Creative Juices

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How to start a business with a friend and survive

Before we started Big Lemon, we were friends. We went to school together, got drunk together, and grown up together – university, dogs, babies, the whole adulthood thing. After almost three years of running a business together, we’ve had our fair share of disagreements, awkward moments, and straightforward developer vs designer arguments, but we’ve got through them all. To ma [Continue reading...]

We're Creative finalists at the Wales Start Up Awards

We're super excited to have been shortlisted for Creative Start-Up of the Year at the second annual Wales Start Up Awards. Almost as good as being nominated, our tweet to announce that we’d been shortlisted was our 500th! We’re shortlisted alongside Tramshed Tech a co-working and events space in Cardiff, BrandContent, a content marketing agency, and Cowshed, a PR and comms [Continue reading...]

Introducing the Big Lemon Project Tracker

I have a confession to make; I’m totally addicted to apps (cue Basshunter). Specifically, organizational apps. Trello, Slack, Wunderlist, Asana, I’ve tried them all and there isn’t one I met that I haven’t liked. If I want to check where I’m at with a piece of development I’ll pop to Trello, with its many delightfully colour-coded labels. If I want to nag Kieran about where a p [Continue reading...]

How to build something real in seven hours, and ways to make the most of a hack day

How many governments let you hack their data? Not many, I’d guess. We’re lucky enough to live in a country where not only will the government let you access their data, but they’ll welcome you into their building and turn it into whatever you like. Senedd Lab 2017 is the first time the Welsh Assembly has invited devs, designers and other creative people to play around with thei [Continue reading...]

ACF Page Builder: WordPress Plugin #2

They say the sequel is almost always worse than the original. Not this time. Our second WordPress plugin, the ACF Page Builder, is here to conquer lands and… well, build pages. Alright, what is this ACF Page Builder? Simply put, it lets you easily build web page structures with a handful of useful layout types. This includes things like banner images, buttons, contact forms, a [Continue reading...]

Watch Your Tone – The Importance of Finding your Brand’s Voice

Businesses are much more than just a roomful of desks, an overworked kettle, loads of spreadsheets and the obligatory dying plant in the corner. Businesses are made up of people, and people, love them or loathe them, have personalities. It’s not what a company does, but who it is that makes a brand. A business is shaped by the people who work behind the scenes. It’s about thei [Continue reading...]

The VIP List of International Brewery Websites (Part 2)

Our first article on brewery websites was a cracker, so we wanted to open it up a little to the rest of the world. It's a big place, you know. As we look further afield, the scale of stand out brewery websites grows substantially (as there are literally thousands to choose from), by looking outside of the UK we can show you how other breweries worldwide are making their web [Continue reading...]

The VIP List of UK Brewery Websites: Our Top 6

We’ve studied brewery websites and branding a lot lately in our effort to get more involved in this amazing industry, and these are some of the cracking brewery websites we’ve found so far. As a brief disclaimer: it was actually a little difficult to find amazing brewery websites brimming with personality in the UK, particularly Wales. This is something we want to change. The [Continue reading...]

The perfect recipe for creating and running a modern brewery website

Building the new website for Beerd's new Craft Beer & Pizza joint in central Bristol was a new challenge for us - a challenge we absolutely loved. I mean, the research bit was easy (and perhaps too short), but actually getting stuck in and building the site was really fun too. We've wanted to build a brewery website for a while, so when this project came around we [Continue reading...]

Simple Contact Forms: Our First WordPress Plugin

Our first plugin is massively overdue, but we're excited to let you know that it's finally here. Simple Contact Forms is an extremely easy to use WordPress plugin that lets users build contact forms on their site and start receiving enquiries. You can find the Simple Contact Forms plugin on its WordPress plugin page and on GitHub, but first a little about the plugin... [Continue reading...]

Welsh ICE: Our New Home

Welsh ICE is the first Innovation Centre for Enterprise in Wales - a startup community with private and co-working spaces to help businesses in South Wales grow. We're still unpacking our kit, but it already feels like home. A Little Background on Welsh Ice Any small businesses in South Wales should really be involved with Welsh ICE - it’s way more than just office space. [Continue reading...]

Give your business a fighting chance

The tools the top web developers use (Oh, they're also FREE) Before getting into this post, it's important to know that you might need a semi-techie head and have a basic understanding of how websites work. if you'd like to start there. Choosing the right tools can completely change the way you work. I've had first-hand experience with this and tried out more t [Continue reading...]

Google has just killed your non-mobile friendly site, but it's not too late to revive it!

Trying to find information on a desktop website using a device that’s a tenth of the size can be pretty annoying - regardless of how big mobile screens are getting. But bad UI aside, there is now a better reason to have a device responsive website. The Silicon Valley search engine giant has changed the way it ranks all websites in an event the tabloids are calling ‘Mobilegeddon [Continue reading...]

The Essential Sublime Text Packages for Website Developers

As mentioned in my introduction to HTML video, I use Sublime Text (v3 to be exact) and absolutely swear by it. We are in no way affiliated with Sublime Text. I just think it's awesome. After trying out so many advanced text editors (Netbeans, WebStorm, Dreamweaver), Sublime was by far my favourite. The packages add some amazing functionality and you can build your setup as [Continue reading...]

Improved Website - The Blood and Tears Were Worth it!

It's been a good few months coming, but we're delighted that our newly updated website is live with some nice additions. While this blog post might seem a little self-gratifying, that is not its intended purpose. We want to show you around our new digital abode and get your feedback. As part of this rebirth, we've completely revamped our home page, each of our work [Continue reading...]

5 Awesome Tips to be a Twitter-star

I've just listened to a brilliant episode of Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income podcast with Laura Roeder and I just had to compile a list of the top things I took away from it, as well as some tips from my own input. I hope you can learn some new things like I have today. Disclaimer: Even though I don’t get involved in our social media posting for clients, I like to think th [Continue reading...]

Web Design Trends to Look Out For in 2015

We've created a list of upcoming web design trends that we think'll be kicking around in 2015. Make sure to let us know on Twitter what your predictions are! Flat Design - the crux of current web design trends If you were to compare websites designed now to those created a few years ago you'd notice a huge difference between them. Older websites dominantly relied o [Continue reading...]

5 Reasons why NOT to Buy Website Themes

Ok, so you are looking to get your website up and running as quickly as possible with a website theme. Brilliant! The quicker it is online, the quicker you will be able to start making some money. However, it's important that you do not sacrifice quality for the sake of speed. In fact; it is VITAL that you do not do this. You see; you want your website to be fantastic right [Continue reading...]

A Step in the Right Direction

So, the website is live.. Progress feels fantastic! It's really nice to finally be able to tell people "Yeah, go check out our website!" high five For the last few months we've poured every inch into our logo and its 100+ iterations and frantically working towards the website's launch, and we can gladly say we're now there. You'll also notice by no [Continue reading...]