Author Archives: RustBeltAdmin

Soy Beans and Slow Internet

Soy beans and slow internet.

Soy Beans and Slow Internet

Soy beans and slow internet.

Building websites to perform well on old slow networks is a tough sell. I know because I have been barking up that tree for over a year on every site I’ve built. No matter how I’ve tried to make my case, account leads, creatives, and clients seem to see slow networks as something that only […]

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Yeah! What he blogged!

Yeah! What he blogged!

Let’s freaking save blogging—specifically, let’s save it from the platform that’s trying to grow massive off your words and thoughts. It deserves to live, and it does not deserve to be controlled by a company that doesn’t understand that there’s value to your words. I stumbled across this great article today after reading another great […]

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Parking Garage

Your daily reminder that your UX probably sucks a little.

Parking Garage

Your daily reminder that your UX probably sucks a little.

This is a parking garage entrance in downtown Fort Wayne Indiana. I was sitting across the street from it at a coffee shop (Fortezza, if you’re in the area) and watched driver after driver repeat the same exasperated scenario. Each would-be customer would pull in cautiously; pause for about 15 seconds; and then, awkwardly, try […]

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The French Paper Connection

The French Paper Connection

The French Paper Connection

The French Paper Connection

When I started out in this business back in ’98 the coolest shit laying around the creative department where I worked were always the paper sample books, posters, and swag from the French Paper Company designed by CSA Design. With their use of mid-century patterns, vintage iconography, and exotic printing techniques, they looked like nothing […]

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An Event Apart 2018 – Day 1

An Event Apart 2018 – Day 1

Another year has passed and I am back in Chicago attending An Event Apart. I was apprehensive about attending this year because of a lot of things going on personally and professionally for me. But here I am, donut fueled, back in the front row soaking up the knowledge.

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An alternative to getting the f*** out.

An alternative to getting the f*** out.

“A design leader finds where poor design is costing the organization money and pain. […] When the boss comes to ask, the design leader will be ready with answers for them.” — Jared Spool Another excellent read from Jared Spool. How do you make yourself valuable as a designer to your boss? Stop assuming they will […]

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Tim Berners-Lee’s regret and hope for the web.

Tim Berners-Lee’s regret and hope for the web.

“You don’t have to have any coding skills. You just have to have a heart to decide enough is enough. Get out your Magic Marker and your signboard and your broomstick. And go out on the streets.” — Tim Berners-Lee A great interview of Tim Berners-Lee on Vanity Fair. I’ve had an on-again/off-again relationship with […]

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Hey Nishi! My copy sucks.

Hey Nishi! My copy sucks.

I have been noticing more and more how much bad, bland, and otherwise forgettable writing is running rampant on the web. So much emphasis has been on breaking out of the boring layout rut we are in that boilerplate copy crept in there and created a whole new mess.

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Principles of Good Web Design

Principles of Good Web Design

This past week I was asked to write down what makes a good website. In other words, what makes the sites I build better than the ones a non-professional could make on their own with an online service like Wix, SquareSpace, or WordPress.com. I’ve had this list of ideas in my head forever, but until […]

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Debbie Millman Cuts the Crap

Debbie Millman Cuts the Crap

You make the time to do what you want to do. That gets back to the other thing that I say all the time, which is busy is a decision. If you say, “I’m to busy to make self-generated work, or to make work that I feel is different, or attempts to be original in […]

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