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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

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

May 8, 2008
by meandean
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Is Church marketing dead? Nope, just stuck on stupid!

There’s no getting around it, despite the efforts of many to teach, rebuke, correct & train in righteous web design, there still exists a great cloud of witlessness when it comes to the Church’s presence online. A fact painfully corroborated by the persistent body of ‘kitsch‘ out there that distracts, annoys and otherwise drives-away people seeking and/or serving the Lord. Continue reading