Articles by Vandelay Design

  • Website Communication: 21 Ways to Speak to Visitors

    72 59 20 84 2659 One of the most important responsibilities of a website is to communicate with its visitors. Regardless of whether the site is a blog, a portfolio site, a corporate site, or an e-commerce site, it exists to communicate with visitors. The website communication in some cases is two ways (blog comments […]

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  • Web Development Tools: Our Top Picks

    77 194 0 4 315 This post talks about web development tools that will help convert your good ideas into excellent pieces of web development. Every day, new cloud-based web development tools are being pushed to replace robust desktop programs, as with so many things in our industry are. Let’s begin our list: We Love Icon Fonts […]

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  • 101 Ways to Monetize Your Website or Blog

    186 86 26 8 0 If you’re looking for new ways to monetize your website or blog, take a look at the topics and resources listed here and I think you’ll find some great options. Selling Advertisements One of the most popular methods of monetizing a site or blog is to sell advertising space, usually banner […]

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  • Google’s Mission to Speed Up Mobile: is AMP the Future of Web Design?

    1 0 0 0 0 Responsive design is nothing new, with smartphones and tablets having long transformed how users engage with the internet. More than just a design trend, mobile optimization is crucial to running a user-friendly website that keeps visitors onside no matter what device they are using. Despite this long-established truth, optimization is […]

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  • Unique Mobile Designs: A Collection Of Mobile App Interface Patterns

    5 0 0 2 0 Every designer borrows ideas and remixes them to fit their project. This has been going on for centuries and it continues because it works. The key to a stand-out interface for unique mobile designs is to study patterns and apply whatever works best. In this post I’d like to cover […]

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  • Logo Evolution: The Growth Of Corporate Logos

    4 0 0 1 0 There’s a lot to learn by studying the logo evolution of major brands and well-known products. Trends change all the time and they can lead to radical design changes across societies and cultures. I’ve looked into some of the world’s largest companies and how much their logos have changed over […]

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  • Web Development Tools: Our Top Picks

    77 194 0 4 315 This post talks about web development tools that will help convert your good ideas into excellent pieces of web development. Every day, new cloud-based web development tools are being pushed to replace robust desktop programs, as with so many things in our industry are. Let’s begin our list: We Love Icon Fonts […]

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  • Web Design Tips: How To Test in Multiple Browsers

    12 6 0 3 10 As a website designer you have the ability to create an attractive and functional design. Unfortunately, you do not have the ability to control which internet browsers will be using to view your site. Because each browser behaves differently you will need to test your projects in multiple browsers. In […]

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  • Photography Tips For Natural-Looking Website Layouts

    Most web designers wear multiple hats when working on design projects. These hats can include web development, SEO, marketing, identity, content writing, and even photography. Small businesses and personal sites use photos to deliver a message to visitors. And the quality of these photos greatly impact the message being sent. That’s why I’ve organized these […]

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  • Top Photoshop Alternatives for Digital Design Work

    4 0 0 1 0 Digital design offers more career opportunities with each passing decade and more software is being created to meet the demand. For over 25 years Photoshop has been the industry standard for compositing, photo editing, and UI design. But recent years have shown a number of Photoshop alternatives that hit the […]

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  • 13 Keys to Success as a Freelance Designer

    32 38 0 3 11 Being a freelance designer is an appealing job for many people. There are perks like a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home that encourage people to move towards a career as a freelancer. Unfortunately, many people do not consider everything that is involved in being a successful […]

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  • Working From Home: Staying Productive As A Freelancer Or Contractor

    8 0 0 2 0 When your home is your office it can feel like you’re caught up in the same activity day-after-day. Weekends can blur with weekdays. Family life and work life can also become fuzzy. There’s no doubt that working from home provides immense flexibility and a high-quality way of life, but only […]

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  • The Complete Beginners Guide to the Design Thinking Process

    Skilled professionals have a way of making their craft appear flawless. Just as an athlete appears to shoot a basket with ease, or an actor seems to become a character in moments, striking designs can often be so clean and crisp that the work seems simple, even easy. However, those who are truly proficient work to hone their skills. Proficiency […]

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  • 40 Impressive Design Agency Websites

    380 361 12 158 1088 Marketing agencies offer their clients services for improving exposure, improving image, and helping to increase revenue. Marketing agencies themselves can improve their own image to potential clients with a well-designed website that provides a positive user experience for potential clients. Freelance designers and design agencies always strive to have a […]

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  • 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

    There are some people who seem to have a never-ending stream of good ideas. Whether they’re at work, talking with their friends, or immersed in a side project, their minds are constantly flashing with sparks of genius. And then there’s the rest of us. It’s not that you never get visits from the Muses—but, well, […]

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  • Sequential Landing Page Animation Effects with CSS3

    6 0 0 2 0 Custom animation adds a certain vivacity into website layouts. Web animation gives off the illusion of motion, and brings a page to life with dynamic moving parts. I set out to create dynamically-animated elements that would chain through a series of events once the page finishes loading. This can be […]

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  • SEO vs. SMO: Driving Traffic Through Search Engines and Social Media

    65 9 4 3 866 Search engine optimization (SEO) and social media optimization (SMO) are two of the bigger concerns for webmasters and bloggers, as they can both have substantial impacts on the amount of traffic a website or blog receives. But does optimizing your site for search engines hinder your SMO efforts (and vice […]

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  • What Is Ajax & How Is It Used In Modern Web Development?

    4 0 0 1 0 When I first started web development in 2006 the term Ajax was mentioned in whispers by professional circles of developers. These were the beginnings of a revolutionary concept that have shaped the way websites call HTTP data and load it onto the page. In this post I’d like to answer […]

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  • Creating a Brand: A Designer and Non-Designers Guide to Building Your Brand

    5 0 0 0 0 The brand as a concept is actually quite straightforward and can be reduced down to one core idea: consistency. The consistency within a brand is paramount to creating the cohesive unit that is going to define your outgoing message. Your brand is largely built from many components, or touch points […]

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  • Top Interview Questions for Design and Development Jobs

    5 0 0 0 0 Companies always need quality designers and developers, moreso now than ever before. But it takes more than just skill to land a job. You need to fit the company culture, offer unique value, and maybe even have some connections in the field. I can’t help with everything but I can […]

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