Contrary to the old cliché, people really do “judge a book by its cover.” The difference now, as opposed to ten years ago, is that potential readers are now making that judgment in a matter of seconds. The brick and mortar bookstore, for all of its charm, is becoming less and less pivotal to making book sales. […]
In this episode, we’ll dive into SVGs (aka Scalable Vector Graphics) and why you should begin using them as often as possible on your website to save significantly on loading times while delivering the best quality possible. The topics we’ll cover in this episode: Why Facebook is Blue An Object Lesson from the Recent iPhone […]
Via Smashing Magazine: As we refine our methods of responsive web design, we’ve increasingly focused on measure (another word for “line length”) and its relationship to how people read. The popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While […]
SVGs are beginning to take over the web for the simple reason that they’re lightweight and can scale to an unlimited size. In light of this, I’ve decided to put together a little free collection of SVG blog covers that you can use on your own website. Here’s an overview of the collection (scroll to the […]
In today’s episode, we’ll cover a number of relevant news items ranging from the astounding amount of data Facebook is storing on users, to whether or not the print book is dead. Plus, we’ll go into a recent rebrand that was done for The Right Scoop and some of the lessons you can apply to […]
As the web continues its ever-changing nature, technologies are rapidly evolving—whether it’s the rise of SVG’s to help reduce image file sizes or a plethora of other such tools to make everything more lightweight and bearable for the mobile web. The latest installment is in the realm of web typography and is being called “variable fonts.” Via […]
In today’s episode of The Rightly Designed Show, we take on a listener question regarding the use of website builders and if we should use them as opposed to a WordPress setup. On this topic, we’ll dive into a number of different website builder options out there as well as long-term development and branding factors […]
How well do you know your fonts? Put your knowledge to the test with this fun (albeit expensive) “adventure” through a number of popular fonts. Especially if you work with different fonts regularly, this is a fun little diversion to see how well you recognize them in use.
Via The Atlantic: MasterCard unveiled its new logo earlier this summer, and as far as rebrandings go, the tweaks were subtle: The company kept its overlapping red and yellow balls intact, and moved its name, which was previously front and center, to beneath the balls, while making the text lowercase. With increasing frequency, MasterCard said, […]
A little while back, the Rightly Designed website underwent a little bit of a redesign. In today’s episode, we’ll take a little time to talk about what went into this redesign, the brainstorming process, as well as the “welcome” page that was added. On the topic, we’ll explore the concept of a “welcome” page and […]
Hand lettering is an art form unto itself and has been growing in popularity in recent years. An article over at Smashing Magazine highlights a number of prominent hand lettering artists and some of the amazing work they’ve been creating. Definitely worth checking out.
If you’re one of the millions of Evernote users around the globe, you’ve likely enjoyed the app for the same reason most people do: you can save practically everything. Up until now, all that data has been stored within Evernote’s own proprietary data methods. But apparently, that’s about to change. Evernote recently made waves after raising […]
In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever before to become an entity in the online realm. A website just takes a couple of clicks and a free account over at WordPress.org. A logo runs you a hundred bucks or so at your favorite logo design contest website. You can even have a book cover […]
Yes, you read that right. As of Tuesday, the widely-used ad blocker, Adblock Plus is now selling ads to be distributed through their own network of Adblock Plus users. The idea is that instead of the big, ugly, flashing banners it commonly blocks out—users will have them replaced with “prettier,” less intrusive ads. In essence, […]
Pricing can be one of the most difficult things to nail down when if comes to offering your own products or services. Once you do finally come to grips with what to charge, there’s always the potential you’ll need to change those prices in the future. There’s a number of different factors that can come […]
This article does a pretty good job of accurately depicting the common “form over function” approach that’s common among many designers in today’s day and age. While the article is very much “tongue-in-cheek,” it accurately highlights the dangers of creating something that merely “looks pretty” or follows trends for a trend’s sake.
Via Buffer: Why is Facebook blue? According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. This means that blue is the color Mark can see the best.
Decrying the latest tech company foibles isn’t a practice I typically undertake, however, when Apple debuted their latest iPhone, it became an object lesson I couldn’t ignore. By now, you’ve likely heard about the scandal surrounding the iPhone 7’s headphone jack. If not, it’s simply this: they’re removing it. “Ah, but surely they’re replacing it […]
Via Icons 8: It’s the 21st century and people are still stealing sheep from each other. A hundred years ago you could take your father’s gun and demand your livestock back. What have we got now? The DMCA.
In this episode, we’ll dive into two popular and easy-to-implement ways to start selling products on your WordPress-based website. Whether you’re looking to sell a couple of Ebooks, an online course, or even physical products, we’ll dive into some free and paid options that can help you get up and running. The topics we’ll cover […]