I Want to Be More Artist-y

Totally scored today.  I didn’t even know there was a book that came out after the 5 behemoths I’d devoured from her Highlander series. Scored a hardcover edition of Diana Gabaldon’s “Written In My Own Heart’s Blood” for only $2 at the hospital today. mmmmmmm… brain candy. Waiting… In 35 minutes I’ll saunter back to the chemo ward for treatment. …

BAM! I saved the day again! (malware)

Enzo’s, in the heart of Streetsville, family owned and operated for over 33 years, specializing in casual Italian dining, fully licensed, offering take out, catering and private parties visit their website Enzo’s just got a face lift (online)!  After a malware visit or two we decided that it was time to updated the site for security reasons. That and the site …

Word of the Day: Bespoke

I keep coming across this word when researching other web design sites. Bespoke: Custom made. Originally from the tailoring industry, as in a custom fit suit. I guess I should squeeze that in here somewhere. Before you know it everyone will be wanting a bespoke website!

Instagram Fom Laptop

Learned something new today… posting on Instagram via computer. Well, that’s not very intuitive. 1.) go to Instagram with Chrome browser 2.) open developer’s view 3.) hit mobile icon 4.) upload images and… get your descriptions and hash tags ready.

Lower Prices Do Not Equal Savings

Well that was easy. Client calls up and shows me the dog’s breakfast that her new “team of designers” came up with for her new website home page. 1.) a group of kids fresh out of college might luck out and make a few things pretty but they haven’t the years of understanding how every single element plays off the …

The New Rules of Web Design

1.) Make your pages active There should always be some sort of action on a page. Can your visitor make a choice? Contact you? Buy now? Become a member? Join a list? Give them something to do. 2.) Images over text The fact is people are visual creatures. They are going to look at a picture before they look at …

Woo-hoo! I’m Done!

You know the old story – The shoemaker’s kids go barefoot. It’s taken me FOREVER to update my website. Fortunately I started way back in October setting up individual WordPress folders for all my individual disciplines. I started doing that as a practice as I became more and more familiar with pro level themes and it was a good thing …

10 Common Mistakes In Logo Design

1. Designed By An Amateur Avoid websites that promote ridiculously cheap logo packages. You get what you pay for. A professional business should look professional. New business owners often invest a lot of time and money in property and equipment, but do not often match it by investing suitably in their logo. Here are the most common reasons why many …

New Does Not Mean Better

Ugh!!! So frustrating! When clients say one thing but mean another. Or worse when they provide you with one tool, but that’s not the tool they really want you to use. I keep trying to please and they keep accusing me of wasting their time. Pardon me? Who’s wasting who’s time?! I got this “Pro Theme” from a client with …

Increase Conversions: Make Your Site Ugly

Over the years many have contemplated the counter-intuitive ability of “ugly” sites to win huge market share – think eBay.com, Amazon.com, DrudgeReport.com, PlentyofFish.com, CraigsList.org, MySpace.com, or usability expert Jakob Nielsen’s Useit.com. In our adventures in website optimization we’ve developed our own grand unified theory of why ugly web design works: 1) Value: Your visitors want a DEAL Never, never, never …