Dec 20 2012

Two minutes with the best website design team in the UK!

s8080 the best website design team in uk

As we are coming to the end of a wonderful year, we asked everyone in our team to have a little think about three things that they would like to share on the S8080 blog…

  • What ‘big thing’ would you like to do in 2013?
  • Your best thing from 2012?
  • Your fave site and why?

They didn’t have to be web design specific things as it’s always nice for our clients to get a little personal insight on the s8080 web developers they work with day to day, it makes a nice change to chatting about design, UX or technical stuff!

Anyway, we’ll start with me…

Chris

  • Take my family somewhere sunny – when we were cold, wet and knee deep in (festival) mud in mid-August, I promised them the Med’ in 2013!
  • Learning to play an instrument and performing in front of 100’s of dancing partygoers
  • YouTube. An amazing resource for learning anything and everything – branding specifics, content marketing, SEO or playing bass guitar!

Sali

  • To go on a week-long yoga retreat, preferably somewhere hot with a beach!
  • Taking my daughter surfing for the first time. Truthfully it was mainly jumping over waves but fun all the same!
  • Twitter, it feeds my nosiness quite well both personally and for work of course!

Rod

  • To finally finish doing up my house so that I can actually get out and explore Wales with the family
  • Made my first short film with my Canon 60d, a fast fifty lens and the support of my brother who produced the sound design and also starred in the feature
  • Flickr – Just love randomly searching the site and finding new and exciting examples of photographic art

Steve

  • Master my electric guitar. Three chords may cover most Status Quo songs but I need more than that to play some AC/DC!!
  • Swansea City staying in the Premier League despite all the pessimistic predictions by the pundits.  It was worth a few quid down the bookies to me!!
  • So many sites to choose from but one I visit a lot is uk.imdb.com because I love my old TV shows and a lot of the time I’ll see an actor on TV and think, “Where do I know them from?” and have to look them up!

Rob

  • Drive across Europe in an open top sports car to Le Man 24hr or Monaco F1 Grand prix.
  • Seeing my children grow and evolve into lovely, funny kids.
  • Not really a site, but DropBox.  It’s amazing.

Neil

  • Getting married in the arctic circle
  • Becoming a Dad! (plus joining S8080 😉 )
  • ISO50 – because its full of design eye-candy (well worth a read)

Pete

  • Go back to NZ & visit my root
  • We are a Grandfather
  • www.linn.co.uk \ www.linnrecords.co.uk. Some of the best hifi around, and brilliant music to play on it. Love the Dunedin Consort in particular.

Jon

  • I would like to finish renovating my house – it’s been on-going for a few years and there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel
  • Spending my 40th birthday on the beach in a warm sunny country (not UK!) and spending it with my wife
  • Stackoverflow.com is a bit nerdy to mention but it gives me answers to most of my technical development questions that I pose to Google

Paul

  • Hopefully a holiday abroad, haven’t been on one in a while as the kids have been too small to travel
  • Seeing all of the ‘first’s’ from my little boy and watching my little girl in her Christmas play singing her heart out
  • My inner geek says it has to be The Verge – It’s been a bumper year for Microsoft and it was the best place for all my Microsoft news

Si

  • Introduce my son to the wonders of the Alps to see his Uncle….. skiing OR boarding that’s the question. Although as he’s not yet 4, I imagine it’s more likely to be sledging OR snowballing!
  • The incredible summer of sport, wife agreeing to let me do an Ironman (training is the only thing that stands in my way), discovering real coffee and of course another good year at S8080
  • uncrate.com and gallivant.com – continues to supply me with lists of things I could never afford and places I’ll never get to go… we’ve all got to dream

Dyfed

  • Already booked tickets to see favourite band Green Day playing next year at Emirates, but I would also like to go to New York on a holiday
  • Going to see NFL game at Wembley on my birthday
  • Favourite site hard to choose so go with favourite App ‘Flipboard’ which pulls in all feeds from my favourite websites, and keeps me up to date with everything happening in technology, entertainment, social etc.

JSJ

  • I would love to watch Swansea City lift the league cup at Wembley (the first major trophy in our 100 year history) but apart from that, get more involved with responsive web development as we are now in the age of tablets and mobile
  • Seeing the massive response of entries into the National Assembly for Wales Photography competition and feeling quite chuffed, as it was our bi-lingual WordPress site!
  • You can’t go far wrong with the BBC website, but I’ve become rather fond of the Huffington Post website of late.

