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27.03.2015 - 00:56

All the so called modern browsers support now at least most of CSS3. This gives you lots of freedom with web design without excessive use of images. Previously when you wanted to have rounded corners or make round elements you needed to use images or other of trickery. Now you have border-radius and it's so easy. There are multiple online generators for creating border-radius and other CSS3 effects, so you don't...

18.03.2015 - 16:20

LinkedIn told me just a couple of days about my "work anniversary", as I had been freelancing for 8 years. First I thought this was a mistake, it cannot possibly have been such a long time. Then I realised this is true and it's 2015 now. Time flies when you are a freelancer. I did my first freelancing while I was still studying. Back then it was just a side project, something to fill my portfolio and to pay my...

17.03.2015 - 15:28

Due to this condition I have called being human this Week in Review comes a day late. Oh the horrors! Next week I'll hopefully have some photos of herbs growing, since now I've got the seeds needed for that. Let's not get ahead ourselves. It's time to do a quick round up of previous week. Firstly I have some exiting news: Web Resources Library is now open You can gain access through filling the very simple form...

11.03.2015 - 18:00

Most website projects are very design-heavy. This is due to many reasons, one of them the rise of visual web. Website projects are design oriented also because of the over enhanced position of the designers. Unfortunately many of designers have only understanding of the aesthetics, but no knowledge of the technical aspects or even how people use websites. Additionally website projects usually don't include people...

03.03.2015 - 17:35

15 years ago a book called Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug became THE book about web usability and human-computer interaction. Its idea was to simply explain how good programs and websites are direct and easy to use. It was in the mandatory reading for all the web designers, from beginners to advanced ones as well as it was sold as the book to give to your boss for reading. The book became incredibly popular and...

01.03.2015 - 02:47

Speed is amongst the most important issues of a website. The performance of a site is especially important when using web with mobile devices outside full speed Wi-Fi connections is getting more common. Faster websites are much more user friendly and speeding up your site is one of the easy ways to improve its search engine visibility. Begin your process by testing your site with Google's PageSpeed Insights. It...

11.02.2015 - 17:25

Online presence is the way your brand appears on web. It is a combination of the website, social media profiles and pages, plus all the interaction you have online. It also includes the reviews and other things people say about your brand around the web. Even if you don't have a website, social media profiles or any interaction on web, you still will have an online presence. Unfortunately you have no control at all...

23.01.2015 - 17:43

A couple of years back I wrote a short note about Luvly Marketplace. Then it was still a new thing, not yet even officially launched. Today Luvly Marketplace is a community of digital artists and designers buying and selling their designs. Yes, I'm one of them. Basically anyone can open a shop at Luvly. It works as a marketplace thus a designer uploads their files on it and sets the prices, but each item is...

20.01.2015 - 18:24

Vesihuoltotekniikka Kotilainen Oy, a family company founded in 1976 that provides water supply and earthworks services had a simple static website. It was slightly outdated and difficult to update. The colour theme of the site was already set and the company had a visual guide. Of course the old static site didn't work very well on mobile devices either. The client contacted me with a wish list: In addition to the...

28.12.2014 - 17:21

One big part of web design and web based branding is the colour palette of the site. I see lots of "web designers" creating websites for their clients using the same theme: White background, black text, simple black and white logo and maybe one accent colour. They probably use a (bought) WordPress theme as a base and just slap the design elements on it without really doing any design work. This results to a huge...