Having been out of school for a little over a year, I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I took my passion for graphic design and turned it into a full-time career. There were a lot of things I did right–found a great internship, gained invaluable advice from mentors, and strengthened my design skills–along with things I could have done better.
There are many assumptions out there about what web designers are and do, many involving the wire-framed-glasses-and-gingham-shirt, spew-creativity-at-the-blink-of-an-eye variety. Web designers might wear cool glasses (hi, Zach!) and are certainly creative, but there is more to it than that.
If you’re a website owner, or in the market for a new website, having concise and effective content, a functional design, and intuitive user experience are key. But as I mentioned in a recent post about conversion rates, websites have to do more than just list out information especially if you’re in the business of selling products or services.
When we started focusing on WDG’s rebirth in 2011, one thing was crystal-clear: our employees won’t just be considered employees. Our coworkers would be the team to make WDG go round. This is because our office isn’t just an office. It’s a work culture on a whole other level where our folks are inspired and relaxed while they go a hundred miles an hour for our clients.
Say you’re a business with an outdated and ineffective website and are in the market for an updated website. The first thing you’ll probably do is tap into your favorite search engine to find a reputable digital web company in your area. But then what? How do you decipher whether or not the digital web company can not only provide functional web solutions, but do so without making the entire digital web design and development process seem like drudgery?
Conversion Rates, Huh?
Building a website can be an exciting prospect. Maybe you have an awesome product or service everyone should be using. Or maybe you’re a non-profit organization with a fantastic mission and are looking to encourage volunteers. Either way, in the current economic market, your website needs to do more than just inform users about all the reasons you are so great.
The web design research phase is probably one of the most overlooked aspects of the web design and development process by clients. Face it, if you were a client and given the choice between obsessing over awesome typography selections or researching business strategies, which one would you rather do? There’s no arguing that visual design elements are important—they do help set the stage for your website’s and business’s tone—but how would you know what tone to set without research?
To say I’ve always wanted to go to E3 would be an understatement. Video games aren’t just a casual hobby: I grew up reading the latest gaming news (remember Nintendo Power?) and was always eager to hear news about the latest and greatest games and hardware. Seeing all the great holiday announcements for upcoming games in June was great, but I wished I could go out and see everything the press did firsthand.
When faced with a website redesign, most of our clients wonder about the differences between WordPress and Drupal. But what about the distinctions between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Last week, WDG’s senior and lead developer Mike Garrett spoke with Business News Daily about helping clients choose between a WordPress.com-hosted site and a customized WordPress.org content management system (CMS) for their individual projects.
It’s that time of year again … or every four years rather: vividly-colored jerseys sported on the backs of dedicated fans, fierce debates about what teams are destined to win, and boisterous crowds roaring as their favorite team makes the winning goal. At least, that’s what I think happens at the World Cup—my knowledge doesn’t extend past BuzzFeed articles listing out of most eligible players.
The first time I published a blog was way back during my freshman year of college. I made all the mistakes a rookie would make when it came to content: writing for myself instead of the user, crafting inconsistent posts, and putting out more fluff than fact. Fortunately, I quickly learned the ins and outs of successful writing and blogging.
Last week, WDG’s senior Drupal developer, Grant, traveled down to Texas for DrupalCon Austin 2014. The barrage of parties aside, more than 3,300 Drupal developers, designers, and agencies were there attending various networking and educational sessions to learn more about new innovations in the Drupal community. Grant gave us the lowdown of some of his favorite keynotes and sessions during DrupalCon.
Git 2.0 was just released!
Git, for those of you that don’t know, is a free and open source version control system. It’s something we use here at WDG for every project and on a daily (if not hourly) basis.
Significant changes were made including bug fixes, updates, and most importantly backward compatibility changes.
These days, websites are complex and massive undertakings. Even the most seasoned web developers need to have a big toolbox of applications to get the job done right. While there’s no definitive list, we’ve gathered some of our team’s favorite tools for the many tasks developers are faced with when it comes to building websites and applications.
As a UX Designer– officially an Information Architect– here at The Web Development Group, I focus on the Information Architecture and content strategy with our clients. Oftentimes, our clients come to us unaware of exactly what Information Architecture is and how it relates to a successful experience for their website users.
The Web Development Group (WDG) has been ranked one of the best Drupal Web Design companies by 10 Best Design. Located just outside of Washington, DC in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, WDG is the only Mid-Atlantic firm to have received the Drupal Web Design Company awarded by 10 Best Design.
The scenario: It’s time to dive in and begin work with your recently contracted web designers. You’re excited to get your new website launched and want to have a great experience in the process. What should you be doing to ensure a successful project with your web designers?
Communication is the key.
WDG Builds Website For GWU School of Public Health Leading to Highest Donation in Private University History
The recently re-branded and newly launched School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University has been renamed the Milken Institute School of Public Health in recognition of record-breaking contributions from several sources, including the Milken Family Foundation.
Long recognized as an industry leader in the public health field, the former GWU School of Public Health launched its new website this past summer aiming to better its digital experience for students and alumni, alike.
This past Friday, I was invited to speak to students about S.T.E.M. and how it related to my field as a web developer.
The S.T.E.M. program is a blended approach to problem solving, including but not limited to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. S.T.E.M based initiatives have been gaining notoriety to pique interest in and provide an introduction to these disciplines earlier in the academic journey.
Utilizing websites and blogs is a smart and easy way to engage your business’ targeted audiences. As content becomes more key in digital engagement, the value of creating awesome, relevant content often draws in much of a marketer’s focus, leaving little attention to other website-related decisions. Important decisions, such as choosing the right web host, end up on the back burner.
Mere hours after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about more Facebook apps coming in 2014, the company announced this morning the imminent launch of their new iPhone app, Paper.
First things, first. As a recent dumper of the iPhone (Android all the way!), I am saddened that I won’t be able to test out the first app to come out of Facebook Creative Labs.
Update: github changed the gist url structure, so we’ve updated the url for the gist to go to the right place. Sorry for the confusion.
We love Zendesk as a ticketing service for our support clients, but when we found out you cannot export Zendesk tickets without purchasing a larger plan, we were disappointed.
In today’s world, having a strong brand presence is key to succeeding in a competitive, growing online market. You have to find a great web design company to help you successfully deliver your message. You may think that getting to that point of needing an agency is difficult, but finding the right agency is, by far, more of a challenge.
There was a great discussion between Matt Thomas and the WordPress Core crowd in November having to do with the use of Google Webfonts vs bundling font files in the new admin section for the use of Open Sans. The theory went that there were some huge advantages to using Google Webfonts, especially when it comes to ensuring compatibility in all circumstances.