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About Vanessa Kazakoff

Vanessa has a strong passion for creating modern designs with pixel perfect precision. After graduating from Capilano University with a Diploma in Interactive Design, she spent several years working in the digital design industry before joining Intranet Connections as a Graphic Designer. When Vanessa's not at her desk, she is most likely playing video games or exploring Vancouver with her trusty analog camera.

What is Intranet Design vs Web Design

Summary: As a web designer an intranet company, the first question I typically receive after 'what do you do' is 'what is intranet?' So I've written this blog post to explain the difference between intranet design and website design. Often when I tell people I work for a company that makes intranets, they think I’m talking about internets. I’m not sure what they think we’re doing, but they’ll usually just smile and nod their heads. I’ll be honest with you, before I started working here I didn’t even know what an intranet was, and I consider myself tech-savvy. I figure I

Get The Look; The 3 Best Intranet Designs

Summary: When it comes to your intranet, the look and feel speak volumes to your employees! Get inspired with 3 of the best intranet designs and how to achieve them. The design of your intranet is the first thing employees notice, so it's a good idea to put some thought into it before diving in. The best intranet designs based their concept off of their company brand and style guidelines such as their online website. That way there is instant familiarity with the company brand, which helps to excel intranet adoption. But intranets aren't websites, therefore knowing where, and how,

Essential Widgets to Generate Intranet Engagement on Your Homepage

Summary: Improve intranet engagement by arranging your widgets to promote ease of use and navigation. Coming from a web and graphic design background, I believe design is a crucial element in creating an effective intranet. The homepage is the first thing employees see when opening the intranet, so it’s important to use this coveted space wisely. Keep employees engaged while ensuring they get important updates and to find the information they seek. This may sound like a tricky endeavor, but with over 100 out-of-the-box applications available on your intranet, it’s easier than you think. You may be wondering what the connection

Take Your Intranet Software from Basic to Branded in 3 Steps

Summary: Branding your Intranet Software accelerates intranet adoption and boosts employee engagement. Go from dull to delightful using these three easy steps! Branding your Intranet Software can take it from dull to delightful in less time than brewing a pot of coffee. I can attest to this because as a designer, I am often called upon to skin intranets for trials sites or client demos, which are sometimes required in a time crunch.

5 Intranet Design Tips to turn Your Intranet into a Winter Wonderland

Summary: Turn your intranet into a winter wonderland for the holidays with these 5 intranet design tips. Let’s face it, the holiday season isn’t the most productive time for employees (except for Intranet Connections, of course). There are so many things that preoccupy us at this time of year, whether it be finding that last minute gift or figuring how to get to work during snowmageddon. If employees aren’t on holidays yet, they’re counting their last days in the office, and your intranet engagement is most likely suffering. This means it’s the perfect time to give your engagement a boost

5 Modern Web Design Trends to Apply to Your Intranet Design

Summary: The designs from your favorite websites  can be applied to your intranet design. Read on to learn how! Some of the website designs from the ‘90s were so awful, they make me cringe. You know what I’m talking about, the sites full of Comic Sans font and animated GIFs? To think how far web design has come since then is pretty amazing. However, I have some bad news and good news for you. The bad news is that some of your intranets still look like those cringeworthy ‘90s websites. The good news, they don’t have to.

3 Steps to Designing an Effective Intranet Theme

Summary: 3 tips for designing an effective intranet theme that boosts engagement and intranet adoption. Is your company’s intranet usage at an all-time low? Are you tired of looking at the same old, outdated intranet theme? Then it’s probably time to redesign your intranet theme!