Helpful Tips For Corporate Blogging

Blogs are massive resources of information from both inside and outside companies. Businessmen survive the world of blogging because they know how and where to dig information while protecting their own secrets. Although blogging can be risky world for businesses, there are several helpful tips that can help bring success to corporate blogging. The Important of Training It is important to make sure the members of the communications team. In the past, this team was composed of a small group. However, with the advent of blogging, everyone who blogs at the company is spreading a specific message about the company. People who handle the blogging for the company must be trained to avoid any spill of unnecessary information. If by accident, important information regarding the company has been disclosed, this can put the company under the watchful eyes of the regulators. More so, inappropriate leaks can provide competitors with leverage … Continue reading

How to Profit From a Blog

Blogs can be for profit or non-profit but most bloggers blog for the purpose of making money. There may be some contents published to simply provide an outlet for voicing out the bloggers’ opinions and share their thoughts. However, the general population of bloggers has the intention of profiting financially. Fortunately, there are several methods of profiting from a blog and applying these methods can help you gain money. The Advertisements Selling space for advertisers is one of the most common ways to profit from a blog. Since blogs that have a considerable amount of traffic can make income with ad sales, make sure that you have a target audience. The reason why bloggers choose to sell advertising is that it is a passive form of income once the traffic has progressed. Although it takes work to look for advertisers and maintain the ads on the blog, those who can … Continue reading

All About the Traffic

Traffic only means that the content is not that good. However, there are also instances wherein a great blog does not have enough traffic. The key in getting traffic is to come up with a strategy and make everyone notice your blog. There are a few things that you need to consider with regards to generating traffic to your blog and these are not that different from planning a regular Web site. The only exception is that blogs can generate traffic a lot faster. What you only need to consider first is your target audience and where exactly you are generating your blog’s traffic. The Content The content of your blog is very important. It is the reason why people visit your blog. Try to make your blog interesting and learn to master the ideas included in your blog. The content should also be relevant and of high value to … Continue reading

Art Direction and Design

Sure, your design’s composition is perfectly balanced, the typographical hierarchy works, and the contrast is bang on. But, when you step back and take a look, how does it make you feel? Does your design evoke the right emotion? Dan Mall explains the difference between art direction and design on the web and challenges us to do it again, this time with feeling. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Get Started with Git

Version control: It isn’t just for coders anymore. If you’re a writer, editor, or a designer who works iteratively on the web and you want to reshuffle or combine pieces of your work quickly and efficiently, version control is for you, too. Al Shaw shows us how easy it is to install, set up, and work with Git—open-source, version control software that offers you much, much, more than just “undo.” Bookmark It Hide Sites

Dezign Matterz

Dezign Matterz Hilarious. This rainy Saturday while waiting to wake up, I stopped by FB to see what was happening. Two of my friends favourited (liked?) severals photos in Mia Pallas’ album, and the one that struck me as wickedly funny was titled: Just when you thought your Life Sucked… To see if your life is suckie lately too, check it out. Anyway… While I was at Mia’s FB page, I checked out her bits. Not too shabby. And there was enough going on to get me off my butt to write a rare post on DWB. Web: Dezign Matterz Tumblr: Miazoe Youtube: VEGAGIRL5 Facebook: Mia.pallas Welcome to DezignMatterz, where Design Matters a great deal. The overall focus of this site is to feature & bring you all things pertaining to Web & Design. You are invited to tune in for the latest Inspiration & Design news and articles on … Continue reading

Four Ways Mind Maps Make You More Creative

Mind maps are a powerful tool to get yourself unstuck, focused and organized to do your best creative work. Tony Buzan is the person best known for coining the term mind map and helping to educate the world at large about the concept. Mind maps are a form of visual mapping, where you use a combination of words, lines, symbols and images to describe something tangible (like a product, a location or something that you can see and experience) or intangible (services, concepts, ideas and plans). How does a piece of paper (or a computer screen) crammed with words, pictures and odd looking symbols help you think and work better?Let’s be honest: some mind maps are so busy and detailed that they tend to frighten most people instead of inspiring them. That’s a fair question. To address this concern, let’s look at four major benefits of using mind maps to … Continue reading

Findings from the Web Design Survey, 2009

The findings are in from the survey for people who make websites. Once again, we have crunched the data this way and that, figured out what the numbers were telling us, and assembled the sliced and diced data-bytes into nifty charts and graphs for your edification and pleasure. As in years past, what emerges is the first true picture of the profession of web design as it is practiced by men and women of all ages, across all continents, in corporations, agencies, non-profits, and freelance configurations. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Forward Thinking Form Validation

