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Last time I wrote, I rambled about the common characteristics of design industry leaders. I talked about how inspiring the last conference I went to was – how it inspired me to want to do more creative things on the side, to make things and share them with people. Well… I did that. Let me […]

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Interlink may have changed my life. For those who don’t know, Interlink is a boutiquey sort of web design conference: small, focused, and a lot of fun. It’s held in Vancouver, and it hosts amazing panels of speakers every year. This year’s conference was tied to the idea of “craft”, and a collection of hugely […]

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If you’re not manually kerning your headlines and other important type, your designs aren’t as good as they could be. There, I said it. Kerning isn’t an overtly difficult skill to become adept at – however, it is a skill that is difficult to master (kind of like playing the bass). That said, there are […]

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Full-screen background images are nothing new in web design, but the ways in which we can achieve this effect have changed and improved as our industry has progressed. Additionally, the whole responsive web design movement has put even more emphasis on the need for dynamic websites – using dynamically resizing background images in your website […]

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On March 10, I had the privilege of presenting at BlogWest 2012. BlogWest is a blogging conference (obviously), to which end I ended up speaking on the topic of evaluating and improving one’s blog design. The talk didn’t include code snippets or any hands-on development, but rather introductory design concepts along with some tools & […]

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A little while ago, I wrote an article on the steps to take before starting the web design workflow. The steps mentioned in that article ensure that a solid groundwork is laid for a successful web design project. The next logical step? Let’s chat about my web design workflow for a standard website project. Before […]

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Us web designers… we like to jump right into the creative ball pit sometimes, and get right to the fun stuff in Photoshop & CSS. I know I’m guilty of it sometimes, and I bet you have been too in the past. It’s not the end of the world, but it really isn’t best practice […]

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The online design community has its fair share of articles, comics and websites about the downsides of design work. Forums and comments are rife with stories about being “forced” to create poor work; dealing with irrational clients; breakdowns in communication and more stress-inducing cons of being a design professional. These negatives can’t be denied – […]

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Web design is a flexible, consistently evolving medium. There are a variety of different ways to accomplish the same goal; there are always new techniques and best practices on the horizon; web design projects can range from the tiny (one-page websites) to the huge (multi-page CMS-powered websites). Any web design freelancer or web design firm […]

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This past weekend, we held WordCamp Edmonton. It was the first time it came through our wintry city, and it went off swimmingly! On top of organizing it, I also spoke on a couple of subjects near and dear to my heart. One of these presentations was titled Designing a Client-Focused WordPress Site. Click the […]

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