Articles by Cameron Chapman

Inspiration

Showcase of Well-Designed Banking and Investment Websites

July 13th, 2010
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Showcase of Well-Designed Banking and Investment Websites

Online banking and investment services have become big business in recent years. Whether it’s a tiny local bank or a major, multi-national one, if a bank wants to be successful, a user-friendly, well-designed website is a necessity. But that doesn’t mean every bank out there has a great site. In fact, a lot of bank websites barely manage in terms of usability and functionality,...

Business Online

Get More Done: 10 Tips for a More Productive Web Design Process

July 1st, 2010
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Get More Done: 10 Tips for a More Productive Web Design Process

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I'm sure most web designers would love to get more done in a given day. Those that don't probably wish they could get the work they do have done faster, giving them more free time. The good news is that you can do both: shorten your...

Design

FAQ Pages: Best Practices and Examples

June 24th, 2010
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FAQ Pages: Best Practices and Examples

FAQ pages are a vital part of many websites. While not every site needs one, if you’re selling something, providing a service, or giving information about a complex subject, an FAQ can make life much easier for your visitors. The format of an FAQ varies considerably from site to site, so there’s not really one “right” design method. But there are some key things...

Business Online

A Designer’s Guide To Effective Proposals And Invoices

May 26th, 2010
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A Designer’s Guide To Effective Proposals And Invoices

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Because of the potential for variations in the different aspects of a web design project, creating a proposal or invoice for such a project can be trickier than that of another industry like accounting or legal services. If your proposal isn't created carefully, it can lead to misunderstandings and unhappy...

Design

Breaking the Rules: How to Effectively Break the “Rules” of Good Web Design

May 25th, 2010
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Breaking the Rules: How to Effectively Break the “Rules” of Good Web Design

We’ve all seen articles devoted to the various web desing “rules” out there. In fact, they’ve probably been drilled into all of our heads ad nauseum. And for many, they serve as a comforting set of guidelines that make our lives easier, at least when it comes to design. But what about those occasions when you have an idea that doesn’t quite fit in...

Business Online

A DIY Web Design Education

May 17th, 2010
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A DIY Web Design Education

A lot of designers and aspiring designers take formal design courses (or get design degrees), while many others wish they could take the time to get some formal design education. But not every designer has the time. After all, if you’ve come to design later in your career, or just have other responsibilities that preclude you from attending formal classes, going to school for...

Design

Multi-Layered Design: Guidelines and Examples

April 28th, 2010
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Multi-Layered Design: Guidelines and Examples

There have been tons of posts about minimalist and simple web design. It’s something every designer should consider and study, as minimalist and simple design principles are important in a lot of website designs. But there’s been such a focus on clean and minimalist design in recent years that many designers shy away from more visually-complex designs. That’s a mistake. Just as there’s a...

Business Online

How to Turn Anything Into a Website Design

April 21st, 2010
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How to Turn Anything Into a Website Design

Occasionally, clients might present us with inspiration for a design that doesn’t come in the form of other website or graphic designs. In many cases it’s their product, packaging, or something else closely related to their business. But in other cases, it’s something entirely unrelated that they just like the looks of. In either case, it can often lead us feeling a little puzzled....

Design

Single-Page Websites: Examples and Good Practices

April 16th, 2010
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Single-Page Websites: Examples and Good Practices

Single-page websites are becoming more popular among web designers, both for their own projects and for client sites. There are a lot of cases out there in which a single-page site makes a lot of sense: if there isn’t a ton of content; if the content is all closely related; or in cases where a particular stylistic element works best on a single page....

Plugins

Building Community Sites with WordPress: 15 Plugins to Get Started

March 18th, 2010
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Building Community Sites with WordPress: 15 Plugins to Get Started

Most bloggers would love to see more of a sense of community among the regular visitors to their blog. Sure, discussions sometimes take place in the comments of various posts, but it all seems a bit disorganized and they never really get off the ground. There has to be a...