Tag: Design

Improving Your Process: Client Communication

Although I’ve tried to optimize communication patterns in as many ways as possible, I’ve found that (like Web design and development) experience is the best thing you can do. Use your experience to alter the way you do things to improve your communication process both internally as well as with clients. Effective communication leaves much more time to do what we love to do, create.

Posted: March 10, 2008

Making and Breaking the Grid Book Review

While I have no formal education in design (graphic or otherwise) I do have a strong interest. I try to read as much as I can in an effort to self-educate myself on the subject. The latest piece I’ve completed is Making and Breaking the Grid, A Graphic Design Layout Workshop by Timothy Samara.

Posted: March 03, 2008

Working with Background PNGs and Internet Explorer 6

Using PNG images as backgrounds can be very helpful and useful, but there are some things to keep in mind when working with Internet Explorer 6.

Posted: February 11, 2008

Being a Starving Graphic Artist Sucks Book Review

I think Being a Starving Graphic Artist Sucks by Jeremy Tuber is a fantastic resource for both new as well as seasoned graphic artists. There are many lessons taught which can really save you from having to learn them the hard way; which can be devastating to a new freelancer and his or her career.

Posted: February 04, 2008

Designing Web Navigation Book Review

The navigation design for a website is a big deal. I surf the Internet, and it seems to me that everyone would be quite a bit better off had more Web designers taken the time to read a book like this. Site navigation is the primary way readers are able to interact with information presented in a website. Therefore, a site navigation deserves to have some serious thought behind it. Designing Web Navigation by James Kalbach is an extensive resource on this very subject.

Posted: January 21, 2008

An Interview with Jonathan Snook

Recently, I was able to pull Jonathan Snook away from his many projects for a few minutes to have a quick chat.

Posted: December 31, 2007

Improving Your Process: Sitemaps and Design Preparation

I’ve found a new use for sitemaps. Even though they’re not sitemaps which are classic in the sense of the word, they have really helped our process on a number of projects, and the end product is better because of incorporation in the design phase.

Posted: December 10, 2007

Improving Your Process: How Wireframes Can Help

Using wireframes in Web design can really help to increase the quality of your work. They’ll also help quite a bit with client work as well.

Posted: December 03, 2007

Future of Web Design NYC 2007 Recap

A couple co-workers and I were able to attend the Future of Web Design 2007 in New York City. Here’s a bit of a recap of the day as a whole.

Posted: November 12, 2007

Current Events: Accessibility Importance and Downloadable Fonts

A recent legal settlement against Target legally requires the corporation to have an accessible website. This is great news! The latest nightly builds of WebKit now support the @font-face CSS rule; an interesting update to a very popular rendering engine.

Posted: October 08, 2007