Disaster Recovery Plan In Action

A fire in a key  British Telecom building in June caused major disruption to internet services affecting businesses, homes and public bodies. This included the Housing Executive which saw its website and a number of systems go down after the blaze.

One of our clients websites was also disrupted with customers unable to access these services.

Haywyre were quick to respond with a disaster recovery plan, creating emergency holding pages for key website areas to inform customers about issue and that normal service would resume as quickly as possible.  Staff worked through out the day and into the night to enable our client to keep customers up to date.

As soon as the services was available Haywyre reacted quickly to ensure that all the application processes were up and running and the regular customer service could be resumed.

Chrome App Test Day for the Haywyre Team

Chrome App Test Day for the Haywyre Team

Here at Haywyre we have been creating a bespoke mock exam Chrome App for Matthews Training Ltd.  Tuesday 12th May was the Chrome App test day for the Haywyre team. 

Six willing candidates sat a three and half hour mock exam. They were using the new computer-based application for the first time.

Haywyre designed the Chrome App so that it could be used offline in an exam environment; this was crucial to ensure that candidates could not access any online resources during exam.  The application had to be simple and easy to use.  The user’s experience was the biggest priority throughout the development process.

After observing the six candidates throughout the three and half hour exam it was clear that the candidates found the application very easy to use. They navigated the interface well.

Initial feedback has been very positive and we are proud to say that it was a success.

Cliff Matthews from Matthews Training LTD was delighted with the application, due to its ease of use, simplistic design and quality of finish. Cliff is looking to roll out the computer based mock exam to all candidates for his next course, which is fantastic news.


New Website Launched for the Burton Venture Trust

New Website Launched for the Burton Venture Trust

We are delighted to say that we have created a new website for the Burton Venture Trust.

The Burton Venture Trust is a voluntary organisation based in Burton on Trent. It has been running for over 40 years.  It works with families and young people of all ages to provide an exciting range of outdoor and recreational activities to broaden their experience and extend their potential.

We have created a website which will enable members of the Trust to access information about current activities and potential members to find out about all the great experiences the trust offers families.

The new website can be easily edited and updated by the Burton Venture Trust staff using the content management system which we have developed in house.  The CMS is called Emperor CMS.  It enables the users to to post news items both in the secure area for BVT members and on the front page for general website visitors.  A gallery of pictures of the Trust’s activities has been added which can also be maintained using the content management system.

Have a look at the  website you might want to join.

Less is More: The Fundamentals of Minimalism in web design

Less is More: The Fundamentals of Minimalism in web design

Minimalism with Depth in web design

Minimalism is about simplicity in web design, do not mistake this for plain or boring designs. A website can be minimalist but still eye-catching and beautiful. There are hundreds of ways to make a minimalist website more exciting, this includes splashes of colour, animations, transitions between pages, videos and high resolution photographs. With the right balance, you can keep a website simple and straightforward, but with an element of beauty.

Here are some great examples of designs that have minimalism with depth:


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White Space

When we look upon white space, the eye is immediately drawn to the object/s within it. Therefore the rule stands: The more attention you want an object to get, the more white space it should have surrounding it. Never underestimate the power of negative space. It can be so easy to think that by adding more into an empty space, we are creating something more aesthetically pleasing. Or that this can be achieved by cramping together the objects already contained in the design. It’s fairly safe to say that this is usually not the case.

Here are two examples where white space has been used very effectively to create beautiful websites:


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“Less is More”

When we think of minimalism we think of this phrase. The key to minimalism is to create something simple, striking, appropriate and memorable. It is very easy to go overboard in the world of design, and adding several good ideas to one piece does not often lead to one great one.  It is often the most simple of designs that will achieve the desired affect, but this can be very difficult to pull off. Sometimes it seems almost impossible to have a design that is simple, but not plain and boring. This means we often feel the need to add more text, more graphics, and more colour – but we often tend to find that this is not always the best approach, and can leave designs looking tacky and aged.

If I were to show you this image, you immediately know the company without any text or colour needed. Apple are a great example of a company that has mastered the art of minimalism.






Allignment and Balance

An important element within the minimalism movement is the balance and allignment of the design. It’s usually very clear when a design works and when it doesn’t, and balance plays a huge part in this. For example, nobody wants to look at a site with all of the graphics and information on the left hand side, and lots of white space on the right. It just doesn’t have a nice balance, and this is even more important when we look upon minimalist designs. Because there is often such a small amount of elements to the page, it’s really important to ensure the page is nicely balanced and the objects are appropriately alligned.

This site is a really nice exapmle of a well balanced page that does not contain a lot of elements or objects: