I know nothing about cars. Now, I can drive 'em great. I've changed my oil, filters, headlights—I've even done my brakes before—but I know enough to know there's plenty of stuff under the hood I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. And that's what my mechanic is for. I'm pretty handy … Read more about Should You DIY Your Website?
Top Three Website Hacks for Achieving Ludicrous Speed
Everybody wants a fast website. Speed, speed, speed. Not only does it benefit your readers, but it benefits you, and in more ways than you might think. Did you know Google gives faster sites better rankings? It's true. But when do most people think about making their website fast? Once it's all … Read more about Top Three Website Hacks for Achieving Ludicrous Speed
How Slack Changed My Projects Forever
What's the most important element of a successful website project? A clear vision? Technical know-how? Strong coffee? No surprise cats jumping out of unseen bags, here, but after nearly a decade of building websites for clients full-time, I'd have to say it's communication. … Read more about How Slack Changed My Projects Forever
How to Make Your Website’s Typography Easy to Use
Ever have a project come along and create a "lightbulb moment" in your head? I had one of those brain-fog-clearing moments this last week on a project I was invited into. A client who had hired me for a shred came back later and asked me to take a look at their typography to see if I could make some … Read more about How to Make Your Website’s Typography Easy to Use
How I Approach a Design, Part Two
Step One of bringing a site together is all about inspiration. And not just visual inspiration, although that's a part of it. I'll start thinking about what the site is going to hold, what kind of content it's going to offer, and how that might look once it gets translated into a … Read more about How I Approach a Design, Part Two
How I Approach a Design, Part One
Do you ever wonder when you hear a new song what the artist was doing, thinking, and/or dreaming about as they wrote it? I do. Creativity is a marvel to me — not that I find it difficult to be creative or dream up new ideas, but that so many amazing ideas have come to fruition over the … Read more about How I Approach a Design, Part One
Do You Even Need a Redesign?
I’m a designer, so I can’t help myself: I love to redesign my site. Maybe not as much as Brian Gardner, the founder of StudioPress, who seems to have a new design every time he spits out a blog post. (We love you, Brian. And yes, this is an intervention.) In the past three years, though, my … Read more about Do You Even Need a Redesign?
How To Smack the Contact Form Spam Monster Down
Is there a way to minimize spam being sent through your contact form? If you're using the Contact Form 7 plugin, there sure is. Two ways, in fact — neither of which involve captchas — and they only take a few minutes to implement. Akismet to the Spam-Fighting Rescue Akismet is a … Read more about How To Smack the Contact Form Spam Monster Down
How to Embed a Google Calendar in Week View
Embedding a Google Calendar is a great way to share your business' events, schedule of classes, or whatever you use Google Calendar for. However, the default one-month-at-a-time view may not work for you. Would you rather display just a week at a time? Is that possible. It sure is. And it's … Read more about How to Embed a Google Calendar in Week View
How to Run Your Own Email Through Gmail
Google's email service, Gmail, is pretty much ubiquitous, and for good reason. It's relatively easy to use, most email software is designed for it, and it does the best job of spam filtering of any email solution I've seen. And, it's free. How cool is that? I've had so many clients ask how to do … Read more about How to Run Your Own Email Through Gmail
Do I Need A Logo?
It's an excellent question, and one that I get asked all the time. Of course, the answer is, "it depends." (How did you know I was going to say that?) But, what does it depend on? Rather than pontificate on the pros and cons of logo design, I'll let John McWade, the genius behind Before & After, … Read more about Do I Need A Logo?
Quick Copywriting Tips
When it comes to copywriting tips, sometimes less is more. I found this excellent, and very short, list from an excellent article on website planning over at Smashing Magazine, and thought it'd be great to share with you, since most people's writing skills were developed in the world of academia, … Read more about Quick Copywriting Tips