Dylan

  • Early in 2013 I will get the keys to my first house
  • My Sister’s wedding in Sorrento
  • BBC.co.uk: iPlayer, news and radio 4 podcasts, what more could you want?

James

  • Give blood for the first time, run a marathon, maybe even both! (not at the same time, that’s asking too much of 2013)
  • Getting to grips with (Drupal, Umbraco, EPiServer)…while planning and building a large decked area in the garden at home. (Went perfectly to plan, apart from the continual rain ever since….)
  • Wikipedia, it’s an amazing service; simple, effective and functional build – always there when you need information about literally everything and anything. No adverts, no hassle, no updates that could have ruined the experience. They’ve just completed their yearly fundraising to keep it that way, they need our help!

Matt

  • 2013 – more of the same please, 2012 has been a fantastic year both with the family and with the ever growing team at S8080.
  • 2012 – Seeing my daughter grow up fast and give us endless fun
  • It may have been hitting my 40’s in 2012 combined with my daughter growing fast (and loving all those iPad phonic and number apps), my nephew asking me about “how did you get into computers when you were in Junior school”, and working with the great team at Technocamps that I’ve become rather nostalgic about the days of the ZX81 & BBC.
    Through 2012 I’ve been inspired by Raspberry Pi and the theme of sites like Codecadamy.com which are enthusing and developing a new generation of young people to design and build the web rather than just consuming it… lets see more of that too in 2013.
Dec 17 2012

S8080 and the Government Procurement Service – supplier for web design, web development and consultancy

S8080 and public sector clients

S8080 spent 10 years on the Central Office of Information (COI) digital roster designing and developing websites for some incredible clients – this helped us start long term relationships with clients including Ministry of Justice, Welsh Government, NHS, Cabinet Office, Department of Energy and Climate Change and No10 Downing Street..

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COI maintained a number of rosters with some of the best commercial web design agencies in the UK. These rosters were created in accordance with UK government and European Union (EU) rules on procurement and accounting. The agencies went through the full, rigorous Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) tendering process, which can take many months. UK government departments that made use of COI for procurement were able to use the resulting pre-existing OJEU approved contracts, obviating the need for a new OJEU tender for each new project, thereby saving considerable time and cost.

This means is that most COI rostered web design agencies were seen to be a very safe and experienced pair of hands. During this time, we achieved ISO 9001, 18001 and 14001, IL2 pan-government security accreditation and Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) Security Clearance. We gained experience working across many government departments at all levels, delivering user experience and information architecture, website design and development and creative campaigns. Those 10 years helped shape S8080 into the website development agency it is today.

COI closed in March 2012 and will be missed by agencies and clients alike. We had the pleasure of working with some wonderful people and made some very good friends.

 

Government Procurement Service – web design and web development supplier

 

But there is a new way of doing things via the Government Procurement Service (GPS).

“Government Procurement Service is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. Our overall priority is to provide procurement savings for the UK public sector as a whole and specifically to deliver centralised procurement for central government departments”.

Business as usual – Framework Number RM1707

S8080 have been Government Procurement Service approved supplier from the start, as the COI contracts were transferred to GPS, this is via the framework Number RM1707 which is divided into four lots:

Lot 1: Digital Strategy
Lot 2: Digital Design, Development and Delivery
Lot 3: Specialist Digital Media Solutions and Services
Lot 4: User Experience Evaluation and Analytics Services

Agile Route to Market

GPS also administer the new Agile Route to Market (ARM) framework.
The Agile Route to Market provides public sector organisations with an easy route to market for sub OJEU / lower value projects (up to £100k). S8080 have also been chosen to be part of this framework for the following lots:

Lot 3.1: Web Strategy, Planning, Creative, Build and Implement
Lot 3.4: Email Strategy, Planning, Creative, Build and Implement
Lot 3.6: Visability & Eye Tracking

“This route provides easy access for suppliers, including small agencies and sole traders, reducing the cost and time burden on suppliers when competing for government business.”

