Too Many Choices

 January 12, 2012

Every time I go to The Cheesecake Factory, I am struck with that anxiety-ridden "CHOICE" of what to order from their textbook menu.   You all KNOW the textbook. It is literally a bound, laminated notebook of WAY TOO MANY CHOICES.   While having options is not a bad thing, there is a fine line between a pleasant selection and an inundation of nonsense.  

Your Business

  Think about your business for a moment. If

8 Ways To Better Content

 January 11, 2012

As awesome as we think we are, it's always a great thing to receive advice that actually works.   Maybe you're a writer, web designer, or lawyer. If you have a website, it means you need content. Of course the content argument is most relevant to those blogging or writing on a habitual basis. However, considering helpful tips is in your best interest.   So, consider these:::::::::::::::::::::::  

1- Be Short & Sweet:

We

The Artist’s Way

 

A fellow blogger enlightened me about a must-read book for all you CREATIVES! I won't postpone the grand idea:  

Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way"

  Okay, so it's a "spiritual" read about attaining higher creativity. You can put your smug face away because the essential motive behind this is pretty cool. As a creative individual, we all struggle with the discomfort of "writer's block," "design block," or any other

We Are Imperfect Beings

 January 9, 2012

Fact.   On a daily basis, so many individuals suffer from trying to be the BEST student, BEST teacher, BEST athlete, BEST dad, or whatever it is that you DO. First of all, there is rarely a BEST anything. Further, the relative term "BEST" connotes perfection which doesn't exist, based on a little thing called subjectivity.   I sort of had this revelation this morning on my disgustingly early 5 am run.

How To Be Better At What You Do

 

Keep doing what you do.

  Yeap, it's that simple.   Isn't is always that way, though? The most mind-boggling concerns are really those possessing the most fundamental, easy solutions. Most of the time, we are so caught up in the complexity of attaining whatever it is that we want, that we have our "panic goggles" on.   I first stumbled upon this concept about a year ago. I was reading a great

Sometimes We All Need A Little Space

 January 6, 2012

This rings true in both our personal lives and even web design. "Space" is an interesting element to our unique lives, and you will find that its benefits are often the same regardless of the context.   But, this is not my spiel on the philosophy of space. I must break it down in web design layman's terms.   Space is predominantly responsible for creating the depth that I considered in my

Usability vs. Design

 

We have another web design battle, folks! I know they call it "web DESIGN," but design can only get you so far when your site doesn't work.   The controversy between VISUAL versus FUNCTIONALITY shows little sign of resolve. This means that I will be advocating my stellar "devil's advocacy" tactics to consider both in an unbiased manner:  

Aesthetics

  In previous posts, I have analyzed the ever-conflicting content vs. design argument.

It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green

 January 5, 2012

Kermit the Frog was a good man and he had it RIGHT!   In the world of web design, being "green" (or "different") is a good thing. In Kermit's world, difference was bad until he learned otherwise.   Our society enforces an uncanny amount of negativity upon anyone different: whether it's race, gender, or sexual orientation, society pressures us to be "normal" (whatever that is).   I am happy that my little bubble within

Size Matters

 

Contrary to what anyone says,  

Size Matters.....................................................................

  At least it does in web design! The size elements in a design will lend itself to a great many things. Imagine a homepage with a little boy standing next to a tree. Now imagine that the little boy is larger than the tree. This makes absolutely no sense contextually, unless the little kid was popping some of Jack's Magic Beanstalk Beans! Size will

The 5 W’s

 January 4, 2012

Who here was ever a child?

If the answer to that question is YES, you know the 5 W's!!!! Hooray! I can seemingly remember learning this in Elementary School, sitting "Indian-style" and enthralled with my mouth wired open. We were probably trying to recall a story that the teacher had just read to us, testing our listening, comprehension, and evaluation skills. By understanding the

WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN WHY

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HOW

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