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Teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteous web design.

December 24, 2013
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Bad idea design poster #10 – Feature Creep

The misguided notion that somehow more is always better. Main Entry: Feature Creep Pronunciation: /fee-cher,kreep/ Function: intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English feture crepen, from the act of over-building something Date: December 24, 2009 Remember folks, flee from temptation to ‘gizmo’ … Continue reading

May 17, 2011
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Bad idea design poster #11 – Canned Content

One of the things myths I’ve heard from attending my share of Word Camp Raleigh events is that template systems are somehow a magic bullet to a successful online marketing campaign. Not that there’s anything wrong with terrific tools such as Thesis, Headway, Genesis, and Builder; nor the premium themes one can purchase for them. Continue reading

May 2, 2011
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Making a Ready Defense by Planning for Failure

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. While this aphorism is very worn, it is also very true. Here are some simple things you can do with mysqldump, crontab, tar/gzip and a little contingency planning to insure you don’t lose your sanity when your server crashes upon the shoals of of virtual disaster. Continue reading

December 18, 2009
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12 Days of Jesus Junk – Day 5 – Speak Clearly

Even if you haven’t read the latest writings of Steve Krug, Jakob Nielsen or Luke Wroblewski, it doesn’t take a ‘Jesus Christ Rubber Duck’ to understand that church speak and clique-chat only help relegate your site into the realms search engine obscurity. Continue reading

December 17, 2009
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12 Days of Jesus Junk – Day 4 – Unreadable at 11:23

If conversion rates are the metric by which we measure successful web page adoption, then the antithesis of that is product abandonment. Today’s example shows how something as intuitive as a wall clock was made unreadable at 11:23. Continue reading

December 15, 2009
by meandean
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12 Days of Jesus Junk – Day 2 – Think Globally!

As once again the TSA reminds us that Christmas Snow Globes a threat to National Security, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the wide-World of bad-guys and some simple things you can do to guard your site from a potentially explosive situation. Continue reading