Easier for our clients

Although it’s not a replacement for COI and isn’t trying to be, the Government Procurements Service and Agile Route to Market frameworks make public sector procurement easier when looking for a very good web design, digital marketing and web development company to work with.

Take a look at some of the public sector (and private sector) clients we have worked with over the years.

Dec 14 2012

Happy Christmas – 11 more sleeps

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas. It’s been a wonderful year for us, lots of new clients, great projects and new team members and to celebrate, here a bit of Christmas silliness for you! Click it to see a larger version (if you dare).

s8080 Christmas team photo 2012

Dec 7 2012

Apple’s 12 Days Of Christmas App Launched

Apple has launched this years ’12 Days of Christmas’ app, and it is now available to download for free from the iTunes app store, the app will let you download free content to your iOS device from the 26th of December.

Apple releases the 12 Days of Christmas app every year, and from the 26th of December there will be a free download each day, which will include music, games, TV shows and more.

Via Geeky Gadgets

apple-12-days

Dec 5 2012

From Silent Night to Slade…

Our very good friends, Technocamps and Software Alliance Wales are holding a FREE Christmas Lecture for the whole family…

 

From Silent Night to Slade…Christmas tunes transformed by technology 
 
Tuesday 11th December 2012, 6.30 – 9.00pm
at
National Waterfront Museum, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD

Join Physics and Music guru Wendy Sadler, founding Director of science made simple – the award-winning social enterprise that offers science shows to schools and families across the UK and overseas to find out lots of unusual ideas on how you can make music at your Christmas party this year.

Before the age of digital recording, families used to sit round the fire and make their own music, but now we can use machines of all kinds to improve the process and help those of us with a less musical ear enjoy the auditory joys of Christmas music.

Join us on a tuneful tail of how technology has transformed the ways we make, record and modify sound. From the basics of how we generate sound with our voices to the way computers – and even phone apps – can help you sing in tune.

Overview
•    6.30pm Registration
•    7.00 – 8.00pm Wendy Sadler, Director of Science Made Simple
•    8.00 – 9.00pm Buffet

Booking you place
The event is free to attend, but you’ll need to book your place. Click here to book your places.

This annual Christmas lecture, held in association with ITWales’ major projects, Technocamps & Software Alliance Wales and BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, is FREE to attend and open to all ages, however advance booking is required, as numbers are strictly limited.

Nov 1 2012

CITB – CSkills award email design

CITB - CSkills award email design

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
Nov 1 2012

E-Crime Wales email newsletter

E-Crime Wales email newsletter

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Environment Agency – Fishing Wales email

Environment Agency - Fishing Wales email

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

The first day of spring email

The first day of spring email

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Visit Wales winter email campaign

Visit Wales winter e-mail

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Wales.com St David’s Day Email

Wales.com St David’s Day Email

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Welsh Government Business email

Welsh Government Business email

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Welsh Government Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

Welsh Government Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Fishing Wales Mobile App Email

Fishing Wales Mobile App Email

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Technium email newsletter

Technium email newsletter

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Nov 1 2012

Visit Wales Campaign Email

Visit Wales Campaign Email

  • Email design
  • Email broadcast and analytics
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Strategy
  • E-mail
  • Viral
Oct 31 2012

S8080 do the Rocky Horror Show…

Not likely, far too cold.

Sorry to disappoint 😉

Maybe we should shoot our annual Halloween photograph during summer next year. But for now, here are most of us sporting very seasonal pumped-up hairdo’s, courtesy of Rod’s exceptional photography and retouching skills.

Click on the picture for a larger view – if you dare.

A very Happy Halloween to everyone.

S8080_halloween_2012

Oct 23 2012

Visit Wales – Jigsaw flash

Visit Wales - Jigsaw flash

  •  Flash
  • Digital  illustration
  • Design

Archive: View the archived version

Oct 22 2012

Visit Wales – St David’s day 2010

Visit Wales - St David's day 2010

  • Flash
  • Digital illustration
  • Design

Archive: View the archived version

Oct 21 2012

International Business Wales – Business Golf Wales

International Business Wales - Business Golf Wales

  • Flash Games
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Website build
  • S8080 CMS
  • Microsites
  • E-mail
  • Viral
  • Information architecture
  • Bespoke web application development
  • S8080 cms
  • Database integration