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Best Practices for Mobile Web Interfaces

By / Nov 23, 2010 / Tips

We’ve seen tremendous growth in the mobile market since smart phones have taken over. Most of the tech-savvy adopters who understand the benefits couldn’t go a day without their precious iPhone or Android device. Websites are continually required to hold up to these standards and have adapted to fit a dire need. The increase for…

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Why You Should Stop Using CAPTCHAs

By / Nov 16, 2010 / Tips

There are few amongst us who won’t have, at some point or another, filled in a CAPTCHA code. CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” and they are most commonly used to stop automated submissions of web forms, such as registration or contact forms. CAPTCHAs are widespread, but…

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The Business Side of Design

By / Nov 9, 2010 / Tips

The bottom line. Something you use a majority of your resources and strategy to maintain. You make sure your costs are under control, you manage your supply chain effectively, your financial side is running like a well oiled machine. So what else can you do to make your business more successful?

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Where is the Future of Web Design?

By / Nov 2, 2010 / Tips

Everything seems to be moving at such a faster pace than it used to. We’re seeing instantaneous developments and access to information like never before through the likes of Google and Wikipedia. All of this information has me questioning where the future of web design is heading. Although it’s not so easy to read the…

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Giving Your Older Web Designs a Refresh

By / Oct 19, 2010 / Tips

Every once in a while it doesn’t hurt to give your website design a refresh. It helps to remove older blocks of code which were slowing load times and costing you pageviews. It can also help to re-evaluate what you’re trying to do with your site and how your audience should interact with each page…

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How to Identify a Font

By / Oct 15, 2010 / Tips

What is the font used for the title of Friends? How about the typeface of that old copy of Moby Dick you picked up at that garage sale? The back of your Starbucks pastry bag? And please tell me, how can you find the font on a worn out birthday card that your client wants…

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Increase Your Website’s Effectiveness with Confident Copy

By / Oct 12, 2010 / Tips

Want to increase your website’s effectiveness? To have a higher conversion rate: more of your website’s visitors become subscribers, customers, members? You can increase the likelihood of that happening by having your message be more clear and confident. In other words: increase your website’s effectiveness with confident copy. It might seem like forehead-slapping common sense,…

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Simple Flow: Minimalism in Web Design

By / Oct 5, 2010 / Tips

There are so many techniques when it comes to web design, it’s hard to get a full grasp on all of them. Minimalism is one of the few which stand out from the crowd in a seemingly ubiquitous flow. The trend follows the concept of keeping things simple and easy to work with. Removing clutter…

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Bing vs Google: A Usability Face-Off

By / Sep 30, 2010 / Tips

We all know Google and Bing, and probably use one or both of them on more or less a daily basis. Search results are generally the defining factor that makes us have a good experience, and I suspect most of us don’t give too much consideration to the usability of the services. However, with hundreds…

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Must Know Usability Tips for Web Designers

By / Sep 21, 2010 / Tips

The hot topic in design news is all about usability. Developers must concern themselves with properly functioning interfaces and applications via the web. However as designers we must tackle projects from a different angle, trying to design beautiful webpages which also run smoothly from a user’s standpoint. It’s not to say these ideas haven’t been…