Takeaways from AIGA Austin Panel on Finding Work

By Ashton | February 24, 2011

I recently attended the AIGA Austin Chapter discussion panel titled Finding Work. There were some nice tips that I’ll share here. The speakers were all very helpful and engaging with the audience.

Quick and Free Methods of User Research

By Ashton | December 1, 2010

I just saw a good presentation by Annette Priest today on conducting user research with little or no budget. It was titled You Don’t Know Me At All! User Research for the Cheap and Lazy. Here are a few good takeaways.

Favorite Books in Web Design and Development

By Ashton | August 27, 2010

Here are my top picks of books that have influenced my web design career and that I would highly recommend to anyone in the field.

Favorite Web Apps For My Web Design Business

By Ashton | August 25, 2010

Here’s my list of web tools, apps and services I use and recommend.

Homepage Elements of SaaS Websites

By Ashton | July 21, 2010

I was hired to design a homepage of a SaaS (software as a service) website, so I examined 10 of the more popular sites that came to mind. In this research exercise I screen grabbed 10 websites, uploaded them to my Flickr account, drew a note box around each element and defined it.

Tools and Services for Gaining Inbound Links

By Ashton | December 11, 2009

While doing some research on methods to obtain inbound links, here are some key takeaways from my notes.

How to Make a Curser Pointer in Photoshop in under 30 Seconds

By Ashton | October 14, 2009

It will look like this

WordPress Themes for Real Estate Agents

By Ashton | September 24, 2009

I’ve been building websites since the dot come bubble. I’ve also been designing websites for the real estate industry fore a few years now. After seeing success rates of many website tools out there I can say WordPress has been a life saver for me and my clients. Using WordPress for real estate clients is …

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Search Engine Rank Checking Programs

By Ashton | September 20, 2009

Research findings from needing to automatically check the rank of several websites. There are many SEO tools that do several SEO related tasks. I needed a program that would check several site’s ranking on specific keywords automatically. I could not find an app that just checked rankings. I found several programs that had a ranking …

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Book Review: Webdesign for ROI

By Ashton | May 18, 2008

Web Design for ROI is an excellent book for reviewing all those website elements that help convince the user to click on the call to action button. As I read the book I’m creating my own checklist of website elements that should be considered for every website. Below is my list, I reccoment reading the …

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