Why pay for web design?

The intention of most people who decide to create a new website is to create a steady source of income for themselves. So some people may wonder why they should spend some of their budget on paying someone else to design and create their websites. The truth is that there are many reasons why having […]

10 Great Google Font Combinations You Can Copy

The average man considers which flavor of Doritos will taste good with his Heineken. The sophisticated man considers which cheese will pair well with his choice of wine. The designer of course considers which two fonts will look great on the same page. Today we’re going to use the Google Font API as a playground […]

How to Add Google Web Fonts in WordPress Themes the “Right” way

Google Web fonts are amazing free resource for web designers. In WPBv4, we have started using a popular Google Font combination: Oswald and Lora. Some of our users have asked us how to add Google Web fonts in WordPress themes. If you remember, we showed how to add Google fonts in WordPress Post Editor. In this article, we […]

Folklore Argentine Grill

Case Report Folklore is an Argentinian restaurant with choice beef cuts of a traditional Argentine grill and atmosphere right in the heart of Wicker Park. The redesign of their website now allows them to manage their menu and are able to add or change their specials and to promote their events really easy. Visit Here […]

How To Write An Effective Design Brief

If you answer these questions below in an ordered and detailed fashion, your design brief will be 90% done… the other 10% will come from further questions from the designer after you submit your brief. Have fun answering the questions and remember, provide as much detail as possible! This does not mean one line answers. What does […]

Five Reasons Why Freelancers Should Have A Contract For Every Job

Five Reasons Why Freelancers Should Have A Contract For Every Job A contract can help to assure that both you and the client agree on the terms of the project and the nature of the work. A contract clearly spells out payment terms, due date, number of revisions, and the answers to numerous other questions […]

10 Reasons Websites Should Not Play Music

A website that starts playing music or talking at me as soon as its first page loads is not such a good idea. It seems that some website creators really don’t think through what they are doing and who they are doing it for. Are you guilty? Step into my usability courtroom and allow me […]

SEO and SEM

Getting traffic from search engines A common question we hear is “How do I get higher position on Google?” Before we get to the how, let’s take a look at the two primary types of results displayed by the major search engines. Search engines display two different types of results “organic search results” (what shows […]

Logo Design

Describe what you want ? What is your business name?   In a sentence or two, describe what your business does   Select your business industrySelect the types of logos you likePlease choose up to 3 different options you might like explored. Word mark Your company name in a stylised type/font becomes the logo. Pictoral […]

Web Strategy – the Basics

Although a successful web marketing plan often starts with a new website, it can really be much more (see diagram to the right). It can be a variety of online activities that create traffic, inspire interaction, use social media and convert marketing into sales. If done well, a website redesign should actually be the beginning of an […]

Windows & Mac Common Fonts.

Windows fonts / Mac fonts / Font family Normal style Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS5, cursive Courier New, Courier New, monospace Georgia1, Georgia, serif Impact, Impact5, Charcoal6, sans-serif Lucida Console, Monaco5, monospace Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, sans-serif Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua3, Palatino, serif […]

Azam Chandran Attorneys

Case Report Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP are top level commercial lawyers with headquarters at 333 North Michicagan Avenue, an art deco skyscraper downtown Chicago. The website took about 3 months to complete. Corporate identity development meant designing their logo and/or header, their website, business cards, letterheads and fax cover-sheets. They like the 1st design I proposed and it […]

QR-Code Generator

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) designed to be read by smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, a URL, or other data. Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave […]

21 Free Music Players For Your Website

Realizing the increasing demand of useful apps across the web, we regularly feature commercial and free software on Handcut Designs, so decided it was time to bring a roundup of free website music related applications to your attention. Just keep in mind that this list isn’t a ranking list of web apps. So, let’s start […]

Computer Repair

“WE MAKE COMPUTERS COOPERATE!” Andrew Abbatiello, MCSE – NT/2000 Computer/Networking Consultant ASA Computer Guys, Inc. Tel 847.590.9250 [email protected] www.asacomputerguys.com ASA Computer Guys is an Information Technology consulting company serving small business and residential clients in the Chicagoland area.We offer you 20 years of expertise. Our technicians are Microsoft certified. Whether you are new to computers or […]

The Freelancer’s Toolset

The Freelancer’s Toolset: 100 Web Apps for Everything You Will Possibly Need Running a business for yourself means you have to be inventive and always on the lookout for a new and better way to get things done. Innovation junkies, take note: the Internet has a lot to offer. From invoicing to marketing, these are […]

PowerPoint Alternatives

Best Online Presentation Software for Business Online software/apps have several advantages against desktop competitors – they are accessible on every computer that have internet connection and you may forget about difficult installation and configuration process. In this article I want to share some of the presentation applications you can use for your business. 1) Prezi […]

Google Analytics Explained

It’s important to not only look at how many visitors are coming to your site but also what they are doing when they get there. There are many metrics you can track via analytics, however some of the key ones are as follows: Total Visits & Unique Visitors: Total visits let you know how many […]

14 WordPress Video Tutorials

WordPress is one of the most popular bloging platform. It’s free, highly-customizable, and very easy to install and use. In this post, I will give you list of video tutorials and screencast available. (from http://www.snilesh.com/resources/wordpress/wordpress-video-tutorials/) Designing for WordPress

Necessary Taboos – Booklet

SYS Creative Imagery and creative lounge CHICAGO inspired by TOYOTA are proud to present Necessary Taboos — a fusion of art and fashion, an exploration of the forbidden! While no one was looking, 17 designers and stylists from Chicago and abroad have created wearable art pieces centered on the theme of taboo.

10 Characteristics of a web designer

10 Characteristics To Look For When Choosing A Web Designer

Are you looking for a web designer to get your website design projects done? Hiring a web designer is a crucial decision and there are a number of factors that should be considered while choosing a web designer for your website design projects.

This article from ATAK Interactive, a Los Angeles Web Design company will break down the essential 10 characteristics to look for when choosing someone to design your website.

In Defense of The Jack of All Trades

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, […]

SEO – Quick Start EASY Links

Some very useful tools for Search Engine Optimization http://wwwstatbrain.com/wwwyourdomain.com http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.yourdomain.com http://www.builtwith.com/?yourdomain.com http://snapshot.compete.com/yourdomain.com http://www.aboutus.org/yourdomain.com http://wwwquantcast.com/yourdomain.com http://www.cubestat.com/www.yourdomain.com http://whois.tools4noobs.com/info/yourdomain.com http://www.alexa.com/sitefinfo/yourdomain.com http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=yourdomain.com http://www.siteadvisor.cn/sites/yourdomain.com/summary/ http://whois.domaintools.com/yourdomain.com http://www.aboutdomain.org/backlinks/yourdomain.com/ http://www.whoisya.com/yourdomain.com http://www.who.is/whois-com/yourdomain.com http://www.zimbio.com/search?q=yourdomain.com&btnG=Search http://whois.ws/whois-info/ip-address/yourdomain.com/ http://whoisx.co.uk/yourdomain.com http://searchanalytics.compete.com/site_referrals/yourdomain.com FOR INDEXING WEBSITES Clasifieds: Craigslist post in 10 regions in the small biz ads using anchor text USFreeAds Use keywords as anchor text Oodle Use your site’s URL […]