Tweet Worthy Links for the Week

As I find myself sharing sites, images, articles, etc., that I enjoy via Twitter, I figured I should probably create a weekly placeholder of those interesting places, here on our own website. Please enjoy these links and I do hope they prove to be useful to you. Let’s start this post off with a view of some absolutely incredible sidewalk chalk drawings by the aptly named “sidewalk chalk guy” Courtesy of Flickr. What the Font Have you come across a font on a website that you just Read More >>

Tooting Our So Called Horn

OnWired has been making its rounds in the blog circuit lately and I felt that is something we should be bragging about, so here I go. Lulu Blog If you’re not familiar with Lulu, they are basically an online publishing company with great service and rates to match. I’m sure that doesn’t tell you much so I’ll let Lulu tell you in their own words: Lulu is changing the world of publishing by empowering authors to publish their work themselves for free with complete editorial and copyright Read More >>

Goodbye, OnWired

It’s a sad day for me. As I write this, I have most of my office packed up and am about to exit OnWired for the last time as part of the team. I have new monsters to slay. It wasn’t long ago that I moved to Raleigh from up north. I’d only been in the area a few weeks before I had OnWired and another local agency in my radar. After meeting with the team here, I knew where I belonged. Everybody was cool, trendy and young. I saw working alongside like-minded people fresh out of design school Read More >>

Every designer should C.U.S.

I’m not talking about the O’Reilly f-bomb or anything like that; believe it or not I’m talking about information architecture and design. Learn how to C.U.S. properly by following these three steps: Cut to the core, Unify the pieces, & Stick to the plan. Cut to the Core. Stripping your site to the bones may not sound appealing, but it’s always necessary. Easier said than done, right? The key here is to analyze and thin your content in order to reduce redundant clutter and pave a clean Read More >>

Why the disparity between our own site and the work in our portfolio?

There is a certain comment that I hear from time to time. It’s one that I don’t really like to hear. It’s one that I don’t really want to respond to, because doing so means I have to say some things that I don’t necessarily want to say. Keep reading and you’ll see where I’m coming from. Here’s the dreadful comment: OnWired’s site looks really great, but it seems like quality drops off a bit when it comes to some of the work in your portfolio. I’ll be the first to admit that Read More >>

How Twitter Represents You

Twitter isn’t being referred to as “next big thing” anymore — for many businesses, entrepreneurs and those out to self-promote, it’s seemingly the only thing. Micro-blogging has exploded onto the social networking scene with Twitter, years behind the status update features of Myspace and Facebook. Unlike the two aforementioned, however, Twitter doesn’t come with fairly dimensional layers and the lengthy learning curve. You put in your e-mail account, grab a few buddies (“followers”), Read More >>

Marketing in an Economic Downturn

There seems to be very little argument that our economy is experiencing a downturn that looks like it will be with us for a while. In the face of economic uncertainty, it can be very tempting to cut back on advertising. Many companies give into this temptation in times like these. Budgets for online advertising, website improvements, and sales staffs are often cut back and marketing improvements are often postponed. There are many reasons why this reaction to an economic downturn may be a critical Read More >>

Working Better at Night

Are you one of those web designers or developers that thrive on working until the roosters are crowing? Don’t fret, you’re not alone. Actually, as I type out this article on my new MacBook, it’s about midnight here; a few of us have decided to pull an all-nighter simply to catch up (or get ahead) on some projects. Why Are We Doing This? I recall the days when I was the only designer here at OnWired, and I clearly remember being much more productive between 10pm and 4am. Oh, the nights of Read More >>

The Best & Worst of 2008

While some of you rejoiced when last year ended, we personally thought 2008 was a dandy. We had Manga avatars, saw Twitter explode with new users, and watched helplessly as thousands of new design blogs and galleries crowded the net. In our opinion, 2008 isn’t dead until we get a few things (or plugs) off our chests… Inspirational Blog of 2008: Winner: 24 Ways With a staff of experienced professionals, 24 Ways brings design and development into a single blog better than anybody. On Read More >>