10 Beautiful WordPress HOA and Civic Club Web Sites


Homeowners associations (HOAs) and civic clubs serve a narrow but important purpose. They inform their residents of rules and regulations of their community, but also act as more than that. They can be sounding boards for community issues, and a social gathering place, a virtual “back fence” as it were. We are showcasing ten beautiful […]

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Ten Alternative Free Stock Photo Sites Creatives Will Love


Tired of the ho-hum (and somewhat costly) offerings at stock photo repositories such as iStockPhoto, Getty Images, and the like? Here are some lesser-known alternatives. Little Visuals This U.K. web site offers up a subscription-based platter of seven high resolution photos each week. Just sign up and subscribe to Little Visuals in your email inbox. […]

If Code Could Talk … Oh, Wait …


As most of you already know, programmers are a funny kind of wild animal. No one really understands them. Things that make perfect sense for them don’t for anyone else. But they are a necessity. However, the biggest problem you might have is when you need to replace one with another.

10 Instagram Users Who Will Make Your Creative Juices Flow


A few years ago people with smartphones were considered anti-social geeks. Now, most of us spend more time looking at a screen than doing anything else. So, if you are already looking, why not inspire yourself a little bit. P.S.- I made this… (DIY stuff) The Design Files (Interior design) Love Food (Delicious desserts) Laura […]

5 TED Talks For Designers


This year TED turns 30. For those of you who didn’t pay attention in class, TED (technology, education, design) is a global conference (now actually a few of them), where the most amazing minds of humanity share their ideas in a short and effective form of 18-minute (or less) talks.

Creating a Gallery and Albums Without a Gallery Plugin


A few months ago, I wrote about our experience in porting a site from CMS Made Simple to WordPress and the difficulty in finding similar plugins to replace the CMSMS modules the site was using. Turns out that the popular WordPress plugin Next Generation Gallery conflicted with the one plugin we found that worked well […]

Case Study: Moving from CMS Made Simple to WordPress


I’ve been a bit disenchanted with CMS Made Simple lately. I have several client sites using it currently. Most of them are pretty basic sites so that’s one reason CMSMS was chosen. However, of late, it’s been very buggy, the upgrades are problematic to say the least, and invariably, one or more modules do not […]

Good F***ing Design Advice


Believe in your fucking self. Stay up all fucking night. Work outside of your fucking habits. Know when to fucking speak up. Fucking collaborate. Don’t fucking procrastinate. Get over your fucking self. Keep fucking learning. Form follows fucking function. Find fucking inspiration everywhere. Fucking network. Educate your fucking client. Trust your fucking gut. Ask for […]

Five Mistakes Novice Web Masters Make

Cut it out, web designers!

Nowadays, everyone has a web site. But not everyone has (or needs, or can afford) a professionally designed web site. If you simply cannot afford to hire a web designer right now, don’t sweat it. There are a few things you can do to make sure that your web site is at least not shooting […]

Top 10 Portfolio Services


I belong to several web design groups on the net and one of the biggest questions from newcomers is, How Do I Create a Portfolio? They are wise to understand that a good portfolio is their ticket to landing jobs and building their reputation. This is whether you are a web designer, graphic artist or […]

10 Author and Book Web Sites For Inspiration


Gary Stromberg (Author) This is a very avant-garde design. Its one downfall is that it is a table-based design. The design itself has a very retro feel. Gary has a large body of work and it’s all neatly organized and easy to find. I could have done with just one video on the front page […]

Cutting Corners on Web Design Can Become Expensive


Small business owners, and especially lawyers, if you want a web site, be prepared to shell out a bit of money for it. Just as you would any other service. Somehow, the web design industry has become cheapened and skill and talent and expertise are not appreciated. Until it’s too late. Hyderally & Associates The […]