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March 7, 2014  by Justin
Last summer, Newfangled was hired to develop a new website platform for Merge Records, an established indie music label headquartered in Durham, NC. Read about some of the challenges that arose during the design process and how we tackled them.   more

January 23, 2014  by Justin
Last summer I gave myself a personal challenge: become a better designer. I didn't sign up for any design courses or read books on typography or color theory. I didn't attend any design conferences or subscribe to a trade magazine. Instead, I applied an old elementary-school lesson for when you approach a set of train tracks: Stop. Look. Listen.   more

December 20, 2013  by Justin
A quick review of my browser bookmarks reveals a crowded menagerie that rivals anything you'll see on the show Hoarders. I can't help it. Any time I come across a new tool or resource that I think will (however remotely) help me be more efficient or creative, I add it to my ever-growing stash. In the spirit of the season, I am sharing some of my favorites that I've discovered this past year.   more

October 14, 2013  by Justin
I volunteer for a non-profit organization that is attempting to turn a philosophy of work and learning into a catch phrase: "Do it. Try it. Fix it." This is the mantra heard frequently in conversations among leadership and staff, specifically when organizing and executing a new initiative. And it's starting to bother me.   more

September 16, 2013  by Justin
I arrived home yesterday from our company's annual fall retreat. Every year, the two offices (Providence and Carrboro) meet near Asheville, NC at a beautiful mountain retreat center to relax, eat, drink and get to know each other a little better. Oh, and we talk a little business, too.   more

August 23, 2013  by Justin
I recently finished "Who's Your Gladys? How to Turn Even the Most Difficult Customer into Your Biggest Fan" by Marilyn Suttle and Lori Jo Vest. At the heart of the book is empathy; the ability to put yourself in the shoes of a client who has contacted you to complain, and treat them not as a "problem" but as a person. Here's my full review…   more

July 31, 2013  by Justin
Last April I discovered a great productivity tool that helps me style web fonts on the fly using CSS and a browser. If you haven't tried Typecast yet, read my review and then try it for yourself.   more

June 7, 2013  by Justin
You've just launched your new website. Now you're faced with the task of continually generating new content to keep your readers informed and engaged. You're on top of the written content, no problem. But visual content is a challenge. Where are you going to come up with an image to accompany the 2,500 word newsletter you just put the finishing touches on? Or that series of blog posts you have scheduled for next month?   more

April 19, 2013  by Justin
Last month I wrote about "the fold" and how it has been misinterpreted and incorrectly applied when it comes to prioritizing a web page's content. Drawing an imaginary line across the page and placing a majority of your content above it really misses the goal, which is to expose users to important content and site features in a timely and clear fashion. In this post, I'll show you some example sites that get it right and others that need some help.   more

March 29, 2013  by Justin
"The Fold" is the unobtanium of web development and, with an increasing number of people accessing sites with mobile devices, becoming less relevant. Instead of succumbing to the siren call of "all our content needs to be above the fold!" you should be focusing on creating compelling content and arranging it in such a way that draws visitors deeper into your site.   more

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