Design Websites With A Grid System

Posted on Thu, October 25, 2012 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

When you first begin a web design project where do you start? Color scheme? Fonts? Probably not. Most of us start with a sketch outline of the site’s structure. A big part of this structure lies in the grid – a vertical set of guidelines that help determine shape, placement of items and overall structure of each website. Grids are a tool for visual problem solving — they create layout boundaries: known relationships and constraints that define an environment wherein a design can occur. There are a variety of grid-based structures. Most commonly, a grid is made of multiple columns and...

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Favicons: Dont Forget About Retina Displays!

Posted on Fri, October 12, 2012 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

Make sure your favicons don't look blurry on retina and other high-DPI displays. This article provides a good summary of how to design and built favicons for retina displays. Retina Favicons

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Designing For Device Orientation

Posted on Mon, October 08, 2012 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

With the addition of an accelerometer being a common feature in our smart devices, it has allowed us to view applications and websites in new ways. This capability provides opportunities to create better, more in depth user experiences because it offers an additional layout with a simple turn of a device, without the press of a button. However, designing for device orientation requires careful thinking. It is important that the experience is transparent and that the functionality is understandable. For example, it is very confusing to the user when a device switches from landscape to...

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Designing for Today's Pixels

Posted on Wed, October 03, 2012 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

I've been doing research into displaying retina-ready images without impacting page load, and I thought it would be beneficial to share this Article. It gets into the details of the problem and offers some good solutions to display high-quality images for all devices. Mo Pixels Mo Problems

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Wireframing Your Website Designs: What It Is And Why It’s Important

Posted on Mon, October 01, 2012 in Web Design, Business Operations, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

Wireframing

When it comes to establishing a budget for a website, the value of wireframing is usually misunderstood and is the first phase cut out of a tight budget. This is a big mistake as proper wireframing is an essential stage in the strategic design process — good wireframes help you solve complex problems early, tailor your design to your user’s goals, and save you money.

Before we get into the specifics, let’s take a step back and briefly discuss what a wireframe is. Wireframes are the foundation on which to begin building your site; a wireframe determines the site’s...

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The Importance Of The Doctype

Posted on Mon, September 24, 2012 in Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

The DOCTYPE tag

Per HTML and XHTML standards, a DOCTYPE (short for “document type declaration”) informs the web browser which version of HTML you’re using, and should appear at the very top of every web page. DOCTYPE's are a key component of standards-compliant web pages, plus your code won’t render correctly or validate without them. We found a few useful links on everything you need to know about DOCTYPE's and why they are important — useful information that is worth a read.

Doctypes Overview - A good introduction to DOCTYPE's explaining why use them and where to put them in...

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SEO Beginners Guide — What's Important

Posted on Tue, July 12, 2011 in Digital Marketing, Business Operations by Paul Weinert

Ran across this the other day and through it was a great way to figure out what was important in your site's SEO and what penalizes your site in the rankings.  Worth a read. SEO Table of Elements

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What is SEO: Basic Concepts and Strategies

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2011 in Digital Marketing, eCommerce by Paul Weinert

What’s SEO?

The overarching goal of SEO (search engine optimization) is to improve a website’s position within search engines so that potential website visitors can reach a website through relevant searches (known as queries). While SEO conversations often seem to focus on the concept of ‘ranking number one’ for a particular term, SEO has multiple facets that require unique technological and creative skill-sets. With patience, realistic expectations, discipline, and correctly implemented/managed strategies, SEO can be one of the most beneficial forms of web marketing. The image below...

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Internet Marketing Strategies & Techniques

Posted on Thu, February 10, 2011 in Digital Marketing, eCommerce by Paul Weinert

Either if you're starting a new business or just looking to grow your existing one — strong and consistent marketing should be a major part of your business plan. Great opportunities abound online, but where to start?

In this post we'll go over your main options, their benefits and the respective costs.  Trying out these methods will help you reach new customers, promote your brand and expand your business.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) refers to tweaking your website's contents, organization & inbound links in order to better place for...

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Quick Tip: Element Selectors in CSS 2.1 & 3

Posted on Thu, February 03, 2011 in Web Design, User Experience by Paul Weinert

With the majority of internet users now using modern, web-standards based browsers (FireFox, Safari, Chrome, IE 8+) us as Web Designers & Developers have a great resource at our disposal: New attribute selectors in CSS 2.1 and CSS 3. These allow us to select adjacent elements, element's parents and many others. My favorite resources to learn more about this are: CSS 2.1 : http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200509/css_21_selectors_part_1/ CSS 3 : http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200601/css_3_selectors_explained/ Take a look, if you're not using these you're missing out.

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