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  • Take stock before using stock photos: Five good tips
    Photo by Axel Bührmann on Flickr

    Photo by Axel Bührmann on Flickr

    Just take a long, broad look at the web and you’ll notice it’s a bit chaotic. To be noticed, and remembered, you have to have strong visual content. These visuals help viewers quickly absorb large amounts of information while also leaving a longer-lasting impression and helping to increase views and clicks. Just consider how much more social media outlets are enabling visual content to help you promote your content. However, finding images that appropriately enhance and reinforce your content can be a challenge, especially if budget and time don’t allow you to have original photos taken. Stock photos can be a good second option and the stock image sites have improved in the quality of images they offer.  However, if you’re going to use them, keep these five things in mind: (more…)

    Yes, Use LinkedIn to Reach Out… But Stop Oversharing

    When it comes to LinkedIn, many of us have a love/hate relationship. We love it as a way to keep up with colleagues and make new professional connections, but we hate some of its setup and how others choose to use it. It is indispensable as an internet marketing tool and can do (more…)

    Thus Spake Google: How Wagging the Dog is Working for the Rest of Us

    Google has become one of the most successful companies in history, in part due to its ability to tell us who we are.  Asking metaphorically, Is Google a prophet? Can it predict the future?  The answer is no.  But it does hold a mirror to society.  Google’s great success in the world of search is (more…)

    A picture is worth a thousand words – and about 50 milliseconds

    Aside from shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre (illegal and not recommended), visuals trump words when it comes to quick, clear communication. (more…)

    Responsive Design: What Is It and Why Should We Care?

    One Size Does Not Fit All

    Responsive design is the relatively new practice of creating websites that (more…)

    Is Twitter the ‘New CNN’?

    Still a News Junkie

    I’ll admit it—I’m a bit of a news junkie. Local, national, international, business, technology, money—it doesn’t matter. If it’s news, I’m reading it.

    My news habit started in much younger days—back when my family received a daily newspaper—and I would read (more…)

    Content Management Systems: Which is Best For Your New Project?

    When Tim Berners-Lee developed the world’s first website at CERN in 1990—using a simple Unix-based browser—do you suppose he had any idea how expansive the Web would become? Today, thanks to the seemingly infinite number of content management systems on the market, people can easily design, build and maintain new websites without relying on (more…)

    A Brief History of Nearly Everything (Digitally) Important

    Evolution of the World Wide Web

    The World Wide Web (or just Web) was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee, a (then) CERN consultant/engineer who was looking for a way to facilitate the exchange of electronic knowledge – papers, research notes, etc. – within and between CERN scientists without the need for traditional forms of communication such as (more…)

    What’s New in Web Design?

    I’ve worked in the digital world long enough to appreciate the old adage about change being the only constant.  The relationships I’ve built with our clients don’t tend to waver over time, but the tactics and techniques we use to keep them satisfied certainly do.  In my experience, the field of web design is especially vulnerable to disruption and reordering.   (more…)

    Trends in Technology: Rosetta Stone Required

    When we hear the phrase Trends in Technology, some of us begin thinking about technologies that should be coming of age soon.  Some of us think “What now!?!” perhaps because technology inspires (more…)