Introducing the Basic Elements of Design

By | Web Design & Development | 11 Comments

The goal of this article is to introduce you to the most basic elements of design. Whether you’re styling your blog, selecting a graphic illustration for an article, working on an advertisement, or simply just expressing your artistic side, these building blocks provide a foundation on which you can build an amazing understanding of the vast world of design. Allow me to introduce you to the line, shape, space, volume, value, color, and texture. These…

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I Hate Internet Explorer and You Should Too!

By | Web Design & Development | 86 Comments

As a web developer, I despise Internet Explorer in all of its forms. I hate version 6. I hate version 7. I hate version 8. And I even hate version 9. In fact, if you are reading this article right now using any form of Internet Explorer, you’re missing out on parts of this very website. There are aspects of this site that simply do not work in your browser and as a result, you’re…

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10 Powerful SEO Tips for WordPress Users

By | Search Engine Optimization, WordPress Tips & Tricks | 34 Comments

Bloggers and webmasters are constantly wondering why Google is such a bully to some websites and why they are so positive toward others. What are the keys to building a successful presence on the search engine results pages? What are the most important SEO tips for WordPress users to get their sites discovered by Google’s search bot and how can we get in on that action? In the paragraphs below, I’ll answer these questions and provide…

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The Value of Your Site’s First Impression

By | User Interface | 14 Comments

Throughout the history of this blog, I’ve often emphasized that the design of a blog or website is one of the most important factor in drawing in potential readers. People tend to be drawn in or turned away by their first impressions of a website. Let me share with you a brief quote from a recent article that makes this point: The problem is that every visitor that hits a less-than-amazing blog ends up leaving…

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35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography

By | Design Inspiration | 22 Comments

A picture is worth a thousand words. Color is one of the most basic elements of design. As it is manipulated in different ways, it can help an artist or photographer to tell a story, express emotion, or convey those thousand words in unique ways. The beautiful HDR photography found in this post provides examples of this principle in action. HDR, or high dynamic range, photography is a style of image processing that allows a…

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Are You Looking for Solutions or Handouts?

By | Practical Business Strategies | 23 Comments

Nearly ten years ago, when I was fresh out of high school, I drove myself down to Kentucky and enrolled in college. Of course, as you already know, that stage where you step out on your own is often filled with a pretty drastic learning curve, and I’m not just talking about the material you learn in school. For the first time ever, I was responsible for creating an income, balancing a budget, and making…

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blogging

By | Practical Business Strategies | 27 Comments

The world is full of idiots. You’re an idiot. Sorry but it’s true. But don’t worry, I’m an idiot too and unlike you…I’m willing to admit it. I would go so far as too say that everyone (including me) slip in and out of idiocy every day without ever noticing the transition. No matter how smart you are, there are far too many things going on for us to be smart all the time. Statistically,…

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Dive into the Future of Web Development

By | Web Design & Development | 29 Comments

HTML5: Up and Running is appropriately subtitled, Dive into the Future of Web Development. It allows readers the opportunity to jump head-first into the world of design by drawing a historical picture demonstrating how the web has evolved into what we currently experience while at the same time exploring in vivid detail the newest features being rolled out by the development community today. Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is its ideal blend of…

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Animating The Life Into Our Online Experience

By | User Interface | 19 Comments

As some of you have hopefully noticed, I’ve been working on adding some animations to Site Sketch 101 when some of the navigation links are clicked to browse the site.  If you haven’t noticed them yet, simply click the home link at the top of this page. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. Do you like it, love it, or hate it? What do you think would be a neat animation to…

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