Website tips and ideas

Noise and Websites

Sound files indicating noise and quiet

Unwanted noise creates stress in human beings.  Having given ourselves easy and constant access to digital entertainment via our mobiles, tablets and pcs, it’s possible to be surrounded by almost constant noise, not just aural but visual too

Turn down the noise on your website and people will like that

It is not surprising that so many young people suffer from anxiety when so much of their time is spent in an easily accessible virtual world that allows for no rest periods and is the metaphorical equivalent of being poked repeatedly by a stick into a never ending state of alertness.

This is not conducive to calm or wellbeing. The adrenal glands get no rest, mental and physical exhaustion follow.

People do enjoy noise when they choose it, dance music, the sound of drumming, twenty five electric guitars playing at the same time, the opening mass timestep in 42nd Street. It is exciting, exhilarating and can turn a day around, whipping up flagging energy and improving mood.

However beneficial the positive effects of noise can be, if we can’t get away from unwanted noise, we close down. We turn off our receptors in order to protect ourselves from the discomfort a barrage of sound can create. This is as true of visual as it is of aural noise

Effective communicaton is most likely to exist in a state of calm. Good writers know this and spend a great deal of time throwing out the clutter that gets in the way of communication. Experienced writers does not allow extraneous noise.

Noise creates distraction, quiet opens up understanding

As your means of communicating with the world, your website needs to give your visitor space for reflection and thoughtfulness. No one wants to be shouted at, or hurried along or confused by too many signals.

This means that nothing should be there that does not absolutely need to be

Simplicity makes for clarity and that brings about the peace of knowing exactly where you and the feeling of safety that comes from that. Or not...

For those interested in these things, the Noise soundwave is from London Calling by The Clash, the Quiet graphic is a babbling brook, by Mother Nature.

Graphics by Bespoke Designs Lewes 
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Using Symbols to define your Unique Selling Point

Graphics of a target, birds, a waterfall a designer

Without a bit of help it’s hard to identify your own difference. Using symbols can help you identify the essence of the way you do business 

Here are four businesses I know well and the symbols or images I’d use to define them

Lomax and Skinner – Flight

Lomax and Skinner fine millinery in Sussex

In her book The Years, Virginia Woolf describes the arrangement of millinery in London shop windows as separately a flight of hats and flights of hats. This woman does not chuck words at the page, there is diligence behind every description

A flights of hats is a wonderful phrase for a collection of millinery but particularly for the millinery of Lomax and Skinner. Flight describes the drift of the will-o-the-wisp, achingly delicate quality in their hats.  It describes their lilting , teasing, downland swift poise.

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Graphic of arrow heading towards a target

Business Coaching Sussex - Arrow speeding towards the target

Marisa Guthrie, who happens to be my own business coach, will get to the nub of a thought before you’ve even finished it expressing it

The speed at which she processes information and her clear path of reasoning is partly a result of instinct, partly experience and partly her extraordinary sensitivity. It is a pleasure to witness, in the same way Olympic gymnastics are lovely, or a trapeze artist who lands on one square centimetre where landing on another would mean disaster, makes for compelling viewing. That kind of knife-point precision is fun and exciting in whatever form it takes.  

Brighton Business Coach Marisa Guthrie

Seven Sisters Spices, Chloe Edwards – The Designer

Cereal with fruit by Seven Sisters Spices

Chloe is a talented and original conjurer of spices. But Chloe is a visual artist too, as anyone who follows her on Instagram will know. She’s a designer

The job of design is to put together words, colours, shapes or images that in their entirety communicate a particular message. It’s recognising which elements to use and how they all weave together that makes someone a designer.

Chloe knows about taste, aroma, texture, scent and flavour.  She designs a multi-layered sensual experience in the food she creates.


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Graphic image of a wild waterfall by Gabriel Gardner

Darling Buds of Sussex, Tracey Kirker – The Wild Waterfall

Bridal bouquet by Darling Buds of Sussex

Tracey’s pretty face belies her anarchist tendancies. This woman has a wicked sense of humour and a sideways take on life

Her blooms escape formality and dance deliciously instead, structured but free, always joyful and sometimes dramatic when the woman who will carry the bouquet wants to to express that part of herself.

It's worth trying to think of a single image or symbol that defines you as way of achieving clarity when it comes to explaining what’s different about you, not just to others but to yourself.

It’s not always the obvious one and it might make you delve a little deeper into what is unusual or valuable about what you do.

Mine would be someone pulling back heavy curtains and letting light flood into a darkened room or standing at the top of a hill and being able to see for miles and miles. The Clarifier.

Contact me if you want some Clarity around the business message on your website, and how best to communicate that.