Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference

If you missed out on South by South West this year (like me) and are looking for a good conference to go to you may want to consider Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference. There are some great speakers lined up such as Jesse James Garrett and Steve Krug. The Voices That Matter team contacted […]

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Website Redesign Criteria

Most companies are to the point where they have already gone through several iterations of their website. This is part of the natural cycle of your website and should be expected when you are considering the long term plans for your site. After all, technology is constantly advancing and changing. As technology improves the capability […]

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Introducing “Today In Design”

I find that staying educated and current is one of the more challenging and exciting parts of being a web designer or developer. One of the great aspects of this industry is the community and amount of knowledge that is being shared every day. It is this enthusiasm and quest to learn more that has […]

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Using strategy to define scope of content

If your kick off meetings go anything like a majority of mine do, at some point or another the website owner begins to rattle off what “pages of content” they would like on the site. You may even encourage it by asking them (I know I did.) It seems like a logical step, essentially you need to get an idea of scope and one way to do so is to count up and outline what pages will be on the site.

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Sexy Web Design by Elliot Jay Stocks – Review

I was the lucky winner of a giveaway over on Monday by Noon awhile back, my prize of the new book Sexy Web Design by author, speaker and designer Elliot Jay Stocks. I was thrilled as I had planned to by the book anyways and it looked like a great read, not to mention that I am a fan of Elliots work and his previous cohorts, Carsonified.

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Reverse Developing Website Strategy

The common approach to building a website is in my opinion, backwards. Meaning that we all have a tendancy to think about details and plan towards the big picture rather than think about the big picture and plan the details. While this may seem like a completely reasonable method of approach it actually short-sights more website projects.

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Website Art Direction Redux

Despite Art Direction having been discussed as early 2004, it is now gaining more attention as designer Jason Santa Maria has proven it’s use through his blog and Noel Jackson has made it easy to do with WordPress. Despite the attention there is still an general misunderstanding as to what art direction really is. What […]

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Make strategy a part of your offering

Web design has reached a point of maturity where we should no longer simply be a collection of pages ripped from a corporate brochure. There used to be a time where as web designers we did little more than apply a splash of paint to an assortment of text and images. This was OK as […]

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How to Respond to an Authentic Jobs Posting

Looking into the next few months I am seeing an influx of ongoing, relationship based work and clients. Looking into the future of my company I expect and hope to grow steadily, which at some point means expanding my team. At this point it doesn’t make sense to take on a new full time hire, […]

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The case for XHTML/CSS Style Guides

I have been working for a short while on a side project that I have already found very useful, and that is to develop a tool that aids in creating what I call a “CSS Style Guide.” There may be a better name for it, but the concept is quite simple, a guide for clients […]

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