Articles by Cameron Chapman

Inspiration

Showcase of City Tourism Website Designs

February 17th, 2010
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Showcase of City Tourism Website Designs

Tourism websites can be a tricky beast. For some areas, where there are very specific attractions, designing their site can be simple. But for areas that have a host of attractions that appeal to many different kinds of people, it can be difficult to design a site that’s representative of the area and appeals to everyone. After all, designing a site that appeals to...

Themes

Creating A Quality WordPress Theme: 12 Points to Consider

February 16th, 2010
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Creating A Quality WordPress Theme: 12 Points to Consider

Many designers enjoy creating WordPress themes. And creating a theme isn’t that difficult if you have a basic grasp of CSS and can follow directions (WordPress’s Codex has extensive documentation). But that doesn’t mean that every designer out there who can create a theme has created a good theme. In fact, really poor themes abound. But what exactly makes a WordPress theme great? How...

Design

Mobile Web Design: Tips and Best Practices

February 9th, 2010
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Mobile Web Design: Tips and Best Practices

Last year, more than 63 million people in the United States accessed the Internet from a mobile device. It’s forecast that by 2013 there will be more than 1.7 billion mobile Internet users worldwide. With those kinds of numbers, it’s imperative that web designers and developers learn optimal development and design practices for mobile devices. For the most part you won’t need to learn...

Design

Everything You Need to Know About Image Compression

February 3rd, 2010
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Everything You Need to Know About Image Compression

Proper use of image compression can make a huge difference in the appearance and size of your website image files. But compression is an often-misunderstood topic, partly because there’s a real lack of understanding on what the different types of compression are good for. If you don’t understand which type of compression to use for different types of images, you’ll likely end up with...

Design

Fantastic Information Architecture and Data Visualization Resources

January 15th, 2010
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Fantastic Information Architecture and Data Visualization Resources

Information architecture can be a daunting subject for designers who’ve never tried it before. Also, creating successful infographics and visualizations takes skill and practice, along with some advance planning. But anyone with graphic design skills can learn to create infographics that are effective and get data across in a user-friendly manner. Below are a collection of resources to get you going down the information...

Business Online

The Complete Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter

January 12th, 2010
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The Complete Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter

We’ve all heard of Twitter at this point, and I would be the majority of our readers are already using it. But that doesn’t mean we’re all using it in the most efficient, most productive way. After all, Twitter can be confusing at best, and downright intimidating to many newcomers. This guide should give you the basics you need to get more out of...

Design

Usability Testing Toolkit: Resources, Articles, and Techniques

December 9th, 2009
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Usability Testing Toolkit: Resources, Articles, and Techniques

Usability is paramount in creating a good website or web app. If your site isn’t user-friendly, the majority of visitors won’t come back, regardless of how good your content is. You need to do everything in your power to make sure every website you design or web application you create is as user-friendly as it can be. So how do you do that, exactly?...

Business Online

How To Create The Perfect Client Questionnaire

November 27th, 2009
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How To Create The Perfect Client Questionnaire

Discovering what your clients really want is one of the most fundamental steps in creating a good working relationship. If you can figure out exactly what your clients want for their website up front, it will save both of you time and frustration later. Creating a client questionnaire isn’t complicated, though it can be a bit time-consuming if you don’t know where to start....

Design

The Future Of The Web: Where Will We Be In Five Years?

November 3rd, 2009
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The Future Of The Web: Where Will We Be In Five Years?

We’re approaching the end of 2009, and many people are wondering what the future will bring. While no one can predict for sure what the Internet holds in its future, there are indicators and trends that can point us in the right direction. A ton of technologies are ripe for further development in the coming few years. Social media and related apps are definitely...

Business Online

File Management and Organization Tools and Ideas

October 21st, 2009
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File Management and Organization Tools and Ideas

Managing the files and reference materials that you’ve compiled over the course of a project (or even your entire career) can be a daunting task. You need to organize invoices, proposals, creative files, mock-ups, research sources and a myriad of other folders and files for later reference. And let’s face it: most operating systems have inadequate file management tools for power users. Below are...