10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Installing WordPress

10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Installing WordPress

Aug 21, 2014 / WordPress

Now that you’ve gone through the famous five minute WordPress install, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. There’s a few definite things you must do to create a stronger WordPress blog or website. You’ll need to amp up your security, your SEO, and your spam filter, just to name a…

10 Essential Elements of a Landing Page

10 Essential Elements of a Landing Page

Aug 13, 2014 / Trends

Have you ever come across a landing page that wouldn’t let you leave? Not because of engaging content, but because it physically stopped you from closing the window. That’s one way to capture attention, but definitely not the best way. And that’s not the type of landing page we’re discussing here. Instead of relying on…

SEO for Web Designers: Best Practices

SEO for Web Designers: Best Practices

Jun 29, 2014 / Tips

As web designers, are we diametrically opposed to search engine optimization? We know that, at its center, web design is about elevating bland information on a screen into something aesthetically delightful and intuitively recognizable. It’s also about communicating an idea with other humans. Cave men had cave paintings, Ancient Egyptians had hieroglyphs, modern man has…

A Serious Look At Card Based Design

A Serious Look At Card Based Design

Jun 12, 2014 / Trends

Cards. You may be unfamiliar with the term, but you’re no doubt familiar with the concept. Cards are ubiquitous in web design these days, and the trend seems to be catching on. In fact, the revered web trinity of Google, Twitter, and Facebook are all doing it, so it must be worth at least a…

You’re Not Emotional: Emotions and Web Design

You’re Not Emotional: Emotions and Web Design

Jun 2, 2014 / Trends

How does this website make you feel? On the surface, it may seem that reading an article on a website is an emotionless experience, but science tells us that we use emotions to inform our understanding. So, yes, you are experiencing an emotion right now, but what could it be? Let’s come back to that…

How Wearable Technology Will Impact Web Design

How Wearable Technology Will Impact Web Design

May 16, 2014 / Trends

Remember how wearing a calculator watch back in the day made you feel like George Jetson or his boy Elroy? Technology has come a long way from spelling out naughty words (upside down) on your calculator. These days, you can make calls, record videos, check your health, and buy coffee from your smartwatch–and that’s just…

Web Design Trends in 2011

Jan 4, 2011 / Tips

There is a thin line between design and development, and as we move into a new decade, this line is becoming extremely blurry. Is it enough to draw beautiful mock ups in Photoshop? Maybe 5 years ago. These days, the average internet user requires more. All beauty, with no substance, gets boring after a while….

Top 8 Dreaded Favors Asked of Web Designers

Mar 9, 2010 / Tips

Long before you officially take the profession of graphic or web designer, your friends and family will support your ambitions by developing your talent. At first, your loved ones inspect your work and if they like what they see, you’ll get flooded with their requests for one page flyers, t-shirt designs, logos, and company websites….

10 Tips for Creating Compelling Web Copy

Dec 10, 2009 / Tips

You are the most important person in the world. Wow, I got you to read the second sentence. Your interest is now piqued and you want to read more. If you do read this article, you will learn exactly how important it is to create compelling web copy. Between you and me, most readers just…

45 Advertisements You Will Never Forget

Nov 30, 2009 / Inspiration

Advertisements are everywhere. Consumers have a need and advertisements direct the consumer to the company that has a solution for their need. For years, we have tried in vain to escape advertisements, but aggressive advertisement companies have stepped up their creativity. These days, instead of relying on the simple goodness of lemonade and children’s laughter,…