Photoshop Precision: Avoid blurring your image

This is the second article in the Photoshop Precision series. Photoshop sometimes appears to blur objects, lines or images.  This could be due to rounding, or losing data after transforming a layer.  Read on for best practice in resizing images and creating vector shapes, and come to grips with the way Photoshop displays your document.

Photoshop Precision: Aligning guides to the Pixel Grid

Precision is totally possible with Photoshop: here are some ways to set up your document to ensure that it is as crisp as your intention! When designing websites, I find it useful to set the Ruler Origin to the top left of the main content column, so that the dimensions shown on the ruler relate… Read more »

Social Media shoots Bangs out of obscurity

Last year I helped Bangs, an up-and-coming rap artist, set up his own WordPress site while working with him at the Artful Dodgers Studios, Gateway. Bangs, through his Facebook promotion, the ineffable wonders of global buzz, and 1.1 million views on youtube, is in the right place at the right time, and surfing a wave… Read more »

The Social Media Revolution

Just the pace of this brilliant video is overwhelming: it does a great job of conveying the staggering pace of social media adoption worldwide. Another clip really worth checking out is Kevin Kelly speaking at; he points out that the web is only 5000 days old!  His predictions for the next 5000 days are… Read more »

Increase your conversion rate by qualifying your customers

It is common for businesses to field a host of questions from our prospects who might be: evaluating whether we are the best person for the job looking for an inappropriate solution to their problem doing background research with no intention to purchase These enquiries are not genuine propects: enquiries such as these which do… Read more »

Hosting your website

There are a multitude of very similar sounding plans available online, so once you’ve found a few hosts which meet your basic requirements, the choice comes down to reliability and expense.  Here as elsewhere it is very true that ‘you get what you pay for’.  That is to say that if you are creating a… Read more »

Overview of building a website

What do I need to get my own website? Essentially, you’ll need: A domain name – this is the equivalent of your business name online.  It is the link that users type in to their browser to visit your site, also called a URL (Universal Resource Locator) A web host – To make your website… Read more »

Microfinance – another way of spreading the love

Kiva is a non-profit organisation which facilitate micro loans to entrepreneurs all over the world. It inspires me each time I revisit the site and its reports. I was moved again today to support an internet cafe in Peru.. my US$25 contribution contributes the mere $625 Mr Yuri requires to get his business off the… Read more »

Custom Admin Branding: code update

I love the WordPress plugin Custom Admin Branding by Josh Byers..  who doesn’t love seeing their shiny, official name at the top of their admin panel? I noticed, though, that when when I updated the plugin to 1.3.5, my custom files were overwritten.. Doh!  It defeats the purpose of auto-update if we have to resurrect… Read more »

PHPlist link promotion method takes the cake

..err, excuse the pun :)  I’ve been using the great PHPList Form Integration by Jesse Heap, and have come across his really simple way of reaping some SEO benefit from all the work he puts into the free plugin.