Working for a web design company has been so different from anything I've ever done before. We're always trying to figure out new and better ways to do everything. My role here at BlueTone Media is to do a little bit of design and a little bit of coding, while handling customer service and writing the occasional third person biography. With design, I create the pages after Stephen comes up with a sharp template that the customer approves. And with the development part, I code the pages after Jimmy takes the approved mockup and builds the template online. So I realized quickly that there was one thing I could try and improve the quality of here for BlueTone Media - the contact form.
I learned to draw in the computer using a wonderful program called Freehand. Sadly when Adobe bought Macromedia they shoved Freehand off the boat with cement shoes, never to be heard from again. Since then I have been forced to learn Illustrator and have for the most part made the transition pretty easily. There are still some things Freehand did WAY better that I hope will be integrated when we see the new CS4 next Tuesday. So today I decided to do an Illustrator tutorial and show you my results.
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family. I decided to try this tutorial:
One of the many hats that I wear here at BTM is an SEO hat; I am constantly on the prowl for good Search Engine Optimization reference materials and keep a good list of “Do’s and Don’ts” handy at all times. Recently we had a client contact us about getting his site ranked higher in search engines. He was already showing up fairly well, but not as high as he would have liked to been. Since I see so many sites out there that aren’t even taking the initial steps towards getting their site ranked, I thought I would give some examples and explain just a few tips for Basic SEO. Often these sites are ones that have been around awhile, but it’s amazing how many in the Wilmington web design market aren’t doing them:
College was my first real experience with the internet. Back then, I was all about using IE (Internet Explorer) in the various computer labs all over UNC-Asheville's campus. Besides the few weirdos using Netscape Navigator, IE was the browser of choice, and really the only one I considered an option. And back in that day, it might have been about the only option.
But not anymore. Today, we have a choice. For me, I chose Firefox - the web developer's ideal internet browser. I've only been with BlueTone Media since January, and it took me a few weeks to familiarize myself with Firefox. I was hesitant at first, IE was so comfortable to me. Why change? Then I was introduced to the add-ons of Firefox. Woah. ... Read More...