Facebook ads that shine

28 Jun 2017 - Posted in "Social Media, Tips and Tricks"
By Nicholas Bozic - Designer

The competitive business landscape on Facebook is an inferno, for you to be even noticed in a typical user’s feed is no walk in the park. Here are 3 tips to get a leg up on your competitors with your…

Systems down

23 Jun 2017 - Posted in "Productivity, random"
By Mel Hammond - Communications

It’s actually incredible how debilitating it is when the tool of your trade deserts you, even temporarily. We’re currently experiencing some wifi downtime, and it hit me just how much someone today relies on being connected, 24/7. Or at least…

Building your buzz

22 Jun 2017 - Posted in "Business Advice, Social Media"
By Mel Hammond - Communications

We see it often here at Digital Noir. You have an idea. You think it’s a strong, totally unique proposition. In fact, it's just the best thing since sliced bread. You invest time and money building a product, and when…

I travel to constantly challenge who I am

22 Jun 2017 - Posted in "Travel"
By Amanda Smith - Copywriter

I used to think you travelled to find yourself. And maybe part of this is true. When I first got on a plane and landed on the other side of the world, something inside of me shifted. I was never…

Fitbits furthering workplace fitness

21 Jun 2017 - Posted in "Heath and Fitness, random"
By Rachael Pearson - Administration

Fitbits. They’ve been around for a while now and are becoming more and more prominent in workspaces across the globe. Once primarily targeted for fitness fanatics, they are now promoted as a versatile fitness tracker, useful for anyone moving (or…

The 80/20 Manager – A Review

15 Jun 2017 - Posted in "Productivity, Reviews"
By Rachael Pearson - Administration

’10 Ways to become a great leader’ is the tagline but don’t be fooled, this book isn’t just for those high up! The book focusses on the idea first stated by Vilfredo Pareto that for every 20% of effort…

Your first website? Keep things simple.

13 Jun 2017 - Posted in "Business Advice, Web Design"
By Tess O'Callaghan - Project Manager, Designer, Developer

At Digital Noir, you’ll hear us talk about our high-quality custom websites. We love getting deep into the marketing side of web development, taking the time to make the design unique and beautiful and planning out content strategy. If you’re…

The nomad life isn’t all ‘Instagram’

22 May 2017 - Posted in "Travel"
By Amanda Smith - Copywriter

It’s a feeling that I can’t quite shake. Travelling, for me, has always been an inner journey just as much as a physical one. In the beginning, you’re obsessed by ticking off bucket lists and ‘seeing’ as much of…

Websites should be simple

22 May 2017 - Posted in "Web Design"
By Sam Davies - Director

We are spending an increasing amount of time in the studio talking and thinking about ‘Content Strategy’. It is something we have always done, but only in the past few years has it become the driving force behind how we…

How secure is your site?

17 May 2017 - Posted in "Tips and Tricks"
By Christo Mabbs - Front End Web Developer

As important as online security is, it’s often something we don’t take seriously enough until it’s too late.  When a site goes down due to a hack it’s straight up scary, your entire website and online data is at serious…

Now is not the time to be bored

17 May 2017 - Posted in "random, Rants"
By Sam Davies - Director

Somewhere in my mid twenties, I faced the realisation that death was not only going to happen, but that it was going to happen much, much faster than I had previously anticipated. I was stuck in a modern, early-life, existential…

Sleeping with the lights on

15 May 2017 - Posted in "random"
By John Nilo - UI/UX Designer

Clowns, long haired women dressed all in white, children, old people, Jaimie Lee Curtis; to some degree, all have been the cause for shivers to run down my spine at one time. From an era of watching VHS rentals to…

Adapt or die: startup team culture

11 May 2017 - Posted in "Business Advice, Productivity"
By Uzair Masood - Backend PHP Developer

In business terms, a startup firm is defined as one that is a ‘new entrepreneurial venture’. Such a business attempts to create a significant space in a fast-growing market.  A growing trend in startups is technology, let’s call them tech…

You can have it all

24 Apr 2017 - Posted in "random"
By Amanda Smith - Copywriter

You can have it all in your life, but just not at the same time. Someone once told me this…and it’s stuck with me. I always remind myself of this, in moments of compromise. I remember when I was in…

Name your favourite dinosaur

20 Apr 2017 - Posted in "Rants"
By Mel Hammond - Communications

OK, first things first. This article isn’t about Jurassic Park, The Land Before Time, or The Flintstones. (And if you leave me here because of that, so be it!) It came about after a colleague made an offhand comment during…

Motivation in the workplace: Kill the hierarchy

12 Apr 2017 - Posted in "Productivity, Rants"
By Tess O'Callaghan - Project Manager, Designer, Developer

I’ve been in the web development industry over 7 years now. I went from being the Designer to Developer to Designer to Developer. Then, over the past few years, I’ve settled into an office and project management position at Digital…