If you were worth $70 billion, your website could look like this…

There's a lot of pressure these days to create an impressive website that will garner the respect of your competitors and the trust of new customers. High quality photography and video content is a requirement these days as are mobilized and responsive designs that will adapt to any device. A blog with fresh content is … Continue reading If you were worth $70 billion, your website could look like this…

SquareSpace Hosts Sleeping Audio Website by Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges (yes, the actor) has produced a website with pharmaceutical-grade clinical-strength sleep audio tracks. The audio is available online, as a download, or for purchase on cassette and LP record versions. The title of the album is "Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes." It's hosted by Squarespace as part of an ingenious advertising campaign that hopes to … Continue reading SquareSpace Hosts Sleeping Audio Website by Jeff Bridges

The Grid: A Website So Smart it Designs Itself

Content is power. Power your content on The Grid. http://www.thegrid.io This is not another do-it-yourself website builder. The Grid harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to take everything you throw at it - videos, images, text, urls and more - and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you. As your needs grow, … Continue reading The Grid: A Website So Smart it Designs Itself

Shutterstock Best Practices

Using Stock Photo Websites When using a stock photography service like Shutterstock, follow these general guidelines. While these suggestions primarily apply to Shutterstock, they will be applicable to other services. Daily Plan Have a daily plan to download as many photos as your subscription will allow. Don't wait until you need images to  use your subscription. … Continue reading Shutterstock Best Practices

Design Squirrel Studio – Graphic Design by Connie Hong

I first met designer Connie Hong while working at the University of Iowa. I'd been noticing some exceptional promotional materials being distributed by International Programs and was so impressed with the quality of the graphic design work that I inquired about who the designer was. Connie was gracious enough to offer a graphic design short-course … Continue reading Design Squirrel Studio – Graphic Design by Connie Hong

Website Fashion Design: The Changing Style of Web Designs, Functional or Fad?

Web Design and Fashion Design Over the years, various website design features have been developed to enhance and beautify content on the web. Some of these design features are practical and functional. Yet, others are so focused on the appearance that the actual usability of the website is hindered. An easy comparison could be made to … Continue reading Website Fashion Design: The Changing Style of Web Designs, Functional or Fad?

Changing Standards and Viewpoints in the Interpretation of Image Filters, Effects, and Icons

A new digitally immersed generation is becoming a prominent majority in our society, and these people have different experiences and observations that influence how they perceive filters, effects, and icons. An icon intended to represent a traditional telephone is an example of this phenomenon. Younger people will very likely have never used an older telephone … Continue reading Changing Standards and Viewpoints in the Interpretation of Image Filters, Effects, and Icons