Web Design, Programming, and Business

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Google’s Material Design Iconic Font

Google recently updated their Material Design specification with the added bonus of the new Material Design Iconic Font. These are free to use under the Creative Common Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0). This means you can do just about anything you’d like with these icons (Google would enjoy having attribution it isn’t necessary). The icons are available to you in a number of...

The Value of a Soft Launch

To soft launch or hard launch, that is the question! To which you may say, “Hold on a second there buster! That is not the question. The question, the FIRST question, is what is a soft , or for that matter, a hard  launch?” Yes, but of course! In the most general sense: A soft launch is often used by a company when it seeks to release its product or service without a lot of fan fare...

Bacon, Glorious Bacon: Perfect for Mockups!

Who doesn’t love bacon? Ok, lots of people but I certainly love it. I’ve been using the bacon filler text for years thanks to Bacon Ipsum. The old standby for wireframes and design mockups is to use “Lorem Ipsum” but I find that Bacon Ipsum is much tastier. You can copy their filler text into your designs but they now have a few additional options that you may not know...

iStock Pricing Change and Stock Image Alternatives

If you hadn’t already noticed, iStock recently updated its pricing structure for all their stock media: photos, illustrations, movies, and audio. A pricing change? As you know, iStock uses credits to purchase stock photography and other stock media. Up until recently  you could purchase credits for about $1.75 each (less if you purchased in bulk). Depending on the size you needed, photos...

The Top Three Methods for Consuming RSS Feeds

It has been well over a year since Google Reader said goodbye. While many of us have moved on to brighter RSS Feed Reader pastures some of us may just be getting around to searching out a great new RSS Feed Reader. What makes a great RSS Feed reader? Simplicity of use, ease of subscription transfer, mobile and web readiness are a few items that come to mind. We recently spent some time...

Image Sliders: The Pro & Cons.

Sliders, otherwise known as a carousel, or image slider, are ubiquitous throughout the web. If you’ve spent any time designing or developing websites than you’ve more than likely implemented a website slider or two. The debate over the use of sliders in websites has been raging for some time. Spend a few minutes Googling and you will easily find innumerable arguments for and against...

Theme Performance and Optimization

It’s easy to forget about the “small” details when we’re neck deep in code, styling, and image creation (You know, all the meaty, fun-to-do aspects of your WordPress projects). It’s the “small” details that can really add up to make a major impact on your WordPress site. What is this small stuff? Theme Performance Optimization! Theme performance optimization sounds more...

Add Relevance and Polish to Your Search Results

As site owners and administrators, we understand the importance of creating quality content that has been SEO optimized. We have important information to share and we want that information to make it to the top of search results! Here’s the situation: you’ve spent some quality time researching your keywords and you’ve polished your content to maximize search results. Great! So...

WordPress Visual/Text Editor Formatting

If you work with WordPress you probably have a good idea what I’m going to write about today just from the title: formatting issues when switching between the visual and text editor. For those whom may not be familiar let me give you a quick scenario to describe what I’m writing about: You’re a developer/designer working in WordPress. Beyond chiseling out the shape of your...

The Search for Free High Quality Stock Images

Stock images: We all know the standard big dogs when it comes to purchasing stock photos for our websites and other creative content. But what about when we’re simply mocking up a document, image asset, or working on a staging site? We always want our work to look its best and we are often in a position where the client has yet to provide image assets, or to even provide a direction...

Web Design, Programming, and Business

Meet Aaron Day

Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community.

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