Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:11 am by Andrew Arnott

Customizing the Hootsuite dashboard to create a cleaner, brighter theme

Tired of the dated, fussy design of the Hootsuite dashboard? I was, so I created a new cleaner version, which you can use on your own Hootsuite dashboard (if you use Chrome or Firefox).

Improved Hootsuite theme

Restyling Hootsuite

Here at vclever, we’re big users of Hootsuite, a social media dashboard that makes it easy to manage multiple accounts on Facebook and Twitter, amongst others. But the hideous appearance of the dashboard niggles at me. While others, like Twitter and Google+, have been rolling out beautiful new looks, Hootsuite’s three themes are starting to look a bit tired and dated thanks to thick shadows and strong gradients plastered everywhere, and colour-schemes that are less than tasteful.

Although I had better things to be doing at the time(!!), I decided to dabble with Hootsuite’s CSS using Chrome’s developer tools to make the appearance fresher, easier on the eye, cleaner and brighter. (more…)

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Posted on March 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm by Andrew Arnott

Annual design trends infographic from Shutterstock

Shutterstock infographic

Thought we’d share this infographic from one of the leading stock image providers – Shutterstock.

As a provider of stock media – from photos to vectors to videos – they are sat on a huge amount of data, so are in a great position to identify trends, not just from the images and media that people have bought, but also from what their users are searching for. (more…)

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Posted on August 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm by Andrew Arnott

The must-have accessory for the style (un)conscious

"Ridiculous waistcoat with big pocket"All I can say to this is ‘good grief’! This bizarre item of clothing is the winning entry of a competition run by an accessory manufacturer called Proporta and the London College of Fashion.

CNET wrote, “One moment it’s a hooded waistcoat, and the next you’ll be blowing the minds of all in the vicinity, ripping the item open to reveal your concealed iPad.”

I’m not sure you’ll be so much blowing people’s minds, as making them piss themselves with laughter. If you see any fashion student types being seemingly indiscriminately attacked by muggers, well now you know why.

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Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm by Andrew Arnott

Wet t-shirt competition

t-shirt design

Just kidding – it is about a t-shirt competition though! is holding a design-a-t-shirt competition and we thought we’d enter for a chance to win a few quid, but more importantly to win a ‘master designer’ title and generally showcase our design skills.

We love it (if we do say so ourselves!!) and we’ll be very upset if we don’t have this in the bag!

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Posted on April 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm by Andrew Arnott

vclever blog is here!

It's here!

So, what’ll be on here, I hear you ask?

Well, I’ll be using this blog to show you what we’re currently working on, to update you on any interesting stories and developments here at vclever and within the industry, and to voice my opinion on anything from technology, digital marketing, web and graphic design, and advertising.

If that sounds a bit dull, it really won’t be!  As you know, we’ve got a pretty informal style here, so don’t expect me to gibber on about dry marketing or technological theories – I’ll try to stick to interesting things we’re up to, bizarre stories or cutting edge stuff.  I love gadgets (and digital gadgets/tools at that) so will mention them whenever I come across cool stuff that I think you should take a look at.

Welcome and hope you enjoy the posts to come…

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