Celebrate African American Graphic Designers

We are excited to honor and celebrate African American graphic designers who have inspired social change. These great designers influenced society by challenging opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. For this Black History Month, we would like to lift up graphic designers who you may have never heard of, but who have …

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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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Exploring the Web and Website Design

The internet is like a jungle. It’s a fascinating, living ecosystem that never stops growing and creates new lifeforms everyday through website design. Until this point, my background was mostly print design which is a similar environment but it lives by its own different rules. That’s why I’m looking at many of these web lifeforms …

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Get the Website Security Blanket

At Uptown Studios, we love building websites on WordPress, with all of it’s flexibility and ability to grow and scale to any size – WordPress can handle almost anything you throw at it. Websites powered by WordPress only become insecure if they are allowed to be so, which means it’s critical to make sure you …

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5 More Ways To Make Your Website More Effective

Last week we discussed 5 Ways To Make Your Website More Effective as part one of a two part series. So, without further adieu, I present to you the conclusion to last weeks post, 5 More Ways To Make Your Website More Effective. Enjoy! Focused, Fresh, Informative, Relevant Make your website focused, fresh, informative and …

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Top 5 Web Design Trends of 2014

I know its a tad late, but Happy New Year! Last year was pretty great, amirite? Good times, good times. But 2013 was not without its shortcomings, especially in the world of web design. And the times they are a-changing. So without further ado, here are my Top 5 most anticipated (and some already happening) trends in web design for the year 2014 and beyond.

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‘WWW’ is out. Naked domains are in!

Gradually over the last decade or so, URLs on the World Wide Web have been ditching the ‘www’ prefix for their domain sans ‘www’, otherwise known as a ‘naked’ domain. Opinions for and against this recent trend have been somewhat split. One of the only real reasons to still use the ‘www’ in a URL …

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Dishing the Dirt on Databases

Databases in the web world can be utilized in several different ways, some of which aren’t as obvious as others. Regardless of whether you’re storing newsletter subscribers, managing a photo gallery, or trying to easily manage the content of your website, a database can permit all of this. Need your end users to query files and records that you’ve provided …

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Save some headaches when it comes to your website…

Ask The Experts You CAN create your own website, but if you want to have a great visitor experience, make sure you can be found when someone searches for you, get your forms to work consistently, maintain your brand from a look and feel perspective – hire a professional… We practice reminding ourselves of this …

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