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Clearly Define Your Goals and the Work is Easier

Oct 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Case Studies

Gone are the days of assum­ing the Inter­net is a pass­ing fad. No web­site is as bad for busi­ness as no busi­ness card or tele­phone num­ber. Even if all you want to do is a sim­ple about us page with some con­tact infor­ma­tion, it’s vital that you get this done. That being the case, I can direct you to some folks who will do it on the cheap (I might even do it if I have the time). If you want to take full advan­tage of all the web has to offer, how­ev­er, you’ll need to devel­op a strat­e­gy and talk to some­one who can help you devel­op it.



O.M.F.G. This Sucks

Oct 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

The site was designed to be kitschy and obnox­ious, which I think we accom­plished, but it was also sup­posed to be sim­ple. No move­ment (that isn’t an ad) and no crazy plu­g­ins that do crazy things… Just a site where you can go and get a laugh at the expense of oth­ers.



Three WordPress Plugins You Must Have

Sep 26th, 2009 | By | Category: How-To

There are sev­er­al more plu­g­ins I find indis­pen­si­ble, but these three are the post edit pow­er­house I use to keep things tidy and user friend­ly. Two of them require API keys, but all are free, like most oth­er Word­Press relat­ed plu­g­ins. Give them a shot. I can’t blog with­out them.



Ain’t Misbehavin’ Gentle Dog Training

Sep 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

We start­ed with a wood grain pho­to (from my old house) and fad­ed it to a bright brown, then laid some graph­ics on it with a translu­cent con­tent pane. He is actu­al­ly a very good writer, and he also does a lot of legal work with ani­mals and ani­mal relat­ed orga­ni­za­tions. He’s actu­al­ly help­ing the state of PA write anti-abuse and anti pup­py mill laws.



Smith Investment Management

Sep 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

We took a few back­end items in this site and made them work togeth­er, so there is an under­ly­ing mem­ber­ship (con­ti­nu­ity) com­po­nent, as well as a pay­ment gate­way and newslet­ter func­tion. It has an auto-respon­der and a few oth­er nifty gad­gets, all on a sim­ple, almost min­i­mal­ist sub­strate. The whole thing involved a great deal of edu­ca­tion so that the client could man­age the site him­self.



Independent Struggle

Sep 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

I did this site for fun, but I still dig it. I want to have more time to update it and put inter­est­ing things on it. The pur­pose of this site is to chron­i­cle my jour­ney toward ener­gy inde­pen­dence. It hap­pens to be pret­ty green.



Chesapeake Tree and Outside Services

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

…they want­ed a classy web­site that resem­bled wood and had a good deal of nat­ur­al col­or. I got to play around with this design, so there was a lot of room for exper­i­men­ta­tion.



The Growing Plague of Spec Work

Sep 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Recommendations

Most good design­ers don’t want to get a client spec­i­fi­ca­tion fol­lowed by a pay­check. They want to get to know you, your busi­ness, your clients or cus­tomers and find out what will appeal to every­one involved. Spec­u­la­tive work cuts out that per­son­al por­tion of the process. There is no way to nail a design of any kind on the first try, and believ­ing it should go that way is only going to hurt the client. Most design­ers will have an open loop, gath­er­ing feed­back from mul­ti­ple sources as they go through the process.



Timeout Equine and Pet Sitting Service

Sep 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

Tweet I enjoy sites like this. They’re a-tra­di­­tion­al, mild­ly grungy, not dark, but not light and use com­plete­ly non-stan­­dard col­ors. I have to hand it to the client on this one. She had a vision and made me real­ize it. I love work­ing with clients who know exact­ly what they want and wring it out of me in the short­est pos­si­ble time. […]



Time Management the Mark Joyner Way

Sep 20th, 2009 | By | Category: How-To

Since I start­ed work­ing inde­pen­dent­ly, I’ve had to learn a few valu­able lessons that I don’t think I could have learned with­out them smack­ing me in the face. I learned that out­sourc­ing those things that you aren’t good at is a good idea. I’ve learned that no one per­son can do every­thing. I’ve learned that good time man­age­ment is more valu­able than a good assis­tant. I’ve learned that a PDA is only as good as the infor­ma­tion you both­er putting in it. I would have learned them all faster if I had dis­cov­ered Sim­ple­ol­o­gy soon­er.