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

foodzy Design & Development

Jess Walker 24 Apr, 2012

Good Design Roundup

Good Design Roundup Good design doesn’t just mean pretty, it means functional too. Sometimes a website is born that combines those two things seamlessly. It’s like a miracle. Or more likely, people worked hard and communicated with one another, allowing design, functionality, and content to come together and deliver a clear and helpful message. A… Read More

featured-image Design & Development

R.J. LaCount 20 Apr, 2012

Introducing the Facebook Custom Tab Generator

Custom tabs on Facebook Pages allow us to display our own HTML content inside Facebook Pages by embedding code in iframes. This is done by creating a Facebook app and providing a few parameters (like the URL where our custom HTML page is located). Here’s an example of a custom tab: Add a Custom Tab… Read More

featured Design & Development

R.J. LaCount 11 Apr, 2012

GIFs, JPGs and PNGs, Oh My!

Every time I receive a logo in JPG format, a little part of me dies inside. Actually, it’s a big part of me, because choosing the right file type for images is an essential part of good web design. Did you know that JPG images lose quality every time you re-save them? PNG and GIF… Read More

Design & Development

R.J. LaCount 2 Mar, 2012

Facebook’s Timeline “Like Gate” Bug Solution (For Now)

UPDATE: Facebook has fixed the bug! Here’s the deal – Facebook released their new Timeline for business pages along with a bug that broke our ability to redirect users to a hidden page after clicking “like.” They’ve fixed the bug now, but in the meantime we put together a template that uses an in-frame like… Read More

email-design Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 1 Mar, 2012

Basic Guide to Email Design

Though not as popular as it used to be, email remains a viable component of a good marketing strategy. When designing email templates, it’s important to consider the wide array of devices and email clients available. Follow these simple tips to make sure your message is coming across clearly on every platform and not making… Read More

web-design-basic-design-mistakes Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 17 Feb, 2012

Six Basic Web Design Mistakes

Whether you are designing a website, a banner, or a flyer for a magician, you’ve probably thought this to yourself at some point: “Why isn’t this design working? Is it because nobody likes magicians?” The answer to that question is yes, but chances are, you are also making one of these six common design mistakes.… Read More

302-pepper-spray Design & Development

Ian Lurie 23 Nov, 2011

Server response survey results: Now, with more pepper spray!

Over the last three months, a bunch of folks have used my server response code tester to check whether their web sites correctly respond to broken links, correct links, etc. Per my first post about the tool, I’ve been storing the results—don’t worry, no personal data, just web site, response codes, and a grade—for a… Read More

brandingchat1 Design & Development

Ian Lurie 16 Nov, 2011

10 tips for minimal-mayhem agency site redesign

If you run an internet marketing agency, you have one client you dread more than any other: Yourself. We launched a revamped Portent site several months back, then rebuilt this site a bit later. In 16 years, I think we’ve rebuilt our company site 8 or 9 times. Some lessons I’ve learned: You’re a frakking… Read More