Why I Will Never Use or Recommend Network Solutions

Jan 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Recommendations

I’m not bit­ter, but I do hope the “let me make a pur­chase and I’ll let you know if I need any­thing else” idea catch­es on. There aren’t enough hours in the day to keep click­ing no to oth­er spe­cial offers.

The Tao of Search Engine Optimization

Oct 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Recommendations

Opti­miz­ing your web­site for search engines sounds like a good idea, as most peo­ple still find what they’re look­ing for using a search engine. SEO is as much an art as it is a sci­ence, and the experts are usu­al­ly not that far above the folks who do com­mon sense things as far as results. This makes it con­fus­ing, and more than a lit­tle intim­i­dat­ing to new folks in the web realm. Let’s talk about how to make sense of it, shall we?

Optimal Layouts: Why I Like the 960 Grid

Oct 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Recommendations

The 960 grid sys­tem works well for most appli­ca­tions. Do I use it exclu­sive­ly? No. Some do, but there are rea­sons not to. Most­ly they revolve around tar­get audi­ence, but for most appli­ca­tions, the 960 grid works for web design. This will like­ly be the case until 1024 pix­el wide screens go away and are replaced by 1280 (or some­thing else). Talk to me about what would be right for your site.

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.

Why I Love the G.I.M.P.

Sep 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Recommendations

The GIMP has sev­er­al things going for it. First, there’s the price. I don’t care who you are, but com­ing up with a bet­ter price than free is a tough sell (except that you intend to pay me to use your soft­ware). Sec­ond, I’m a big fan of mul­ti­ple mon­i­tors so the GIMP mod­el of not hav­ing a stage sur­round­ed by tools is great. I use four mon­i­tors in sort of a cock­pit (or com­mand cen­ter, as my friend Mike says) con­fig­u­ra­tion. I put the tools box on one side of the image, the lay­ers / paths box on the oth­er and then I have this huge image area to work with. With Pho­to­shop, I’d have to stretch the stage across sev­er­al mon­i­tors, and that’s just hard to man­age.

Why a Content Management System Makes Sense

Aug 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Recommendations

These days, there are hun­dreds of solu­tions to that prob­lem, but in the inter­est of time I’m only going to talk about my favorites.