Is it fair for Google to penalize websites for pushing text based content below the fold? In the age of video, fast internet connections and dynamic images, why would Google create an algorithm that punishes certain markets for giving their users what they demand? Or are they really even punishing them? As a designer, it would be nice to know exactly what this algorithm considers content. Continue reading
You would be amazed at how rewarding it is to work on your computer while standing on your own 2 feet. About 6 months ago, I built a stand up desk in my home office. The idea was first planted in my head as a tiny seed by a co-worker who has truly earned my respect over the years. A few years ago, I visited our main office in Berea, Kentucky for a team wide conference and first laid my eyes on a colleague standing behind his desk in the corner of the room. My first impression was, “What are you thinking!”. I figured that it would be tiring to stand at your desk all day. Later I found out that it is just the opposite. Here is a great info graphic on the detriments of sitting all day. Continue reading
Wow, it is a great time to be a web designer!
It is said that a website has a shelf life of 2 years before you need a refresh. If you asked me, I would say that time is more like 1 year. With all the changes in technology, design trends and conversion tactics, you should really keep an eye on your site every week. You should test, re-test and tweak your site to be optimal for conversion, no matter what kind of site you maintain. But in the end, normal people don’t have the means to keep up with such an arduous task. So they hire “designers”. Continue reading
I once had a dream that I would own a phone that allowed me to access my email, read websites, send photos and do all sorts of things that I could only do chained to my desk. Now that Apple has made my dream come true, it is time to dream on.
I constantly think about the absolute best way to live and work at home and on the go sans throwing out my back. Working at home has its advantages, but when I need to take it on the road, I have to lug around a HUGE laptop, mouse, cables, iPhone, bag, camera, storage device, etc. etc. Continue reading
I am a big proponent of using content management systems to build and update your website for several reasons. The biggest reason is the ease of updating your design every year without having to move all of your content every time. The smallest would be convenience in the general maintenance of the site without having to rely on a professional that may be very busy at your time of need. Continue reading