The Root of All Design

The first and most important layer in the hierarchy of design needs is functionality. If functionality sends your mind to thoughts of scripting languages, databases, and programming I don’t blame you. The functionality of a site is often used to describe the tasks that will be performed by website developers, not designers. This is in […]

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Using the Link Description in WordPress for Multi Line Menus

Designers aren’t cruel, sometimes they just don’t know better… I should know, I am one. If you’ve been developing for any amount of time you’ve run into a design concept that has great ideas without a great way to implement them. In my case, I often design first and worry about coding later. A few […]

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Designing with Intention

Anytime you design there exists a choice to do so intentionally or intuitively. The intuitive approach uses one’s instincts to feel out the needs of the design. They piece together the layout, information architecture, and visual style based on what feels right. It tends to be a trial-and-error process. Intentional design, on the other hand, […]

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Stop Designing Mobile Websites

It’s on everyone’s lips, it graces countless blog posts and everyday more people are talking about it. Mobile. Some claim it’s the future of the web… and why shouldn’t they? The stats are overwhelming. Users are adopting and using mobile at an alarming rate. Suffice to say, this year mobile is the big web design topic. Yet, […]

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Clark is Wrong About Nielsen Being Wrong About Mobile

Earlier last week, I was pleasantly surprised when Jacob Nielsen posted a report on mobile web design which closely mirrored my own philosophy. The key takeaway of the article is that mobile specific sites are more effective than full content sites with mobile friendly presentation. After reading the article, I hoped the findings would put […]

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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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Selective Disregard, Why It’s Causing Your Website To Fail

Few websites are designed with bad intentions. If the designer or stakeholders care about the project you can be sure every element on the page has been analyzed, reviewed and tweaked. This sounds obvious, but it should be disconcerting. Let me explain further. If most websites have had thought and care put into them, why are […]

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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 Truth About Your News Section

You may be limiting the effectiveness of your homepage through the design treatment of your news section. It might be hard to believe but many company websites have been designed in such a way that their latest news actually interferes with the success of the site (or alternatively this could be blog posts, announcements, etc…). […]

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Design Is Not What You Think It Is

Growing up I had many hobbies that I was passionate about. From computer to cars, fine arts to film, I always thirsted for information and relished learning more. This of course was before the internet had gained popularity leaving me fewer options to find the knowledge I hunted. Having to “hunt” for knowledge feels like […]

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