How important is Usability?

Posted on 03 September 2013


Whether you're doing the weekly food shop or conducting research for a PhD, reliance on the internet in many parts of our daily lives is increasing. This has been acknowledged by the UK Government, leading to the creation of a project called 'Race Online 2012' designed to encourage small businesses to do more online...

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Design Icons: The Computer Mouse

Posted on 23 July 2013

The American technology pioneer and inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, died on 2nd July, aged 88. Design manager at PDMS Jim Rawson recalls the evolution of an iconic product and the legacy of a design visionary...

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Digital Design launches new Duncan Lawrie website

Posted on 21 February 2013


PDMS, the software application development and IT services company, is pleased to announce the launch of a new website for Duncan Lawrie Private Bank (

Duncan Lawrie is an established niche private bank offering a range of integrated financial services that combine to create a real alternative to everyday high street banking, financial planning and investment management.

The PDMS - Digital Design team worked closely with Duncan Lawrie to refresh their online brand presence whilst retaining their core values as a traditional, relationship-led private bank. Thedeadlines for the project were tight as the launch of the new website was required to coincide with a New Year marketing campaign that the bank were carrying out.

Duncan Lawrie required an easy to use content management solution to enable their internal marketing team to edit and update their website in real time. The new website allows both current and existing clients to subscribe to newsletters and social media feeds, making it easier and more straightforward for the bank to keep clients informed and up to date...

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Police and Crime Commissioner (West Yorkshire) : Website live after election of first PCC

Posted on 10 December 2012

Digital Design are pleased to announce that their first website designed especially for the new office of Police and Crime Commissioner, has gone live to the public.

The new West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson took office on the 22nd November 2012, (after the inaugural PCC elections of the 15th November) and the website ( went live soon after.

Digital Design developed the website (using content management system, Umbraco), to be totally customisable, meaning that the West Yorkshire PCC team can update the website themselves, without seeking assistance from Digital Design whenever they need to make changes.

Digital Design's template Police and Crime Commissioner website includes standard areas for information on;

The PCC's Calendar and Diary A 'My Neighbourhood' feature, with the ability to customise news and events to a specific policing division Links with social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook ...

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But isn't Marketing just Advertising?

Posted on 30 October 2012

By Joanne Pontee, Marketing Manager, PDMS

I was recently chatting to a friend's teenage daughter who was debating different career options. She asked me what I did for a living and when I explained that I worked in marketing she replied "ah isn't that just advertising - coming up with cool slogans and meerkats and stuff". Well not exactly I explained, "So what do you do in a typical day?" she asked and "Why is a job in marketing so interesting?" So here goes, a typical Monday in the life of a very busy marketer.

After the obligatory cup of coffee, the day starts with a quick catch up with the rest of the team (Katie in the Isle of Man and Alice in London) using the marketing team's Trello Board to review all the urgent tasks for the week. Trello is a great online tool for helping teams manage tasks, it's basically a very easy to use, on-line whiteboard where you create cards for tasks and assign them to different people. If you get the chance - take a look yourself at

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