web design tools

Essential web design tools you should be using in 2012 Part I

Wanted to start off 2012 (albeit 4 months in. lol) with a listing of tools that I use on a daily basis for designing, wireframing, testing and mocking up designs for clients. Obviously there are a billion different tools out there and each of us has our preferred list so feel free to comment on […]

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July updates. New look, new code, new contributor and more

Things have finally slowed down a bit and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been working hard to get re-established and dust off the cobwebs of the blog. Currently wrapping up development with my team on our custom CMS application as well as new updates and designs for the blog and […]

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Blog on hiatus during re-configuration until beginning of April

The blog is going to be slow here the next week or so until I can sit with my staff and brainstorm on a direction and design that we feel will benefit others. If you have subscribed to our feed we ask that you stick with us until we return. In the coming days we […]

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CommentLuv added to blog. Leave a comment and help us both benefit.

Hey all, CommentLuv and KeywordLuv have been implemented on the site. There may be some folks out there who don’t know what these plugins do. Basically it allows you to build backlinks for your blog with other blogs that have the plugin installed. It removes the nofollow attribute and adds dofollow to allow those leaving […]

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How to add a background image to an input field

I’ve been asked a few times by folks on ways to effectively add a background image to a search input field. This technique is used on the Apple website. I always thought it was a cool ‘bells and whistles’ type feature and decided to try to implement this on some projects myself. It’s fairly easy […]

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CSS Mega Menu

Pure CSS mega menu with a professional look

NOTE: I notice a lot of folks have viewed this post but no one has left any feedback. Providing feedback helps me post content that will be most useful for you. Good or bad, leave me a message. I’d greatly appreciate it. I’ve been researching lately (ok, a couple of years) and I wanted to […]

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5 easy and effective client building techniques

I was recently in a discussion over at the digitalpoint forums basically about ‘how do you market yourself?’. The discussion was going back and forth between bidding on clients and other ways to get you noticed. Although bidding may work for some, my thought has always been why pay for clients? There are plenty of […]

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A CSS style guide for form fieldsets

Recently we were asked to clean up some old table formatted credit card forms. At the same time the client was implementing a new credit card system which meant all of the existing forms now had to be updated to the new format and standards of the web application. Besides removing the bloated table code, […]

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Solving the Dreamweaver ‘Waiting for server’ issue

UPDATE 3/12/12 Mike at Static Caravan was kind enough to share a workaround for this issue. Virgin Media SuperHub Users: Login to SuperHub (192.168.0.1) Click on Advanced Settings Go to Port Forwarding. From Pre Defined Services drop down menu select FTP. Add IP address of PC using Dreamweaver. Click Add to add rule. Done. I’ve […]

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Using Google Fonts on your website

Today I came across a blog post by Divyang Patel discussing the use of the Google Font API on your web site. Since most of my development is done inside of the University world I never paid much attention to using this technique so I decided to implement it on my company web site. I […]

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