Category Archives: design

Five days, five new features: Adding the superfooter on Day 3

Significant changes to Red Pill’s layout today as I added a superfooter to bottom of the blog design. In my opinion, superfooters are an underrated design element.  So many blogs just load up on their sidebars that it ends up taking focus away from the content within a post. On some blogs – tags, recent [...]

Twitter Cha-cha-cha-changes!

Twitter got a little face lift yesterday and its not that bad. I love the look of the larger type for your “following”, “followers”, “updates” count and that your latest tweet is place under the update field. They do use a lot of my design pet peeves… but that’s pretty much the extent of my [...]

Wordle Clouds of Obama and McCain Acceptance Speeches

Wordle is currently my favorite web toy for playing (and procrastinating).  In case you don’t know, Wordle allows you to create word clouds from blocks of text and RSS feeds.  The flexibility you have in selecting colors, fonts, and text sizing allows for a number of creative possibilities.  But the tool also allows for a [...]

Keep it Simple with Eventbrite

I’m a big fan of saving time and energy by using best of breed online services that already exist.  Keep it simple and don’t reinvent the wheel is something any software developer hears repeatedly while they are working on a new project.  When Holly and I work with our clients, we often recommend third party [...]

WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt

Right on the heels of WordCamp is the WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt.  Proceeds from this event – which looks like it will be very fun – will benefit 826 Valencia. To play a little six degrees of WordPress separation… The WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt benefits 826 Valencia 826 Valencia was founded by Dave Eggers Dave [...]

Red Pill or Blue Pill

In my previous post, The Online You, I talked about the challenge of using social media to properly portray yourself to people you may end up doing business with while providing a complete picture of who you are and all that you are about.  So exactly are Holly and I tackling this issue with Shiny [...]

The one person who benefits when Twitter is overloaded

That person would be Yiying Lu – the illustrator of the infamous Fail Whale that shows up when Twitter gets moody.  Like any good entrepreneur would, Yiying has developed a little cottage industry around the Fail Whale with official merchandise, even parties.  With every Twitter failure, a little more exposure is sent Yiying’s way. What’s [...]

Summer 2008 and the web: This pretty much sums it up

Really enjoyed this page created by Matthew Inman.  Matthew does a nice job of summing up what’s been happening in the web industry with fun, to-the-point images.  This one is my favorite…  

Web2.0Expo – Best Biz Card Award goes to drop.io

In going through the stack of business cards I collected at Web2.0Expo, by far my favorite card of the bunch came are the drop.io cards I received from Sam Lessin and Alexa Von Tobel.  Simple.  To the point.  Tons of space to write notes.  The primary purpose of a business card is to provide your [...]