Review: Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

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Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems by Steve Krug My rating: 3 of 5 stars An easy-to-read guide to doing your own inexpensive usability testing. I liked Krug’s humorous writing and entertaining use of quotations, and the book’s cartoons make it even easier to understand. I didn’t find it as […]

Why your website shouldn’t have sliders, and alternatives

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Sliders (AKA carousels or rotators) have become incredibly popular on WordPress websites, and websites in general. Sliders commonly display images, but can also display text and video. They are frequently used on home pages, but can appear on any page. More often than not, clients ask us to put them on their sites. The problem […]

Website Redesign: Centershot Gun Range

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Centershot Gun Range: centershotgunrange.com Centershot Gun Range is a new indoor shooting range in West Michigan. They wanted to redesign their website because their Flash-based site didn’t work on many mobile devices, and they wanted to add e-commerce functionality. I redesigned the site using HTML5, and used a mobile-friendly (responsive) design, so the site works well on […]

Learn web design with these tutorials & resources

A web designer friend recently asked what resources I used to teach myself web design. I sent her the following list of resources which I used (and still use). She wasn’t interested in WordPress (a shame, but I forgive her), so I excluded my WordPress-specific resources. If you have any favorites I didn’t include, please […]

Web design podcasts that occasionally discuss web design business

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Last week I wrote about my favorite podcasts about the business of web design. There are a lot of web design podcasts that aren’t specifically about the business of web design, but that occasionally discuss web design business topics. I’ve included my favorites below, ranked according to frequency of business content. If you like these, […]

Best web design business podcasts

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These are my favorite podcasts about the business of web design. They frequently cover topics including marketing, pricing, project management, productivity, client relations, entrepreneurship, freelancing, proposals, and contracts and other legal issues. If you like these, you should read my other posts about podcasts. I’m always looking for more, so please add your favorites in […]