Web design

Internet Explorer Now Has a Mandatory Update Policy. No More IE6

Dec 15, 2011 by Shaun Smylski

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With Firefox now just failing to 3rd place and Chrome moving above to 2nd, it became time for Internet Explorer reaffirm its grip at #1. To do that, they announced that Explorer will now, like a dark assassin, silently kill off its older versions(ie. 6, 7, & 8) and automatically update to the latest version for every release. Updated without asking users. Hooray! No more old IE Bugs!

Read the full article here.

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Reference Guide: the 1140 CSS Grid in Pixels

Dec 13, 2011 by Yuriy Sklyar

As usual, with the re-launch of our new company website, we try to incorporate as many new technologies and best practices into it as possible. One of the more obvious updates for the previous launch of the website was the re-developed of the entire website in Drupal 7. This time, besides many content, usability, and conversion updates, we've decided to try out the new 1140px CSS Grid layout.

After extensive research and development, we've come to the conclusion that this particular grid system will be the most beneficial addition to our online strategies. Not only does the website easily adapt to most of the mobile devices (try it out on your phone) and older computers, it also degrades quite nicely in a few older browsers as well. This means that with this release, we get a wider reach in audience and less development time.

In this post, I've included a reference image and a PSD file (layered transparent overlay) for anyone who also develops using the 1140px layout and wishes to find out what the dimensions are in pixels.

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Is New YouTube A Good Idea?

Dec 2, 2011 by Shaun Smylski

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.

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How to Market Your Website Online Part 1

Nov 30, 2011 by Yuriy Sklyar

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Today I'm starting a series of posts that follow the design, development and marketing of one of our projects: Drupal Style.

Drupal Style offers free Drupal themes, various related tutorials, as well as free Illustrator, Photoshop and icon downloads to the design community. There aren't that many Drupal-related websites that offer free high quality content, so we already have an edge there.

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Some Old Work That Was Never Posted (Part 1)

Nov 21, 2011 by Yuriy Sklyar

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.

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Enhancing Products to be More Presentable for Consumers

Nov 3, 2011 by Yuriy Sklyar

It is no surprise that in order to sell products, most of the companies retouch/enhance them.

This always raises mixed opinions in the consumer circles, but then again, ask yourself: would you ever buy the McDonald's cheeseburger if it looked like it does in real life (if you've never had it before - because they are delicious otherwise)?

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Free Fonts FF Sero Medium

Sep 15, 2011 by Shaun Smylski

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Tested out this font that I've found on FontFont.com. They're offering FF Sero Medium for free. Comes with All CAPS and italics for web and print.

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Creating & Theming User Profiles In Drupal 7

Sep 14, 2011 by Eugene Sklyar

On one of the recent sites that was being built by us I was introduced with a new challenge of theming user profile pages. Drupal provides a very elegant solution to accomplish this task. I will show you how it's done in this post.

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15 Inspirational Galleries For Web Designers

Sep 9, 2011 by Shaun Smylski

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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.

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What do Bounce Rates Mean?

Sep 7, 2011 by Tomasz Jablonski

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I’m a data junkie and spend a lot of my time reviewing our website traffic with Google Analytics. If you’re not using analytics I recommend that you get in touch with us so that we can help you set it up.

Let me start off by building up my credibility in analytics. For the past 5 years, I’ve spent several hours a day reviewing website traffic for over 50 different websites. Out of those 50 sites, 8 of them are our personal businesses.

I'd like to jump right into the fun stuff, however we have to learn the basics first. Let’s start off by understanding what bounce rates are and what it means to have a high or low bounce rate.

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