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ComiCon & Unnatural Talent

Last month I went to the Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle. The event was absolutely amazing, with entire cities built in Legos, a full sized Tardis, art galleries, booths filled with beautiful comic art and other wares, and of course lots and lots of fans in superhero, Star Wars, and anime costumes. I also saw about a dozen incarnations of Dr. Who, the David Tennant version. The highlight of my...

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...

Lazy Loading Images

Imagine this scenario: You’re looking to shop online for a brand new whatchamacallit. You Google it up, get a list of links, and select one of the first that appears relevant. Then you wait as the page chokes and crawls along in a frozen state while the images are being loaded. Within five seconds you jump back to Google and select a different link. It works great. The page loads almost...

Flat Design

Do you remember when Microsoft first released their style guides for their mobile and Windows 8 platforms? Personally, I recall reading much internet outrage about the “flat blandness” of the design, and innumerable disparaging remarks regarding the color choices. My how have we come a long way in such a short time. Apple products have tended to rake in the accolades for design aesthetics and can...

Advanced Custom Fields Archiving Solution

For those of us who work with WordPress, the ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) plug-in is a versatile tool that provides ease of use when it comes to managing custom data. In a nutshell: create custom field types, add and define fields, and provide your clients with intuitive admin interfaces so they can manage their data quicker and easier. Sounds simple enough. While the plug-in simplifies much of...

Web Design & Development Inspiration

What was it that brought you to web design and development? For many of us it was the energy and excitement of creating the most optimal, visually stunning solutions to a visitor interface and subsequently bringing that to life with code. For some, it was solely visual creation – stunning graphical elements and mock-ups, code be damned. Either way, as web designers and developers we spend many...

Regenerate Thumbnails in NextGen Gallery

To generate high-quality thumbnails: Go to Gallery -> Manage Gallery Click on the gallery that the thumbnail is in. For example, if the thumb is on the Idea Gallery page, in the Details carousel, select ‘Idea Gallery – Details’ Check all the thumbnails that are low resolution (fuzzy) and from the ‘Bulk actions’ dropdown, select ‘Create  new thumbnails’...

Web Design Process

Last night, I presented to the Boise Graphic Design Group on the web design process last night.  This was actually our first full meetup – all 40 spots were taken. That’s a great first but I’m always a bit nervous when I speak in front of groups. As always though, I came out of the presentation more knowledgeable than going in. That’s what I love about this group –...

How to associate PDFs with Adobe Acrobat in Dreamweaver

It’s sometimes useful to view PDFs you have on a website and it’d be so much easier to be able to simply double-click on them within Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver will give you this message when you try to open it: Can’t find a valid editor for this file extension. Here’s how you take care of that: Go into the Dreamweaver Preferences (From the top nav, Edit->Preferences)...

Starting a Web Design Business: Part 2

Wow, here it is week 4 after starting my business and I finally have a bit of time to sit down and write! And that’s after a 60+ hour week…so that’s something to be ready for too: long hours at first! Setting Up Your Business – All That Paperwork I have my business set up as an LLC, filing taxes as an S-corp. I went this route because it’s pretty easy to set up, has...

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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