When users complete a form to buy your product or sign up for your service, you want to reduce mistakes and guide them to success. Now, with HTML5 form input types and attributes, you can set validation constraints to check user input. With CSS3’s new UI pseudo-classes, you can style validation states to make form completion quick and effortless. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Testing Accordion Forms

Web forms let people complete important tasks on your site; web form design details can have a big impact on how successful, efficient, and happy with the process they are—especially details like form length. Enter accordion forms, which dynamically hide and reveal sections of related questions as people complete the form, allowing them to focus on what matters and finish quickly. How do your smallest design decisions affect completion speed? Which design choices make these innovative forms feel familiar and easy? Which choices make them feel foreign and complex, leading people to make errors? Bookmark It Hide Sites

The Look That Says Book

Hyphenation and justification: It’s not just for print any more. Armed with good taste, a special unicode font character called the soft hyphen, and a bit o’ JavaScript jiggery, you can justify and hyphenate web pages with the best of them. Master the zero width space. Use the Hyphenator.js library to bottle fame, brew glory, and put a stopper in death. Create web pages that hyphenate and justify on the fly, even when the layout reflows in response to changes in viewport size. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Strategic Content Management

Any web project more complex than a blog requires custom CMS design work. It’s tempting to use familiar tools and try to shoehorn content in—but we can’t select the appropriate tool until we’ve figured out the project’s specific needs. So what should a CMS give us, apart from a bunch of features? How can we choose and customize a CMS to fit a project’s needs? How can content strategy help us understand what those needs really are? And what happens a day, a week, or a year after we’ve installed and customized the CMS? Bookmark It Hide Sites

FREE Course: How to Succeed as a Creative Professional

How to Succeed as a Creative Professional Just this week my buddy Mark McGuinness sent over a fabulous free offer, his new course: The Creative Pathfinder. You might remember Mark from his ebook, Time Management for Creative People. Kudos to Mark as a mention of his ebook made it to Mashable as well: 10 Essential Free E-Books for Web Designers. If you are interested in his course, keep on reading… FREE Course on How to Succeed as a Creative Professional If you’d like to inject some inspiration and momentum into your creative career, feel free to enrol on my new course: The Creative Pathfinder. It’s a 25-week programme designed to equip you with the creative and professional skills you need to succeed in your chosen career path – whether you’re an employee, freelancer or creative entrepreneur. Things you’ll learn include: why following your heart makes sound business sense the four … Continue reading

Apps vs. the Web

There’s an app for that, and you’re the folks who are creating it. But should you design a web-based application, or an iPhone app? Each approach has pluses and minuses—not to mention legions of religiously rabid supporters. Apple promotes both approaches (they even gave the web a year-long head start before beginning to sell apps in the store), and the iPhone’s Safari browser supports HTML5 and CSS3 and brags a fast JavaScript engine. Yet many companies and individuals with deep web expertise choose to create iPhone apps instead of web apps that can do the same thing. Explore both approaches and learn just about everything you’ll need to know if you choose to create an iPhone app—from the lingo, to the development process, to the tricks that can smooth the path of doing business with Apple. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Good Help is Hard to Find

Help content gets no respect. For one thing, it is content, and our horse-before-cart industry is only now beginning to seriously tackle content strategy. For another, we assume that our site is so usable, nobody will ever need the help content anyway. Typically, no one is in charge of the help content and no strategy exists to keep it up to date. On most sites, help content is hard to find, poorly written, blames the user, and turns a mildly frustrating experience into a lousy one. It’s time to rethink how we approach this part of our site. Done well, help content offers tremendous potential to earn customer loyalty. By learning to plan for and create useful help content, we can turn frustrated users into our company’s biggest fans. Bookmark It Hide Sites

No One Nos: Learning to Say No to Bad Ideas

You can’t create what clients need when you’re too busy saying yes to everything they want. As a user experience designer, it’s your job to say no to bad ideas and pointless practices. But getting to no is never easy. Proven techniques that can turn vocal negatives into positive experiences for you, the client, and most importantly, the end-user include citing best practices and simple but powerful business cases; proving your point with numbers; shifting focus from what to who; using the “positive no”; and, when necessary, pricing yourself out. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Kick Ass Kickoff Meetings

