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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Confessions of a Serial Intern Part 2

This is the second of a four part series. If you missed the first one,here ya go. August 8, 2008: The majority of this week was spent playing, on Photoshop of course. In the interview, Tony told me that I could spend some time during my internship just learning, and I happened to have never used Photoshop. (This is a big deal to a Web designer.)Sean started me off by giving me links to good beginner’s tutorials. I taught myself as much as I could and played around with it, only wishing to Read More >>

Confessions of a Serial Intern Part 1

This is the first of a four part series. Catch up with the second one here, third here, and fourth here. August 1, 2008: I walked into work with a smile on my first day. OnWired is written in Sharpie on a piece of painter’s tape on the door. It is clear that this growing start-up company is still adjusting to their new office. Nonetheless, it is a great office, clearly decorated by designers, and I am happy to join the team. Jon, the creative director who interviewed me with Tony, gave Read More >>

The Importance of a Cover Letter

So in our quest to find “The Best Web Designer in Town” we’ve come across many a cover letter, some awesome, others…not so awesome. Below are some snippets of my favorites. If you’re one of them, don’t worry, the names are hidden to protect the innocent and the guilty. Now my purpose for this post is to enlighten possible employee prospects, for us or elsewhere, as to what a great cover letter consists of (in my mind). We did mention that we wanted folks to send us the “world’s Read More >>

Dealing With Design Theft

It happens. Today, when pretty much everything is digital and even your six-year-old cousin has easy access to the necessary tools, intellectual property infringement is a fairly common occurrence. We’ve all heard countless tales of RIAA lawsuits, stolen logos, and family photos being used on national television and in advertising campaigns without permission. Since we launched our site redesign in late November, we’ve gotten a ginormous amount of traffic. People seemed to like our site Read More >>