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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Browser Chrome for Your Moleskine

If you have seen my Web Design Sketchbook project it should be no surprise that I am a huge advocate of sketching out ideas before firing up a program (regardless of it being Photoshop, Omnigraffle, etc…). I won’t bore anyone with too long of a rant, but sketching is a great way to quickly create […]

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The Web Design Process is All Wrong

I recently did a presentation at local marketing group LA2M in which I explained how changing the way you look at your website could double if not triple its performance. The group primarily consists of professionals who handle all areas of a company’s marketing plan with the website being one portion, so as a whole […]

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Nobody Gives a Shit About Your Logo

The four little words that make designers cringe, “make the logo bigger.” We joke about it all the time, sometimes with elaborate internet pranks like the make my logo bigger cream. Yet we get this request fairly often (myself almost every time a produce a design). So why is there this disconnect between designers and companies where […]

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It’s Not Just What You Present, But How You Present It

Designers, how you show your clients/bosses a concept has just as much impact over sign off as the concept itself. I am sure that we have all been guilty of saving a PSD to a JPG and e-mailing it off for review… Or maybe you were coming up with a price and the quote was […]

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