The $2.4m Podcast by PK https://almostinevitable.com Wordpress Web Design Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:47:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://almostinevitable.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-large-square2-32x32.jpg The $2.4m Podcast by PK https://almostinevitable.com 32 32 From Almost Inevitable Design, one of the best Divi + WordPress resources on the web, comes a podcast on the ins and outs of working in the web development, web design, and graphic design industry. This podcast is mainly in three parts: a discussion on some specific industry-related topics, and then some news, and finally some resources that could help your work. All the links can be accessed from the Almost Inevitable dot com website if you need them. The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes episodic The $2.4m Podcast by PK pkson@me.com pkson@me.com (The $2.4m Podcast by PK) Weekly Web and Graphic Design Musings and Discussions The $2.4m Podcast by PK https://almostinevitable.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/the_2_4m_podcast_by_PK_cover.jpg https://almostinevitable.com 82055194 Ep052 – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath https://almostinevitable.com/ep052-sabbath-bloody-sabbath/ Sat, 22 Aug 2020 12:42:33 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5481 https://almostinevitable.com/ep052-sabbath-bloody-sabbath/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep052-sabbath-bloody-sabbath/feed/ 0 <p>Tune in to hear how designers can become better web designers, and how web developers can become better at what they do. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep052-sabbath-bloody-sabbath/">Ep052 – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Woah. End of.. season one. I guess that’s what this past year has been about. So yeah, tune in to hear my thoughts and advice about how designers can become better web designers, and how web developers can become better at what they do.

The title

Black Sabbath / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfTpjrzas5E

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Tune in to hear how designers can become better web designers, and how web developers can become better at what they do. Tune in to hear how designers can become better web designers, and how web developers can become better at what they do. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 39:32 5481
Ep051 – Narcissistic Cannibal https://almostinevitable.com/ep051-narcissistic-cannibal/ Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:48:09 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5469 https://almostinevitable.com/ep051-narcissistic-cannibal/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep051-narcissistic-cannibal/feed/ 0 <p>Being able to work with others and take criticism is a really important virtue to have.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep051-narcissistic-cannibal/">Ep051 – Narcissistic Cannibal</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Being able to work with others and take criticism is a really important virtue to have. Especially in the creative industry. It sometimes feels like they are attacking you and your vision, and it feels personal, but it usually is not. It’s a job. Keep that in mind, and be less of a stubborn egomaniac, and you’ll be going much further with better clients. I promise.

The Title

Korn / Path of Totality (2011)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUOlc_j4rMA

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Being able to work with others and take criticism is a really important virtue to have. Being able to work with others and take criticism is a really important virtue to have. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 25:27 5469
Ep050 – Feed My Frankenstein https://almostinevitable.com/ep050-feed-my-frankenstein/ Sun, 09 Aug 2020 12:56:29 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5453 https://almostinevitable.com/ep050-feed-my-frankenstein/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep050-feed-my-frankenstein/feed/ 1 <p>The most common way of making a portfolio is to just add all your best work. Which is a good start, but it’s far from being effective in presenting yourself as the professional in what you do.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep050-feed-my-frankenstein/">Ep050 – Feed My Frankenstein</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> What to consider when making a portfolio. A portfolio that actually works haha.

The most common way of making a portfolio is to just add all your best work. Which is a good start, but it’s far from being effective in presenting yourself as the professional in what you do.

So tune in to hear me break down the steps and what you need to think about when putting together your portfolio.

Also. This video is so good. It’s really helpful in understanding what you should work on in your portfolio presentation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFAkgNpAVSo

The Title

Alice Cooper / Hey Stoopid (1991)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO2cHJmDkBg

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The most common way of making a portfolio is to just add all your best work. Which is a good start, but it’s far from being effective in presenting yourself as the professional in what you do. The most common way of making a portfolio is to just add all your best work. Which is a good start, but it’s far from being effective in presenting yourself as the professional in what you do. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 47:43 5453
Ep049 – Painless https://almostinevitable.com/ep049-painless/ Sun, 02 Aug 2020 14:37:46 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5445 https://almostinevitable.com/ep049-painless/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep049-painless/feed/ 0 <p>Clients are the worst person to make decisions on web design, but they are the ones who make the final call. This is a huge contradiction. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep049-painless/">Ep049 – Painless</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Clients are the worst person to make decisions on web design, but they are the ones who make the final call. This is a huge contradiction.

So in this episode, we could just keep complaining about it, or at least try to find a solution to dealing with clients’ unskilled decisions.

Note: The “solution” is a different angle from discussing how to deal with difficult client requests.

The title

Fozzy / Judas (2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KhM2QNdMLg

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Clients are the worst person to make decisions on web design, but they are the ones who make the final call. This is a huge contradiction. Clients are the worst person to make decisions on web design, but they are the ones who make the final call. This is a huge contradiction. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 34:01 5445
Ep048 – Bitter Pill https://almostinevitable.com/ep048-bitter-pill/ Sat, 25 Jul 2020 13:42:11 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5437 https://almostinevitable.com/ep048-bitter-pill/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep048-bitter-pill/feed/ 0 <p>I hope my listeners aren't in the group of stubborn, condescending, disruptive people that I have a problem with. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep048-bitter-pill/">Ep048 – Bitter Pill</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> I hope my listeners aren’t in the group of stubborn, condescending, disruptive people that I have a problem with.

Disclaimer: If I do end up offending you, take the bitter pill, and let’s work on making things better.

The point: Let’s all try to keep learning and get better.

