Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category

Portfolio Site Redesign

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

My portfolio has recently undergone a slight redesign. It wasn’t all that complicated given that there were only 3 pages. What was important in the process of the redesign was to understand why I was doing it, and to establish what goals I had. Why was I was doing it? Like most redesigns, the design [...]

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The Sarcastic Guide To Web Design and Development – Part 1

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

***This article is sarcastic*** There are a handful of rules that will automatically place in the rungs of “All-Star Web Designer and Developer”. It is my objective to share these with you. 1 – You Are Always Right The client never knows what the client wants. It’s up to you to tell them. If they [...]

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Avoid Imagery In Your Website’s Header

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I believe (and I’m not alone in this Web 2.0 train of thought) that your website’s header should be void of the use of imagery. I’m having a hard time finding a well-known organization or companies website to use as an example because modern companies have realized their mistake. So I whipped one up as [...]

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Don’t Forget To Kern Your Headers and Logos

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

This is something you’re taught as a print designer. You’re taught to kern all large text. I’ve peaked around and I’ve come across pages produced by web designers and developers that overlook this very small detail. That being said, I think it’s important and does make you look professional. What Exactly Is Kerning? Simply put, [...]

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Yet Another (Easy) Way To Make a Web 2.0 Button

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Here’s yet another easy, detailed tutorial on making a web 2.0 styled button in Adobe Photoshop. Enjoy. 1 – In Photoshop, go to File -> New. In my example, I set my canvas to 150 pixels by 150 pixels. Replace the background color (if needed) with the desired color. In my case, it’s off white. [...]

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8 Examples of Logos Using Only CSS

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

In the event that you’re a developer, and not a designer, I’ve quickly thrown together eight examples of logos/headers that don’t require you to open a single image or vector editing program because they use uniquely CSS. I’ve provided examples and the inline CSS so that they can be inserted anywhere required. If you’re someone [...]

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How To Center Your Website in a Browser

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

If you’re like me and you’ve tackled micro-sites or webpages that you want to have centered horizontally and vertically in a browser, you might have noticed that it’s difficult to get it to work in all browsers. Typically, the solution I’ve seen is to have hard returns at the top of your site until it’s [...]

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Making Your Site Look Credible for First Impressions

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

We all do it, we’ve all been trained to do it. We’ve come to acknowledge what a good, credible website should look like and what a bad, fake website should look like. Whether your site looks good or bad can mean the difference between a visitor that stays 5 seconds or 50 seconds or money [...]

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10 Web Design Tips – Part 2

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

This is Part 2 of the short series on Web Design Quick Tips. You can find Part 1 by clicking here. In Part 1, the 10th tip suggested following the basic principles of design to strengthen your work. I’ll go into each of those in-depth. Each of these features can unconsciously make a design good. [...]

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Why I Design on a PC Instead of a Mac

Friday, October 5th, 2007

UPDATE: I play devil’s advocates and speak about the 5 reasons I should buy a Mac. I figure it’s about that time where I write a controversial article about a hot topic. Recently, Macintoshes have been having increased sales, especially amongst students. Not too long ago (less then a year), I was a student in [...]

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