Ways to Horrify Website Designers

Most people love a good scare. That moment where you almost jump out of your skin can pump you full of adrenaline and get your senses heightened.

Unfortunately, while zooming through a theme park ride at epic speeds or watching Michael Myers chase Jamie Lee Curtis with a knife will give us a "fun" type of scare, the web — whether by design or sadism — tends to be full of the kind of scary traps that would make the Jigsaw Killer’s creepy puppet giggle with glee.


Public School Websites Don't Have to Suck

I am a full-time teacher in the US public schools, so I depend on my school’s rather dated website for many of my job functions. My site looks like the other staffers’, down to the identical font and color choices. I am not the school’s web designer, nor would it do any good if I were. I have very, very limited control to my pages. In fact, the school employee in charge of our website has very limited control over the site.


How to be More Productive and Efficient at Work

Productivity and efficiency are important to our work life. We want to be able to produce things well in as little time as possible. We also want to reduce things that detract us from reaching a task’s completion. We need to try to avoid making mistakes, reduce our stress sources and, in general, manage our contentment in order to maintain our ability to get stuff done well and on time.

This article discusses a handful of interesting ideas for improving productivity and efficiency.


Basic Tips for Designing a Quote Request Web Form

Whether you’re a solo freelancer or the head of a huge web design agency (or somewhere in between), your website often serves as the first point of contact with a potential new client. Displaying an impressive portfolio of work along with a few client testimonials is a great start. But the final piece is key: Your contact form, or as many call it, the "Request a Quote" form, also known as Request for Quotation (RFQ) form or Request for Proposal (RFP) form.


Introductory Guide to Git Version Control System

Git is a version control system used by development and programming teams, popular open source projects, and other team collaboration projects. In this Git guide, we will discuss the value of version control systems, an overview of Git, advantages and disadvantages of using Git, how to install Git, basic commands, tools and essential Git resources. (For designers, also check out The Ultimate Guide to Version Control for Designers.)


Whenever a student wanting to work in the design industry asks me for advice, the first thing that comes to my mind is the importance of maintaining a current and up-to-date skill set. Often, we spend so much time focusing on the actual jobs at hand that we neglect to nourish and refresh our knowledge.

This article aims to highlight the importance of setting aside time for self-improvement, with recommendations on how you can keep learning to stay ahead of the curve.


Designing Hyperlinks: Tips and Best Practices

A hyperlink (aka link) is the most basic interface on websites. In fact, we can trace hyperlinks back to the origins of the web, with Tim Berners-Lee’s ENQUIRE, where each new page had to link to another. Links connect all of our content together and come in many forms; from links contained in a paragraph to a list of links that we’ve come to know as navigation menus.