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Effective Design & Usability: Embedding Video

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With the most recent major release of WordPress, version 3.6 (or “Oscar Peterson” for all you jazz fans) came one of the most long-awaited core features of the platform.  You can now upload and embed audio and video to your website in a variety of formats directly through the media uploader.  Before this update, you…

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Keep it Simple

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“A modern paradox is that it’s simpler to create complex interfaces because it’s so complex to simplify them.” -Pär Almqvist The best website and user interface designs are invisible to the user. They don’t include unnecessary UI-bling or design elements. Color isn’t added for the sake of adding color. Photos or graphical elements aren’t added…

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Web Images Rule: Facebook Gets Another New Look

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The continued long and drawn-out death of skeuomorphic web design took another step forward this month with a redesign by the world’s biggest social media site, Facebook. While redesign and Facebook have become somewhat synonymous over the years, something feels different this time. While the redesign promises to add features, it actually strips much of…

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A Quick Guide to Responsive Typography

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The majority of articles talking about responsive web design tend to focus on either a fluid or flexible grid and flexible images. However, as Oliver Reichenstein, founder and Director of Information Architects, points out, web design is 95% typography.  So what about typography and how it interacts with responsive web design? There are two principles…

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The Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Extend the Functionality of Your Website

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My first experience with WordPress was several years ago, in its 2.0 days, before it could legitimately be thought of as a content management system and was no more than a blogging platform.  It was great for blogging or small sites, but if you wanted more than a few pages of static content and a…

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Effective Web Design and Usability: 5 User Interface Design Trends for 2013

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It’s the time of the year when we reflect on 2012 web design and usability trends and anticipate what 2013 might have in store. 2012 was an interesting year for user interface design: Skeuomorphism hit both it’s peak of popularity and nadir, the resurgence of grids and the golden ratio dominated with frameworks such as Bootstrap,…

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Effective Design & Usability: Does Your Business Need a Mobile App?

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We’re reaching the end of 2012, the predicted “Year of Mobile”.  So what have we learned over the past year, was mobile over-hyped? It seems not. The trend of users accessing the web via mobile devices has at least met those predictions of earlier this year, with mobile visitors to the web now accounting for…

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An Introduction to Responsive Website Design (RWD)

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What is Responsive Web Design? Responsive web design (RWD) is currently the hottest buzzword in the web design and development industry. Ethan Marcotte first coined the term in his List Apart article “Responsive Web Design” two years ago and it’s rapidly taken off since. Google has officially endorsed it, Adobe recently announced plans to develop…

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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Web Typography: Part 1

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95% of the information on the web consists of written language. After all, that’s what you’re doing now — reading. Successful visual communication hinges on good typography. With such a strong influence on usability, it stands to reason that typography should be one of the most considered aspects of web design. Typography is a huge…

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Effective Design & Usability: Why Web Design Matters

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The word “design” can have a lot of different connotations, and for people who may not be as close to our industry as others, web design may sound like an afterthought.  For some people, it may mean how to make a website look pretty, once all the functionality has been figured out.  It may be…

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