WordPress: Order custom post type by custom fields in the admin area

If you’re using custom post types in WordPress, it’s highly likely that these posts will need to be organized in the admin area by a method other than the date they were posted. In our example, we’ll be working with Movies, and the custom post type movie, sadly, the default layout is sorely lacking: The […]

Fixing a blank white space at the bottom of your website

A site I was developing recently had a curious blank white space at the bottom of the page, right below the footer. I took to commenting out nearly the entire site, slowly checking which bit of faulty css was causing this mess – and ultimately, it wasn’t even the CSS that was causing the problem. […]

5 reasons why web design made me a better print designer

Now I started off in print, I went to school for print design, and worked the majority of my career in print. I felt I was a pretty darn good print designer, but now after looking back at where I was two years ago and where I am now – I think I’ve made leaps! […]

Indesign: Using and styling tables for matrices

Often in design projects we’re asked to create matrices, or data tables, to compare entries in an easily readable format. There are quite a few ways to successfully achieve this, but I’d like to share with you the table method, and hopefully convert those of you who custom-build your matrices with complex arrangements of graphic […]

Website Planning Guide – Part 1

After much research and planning, and some very helpful feedback from my peers, I’ve put together a quick package for any business looking to get online. This is Part 1 of a 2 part a primer, of sorts, to get you off on the right foot. There is also a quick questionnaire which would help […]

Website Planning Guide – Part 2

Part 2 of the Website Planning Guide features the short survey I typically send out to my new web clients. It’s a crucial first step in the planning process, and as a designer, the information collected by this survey help me tailor your site to reflect the personality, tone, and mission of the business so […]

Social Media Marketing for Small Town Businesses

Good marketing is important, and most small businesses just plain don’t market themselves online – ignoring a huge un-tapped wilderness of opportunity. But let’s not be like them, because marketing your small business online isn’t as difficult as you might think – it’s no longer a fringe buzzword, it’s become part of the very fabric […]

InDesign: Understanding the Ink Limit

I’m sure every designer has had their heart sink when they see their product marred with smudges, ghosting and other problems caused by heavy inking. Thankfully you can mitigate, if not solve the problem outright – before the files are ever printed

InDesign – Setting Defaults

Ever wish you could make that new text box have a certain style applied to it? Or maybe you’re constantly re-aligning that stroke to the inside, day in, and day out. Well, Indesign comes shipped with a fairly blank set up of defaults, and they remain that way for most people who use it.