Don’t you love it when you find exactly what you were searching for—when the results are so personalized, it’s as if Google has been hanging out in your brain waiting for you to ask the question: What’s the closest Thai restaurant? Who’s the best plumber? Where can I find a web designer that will boost my search engine ranking. (Sorry, couldn’t resist…) Continue reading Who’s Finding You Online—and Are Internet Filter Bubbles Busting Your Search Results?
by Scott de Fasselle
Information design is the blueprint for your website–it’s the “floor plan” that includes your site’s navigation and how content is organized on site pages, and it’s the first step to executing a successful new website design. If you think about it, website design a lot like building a house. Would you worry about the color/style of the carpet, walls and counters before anything else? Or, would you review the floor plan with the builder to make sure that the home will include all of the spaces you need? With website design, this infrastructure is reviewed using a grayscreen website prototype, allowing us (the designer) and you (the client) to focus on the most important aspect of your new website: information design.
by Scott de Fasselle
You’ve decided it’s time to invest in improving your web site and you’re interviewing web designers to find the right fit. We know this process can be a bit overwhelming. There are lots of options out there. What services do you really need? What should you expect? And, most of all—where should you start? Continue reading Questions to ask before working with a web designer
A logo’s purpose is to visually identify a company.
For example, think of Target, Nike, and Apple. Their logos instantly come to mind. All three companies have successfully created strong logos that represent their companies. Continue reading The purpose of logos
When designing web sites or printed pieces, clients sometimes ask us to make the logo bigger. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about making your logo bigger.
People do not buy based on a logo. Have you hired an accountant, an electrician, or bought from an office supply company because of their logo? No. You hire and work with businesses because of the service, knowledge, price, and the other benefits that they provide to you. Continue reading Why Your Logo Does Not Need To Be Bigger
Remember what Mom said when you were a kid and you wanted to do something all your friends were doing? “If everyone was jumping off a bridge, would you?” Wanting your site to look or work the same as another site should come with that same warning because most websites fail to grab visitors’ attention.
So how do you know what websites you shouldn’t imitate? We’ve made a list of seven styles of sites you should never follow.
Continue reading Seven Web Sites That Drive Visitors Away
Everyone has come across a “ghost town” web site — that’s the site where the “latest news” is two years old. It tells visitors that the lights are on but no one is home, and worst of all it raises questions, such as “Do they still provide this product or service?,” “Is there something better that they now offer that’s not on the site?,” or “Are they even in business?” Clearly this isn’t the best first impression and can deter future customers.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting everything on the home page. You have a lot to offer your web site visitors, but it should be carefully presented.
Think of the problem this way, you’re in Vegas; adding one more neon sign to a storefront isn’t going to make you go in. So adding one more “must-have” on the home page when there are ten or twenty things to look at won’t help.
When a web page overwhelms the visitor with options, the visitor will look at nothing or just pick the first thing that might be what they want. Rather than have visitors leave your site or guess which product/service they need, you should focus your message and present a few (3 or 4) options from which to choose.
Last night was the single cruelest thing an athlete has done to a city. It was cold. It was calculated. And it was done for maximum media exposure.
Obviously marketing and public relations are meant to generate interest and get everyone talking. However, a careful plan to manage all that attention is crucial, otherwise things can easily turn against you.