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Screenshot of Nissan flip-book-style website

Simple Innovation

By Stephanie Brinley / September 2, 2012
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Sometimes you see something so simple, yet so far from the norms that all you can do is sit there, mesmerized. That’s what happened when I visited a website for the new Nissan Note. The site is in Japanese, but words aren’t necessary to be awestruck. Go take a look for yourself.  

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Honest SEO: How to Legitimately Increase your Page Rankings

By Stephanie Brinley / April 15, 2012
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What is SEO? SEO. The abbreviation is thrown around a lot (usually while a lot of money is being thrown around). It stands for Search Engine Optimization. But what does it mean? SEO is all about increasing page rank. This means using our knowledge about search engines and humans to get web pages to the…

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Human Choosing Cycle -- Interest: types interest into search engine → Gather: gains better understanding of topic → Research: more specific searches → Exclude: eliminates particular results → Choose: makes selection from final results

Human Choosing Cycle

By Stephanie Brinley / April 15, 2012
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If you have a public web site, chances are you want visitors. The purpose for wanting visitors (members, customers, ad-clickers) will vary from site to site but no matter the reason, you need visitors before you can achieve your goals. When trying to increase visitors, it’s helpful to be aware of the human choosing cycle. Whether looking…

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Cultivating Web Links: Good, Bad, and Awful Methods

By Stephanie Brinley / April 11, 2012
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By cultivating quality links, you can greatly improve your website’s page ranking and increase traffic to your site. There are millions of posts on the internet about how to do this, and it can be hard to separate the legitimate suggestions from the bad ones and the outright awful ones. Here are some simple steps you…

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Everything is different!

By Jonathan Brinley / December 11, 2011
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We moved Adelie Design to Florida on July 4th, 2011, and changed its name to Flightless. In the meantime, we fell into the trap of many a company: we were so busy helping our clients (not to mention our new baby), we never updated our own website! Well, here we are. Welcome to the new…

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Alphabet Blocks

By Stephanie Brinley / March 23, 2011
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I was playing blocks with my son today for the umpteenth time and decided to “cure” my boredom. You can tell by the change of colors on occasion that he decided he didn’t like what Mommy was doing. Each photograph was the first way I thought of to create each letter.

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Rethinking Object-Oriented WordPress Plugins

By Jonathan Brinley / March 8, 2011
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Following common practice in WordPress plugin development, you create a class for you plugin, instantiate that class with a $my_plugin = new My_Plugin(); in your main plugin file, and declare all your actions/filters in your class’s __construct() function, using something like: add_filter(‘init’, array($this, ‘my_init_function’)); And then you go on to add your plugin’s JavaScript and…

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Think of the Users

By Jonathan Brinley / July 31, 2010
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Many businesses fall into a simple trap on their websites: they load up the front page with paragraphs and paragraphs of information important to the company. “What’s wrong with that?”, you might ask. Simply put: your visitors don’t care.

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Google Apps Dropping Support for IE6

By Jonathan Brinley / February 2, 2010
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Google is officially ending support for Internet Explorer 6 in Google Apps. This affects users of Google Docs and Google Sites beginning March 1, 2010, and will affect users of Google Mail and Google Calendar later this year. This is a welcome change. Providing support for a decade old web browser is severely limiting what…

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Our Forebearers

By Stephanie Brinley / August 20, 2009
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As a designer, one program I use a lot is Adobe Illustrator. It’s a good program for building logos, artwork for screen printing, and other simple illustrations. Back in 1963 Ivan Sutherland developed a program called Sketchpad that helped make future computer drawing programs (like Illustrator and AutoCAD) possible. Hat tip: swissmiss

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Let's "negotiate"

By Stephanie Brinley / June 3, 2009
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People are always trying to “negotiate” with designers to get the “best deal”. Many of us are more than willing to help you work within your budget, but sometimes the requests are downright ridiculous. This video shows you just how ridiculous those requests sound. Hat tip: Swissmiss

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