The more major websites I explore, the more this issue arises – having a distinct, and most importantly, relevant preview for when somebody “likes” (or “+1”s) your website is extremely important!
Without even knowing it, this could hurt your business just like it's already hurting many other businesses.
Take a look at these 2 (of what you’d think unlikely) examples:
Earlier last month we've made an official launch of MILK Shirts' website. It has recently been picked up by many influential websites including: Design Delight, Most Inspired, CSS Mania, Cool Home Pages, Web Newly, Design Beep, CSS Lounge, ID's and Classes, Nice DIV, Magazine.cat and The WDI, just to name a few.
The initial point of the website design/layout was to grab people's attention and make it memorable regardless of how much time they spend on it, however the research shows that we've achieved much more than simply grabbing user's attention.
I’ve given up on having my own hosted portfolio with a personal domain name because of the hassle of updating. I’m even considering that my personal blog I run would be sufficient as Wordpress, but alas, the contribution that it gives to SEO is wonderful, so I’ll keep it. Otherwise, having my own domain on a Wordpress would have just been as good for SEO—if, that is where I went to from the start. If this is all true, then I must ask myself:
Designs are inheritably shared, for this reason I have nothing against Logo Contests/Crowdsourcing. We have to admit that creative people will share without being paid because the motivation to create is just..too....STRONG..ugh...sigh*
However, if you’re planning to use Contests & Crowdsourcing, then I must warn you of two things.
New YouTube launched today. Better than ever before with its new friendly UI, making it easier to navigate. We are happy with this new development.
While most will be curious about the new functionality, we are more curious about how people will react to the change. Unlike Facebook's random UI changes from now and again, this one was one drastic leap, with a whole new aesthetic. Not to say that the old YouTube had any style before.
Ever feel like new Brands sound like B.S. and aren't interesting when they are rationalized? I often peruse Under Considerations ‘Brand New’ section, where they post and critique new brands. One thing that I’ve started to take note of is the specific words and phrases that clients/designers use when describing their new brand; many that are overused.
Check out some of the stuff we've done over the years. Some of these never saw the light of day, some have been used and replaced. Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below.
This is a list of galleries you must check out and because you must, it’s possible that you already have.
Most people would call these inspirational design galleries, as if their purpose is to help the creative design process. I, however, see them more as appreciation galleries.
This is where I go if I’m being unproductive.
A friend recently sent me a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “How Can Jeans Cost $300?”
Written by Christina Binkley, the article talks about “the Phantom,” a new style of jeans from True Religion. These True Religion jeans sell for $375 versus the $50 one might pay for a pair of plain Levi’s.
In trying to explain how jeans can be worth $375 dollars, Binkley takes a very rational approach. She explains that Levi’s are made outside of the United States where labour is cheaper. True Religion jeans, meanwhile, are made inside of the USA where the cost of labour is much higher. And they’re made with slightly “better” materials as well. So they should cost more, right?
This is a case study that I wrote a few years back while we were working on the second iteration of the popular ShoeGuru online shop. It didn't get included in this new website due to its length, so I thought instead of letting it go to waste, I'd re-post it in a looong blog entry for people to read it, and hopefully get educated or inspired to do cool stuff.