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Beechers blog: Celebrating 2 years at Platform81

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Take a look at what Web Developer David, has to say on the past two years working at Platform 81.

Tell us about a typical day in the web team?

Turning designs into reality and generally keeping up with what’s going on in the industry. Collaborating with the other guys is a big part of my day. Oh and a lot of snacks!

What has been the highlight of your time at Platform 81 so far?

Winning three awards at the Stockport business awards in 2 years.

What have been your 3 favourite web projects and why?

Stockport County – Growing up five minutes from their ground and being a huge football fan it was great to be part of making their new website.

The Bike Trader – A great concept with big ideas, it was a project I was really able to get my teeth stuck into while trying new technologies.

Thrive – We were given creative freedom with a brief of creating something different to all other websites. The final outcome came together and looks great.

If you had to list the ‘best-kept secrets’ to building a successful website, which would you include and why?

1- Simplicity is key. In my opinion if you’re complicating it you’re doing it wrong
2- Don’t reinvent the wheel
3- Don’t be afraid to try different things

What tips can you recommend to businesses looking to carry out user experience testing?

– Spend time understanding what your users are looking for
– The homepage is your time to shine.
– Speed is key
– Less is more

Looking out 3 to 5 years, beyond the obvious trends, what do you think will be the next big change in your industry?

If I knew the answer I would be a rich man.

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