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The Best Online Presentation and Collaboration Tools

By on May 24, 2012 in Web Applications

Here at Loud Dog, we’re constantly trying to refine our client experience, which includes presenting our work as digital files.¬†There’s a lot left to be desired when you initially see a screenshot of your new, soon-to-be website in your email inbox. That experience lacks a grand unveiling and friendly human element. When we deliver designs,…

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Learning Mobile Web Design at An Event Apart

By on Dec 21, 2011 in Mobile, Web Applications, Web Design

Loud Dog was at An Event Apart last week! If you saw some of my tweets, I was going to 11. An Event Apart features some of the greatest minds in modern web design. I attended the all-day workshop portion of the event, and the presenter, Luke Wroblewski, flooded my noggin with mobile web design gold. Mobile design is still young and growing fast. I want to share with you some of the concepts so that you may incorporate into your design practice and stay fresh.

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4 Tools to Help with Color Palette Development

By on May 4, 2011 in Web Applications, Web Design

I love colors. I love how colors can command your attention while subtly change your feelings and attitude, just be looking and be around them! It’s pretty amazing how we react to so such a quiet piece of the design puzzle. As much as I love colors, I absolutely despise developing color palettes. Colors can…

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Abolish the Designer-User Disconnect with Click Tests

By on Feb 2, 2011 in Web Applications, Web Design, Web Engineering

There are many teams out there developing products from inside a box. These teams emerge from this box with a new product and say, “TADA!!…” And when they find out the people don’t like it, they go back into the box and try to make tweaks; rinse, repeat. It’s hard to find out what users…

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Release early and often and achieve success

By on Mar 12, 2009 in Web Applications, Web Design, Web Engineering

Popular wisdom claims that if you’re building a web app, you should “release early and release often.” This is good advice, and what I’ve told clients before, but it’s not risk free, as some have discovered. Read on to see what I’m talking about.

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Click to Add Event to Your Calendar

By on Feb 5, 2009 in Tutorials, Web Applications

Find out how to make vCalendar files for your events. Post them on your website allowing users to add the events directly to their Outlook calendar.

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Good Design Requires Guts

By on Feb 28, 2006 in Brand and Identity Design, Web Applications, Web Design

When it comes to design, less really does equal more. If you have a great product, you don’t need to plaster it with bells and whistles. Here’s a great parody of the typical design process that aptly demonstrates this. Titled “Microsoft designs the iPod package,” the video compares Apple’s brilliant (and ultra-simple) packaging with a…

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The Happy User Peak

By on Jul 19, 2005 in Web Applications, Web Design

Kathy Sierra writes about “The Happy User Peak” on her blog. Not only do I love diagrams like that, but I love that diagram! It nails it: we are so obsessed with new features that few things are easy to use.

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Four Reasons to Design a Custom Web App

By on Jun 13, 2005 in Mobile, Web Applications

SaaS solutions aren’t always faster, better, or cheaper than a custom solution. Here are four reasons why a custom-designed web app can be better than something off-the-shelf.

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Attack of the Spambots!

By on in Web Applications, Web Design, Web Engineering

E-mail is definitely one of Loud Dog’s critical business tools. It touches everything – from project management to developing new business. In fact, our first contact with new clients is frequently through e-mail.

Unfortunately, if your company displays an e-mail addresse on its website, it will be found by a spambot – an automated program that scours the web for e-mail addresses. This article explores how we can defeat the spambots!

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