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Published on December 19th, 2012 by Luke
Janine Warner recently presented Understanding Content Strategy to the Southern California Web Designers & Developers MeetUp group at Huge, Inc.’s new office in LA. After her presentation, I was able to sit down with her and talk a little more about LA, helping clients create content and how we can become better at content strategy. Read More
Published on December 14th, 2012 by Matthew
Take a look at your webpage. Does it look as good as your competitor’s webpages? Does it look dated and maybe like it was made sometime in the 1990s? There are a lot of different ways that you can make this assessment and determine when to update your website, but one of the most useful is to take a look at the current trends in web design and to see whether or not your site is incorporating any of them. Remember, not all trends are good ones, but there definitely are some great ideas out there right now.
Published on December 12th, 2012 by Matthew
Just about 100 percent of the websites out there have a combination of content that is more or less static and content that is dynamic. For example, many websites have a blog section that is updated on a regular basis. This would be an example of a dynamic form of content. It’s always changing, it’s regularly renewed with new materials and the search engines tend to notice this. The static content on the website includes things such as the “About Us” page, the “Contact Us” page, and so forth. It is important to update static content as well and not only your dynamic content when you are update your website.
Published on December 7th, 2012 by Matthew
Are you sick of looking at your website? When getting ready to update your website, consider these five ways to make your site a lot more interesting place to surf. Read More
Published on December 6th, 2012 by Luke
At last week’s UX Breakfast: Service Design & Design Thinking event, I was able to sit down and speak with Craig Peters, CEO of Awasu Design and UX Evangelist. Craig leads a super talented team of strategists, designers and writers who pride themselves in finding eloquent solutions to complex problems including those in UX design. Awasu Design’s growing list of clients include HP, Wells Fargo, Ancestry.com, SocialEyes and Flurry. Read More
Published on December 6th, 2012 by Luke
Photo courtesy of Noel Saw
Last month I was able to participate in the latest UX Breakfast, Service Design & Design Thinking at Cafe Laurent. If you’re not familiar with the event, the Los Angeles web design community gathers once a month to discuss many of the hottest topics buzzing around our industry including UX design. I encourage you sign up for next month’s event before it sells out! Before I get started, I want to give the event organizers a BIG shout out! Thank you Crystal Ehrlich (@cbehrlich) and Charlie “Carlos” Salazar (@CharlieSalazar) for putting on this awesome event month after month. High-fives! Read More
Published on November 30th, 2012 by Matthew
Even if your website is very content heavy, your graphics play a huge part in the impression that people take away from it. If your graphics are looking dated, you may well want to consider having them updated when you update your website. Even if you’re not ready for a full site redesign, simply updating your graphics can do a lot to improve the quality of your site. Here are some things that should make you consider having your graphics updated. Read More
Published on November 28th, 2012 by Matthew
Multimedia content delivery is a very big consideration for any website. If you’re streaming or offering multimedia content from your own server, you’re likely utilizing a great deal of bandwidth to do it. There are improved ways of delivering content compared to what was available in the past. Having a professional web designer take a look at this and see if there are improvements that could be made could be very beneficial for you when you update your website. Read More
Published on November 21st, 2012 by Matthew
Not everybody who approaches a website redesign project has a lot of money to spend on it. Fortunately, there are ways that you can update your website and make it a lot more modern and attractive without spending a great deal of money. Here are some strategies to help you do that. Read More
Published on November 16th, 2012 by Matthew
Ideally, your website will grow and thrive once you get it online. One of the difficulties associated with this type of growth, however, is the fact that a website that grows very quickly may end up becoming very crowded and hard to navigate. This necessitates an update in layout, which is something web designers can help you with when you update your website. Read More