What I’m about

Anka WolbertHi, my name is Anka Wolbert. I’m a WordPress web designer and I build customised websites for clients. As WordPress grew in popularity over the past ten years, I have specialised as a WordPress developer. I develop websites using the original WordPress open software – not the commercialised WordPress.com online editor. I design and customise themes, and can build and update any website.

I have a Masters degrees in Psychology and a BSc degree in Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction). I like the combination of the technical, psychological and creative elements that make up web design. The web is an interactive medium and websites need to be functional by nature. Combine this with information, key messages and branding, and you get a fascinating mix. I’m particularly interested in user interface design, and how to make the web a more enjoyable experience.

I started out as a musician in the 1980s, making electronic/ new wave music and moved between London, New York and Amsterdam.  In my early 20s my band was signed to London indie music label 4AD and later to PolyGram (NYC).  By the late 90s, I decided to swap the music industry for the world of web and start my web design business.

I love design in general – from graphic design, to the design of a chair, to UX design. As a student I started out as screen print designer at the Milky Way, a famous music venue in Amsterdam. I also really enjoy and get inspired by photography. You can find some of my photos here: www.ankadesign.co.uk

I’ve been in business for 20 years and have built and worked on hundreds of websites.

Contact me today to get started on your website.

Brain Hacks: Using Psychology in Web Design

We all perceive the world through our own individual filters, but there are some general rules for what draws our eyes to something.
So what makes one design more appealing than another? How can we tap into a visitor’s brain and make them feel a certain way just by affecting what they see? Take a look at some common psychology tricks used in web design:

  • Color is one of the most important elements you can use to evoke a certain emotion from a user.
  • “A picture is worth a thousand words” may be a cliché but it is simply a true statement.
  • Users feel more comfortable when browsing sites that feature organised patterns and hierarchy.
  • Know your priority visitors. Who makes up the bulk of your visitors? Is it young millennials? Or well-off baby boomers?

Using psychology to drive your website design is one of the easiest ways you can increase traffic on your site and boost conversion. If you follow these basic principles, you may be pleasantly surprised at the results.