Mobile-first responsive webdesign

September 6th, 2012

- The way new websites are made

As a webdesigner, if you haven’t yet heard of mobile-first and responsive webdesign, I’m guessing you are either very, very, very busy with client work or you have been locked in a basement for about a year because these words are being used everywhere I look. But I do know some webdesigner have not yet looked into it and that most of our clients still do not know what it is or how it’ll benefit their users.

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Free small 16×16 icons – Spiced2Simple

May 19th, 2010

I like Icons, they tell me, what to do, without making me think too much. I’ve been making a bunch of icons lately for different work related things. I also had time to make a small set of icons that I’m going to give you for free. These are basic, general icons that you can use for many different types of websites (and other things). I call them Spiced2Simple.

Spiced2Simple 16x16 icons
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Website redesigns – what to think about

April 5th, 2010

I’ve done a bunch of redesigns lately and It’s been a challenge, to say the least. But I’ve learned a bunch about what not to do when you redesign a website. This is especially important when you are redesigning active and popular websites. If the site has been the same since 1996 and there isn’t much going on, it’s quite easy to redesign, but if it’s a popular site you have to be a little more careful in your redesign. These are some of the things that I have been thinking about during the redesigns, I hope they’ll help you too.
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Building a trustworthy website

April 1st, 2010

Let’s face it. Signalling trust on you website and in particular on your landing pages is a big factor in how good your conversion rate is. Problem is, you only have a couple of seconds to make people trust you. So how do you go about building trust in your services and products in the 3 seconds visitors plan on giving you? We all make split second decisions, both on and offline.
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14 places to find free quality fonts

March 28th, 2010

A special font is a great way to make your website, poster, CD cover etc. stand out. There’s a lot of free fonts on the web, most of them are quite bad, so you have to go through a lot of site to find the good ones so I thought I would save you some of the trouble and share my bookmarks. These are the websites I use to find good quality fonts online.

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Ideas to increase conversion rate

March 23rd, 2010

Conversion rate – the number of conversions made divided by the number of total visits. It’s the holy grail of e-commerce websites, it’s the figure that every webshop tries to optimize and the number that management is never really satisfied with. There are some basic things, that you can do, to help users get through your conversion process.

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10 jQuery plugins to do graphs and charts

February 20th, 2010

Tables are great for displaying data and getting complex analysis data across. But who are we kidding, this is the internet. I know I for one have the attention span of a goldfish. A picture or a graph say more than a thousand words have never been truer than it is today. I’ve collected a list of jQuery plugins to help you make nice looking graphs and charts from your data.
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How to create a favicon in Photoshop

February 16th, 2010

Getting a favicon on your website is a great way to help your visitor find your website, in their bookmarks. If you do not know what a favicon is, it’s the small icon next to the URL in the address bar of your browser. It’s also shown besides bookmarks in all common browsers. It’s a great little something extra to have on your website. I am going to show you how to do it in Photoshop. Now if you are not a designer or use Photoshop you can do it using one of the online makers like favicon.cc.
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Give your visitors a good first impression

January 30th, 2010

First impressions, they are a bitch ain’t they? Everybody has had a bad day when they are not looking their best at a party or an event. And then there’s that feeling. The feeling that no matter what you say, no matter what you do, people are going to keep looking at you funny, like you are not the fastest moped on the harbour, like you are a loser. Guess what, people can give your website that look too.
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