Don’t Ignore The Big Red Flags

The economy sucks — or so the media tells me. From what I can tell, everybody is still spending exorbitant amounts of money on overpriced t-shirts, electronics, and whatever else they can get their hands on. A few weeks ago, we had the biggest shopping day of the year, and all indications are that it was quite successful. If the economy is so bad, why aren’t we seeing a slowdown in potential web design and development projects? In fact, we’re getting more than we ever have, and the average Read More >>

Flavor of the Season

Please enjoy a unique OnWired twist on an old holiday favorite.   Twas the night before the site launch when all through the web Not a line of code was stirring, not even a <head> The tabs were all hung by the nav bar with care In hopes that OnWired soon would be there. The developers were nestled all snug in their caves, While visions of breadcrumbs danced in their brains. And Tony in his kerchief, and Jon in his cap,
 Had just closed their MacBooks for a short Read More >>

Installing YUM on Media Temple (dv)

OnWired was recently presented with the opportunity to work on a site where there would be some lightweight, but not that simple, image manipulation. After doing a bit of research I concluded that ImageMagick was the closest thing to what we would need. Having no experience with ImageMagick myself, I decided I’d have to give it a spin to give it a final verdict; as is the case with a lot of things in development. Considering we just switched our hosting over to a Media Temple (dv) server, I decided Read More >>

The Calling Card Cocktail: Our New Business Cards

I started working at OnWired on July 24th, a few weeks after I’d moved to the Triangle from Siberia, USA (you may know it as Ohio). I spent my first week working on a project for an existing client, getting warmed up to the way things operated around here, but it didn’t take long for in-house branding talk to kick in. Sometime at the end of the summer — once everybody new to the team got settled in to the digs — discussions started on self-marketing. We knew we had to find ways to promote Read More >>

Defining Content is Key to Successful Projects

I’m in the midst of wrapping up an ExpressionEngine project for one of our clients. During the process it dawned on me: The biggest mistake one can make as a designer or developer is not defining the ‘Content.’ I’ve been fortunate with this project because I had a very simple task: Take an existing site we created, roll the content into a Content Management System and create new templates. The design was created by another design studio who has written the book (or multiple books) Read More >>

Confessions of a Serial Intern Part 4

This is the fourth of a four part series. Catch up with the first one here, second here, and third here. August 22, 2008: I have spent the last 3 weeks wondering what in the world Brett and Patrick, the two developers, do. I even wonder sometimes if they are speaking English. Clearly, I am not a programmer, and it is hard for me to grasp what they do for OnWired. This week I finally had a revelation. On Monday, two clients came in for a training session on ExpressionEngine. Little did Read More >>

We Haz the Chimp

I can not tell a lie Truth be told, I was quite bold, And took the chimp for a ride. It was hard to find a seat belt that fit, In our Avis van…that piece of shit. Things began to look bleak When @kenseals threw out his tweet, Accusing OnWired of this dastardly feat. Oh the fun with Freddie we have had, Adhering to all the demands. Thirteen peanuts and chocolate plantains Just part of the pressing, we had to sustain. Let’s not forget about the flying poo, This chimp’s Read More >>

Confessions of a Serial Intern Part 3

This is the third of a four part series. Catch up with the first one here and second here. August 15, 2008: To start off the new week, I finished up the competitive analysis for Tony. After reading the websites of competitors and looking them up on blogs, I learned what made each company stand out. This helped me gather ideas of what OnWired could do to further market themselves. (Wink, Wink—that would be my next task.) After I sent the analysis to Tony, which turned out to be an 8 page Read More >>

Small Business & Collecting Payments in a Bad Economy

Let’s face it, our economy has become incredibly unstable (thanks to good old Uncle Sam and a few choice banks amongst other things). It seems as though smaller businesses sometimes are delayed in being paid come bill collection time because larger corporations know we don’t have much leverage over them. There are a lot of us who share the same issues, so I’ve come up with a few (hopefully) helpful tricks and tips to prevent some anxieties that probably accompany most small business owners. Make Read More >>

Webmaster Jam Session 2008: We Be Jammin’

After a lovely drive, a short train ride, and a lot of walking, the OnWired crew is coming to you live from the Webmaster Jam Session 2008 in Atlanta. We’ll be posting throughout the day and keeping you updated on the happenings, the quotable quotes, and the tidbits of wisdom we pick up while we’re here. Friday 10AM — Managing Your Personal Brand Brian Oberkirch, marketing consultant and founder of Small Good Thing, led this session. “Do epic shit.” Yes, that’s right — that’s Read More >>