Beauty & Brains in Branding & Web

About Lucas

Lucas is a native of Montreal and completed degrees in Film and Professional Writing at Concordia University. As our web and multimedia producer, he assists clients looking to develop new web initiatives and supports the success of our websites through the implementation of multimedia projects. Alongside his interest in creative work, Lucas also has a passion for technology, comics, and all things geek. He can be contacted at lucas[at]htc.ca

Is 2016 the Year of the Wearable?

“The year of the wearable” is a term we’ve been hearing pretty much each year since 2013. The hype in previous years has revolved mostly around smartwatches, health bands, and Google Glass. Recently, public interest has shifted towards the fast advances taking place in the commercial VR marketplace with products like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and […]

Understanding Google Analytics 360 Suite

Over the past few years Google Analytics (GA) has become the industry standard for website tracking and measurement amongst small and medium-sized business. In 2016 Google is capitalizing on this momentum and eyeing the enterprise data-solutions market with the introduction of Google Analytics 360 Suite. The 360 Suite is a new group of 6 analytics […]

3 Fundamental Filters for Google Analytics

Google Analytics can be a frightening place for the uninitiated. Unfiltered, unorganized raw data from your site can be challenging to mine for insights, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for. Implementing filters in your Google Analytics configuration is the key to refining and arranging data views that make actionable insights obvious. […]

3 Business Benefits of Accessibility Optimized Websites

There are business benefits to designing a website that is optimized for accessibility. The most obvious benefit is the significant proportion of users with sensory impairments who are now potential consumers on your site, but there are other advantages. Let’s examine some of the ways that you can improve SEO, traffic, and authority on your […]

Accessibility in Web Design

If I told you that your website’s design rendered it inaccessible to millions of people, you’d probably treat it like a pretty big deal. Well if your site isn’t accessible to the hearing and visually impaired, conservative estimates suggest that you may be deterring at least 15.5 million consumers in the USA alone. Tim Berner’s Lee, […]

Prototyping for Success in the Web Design Process

Once committed to development, website feature and design choices can be costly to modify. Frequent and thorough testing during the planning phase is the key to minimizing post-development revisions. Incorporating prototyping techniques into the design process, and performing user tests early on, leads to valuable insights that can reveal efficiencies and guide better design decisions. […]

The Benefits of User Personas in Software Design

User-centered design is the practice of considering the needs, wants and limitations of a website or software product’s end-user and incorporating those considerations into the product’s design. By keeping the user in focus throughout the development process, you will create more useful and commercially viable products. One great tool for achieving user-centered design is the […]

User Experience in Web Design

Enterprises and organizations often conceptualize the requirements for new websites and applications in a vacuum. A small group of internal stakeholders, usually executives with limited technical expertise, will compile a feature wishlist that they think will satisfy their business goals. What is generally not considered during this process, is who the product’s users are and […]

2016 Trends in Digital Marketing

In 2015, the number of global Internet users surpassed 3 billion, smartphone use continued to soar, and the wearable form factor emerged. Here are the statistics and trends savvy digital marketers should be aware of as the year wraps up.

How to Integrate Social Media into Big Events

The success of large corporate events and fundraisers today depends largely on the effective use of social media to promote, document and broadcast. Integrating social media into large events can be easier said than done. What platforms do you use? What strategies should you adopt? What steps can you take to harness the power of […]