creative design

Keana Lynch

Style Guides for Web Design and Development

Developers, designers and web administrators are always looking for ways to improve how they manage the look, feel and complexity when building a web site. This can be difficult when we have multiple team members or new members involved in ongoing projects. So how can we help maintain global branding and development patterns for sites [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Your Higher Ed Website Redesign

After recent experience with several higher education website redesigns, I’ve come up with a list of the top ten ways that you, as a higher education client, can prepare for an upcoming website redesign project.  Though these items aren’t technically required right at the beginning of a redesign project, they are all eventually needed and the [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Web Design

I spend a lot of time inside and outside of work studying design. I think it gets to a point for everyone where design becomes difficult to ignore, as it influences our every day decisions. It’s important to understand design elements and how they not only affect you on a day to day basis, but [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Holyoke Gas & Electric Redesign Launched!

Beacon Technologies is very proud to announce the launch of the new Cascade site for Holyoke Gas & Electric at http://www.hged.com! This site is visually a dramatic improvement over the old. BEFORE AFTER It also incorporates the following fantastic functionally: Responsive Design– The new site is a lovely, colorful responsive design, that looks great in [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Is Flat Design For You?

As technology and the familiarity with it grows, designers and developers are now more than ever trying to enhance the website design world. Inevitably, this leads to countless passing trends that come and go much like any design industry. Which leaves us begging the question, how do we know what is more than just a [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Beacon NetCafe Second Update

My internship at Beacon Technologies is coming to a close but there are still many things to be done before I leave to go back to school. The previous week I completed the requirements and wireframe documents. I submitted the documents to the web designer of the Beacon NetCafe website. So far, the website is [...] read more »

Keana Lynch

The Expressive Web (Beta)

The Expressive Web (Beta) was recently released by Adobe to showcase some of the newest and most expressive features that HTML5 and CSS3 can add to the web today. Personally I found this to be an amazing example of what’s in the future for web designers and developers. The site highlights the following HTML5 and [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

“CLEAN” is the new black…

Sometime in the last couple of years, “clean” became the new “black” in terms of web site design… I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard the exact same conversation at the beginning of redesign project… “So, in terms of look and feel of the new site, please tell me what kind of graphical [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

IE6: “I’m Not Dead Yet”

I’ve been with Beacon for almost 11 years.  That makes me feel really old (or dedicated, one of the two).  Thus, it’s really hard for me to fathom that Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 has been with me almost my entire career.  IE6 was released on August 27, 2001.  That was a glorious day back then.  [...] read more »