My web design blog

Helpful articles on web design and branding

Art direction for a low carbon website

23rd April 2024

How art direction and considered design choices can help to reduce your website’s carbon emissions.

New brand identity forged for Colebarn

2nd June 2023

I take a close look at the modern brand identity I created for Colebarn, a luxury interior design company based in an old Blacksmith’s Forge in Derbyshire.

What makes a great logo?

22nd February 2023

The basic principles behind what makes a great logo including my thoughts on how to get simplicity, humour and warmth into your branding.

Should I use service location pages?

5th February 2023

Finding smarter ways of reaching customers in different locations while also trying to avoid Google penalties.

Joining the 100 club

2nd February 2023

Reflecting on website performance and how I managed to get my website to hit the magic 100 on PageSpeed Insights.

Winter photos

25th January 2023

A collection of beautiful winter photos from some of my walks around Marple.

Don’t rely on social media for your digital marketing

21st January 2023

Thoughts on not putting all your eggs in the social media basket and how to make the most of your website content.

Nurture your website

16th January 2023

Advice on how to keep your website useful and engaging once it’s gone live including tips on website support plans.

New brand identity for Marple Drama

20th July 2022

How I worked with a renowned actor to rebrand a local theatre group based in Marple.

Don’t get locked out of your website

22nd September 2021

Tips to ensure you have access to your content management system, domain name and hosting.

Earning trust through your website

14th July 2021

Advice on getting reviews, checking your copy for mistakes and displaying contact information.

A year of working with WordPress

26th May 2021

Looking back at my first year of working with WordPress including tips on handling plug-ins and my thoughts on the media library.

Kind words from my clients

I was looking for a web designer in Stockport at the start of the year and found John. He’s designed a fantastic website for my business that’s already generating enquiries and has also redesigned my logo. From the off he’s explained everything in very simple terms and guided me through the whole process. David Barnes, ColebarnHadfield, Derbyshire
John’s advice and feedback were invaluable as was the support provided after the project completed. Great quality of work, very professional and easy to deal with too. Gareth Watkin-Jones, MothaxCromford, Derbyshire
The quality of John’s work is excellent and I can always rely on him to give me unbiased, straightforward advice. Our new website looks fantastic! Mark Towey, Stonehaus BathroomsKnutsford, Cheshire
John had a refreshingly easy and professional approach which helped create a beautiful and simple website. A pleasure to work with. David Lisle, David Lisle Kitchen DesignMacclesfield, Cheshire
John has been fantastic to work with. From initial contact to our final design he has taken the time to fully understand our business needs and create a logo which fits so well with our business goals. Brittany Delany, John Delany MotorsStockport, Cheshire
John helped us create a modern, engaging website which has helped to push our business forward. John was easy to work with and was able to provide us with effective ideas which also reflected our thoughts and vision. We would highly recommend. Beverley Wilson, Paul Summers & Co.Stockport, Cheshire
I asked John to create a new logo and update my youth theatre website and the results are fantastic. He's approachable and friendly and it was easy to communicate my ideas. Naomi Radcliffe, Marple DramaStockport, Cheshire
I found John to be very easy to work with; he is attentive, takes the time needed for the job and his design and technical skills are excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend John’s services and I look forward to working with him again in the near future. John Sherratt, VRS RegulatorySale, Greater Manchester
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I love to work with businesses who have a positive impact on the world and see the value of great design. If you need some help with a web design or branding project I’d love to hear from you.

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