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Design

Comparing Behance and Dribbble

How the two platforms measure up with a feature-by-feature comparison, and what this means for designers.
Life

Talking Shop

When I visit friends and family back in Ireland, they’ll politely ask me how work is going (probably with the hope that my response is short and sweet). I’ll enthusiastically launch into my typical work rant, and peter off as I see myself losing the crowd. But recently I feel I’ve been getting a little more interest in response, thanks largely to some particularly unique projects we’ve developed recently.
Design

Dissecting the Undesign Trend

In recent years, it seems as though design is giving way to simpler, more predictable interfaces. This Undesign Trend represents the move towards flat minimalism and standardized user interfaces. I’d like to take a look at where it came from, and where it might be going.
Development

Setting an App-Specific Password in Gmail

If you have a website or web app that sends emails as part of its functionality, i.e. sends “forgot password” links, you need to think about how to send these emails without jeopardising your security.
Life

The Keys to Staying Motivated

However, motivation, like creativity, is not consistent. It has highs and lows, and reacts directly to life events and changing attitudes. How do we stay motivated?
Strategy

The Sales Catalyst

When Grafton Studio formed, we were newbies to the business development world. We figured it would become more organic with time, but had no real clue how or when that might be!
Life

Is an Office Just a Lifestyle Choice?

I heard someone recently refer to an office space as ‘a lifestyle choice.’ This stopped me in my tracks because, if true, Grafton Studio are being what no young company can afford to be - wasteful. Behind wages and taxes, renting an office space is our biggest expense.
Development

January Transfer Window News - Ross Kenney Joins Grafton Studio

This month Grafton Studio welcomed Ross Kenney onto the team.
Design

Finding the Right Responsive Design Workflow

With the proliferation of tablets and large phones, responsive design became the best solution to stay flexible and current. Naturally, this complicated the workflow behind web design. Should we create desktop views first and scale down to smaller screens, or should we opt for a mobile-first workflow, starting small and going big?
Design

6 Reasons I Prefer Sketch Over Photoshop (for UI Design)

The advantages of Sketch far outweigh those of Photoshop for UI design. Photoshop is fantastic as a photo editing program, but was really shoe-horned in to being used for web design. It's refreshing to use a program specifically built for the task of designing interfaces.
Life

From Project Manager to User

I can identify a few major highlights since founding Grafton Studio: moving into our first office, launching our own site, going live with various client websites and applications, reaching the one and two year mark of being in business, moving into our second office. Recently, another highlight has emerged, one that might just top them all.
Strategy

Ready to Start Building a Website?

Our latest worksheet, “Let’s Build a Website,” is a first step toward compiling your thoughts and getting ready to begin a website build/update.
Design

Pitfalls to Avoid While Conducting Usability Tests

There are a bunch of articles circulating the web on the tip and tricks of conducting usability tests but I think we should concentrate on the most common mistakes we have encountered, so you can hopefully avoid them in future
Development

Why We Shifted From Wordpress to Craft CMS

Although we still offer to build sites on Wordpress, and appreciate how powerful a platform it is given its huge community and available plugins, we most often recommend a different CMS: a relatively newcomer called Craft CMS.
Design

5 Essential Characteristics of a Good Logo

There have been many articles written that cite the qualities of a good logo. And while there is a great deal of consensus about those qualities, I wanted to add some specifics that every designer should keep in mind as they craft a brand identity.
Design

My Transition from Visual to UX Design

​Having worked as a visual designer for most of my career, the expansion of my role to a user experience designer seemed natural. Probably because I had already become one subconsciously.
Strategy

When Is It Worth Investing In a Website?

Through the contact form on our website we are connected with folks that have vastly different budget and technology needs. Given that Grafton Studio specialize in custom design and development, the products we build are not suited to everyone’s needs.
Life

What a Haircut Taught Me About Careers

I never really had a good haircut until last year. It was June 2015, and after a few months without a cut, I decided to indulge myself and get it done right.
Strategy

Playing the Role of Client for a Change

Grafton Studio recently made the leap into developing an idea of our own for the first time and there have been plenty of lessons learned to date.
Strategy

Ready to Start Building Your First App?

Some our most successful projects have been spearheaded by clients who were tech novices when we first started working with them. What they lacked in tech experience, they made up for with knowledge of their business, customers, their eye for detail and genuine enthusiasm for the product.
Design

The Do's and Don'ts of Giving Design Feedback

When working with a web team on your project, there's going to be a lot of back and forth. So how do you give your designer the best feedback, and provide him or her the tools they need to do a better job?
Strategy

Getting a Project Started: From 'Inbound' to 'In the Works'

The sales process can vary drastically from agency to agency, but here is what seems to work best for us.
Design

6 Ways to Shatter Creative Blocks

The creative process is rarely a straight line. When handed an idea, a designer first needs to understand the guiding concept behind that idea, then build on it and bring it to life. But sometimes, lightning doesn’t strike, and the designer is left staring at a blank screen. It happens to every designer at some point, but there’s a way out. I promise.
Strategy

A Lesson from Year 1: Scheduling

The repercussions of an extended schedule have a bigger impact on a smaller team, and if you’re thinking of setting up a web agency of your own, you should be cognizant of the effects.
Design

Rebranding Grafton Studio

As any designer will tell you, rebrands are deceptively simple. The end product looks obvious, but there’s always a long, winding path to get there. And to get it right, you really have to be in tune with the final decision maker. After all, a brand sets the tone for a company, and is the starting point for every material that goes out to the public.