For the designers and interested clients out there, below are some recent 2Design Web blog posts and a few articles on trends in the web design industry.
Finishing up a rush website project officially launching today. The site is for Canada's Largest Indoor Obstacle Race Training Facility. It's a really cool facility with great people involved. If you are in the Calgary area stop by Jan. 16th between 9-3 to get a opening day tour.
Check out Cor.Fit
“I'm doing more and more work on my MS Surface Pro 3. Seems the days of my go to machine being a monster powerful desktop has now switched to the Surface as my mainstay device and my desktop is for my personal projects. ” – 2Design Web
I've been surprised at the amount of business activity that goes on at the coffee shops around the city. It is especially apparent that a large amount of web design and search engine optimizing business is done over coffee. I don't mean to overhear, but some of the stuff being told to people during these meetings is quite disturbing to me as a web professional and I hope it works out for them. But, if they later come to me to fix a mess, I guess that's not bad for me either.
“Please listen to your web designer. Yes, you might have an ideal look and feel that you want to achieve and it could work. But, if your web designer raises issues/concerns around the usability, search engine optimization, and accessibility, engage them to explain in detail the issues/concerns. Detailed information from a website professional will only be in your best interest.” – 2Design Web
Working on a WordPress site today migrating content and navigation from an old CMS. Fundamentally a CMS (content management system) framework from 7 years ago is not any different from todays CMS but the management tools are much slicker.
“Ok, you graphic designers out there. Please name your files with a understandable naming convention, "final_final_004.psd" isn't acceptable, unless you're doing it for job security. Also, naming your layers and groups is also a good habit, I know that it takes time but the effort will be worth it even for your sanity when you have to go back to the file weeks or months later.” – 2Design Web
Noticing a trend with website frameworks like WordPress that there is a level of add-ons that are pitched as user friendly for the average administrator but once installed they overwhelm as these add-ons are built for webmasters primarily and general user friendliness for an average user goes completely out the window.
“Be sure that if you offer a user process on your site (forms, registrations, e-commerce..) that it is as streamlined and intuitive as possible. Users don't like to have to interpret what you want them to do.” – 2Design Web
We are open for a couple more projects this month. Had our first "Can you design a web app for a smart watch?" question today, and yes we can.
“If you just recently registered your domain name, be aware that Google has a policy that is called the 'Google Aging Delay' where your new domain will not be addeed to the general search results anywhere from 3 to 12 months. A marketing plan for this is needed.” – 2Design Web
It was 7 years ago that 2Design Web was selected by Dell Canada for their Small Business Excellence Award. We're happy to continue delivering our industry recognized services and our passion that is to make the web a more functional and visually appealing experience.
“It's important to have a third party read and comment on the words on your website. The site should be reviewed for it's descriptiveness, is it on point and quickly understandable without interpretation.” – 2Design Web
Today has been a PayPal integration day, integrating a payment service into a WordPress Events plugin, the plugin developer has done a very nice job making it pretty painless.
“Don't toss up a website just to have a website. Treat your website like a cherished pet; love it, feed it, share it and pay attention to it. If you do those things for your website it will give the same back to you.” – 2Design Web
It's so cool to meet people with true passion for web design. I met two new friends that have varied experience in web design, one who's been doing it for years and another that just completed school for web design. It is very rewarding to see experienced and new enthusiasm in my industry and they just happen to be really nice people too.
“A template website design might be the most cost effective method for getting a redesign or new design completed in the most efficient time period. It's not to say custom would not be cost effective or that it would take too long, just that it should be properly assessed for your web project.” – 2Design Web
Back at the coffee shop this morning. Working on a couple friends sites listening to the coffee shop noise. A relaxing white noise to code to.
“Adobe Flash is no longer a viable delivery tool for dynamic artwork. Animation on a webisite isn't dead, it's just done with more compliant methods.” – 2Design Web
Yaaay, got a free coffee this morning. It's going to be a good day caffeinating and writing code and Illustrating.
“Facebook has 1.5 billion monthly users, Twitter has 316 million users. You should have a twitter feed and facebook page to ensure all possible social media paths are covered.” – 2Design Web