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chameleon no more! strategies for branding your website

“all websites look the same” It was a long time coming, but the tools for creating responsive websites work, and work very well. Perhaps too well, because the approach people use for building websites is creating strangely uniform results.  The banner, the three columns, the icons, the logo in the corner—perhaps we’ve seen these things a few too many …

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selecting a web design agency: five qualities to look for

The process of selecting a web design agency can be difficult. An abundance of companies, technologies, and processes make the selection process challenging and confusing. And with your website often being the first point of contact your audience has with your organization, it’s important that that your website opens the right doors for you. Here are some tips for identifying an …

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websites on a budget: negotiation and collaboration strategies that work

time, quality, money A time-honored project management principal is that you can pick only two of the above for any project. Whether this is idea is true or not, the concept of framing your next web project as a balancing act can help you save time and money. Here are some simple strategies that can help you save money. create and deliver …

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web design revision? Six things to consider.

six things to look for in a web design Every website is different; yet, the best sites always have a few things in common. As you consider a website redesign for your company or organization, ensure it uses the following: a clear message that creates clarity about your company or organization, what it does, how …

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landing page strategies: making the most of the most valuable real estate in the world

how web design and messaging can strengthen your brand The most valuable piece of property in the world is the seven square inches your prospective client sees when pulling up your website for the first time. This small parcel of real estate has the critical job of connecting with your audience, either by communicating information …

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Six ways online libraries can strengthen your brand

If you use WordPress or another content management system, you already have the ability to provide new and prospective clients with documents through your website. This capability opens up doors for new ways of interacting with people and can help your audience use your site to solve problems and strengthen their connection with your brand. …

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clean up your navigation through analytics

Most things are more complicated than they need to be. Navigation is no exception. You can fairly easily see what links people use on your website using traffic evaluation tools such as Google Analytics. More importantly, these tools can show you which links people don’t visit. This can help you make informed decisions about revising …

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white space – an exercise in brand consistency

Shew Design - Dumas stationery

Recently, towards the end of a branding phase for a client, we were finalizing page designs for their website. The site was essentially a reproduction of the paper materials. While they liked the design on paper, the same design on screen felt cool to the touch – overly so. We agreed with their perception.   …

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