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How much does a basic website cost?

How much does a basic website cost?

It’s a question that a person who designs and builds websites for a living is bound to get from time to time. Maybe you meet someone at a party or networking event. They are thinking of going out for business on their own or feel their own website is long overdue for an overhaul. And…Continue Reading

Give your website a quick design critique

Give your website a quick design critique

If you feel your website needs improvement but don’t know how to get started, here is an easy way to get the ideas flowing. Often the search for fresh ideas  starts with looking through web design blogs for the hottest trends that you could use (or steal). But the best plan might be  to look…Continue Reading

Three essential WordPress plugins for editors

Three essential WordPress plugins for editors

Here are three plugins that I have found  make the editing of your pages and posts a little easier. Inline Preview This plugin is relatively new but highly rated. Inline Preview addresses the fact that WordPress editor doesn’t really  let you know what your actual formatting actually looks like. It has built in default styles…Continue Reading

An alternative to mediocre stock photos

An alternative to mediocre stock photos

If like me you have searched through stock photo websites and have found thousands of photos but none that seem to work, you probably wondered if there was an alternative. I recently attended a seminar  (courtesy of Cowork Frederick) by Brian Scott, owner of B Scott Photography) who introduced what maybe be just that alternative,…Continue Reading

Finding stock photos that work

Finding stock photos that work

One of my clients, a therapist, wanted a new site design. I suggested we incorporate stock photography to help visually indentify her four areas of focus: families, adults, teens, and children. Each audience has a separate page and I thought a photo would quickly identify the page. I started with the page for family therapy.…Continue Reading

Fonts: Free or not free, that is the question

Traditionally, the only fonts you could use safely on websites were the ones that you knew that every computer had stored on them. This limited the designer to fonts like Arial and Georgia and a few other faces. With text composing about 95% of the internet, this led to predictable design choices. But with the…Continue Reading

Finding inspiration in a blank wall

A little off-topic but since the subject of creativity is a broad one and has inroads in all design fields including website design I thought this might be of interest. I taught recently a workshop at a meditation center on the topic of creativity and contemplation. (Visit shambhalaart.org if you want more information.) I have…Continue Reading

“It’s the real thing”

Yesterday, I attended the presentation  “Coke’s New ‘Secret Formula’: Digital Strategy” hosted by the American Advertising Federation of Greater Frederick. The speaker was a Coca Cola representative, their Director of Public Affairs & Communications. For a small fee, we received a nice lunch, a chance to network with other Frederick creatives, and all the Coke products that one…Continue Reading