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The War Against Comic Sans

February 3rd, 2015 by

comic-sansI’m in the process of designing a very fun website for a local moving company, 2 Men and a Lady.  When we talked about their ideas for their site, they wanted to have a cartoon-based site.  I was excited to use a lot of bright colors and fun fonts to create the design they wanted, and I’m very happy with the site so far.  It is high contrast and fun, and it has the coolest navigation menu I’ve ever made.  I can’t wait to roll it out.

As I was looking for fonts to use on this site, I wanted to have fun, comic-book style fonts.  I took a good look at Comic Sans, thinking it was the staple for projects like these.  However, there is so much hate for the font on the internet that I couldn’t bring myself to use it.  A Google search for “comic sans hate” yields site after site asking for the font to be banned and for anyone who uses it to suffer horrible consequences.

Why is it so vilified? Continue reading »

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Starting from Scratch

January 31st, 2015 by

how-it-works3When I was a kid, I used to infuriate my mom because I had an intense yearning to understand how things work.  This wouldn’t have been a problem at all (I think my mom really liked my curiosity); however, it usually resulted in me taking apart everything I could get my hands on in my room with a screwdriver.

I distinctly remember taking apart a calculator in my room, looking at the basic circuit board inside, pulling off every piece inside I could, and putting it back together.  The only problem with this was that I had two pieces left over when I was finished and the calculator didn’t work.  At that point, sadly, I didn’t have a very good understanding of how a calculator worked.  I just understood that there was a board inside, and I didn’t know what all the stuff on the board did.

This curiosity has followed me into adulthood.  I don’t often take things apart any more; however, I love to build things from scratch and learn how things are put together and work.  I have done this with computers, and I am now doing it often with websites. Continue reading »

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Web Design Toolkit: Colour Lovers

January 24th, 2015 by

ZapotecI’m not an artist, and I’m especially not one when it comes to colors.  I mostly wear earth tones and purple (I’m not sure what my fascination with purple is), and I tend to think most colors look fine together, but I tend not to care.

Unfortunately, in web design, I have to care a whole lot.  Color schemes and palettes make the difference between a good design and a great design.  I tend to think that color and typography are the two most important elements in a design, and I’m definitely lacking in my eye for color.  In the past, I have overcome this limitation by stealing colors from logos and images that I was using in the site to make sure everything coordinated.  This was generally a good strategy, and it’s one I still use. Continue reading »

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