Tag Archives: Web Design

Finding the Perfect Pricing Model for Clients Over the Years

Education and experience never end. There truly isn’t a place you reach where you can finally say: “Alright; complete; my expertise is perfect.” Even the “10,000 Hour Rule” has its criticisms. That said, after 12 years of being a professional web designer, I’m confident in saying I’ve figured a few things out. One of those […]

If You Have Users, Simplicity is Paramount

If you’ve created something that users, customers, players, readers, fans, whatever will be interacting with, primarily a website for example, ease of use, perhaps above all else, is the most important element to keeping people happy and greatly improves the chances that they’ll actually take action. This of course all starts with what their immediate […]

The False Equivalence that Simple is the Same as Ugly

As a minimalist web designer, this has been an uphill battle throughout my entire career, and I’ve heard simple designs referred to in every derogatory manner imaginable: plain, bad, boring, ugly, broken, stupid, dated, unprofessional, incomplete, and on and on. The truth is that minimalism is a philosophy, a very carefully considered methodology. Like a […]

The New Twitter API v1.1 Nightmares Solved!

Skip the reading, and get to (hopefully) the solution you’ve been looking for after scouring the internet in a headache-inducing rage seeing no help in sight for the past several hours… Two things are 100% true, progress is inevitable and people hate change. I should state upfront that I’m a web designer, not a programmer […]

How to Make AddThis Responsive

The problem I often see is that someone will pick up an all-responsive website template or WordPress theme for example and they’ll add all sorts of widgets and plugins to it, and more times than not, third-party add-ons are not responsive. As most people are not web designers or programmers, they tend to not think […]

Web: A Needle in a Haystack Industry

The web is a truly unstoppable industry, growing exponentially and completely unaffected (in my opinion) by the economy like other tangible industries, construction and real estate for example. It’s a global community with little to no overhead. It’s never mattered how any specific city, state, country, or even continent is doing, because I’ve reached them […]

The Coding Brain

Learning a coding language, in my opinion, is very similar to learning a spoken language. You need to learn how to read and write it well (perhaps not fluently, but well) in order for yourself, as well as others, to understand what you’re communicating. The way a server or browser might not be able to […]

How to Create a Twitter Retweet Button

The purpose of placing a Retweet button on your site is to help promote a specific Tweet, often for the purpose of a contest or giveaway. The information is readily available here, but a little more hands-on than say going through the form of creating a Follow button. Here, we have to create our own […]

How to Create Gradients in CSS

Finally, the standard is here for creating non-browser-specific CSS gradients across all the latest, standards-compliant browsers! CSS .grad{background:linear-gradient(#40b3ff, #09f)} HTML <a href="#" class="grad">Simple Gradient Hurray!</a> Demo Simple Gradient Hurray! (if you’re not seeing a gradient, your browser doesn’t support linear-gradient yet) So beautifully simple. Simple Fail-safe for Older Browsers .grad{background-color:#09f;background:linear-gradient(#40b3ff, #09f)} background-color:#09f — Use this […]

Boilerplate vs Framework vs Theme

I’ll mostly be referring to WordPress themes and the three common styles you’ll find in the repo. However, the same basic ideas apply to all website templates and web design in general. This is what each means to me and does not necessarily represent what everyone else in my industry thinks. It’s a bit subjective, […]