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May 17, 2011
by meandean
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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 20, 2008
by meandean
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5 things we can learn from the office candy machine

I just overheard a useful conversation between two vending machine operators while loading up our office junk food dispenser with a bunch of products that didn’t sell last week. It is if nothing else, an object lesson in contrast to my oft quoted aphorism “solve their problems, don’t tell them yours.” Here are 5 things we can in turn do in contrast to improve the user experience on our church and/or charity websites …

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April 14, 2008
by meandean
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Jakob Nielsen: Four Bad Designs and a 403 error to boot!

What could be more ironic than to receive an email from Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox on the topic of “Bad content, bad links, bad navigation, bad category pages” that links to a page that throws a 403, permission access denied page?-) Fortunately for you, I got screenshots, followed by some commentary on the article once the good folks at UseIt.com realized the error or their ways. Continue reading

December 31, 2007
by meandean
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Top 10 Church Website Design Mistakes of 2007

It is the last day of 2007, so like every great media outlet I figured why not go through the archives and come up with a list of those topics that produced the deepest and most memorable mental scars. Below is my list of the top ten mistakes I’ve seen on church websites over the past year. Mistakes I would hope that as a body we would resolve to remedy, though I suspect like most new year’s resolutions are destined for abandonment by about the 14th of February. Continue reading