10 Web Design books you probably missed but owe yourself to read

Believe it or not, despite the short lifespan of the industry; the web design community is actually well matured. We are to a point where we have a “web celebrities,” heroes, leaders, and a pretty well defined echo chamber. This really is a testament to the state of the industry and how it has evolved […]

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The demand will come…

There are a lot of freelancers and budding web design companies out there who are more or less dipping their toes in the water. The hope is that they can either make a living off of web development/design or hopefully make a great living off web development/design. This is an unnerving feeling, three toes in […]

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Ann Arbor Startup Weekend, Day 2 + 3

Well I didn’t get to blog about day two by itself, so I figure I will just combine my thoughts for the last two days into this post. Day two at Ann Arbor start up weekend was a work day, short and simple. People showed up at 9:00 and barely lifted their heads until lunch […]

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Startup Weekend Ann Arbor, Day 1

Startup weekend is a new “type” of event that has been popping up here or there. The concept is simple, get forward thinking entrepreneurial together for in a dank, hot and sweaty basement for an entire weekend and see what will come out of it. Hopefully the result is more than putrid smells and dilated […]

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Adobe Acrobat 9, making web design / development easier?

One of the fortunes I have had in my career is the starting and participation of the Detroit chapter of Refreshing Cities, dubbed “Refresh Detroit.” We have had a lot of great local and national speakers come in. While my favorite speakers have always been the local talent and learning the great things they are […]

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Using CSS and GIF’s to animate a menu

Remember our good old friend the animated gif? There was a time when the ability to animate GIF’s made web sites a little more fun… or horribly obnoxious. It seems that no one really harnessed the power of animated GIFs, and today the only place they seem to be used are in banner advertisements when […]

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We as web developers need to be creative in our messaging…

I have noticed a trend over the last few months (maybe longer) in relation to a lot of web design / development companies and their messaging. While maybe it would be in my best interest to shut my yapper instead of offering advice, it irks me too much to sit silently. I am constantly reading […]

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Using Color as Communication

As designers, web developers, or marketers we spend a lot of time developing different forms of communication. On some level that is our job, to communicate and decide how to communicate something. Communication is a balancing act, and I can’t claim to have mastered its every form, but I am aware of it. It is […]

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