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13 Feb, 2013

IA, UX and SEO – my presentation

By Ian Lurie

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

24 Jan, 2013

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

By Portent Staff

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

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Giraffes talking about Toys R Us Design & Development

20 Dec, 2012

Mobile User Experience Hell & Toys”R”Us

By Michael Wiegand

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

30 May, 2012

11 reasons your infographic isn’t an infographic

By Ian Lurie

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

23 May, 2012

How we made really freaking fast

By Ian Lurie

Update! Learn the ins and outs of a faster site in our Ultimate Guide to Site Speed 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… Read More

Foodzy Design & Development

24 Apr, 2012

Good Design Roundup

By Portent Team

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

Design & Development

20 Apr, 2012

Introducing the Facebook Custom Tab Generator

By Portent Staff

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

Design & Development

11 Apr, 2012

GIFs, JPGs and PNGs, Oh My!

By Portent Staff

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

Portent placeholder logo Design & Development

2 Mar, 2012

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

By Portent Staff

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

1 Mar, 2012

Basic Guide to Email Design

By Portent Staff

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

Design & Development

17 Feb, 2012

Six Basic Web Design Mistakes

By Portent Staff

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

The pain of a 302 response Design & Development

23 Nov, 2011

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

By Ian Lurie

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

16 Nov, 2011

10 tips for minimal-mayhem agency site redesign

By Ian Lurie

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

Design & Development

22 Aug, 2011

New SEO tool: Server response code tester

By Ian Lurie

AKA: The Responsinator Lee Odden, Todd Malicoat, Jonathan Allen and I did a site clinic/lab at SES San Francisco last week. Of 5 sites we reviewed, 4 delivered the wrong response codes if I: Visited a broken link on the site. A server should respond with a ‘404’ error code. Most of these servers instead… Read More

Browser Cookie Solution Screenshot Design & Development

1 Jun, 2011

UK & European Cookie Law Solution (Free Script)

By Andy Schaff

A European cookie law that regulates the use of web browser cookies is now in effect in the UK. That cookie law is based on guidelines set by the European Union. In a nutshell, the law states that websites must get a user’s consent before storing cookies on their device (computer, mobile phone, iPad, etc).… Read More