Using Illustration in Web Design

Illustrations are a great way to create images that are fun, playful and add an element of approachability to a site. Artists and designers can create illustrations that are full of personality and custom-made to match a brand’s tone and make it stand out in the crowd. Illustration styles are so versatile that they can …

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Website User Experience Lessons from the Smashing Magazine Conference

Last week we got a chance to go to two workshops hosted by Smashing Magazine. I went to a workshop hosted by Dan Mall, a superfriendly creative director and advisor from Philadelphia, who talked about responsive design workflow and Mark was lucky enough to meet Vitaly Friedman, the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine and chat about front-end patterns over …

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5 Search Engine Optimization Tips

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be a hard subject for businesses and organizations to grasp, but there are some definite dos and don’ts that can be applied in your everyday work on your website.

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Leading by Example

When I was younger in my career, I thought that leading meant telling people what to do and making decisions. Over time, I have come to understand that leading is more about “doing” than “telling.”

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It Takes a Team to Create a Website

I’m a planner. On everything I do, I map out every step and explore every possibility before I get started. Now, as a project manager, this can come in handy and helps me guide the team and clients on jobs and ensure we meet deliverables. However, as part of the creative world, it is important …

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Scope Creep: Embrace it!

I must confess, I initially started this blog with the intention of addressing the big bad beast that is scope creep. You know, something like “5 tips on how to avoid scope creep with your website project”… But as I really thought about scope creep – that big project management-y term that I first learned years back when being formally trained in project management and thought about just how often we deal with it… I had a bit of an “A-ha” moment.

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Three Things to Improve Creativity and Imagination at Work

Imagination is the best, most powerful tool in our toolbox here at Uptown Studios. It’s important to be sure that “imagination” is not to be confused with “innovation,” which is quickly becoming simply a buzzword that most people are using. Without imagination, developing great brand new ideas becomes impossible, so let’s talk about how we imagine: At …

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5 Tips for Inspired Blogging

Writing can be tough, but with the right energy and preparation, you should never be caught without some inspiration to put some content out that will engage readers!

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Do I REALLY Have to Blog?

You have heard that a blog is an important aspect of your business’ or organization’s website – but why blog? Uptown Studios’ Tina Reynolds shares 5 top reasons your business should be blogging.

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