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Why we say no to speculative work and design contests

Why do people ask designers to work for free? I’ve never understood why people ask me to design for free when they would never ask an architect, interior designer, or coffee shop to hand over a product without expecting to pay. Yet it happens frequently. Clients ask for speculative work and free pitches as a […]

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Musings

25 books to add to your 2018 reading list

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to set goals, and this year I have a big one. Fresh off my success at reading 40 books in 2017, I’ve set a goal to read 50 books. I am determined to keep up the reading habit. Need help getting in the reading habit? Check […]

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Design
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Questions for the Team: What is UX Design?

Ever wonder what exactly UX Design is?  Is there a difference between traditional design and UX Design?  We sit down for a little Q&A to talk about User Experience Design and why it’s a necessary part of the development and design process.

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Design

How to develop voice and tone on your website

Ask yourself some questions What is the voice and tone of your BRAND?  Are you playful and fresh, or traditional and informative?  Every brand has its own voice. If you are a healthcare organization, how would you want to talk to your patients?  If you are a retailer that caters to teens, how would you […]

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Tips & Advice

What to look for when choosing your design agency

5 simple tips for selecting a user experience agency Choosing a UX design agency for your website or digital project can be daunting, especially in cities that are saturated with talent and design firms. When you’re picking an agency, consider the following 5 quick tips to help make the process easier for you. Experience Do […]

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Tips & Advice

5 Questions to Ask When Deciding Between a Freelancer or an Agency to Build your Website

When it comes to hiring someone to build your website, cost is one of the biggest factors that clients face. Everyone has their own idea about how much they think web design and development should cost. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand why the cost is typically higher than they expect it to be for a […]

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Tips & Advice
Startup - augment your tech team by hiring a digital agency

5 Reasons to Hire a Digital Agency to Augment your Team

Some companies may be hesitant to hire an outside agency because they are very skilled at what they do in-house and don’t see the need,  and/or  benefit. But – what if you could maximize your ROI by getting more done in less time? This is what augmenting your technology needs can do for you when […]

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Design
Prototype, MVP, minimum viable product

Prototype VS. MVP – Where do you start when you have an idea for a product?

When you have an idea for a product what is the first thing you do? You are probably going to do a lot of research first (hopefully) to see if this is something that would be viable in the market, but then you are going to think about creating a prototype or an MVP. But, […]

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Design
Blogpost - 5 Essential Features of an Engaging Healthcare Website

5 Essential Features of an Engaging Healthcare Website

Healthcare Series Part 2 This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 — Essential Elements of an Engaging Healthcare Website When it comes to a healthcare website there are certain features that your visitors are looking for. They want your website to be engaging and easy to use.  There are essential features […]

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Design
Blogpost- 7 essential elements of an engaging healthcare website

7 Essential Elements of an Engaging Healthcare Website

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Read Part 2 — Essential Features of an Engaging Healthcare Website Attracting patients through your website When patients are looking for a new doctor,  or are having a medical problem, the first thing most people are doing now is going online. Whether it be to look up […]

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Coding
school picker - marathon kids - custom website development - gravity forms

How we made a user-friendly school picker

One of the things I love about working in technology is building refined and intuitive tools that make things easier for people. Most of the time these arise from dealing with challenges. The school picker challenge One of the challenges we ran into was letting users (who were coaches for a program) pick the school […]

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Design
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Designing the Ecommerce User Experience

For all the talk about new and upcoming trends in design for 2016, the real winners in ecommerce are paying attention to functionality and usability above anything else. Designing a site to ultimately help users find what they’re looking for, in the way they intuitively feel like it should be found, is what will convert […]

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