellent, common sense approach to usability – worth reading every time before you start a new web project.

Graphic Design: The New Basics
You need to know the basics – also contains some inspirational design ideas.

Graphic Design School
Contains a number of creative solutions to some typical design problems – good for getting your brain thinking.

While looking to develop new business for Norfolk Days Out we came up with the idea of setting up a Norfolk Gift Shop.

The idea was to create a place on the site where visitors to the county can buy guides, souvenirs and memorabilia.

Working with Amazon seemed like the perfect partner and using their aStore system has proved to be the ideal solution.

Norfolk Days Out Gift Shop powered by Amazon aStore

Norfolk Days Out Gift Shop powered by Amazon aStore

The aStore provides an all encompassing shopping experience which is easy to set up, quick to brand and simple for clients maintain. Commission details and reports are also easy to access and the Amazon brand provides reassurance to consumers.

Just a quick note today. This morning we were in Norwich, Norfolk and couldn’t help but notice the striking patterns that the market stall colorful roof tops made.

The range of primary colours in large quantities set against the mutual colour of the buildings of Norfolk’s capital provided another inspiration for web design.

Just goes to prove that where ever you are and what ever you are doing there is always something to get your web design juices going.

Norwich Market. Picture from www.norwich-market.co.uk

Norwich Market. Picture from http://www.norwich-market.co.uk

Hi. This will be the official blog for Studio Web Design – web design and development services for Norfolk, UK.

My name is Andy Simmons and I am the founder of Studio Web Design.

With his blog I will be looking to discover, invent, discuss and experiment with all things web design related.

Your comments, suggestions and feedback will be most welcome and I look forward to reading your comments soon.