Test Your Responsive Design Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 7 Oct, 2014

How to Test Responsive Web Design

Photo by Jeremy Keith. With the multitude of phones, tablets, phablets, fondleslabs, and other devices on the market, it can be difficult to determine whether or not your new responsive web site is actually responsive. Unless you have a lot of cash to blow on every mobile device that exists, you are probably going to… Read More

creative-process2 Design & Development

Jess Walker 19 Aug, 2014

Creative Process: Where Does All the Time Go?

In college, when we asked our teachers how to assign a price to our art, they would tell us to charge whatever it was worth to us. This answer was thoroughly infuriating because we wanted a ‘correct’ number. What’s the equation? Is each square inch of canvas (or wood, or paper) worth a certain amount?… Read More

Do You Use Data To Improve Your Website Design? Design & Development

Mike Grabham 7 May, 2014

Do You Use Data To Improve Your Website Design?

The days of designing websites based merely on visual components are over, unless like being invisible. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against well-designed websites. Visual design of your website plays a key role in shaping your potential customers’ opinions of your brand. The first six seconds after someone lands on your website can… Read More

How to use Intention.js for Responsive Design Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 11 Mar, 2014

How to use Intention.js for Responsive Design

When developing responsive websites, you will inevitably encounter designs that require some kind of HTML reordering. Often this arbitrary reordering can be achieved through clever CSS tricks, but if that is not possible or practical, you may end up having to do some kind of javascript to sniff for browser widths. Enter Intention.js. Intention.js is… Read More

The Bay Lights Art Installation by Leo Villareal Design & Development

Blake Scott 20 Feb, 2014

What Does a Degree in Architecture Have to Do with Web Design & Development?

Information Space has a conceptual mirror… Physical Space Having recently worked my butt off to earn a Master of Architecture, I often come across those who are curious about my decision to channel my design education into the wonderful world of the interwebs. Basically, I’m regularly asked what capital-A Architecture actually is– as in, physical… Read More

front end workflow Design & Development

Josh Milo 14 Jan, 2014

A Front-End Workflow For The Evolving Web

The Setup Front End Development is a fairly new concept. Back when “Webmaster” was an actual job title there was no real “development” on the front end. Websites were structured using tables, CHSS and SSP were being joined together to make what eventually would be CSS. The web was still primarily a place for documents,… Read More

iStock_000016093336Small Design & Development

Nick Bernard 6 Aug, 2013

Stop Writing Blog Posts: Ideas for Interactive Content

If you’re like me in the kitchen, sometimes you want to add a little North African flavor to dinner. After some light Googling the other night, I found plenty of couscous recipes, but I also found this culinary gem: “5 Couscous Cooking Mistakes to Avoid.” Wait, what? “Cooking” couscous amounts to no more than adding… Read More

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 5.48.04 PM Design & Development

Rebecca Bridge 25 Jul, 2013

Parallax Scrolling? HTML5 Animations? Why We’re Falling for New Design Techniques

Change is in the air around Portent. Change that’s directly tied to how we see the future of Internet marketing. And it’s exciting. And it involves cool design innovations like parallax scrolling and HTML5 animations. As we shift our focus more and more towards what we call 10% content—deeper, larger projects that take bigger risks… Read More

plaid Design & Development

Andy Schaff 22 Apr, 2013

Portent.com: They’ve gone to plaid

As you may already know, we’re a little obsessed with page load speed. We wanted our home page to load in under 1 second, and we were close. But close isn’t good enough. So, with some guidance from Ian, I started out on my quest for sub 1 second page load times. The journey took… Read More

Wait Cursor for Macs Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 28 Mar, 2013

Make Photoshop Faster with These Simple Settings

***** If you’ve ever used Photoshop on a Mac, you’re probably familiar with this guy. Would you like to send him packing and never see him again? If you answered yes, strap on your Photoshop helmet and get ready for the blog post of your life. For this blog post I am using Adobe Photoshop… Read More

tbod Design & Development

Ian Lurie 13 Feb, 2013

IA, UX and SEO – my presentation

Last night I gave a presentation at the Seattle IA/UX meetup. Good pizza, plus I got to say ‘toilet bowl of death,’ which is one of my favorite phrases. IA, UX and SEO from Ian Lurie I know IA/UX and SEO are supposed to hate each other. What I don’t know is why. We’re all… Read More

Pick up the Paper graphic Design & Development

R.J. LaCount 24 Jan, 2013

Into The Fold: Why Web Design is More than One “Rule”

If you want to call yourself a web designer these days, you’d better be ready to keep up. Daily study is required or you’ll be left in the dust. I follow countless blogs, listen to podcasts during my commute, and work on random projects at home just to try out new things. When I start… Read More

Giraffes talking about Toys R Us Design & Development

Michael Wiegand 20 Dec, 2012

Mobile User Experience Hell & Toys”R”Us

My daughter just turned 3. And aside from wondering where the devil the last few years of my life went, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make Christmas special for a girl whose birthday is in December.   Charlie loves technology. My iPad 2 was instantly hers the moment I brought it home… Read More

my infographic Design & Development

Ian Lurie 30 May, 2012

11 reasons your infographic isn’t an infographic

OK everyone. Take a deep, freaking breath. I can’t sneeze right now without spraying germs on someone’s attempt at a data-driven work of art. Here’s why the poster you paid someone $400 to make isn’t an infographic: Lack of clarity. Infographics should ease and speed the consumption of information. If you take something you can… Read More

Cheetah Cub Design & Development

Ian Lurie 23 May, 2012

How we made Portent.com really freaking fast

Please note: I am not a server expert. This is stuff I figured out by bumbling around, crashing our server and generally wreaking havoc. Be careful, unless you want to see steam coming out of your IT team’s ears. I don’t want to shock anyone, but I’m a little obsessive. And competitive. No, really, it’s… Read More

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