“Engaging” “Interactive” Websites & The Pepsi Challenge

As a web designer, one of my jobs is to understand people’s design preferences before I put pencil to paper and mouse to screen. Looking at other websites as examples of design is important but provide misleading reactions when it comes to make decisions. Using Example Sites to Guide Design Projects Looking at examples of … Continue reading ““Engaging” “Interactive” Websites & The Pepsi Challenge”

Final Thoughts on Codeacademy’s Learn JavaScript Course

This is post 2 of 2 in the series “Learning JavaScript” After sharing some thoughts a while back as I got started with Codeacademy’s Learn JavaScript course, I wrapped things up yesterday. Then I cancelled my subscription. Let’s start with the good stuff first though. The Good Parts of My Codeacademy Experience I was motivated … Continue reading “Final Thoughts on Codeacademy’s Learn JavaScript Course”

Thoughts on Starting Codeacademy’s Learn JavaScript Course

This is post 1 of 2 in the series “Learning JavaScript” One of the hardest things as a freelancer is keeping your skills up. This year, I’m trying to invest time getting better at the JavaScript programming language. While I’ve tinkered with JavaScript for years, I’ve never been comfortable with it and have usually turned … Continue reading “Thoughts on Starting Codeacademy’s Learn JavaScript Course”

Conservative Design & Development in “The inaccessible web” [link]

A while back, I wrote about how I’m a “web conservative.” Recently, I was reading “The inaccessible web: how we got into this mess” by Mischa Andrews, and it perfectly described what I was getting at: When clients and executives and developers and — anyone, really — talk about digital innovation, do they always mean it? Or is ‘innovation’ also used to … Continue reading “Conservative Design & Development in “The inaccessible web” [link]”

What Makes Websites Expensive?

Websites can be really expensive or really cheap. Do you know what the difference is? It can be hard when you don’t understand the technical requirements to build a feature. Here’s an attempt at summarizing some things to watch out for.