How do you know if your website is successful?

Creating a website for your business is an exciting venture. Working in an online format, you get to put forth your vision for how potential customers and clients will interact with your product. However, some businesses unfortunately fall short when measuring the success of a site. How do you even know if your site is […]

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Re-Prioritizing Usability

Everyone agrees usability is important. Yet every day unusable websites find their way online. It isn’t a matter of professional versus amateur designers, as both parties violate usability principles. There is a deeper, more complicated problem. I see two common causes for usability blunders: Informed designers don’t have enough strong enough arguments to talk management […]

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Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Engages 3.7 Designs and MLive Media Group

Named one of the top 10 islands in the world by Conde Nast and top 10 sustainable islands by National Geographic, Mackinac Island is a familiar vacation destination to Michiganders and beyond. The island’s tourism bureau is responsible for providing information on all its events, activities, lodging, shopping, transportation, dining, and more. The new responsive […]

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Project Panorama – A WordPress Project Management Plugin

Two years ago I authored a simple project visualization plugin dubbed “Project Status.” The inspiration for Project Status, was a simple question I heard frequently. Over the past ten years of client services, I’ve received numerous e-mails and phone calls with the simple and reasonable question… “Where are we at?” It turns out, even with […]

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Project Status Plugin for WordPress

Don’t care why I created the plugin? Skip the explanation and download it here. The most valuable insight I have gained from running a design agency is an understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. Like most agency owners or freelancers, I got into the business because I love creativity. While business is exciting and I […]

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23 Great Web Design Books for Under $5

If you’re anything like me you probably have six books you are reading at any one time. My thirst for knowledge is unrelenting… and I bet your’s is too. While there are few investments more worthwhile than your own wisdom the constant purchasing of books can put a hurting on your wallet. In my case, I often […]

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The Web Design Sketchbook, Version Three

Early December 2008 was when I first held a prototype of what I would later call “The Web Design Sketchbook” in my hands. It was pretty rough, had been printed using an old, slowly dying ink jet printer and was bound using a $100 Office Max binding machine. Despite its lackluster, I was ecstatic. Not […]

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More Free Project Management Tools

Several years ago I wrote a post which became shockingly popular called “Free Project Management Tools.” Well a lot has changed since 2008, especially regarding free (or almost free) pm tools. When I first wrote the post, there were some good options but no great ones. Today, the opposite is true. There are so many […]

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You Can’t Just “Redesign” Digital News

I admire Andy Rutledge for saying what he thinks, even though I don’t always agree with what he says or how he says it. Earlier this week, his article on how the news is broken ignited a series of posts and heated discussions on the topic. Many of them disagreed with him, citing that his […]

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