Too many kickoff meetings squander the busiest, most expensive people’s time reiterating what everyone already knows. If every meeting is an opportunity, why waste your first one? By asking stakeholders tough questions before the kick-off, and using the meeting itself to explore ideas and build relationships, you can turn a room of mutually suspicious turf battlers into an energetic team with shared ownership of the end-product and the kind of bond that can sustain the group through the challenges ahead. Bookmark It Hide Sites

JavaScript Minification Part II

Variable naming can be a source of coding angst for humans trying to understand code. Once you’re sure that a human doesn’t need to interpret your JavaScript code, variables simply become generic placeholders for values. Nicholas C. Zakas shows us how to further minify JavaScript by replacing local variable names with the YUI Compressor. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Prefix or Posthack

Vendor prefixes: Threat or menace? As browser support (including in IE9) encourages more of us to dive into CSS3, vendor prefixes such as -moz-border-radius and -webkit-animation may challenge our consciences, along with our patience. But while nobody particularly enjoys writing the same thing four or five times in a row, prefixes may actually accelerate the advancement and refinement of CSS. King of CSS Eric Meyer explains why. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Supersize that Background, Please!

Background images that fill the screen thrill marketers but waste bandwidth in devices with small viewports, and suffer from cropping and alignment problems in high-res and widescreen monitors. Instead of using a single fixed background size, a better solution would be to scale the image to make it fit different window sizes. And with CSS3 backgrounds and CSS3 media queries, we can do just that. Bobby van der Sluis shows how. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Taking Advantage of HTML5 and CSS3 with Modernizr

Years ago, CSS browser support was patchy and buggy, and only daring web designers used CSS for layouts. Today, CSS layouts are commonplace and every browser supports them. But the same can’t be said for CSS3 and HTML5. That’s where Faruk Ateş’s Modernizr comes in. This open-source JavaScript library makes it easy to support different levels of experiences, based on the capabilities of each visitor’s browser. Learn how to take advantage of everything in HTML5 and CSS3 that is implemented in some browsers, without sacrificing control over the user experience in other browsers. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Stop Forking with CSS3

You may remember when JavaScript was a dark art. It earned that reputation because, in order to do anything with even the teensiest bit of cross-browser consistency, you had to fork your code for various versions of Netscape and IE. Today, thanks to web standards advocacy and diligent JavaScript library authors, our code is relatively fork-free. Alas, in our rush to use some of the features available in CSS3, we’ve fallen off the wagon. Enter Aaron Gustafson’s eCSStender, a JavaScript library that lets you use CSS3 properties and selectors while keeping your code fork- and hack-free. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Vuvuzela

A mind-numbing torture device made of cheap, brightly colored plastic. It resembles a horn but its pitch cannot be changed. It is being used during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I thought I heard an angry swarm of bumblebees, but it was the sound of vuvuzelas playing at the World Cup. Want to hear a Vuvuzela or perhaps use as a mobile ringtone, then click here to download mp3 sound file – vuvuzela01 Bookmark It Hide Sites

Web Fonts at the Crossing

Everything you wanted to know about web fonts but were afraid to ask. Richard Fink summarizes the latest news in web fonts, examining formats, rules, licenses, and tools. He creates a checklist for evaluating font hosting and obfuscation services like Typekit; looks at what’s coming down the road (from problems of advanced typography being pursued by the CSS3 Fonts Module group, to the implications of Google-hosted fonts); and wraps it all up with a how-to on making web fonts work today. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Place Your Article or Link in Our PR4 Website – Fiverr

If you need some linkjuice or backlinks then best way would be to place relevant content with keyword rich articles on other websites with anchor text hyperlinks back to your website. Continue reading

Responsive Web Design

Designers have coveted print for its precision layouts, lamenting the varying user contexts on the web that compromise their designs. Ethan Marcotte advocates we shift our design thinking to appropriate these constraints: using fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries, he shows us how to embrace the “ebb and flow of things&#8221 with responsive web design. Bookmark It Hide Sites

Maybe they lied to BOTH of us?

I had a website that was a work of art, and a product that was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I was so sure I was going to make a ton of bucks that I even went out and bought a new wheelbarrow to haul all my loot to the bank. But after two months I didn’t have a single sale. Not ONE! And I’ll bet a shiny new nickel that this is what YOU’RE going through today. Y’see, one of the things all the Internet gurus DON’T tell us is that even the best product in the world and the best website in the world ain’t gonna make us a penny, unless we get HITS to our website. LOTS of hits! Bookmark It Hide Sites