The title

Devildriver / Pray for Villains (2009)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1gCde4E3Q0

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I hope my listeners aren't in the group of stubborn, condescending, disruptive people that I have a problem with. I hope my listeners aren't in the group of stubborn, condescending, disruptive people that I have a problem with. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 35:21 5437
Ep047 – Just One Fix https://almostinevitable.com/ep047-just-one-fix/ Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:40:25 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5424 https://almostinevitable.com/ep047-just-one-fix/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep047-just-one-fix/feed/ 0 <p>It’s hard to write blog posts that could help with your SEO. Here are some ideas and suggestions that you can use to at least have some relevant content on your blog. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep047-just-one-fix/">Ep047 – Just One Fix</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> It’s hard to write blog posts that could help with your SEO. Most people end up writing just ONE post. ha. Here are some ideas and suggestions that you can use to at least have some relevant content on your blog.

the title

Ministry / Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYYGKCanqfA

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It’s hard to write blog posts that could help with your SEO. Here are some ideas and suggestions that you can use to at least have some relevant content on your blog. It’s hard to write blog posts that could help with your SEO. Here are some ideas and suggestions that you can use to at least have some relevant content on your blog. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 42:04 5424
Ep046 – Meet the Monster https://almostinevitable.com/ep046-meet-the-monster/ Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:16:42 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5367 https://almostinevitable.com/ep046-meet-the-monster/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep046-meet-the-monster/feed/ 0 <p>This one's a bit short. It's about how some companies dominate the SEO scene by doing this one thing. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep046-meet-the-monster/">Ep046 – Meet the Monster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This one’s a bit short.

It’s about how some companies dominate the SEO scene by doing this one thing.

 

the title

From the album Way of the Fist (2007)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjc6REZQbYo

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This one's a bit short. It's about how some companies dominate the SEO scene by doing this one thing. This one's a bit short. It's about how some companies dominate the SEO scene by doing this one thing. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 20:36 5367
Ep 045 – Sarcastic Existence https://almostinevitable.com/ep-045-sarcastic-existence/ Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:22:59 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5237 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-045-sarcastic-existence/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-045-sarcastic-existence/feed/ 0 <p>Another episode on SEO. Let's think about blog posts.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-045-sarcastic-existence/">Ep 045 – Sarcastic Existence</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Another episode on SEO. Let’s think about blog posts. … and how much they suck for most websites.

 

The title

from Sepultura’s album Beneath The Remains (1989)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDEbqLOMNYY

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Another episode on SEO. Let's think about blog posts. Another episode on SEO. Let's think about blog posts. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 55:17 5237
Ep044 – Disasterpiece https://almostinevitable.com/ep044-disasterpiece/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:18:35 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5229 https://almostinevitable.com/ep044-disasterpiece/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep044-disasterpiece/feed/ 0 <p>More on SEO. Some SEO work is... sketchy. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep044-disasterpiece/">Ep044 – Disasterpiece</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Let’s start the SEO experience with going over… (a little bit disconnected though) what my experience with some SEO agencies was like.

And their marketing tactics.

Also, I’ll be more streamlined next week haha

The title

Slipknot / Iowa (2001)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPSenKymLwk

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More on SEO. Some SEO work is... sketchy. More on SEO. Some SEO work is... sketchy. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 35:35 5229
Ep043 – Internet War https://almostinevitable.com/ep043-internet-war/ Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:45:40 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5217 https://almostinevitable.com/ep043-internet-war/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep043-internet-war/feed/ 0 <p>Let's start talking about SEO. Here's an important approach to Google you really need to remember. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep043-internet-war/">Ep043 – Internet War</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> So we are now going to talk about SEO. Here’s an important approach to Google you really need to remember.

In this episode, I start breaking down where the most basic approach to SEO should start with.

 

The title

Song by Seo Taiji from his 2000 album Ultramania

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewgkvpDd-jU

Here’s just the music

And here’s the video. haha

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Let's start talking about SEO. Here's an important approach to Google you really need to remember. Let's start talking about SEO. Here's an important approach to Google you really need to remember. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 42:34 5217
Ep042 – Chop Suey! https://almostinevitable.com/ep042-chop-suey/ Wed, 10 Jun 2020 17:15:38 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5205 https://almostinevitable.com/ep042-chop-suey/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep042-chop-suey/feed/ 0 <p>What happens when clients ask you to copy a competitor's website? What do you do?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep042-chop-suey/">Ep042 – Chop Suey!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Have you gotten requests for copying clients’ competitors? I have. A lot. Let’s talk about that.

Why does that happen?

What can we do about it?

a. Transferring success???
b. Easy to understand??
c. Limited perspective???

Tune in!

PS. My mom’s chop suey is great.

The title

by System of a Down from Toxicity (2001)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSvFpBOe8eY

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What happens when clients ask you to copy a competitor's website? What do you do? What happens when clients ask you to copy a competitor's website? What do you do? The $2.4m Podcast by PK 36:04 5205
Ep041 – Killing In The Name https://almostinevitable.com/ep041-killing-in-the-name/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:34:29 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5190 https://almostinevitable.com/ep041-killing-in-the-name/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep041-killing-in-the-name/feed/ 0 <p>This one is a short one about FTP Clients. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep041-killing-in-the-name/">Ep041 – Killing In The Name</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Hi, this is a different type of episode. I had a hard time going through the intro, but yeah.. this episode is about FTPs.

https://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/6-best-ftp-clients-for-wordpress-users/

My favorite FTP : Cyberduck
https://cyberduck.io/

 

Article

This is happening soon.
https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2020/05/evaluating-page-experience.html

https://neilpatel.com/blog/google-page-experience

 

The title

Rage Against the Machine / Rage Against The Machine (1992)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWXazVhlyxQ

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This one is a short one about FTP Clients. This one is a short one about FTP Clients. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 27:43 5190
Ep040 – Real Solution #9 https://almostinevitable.com/ep040-real-solution-9/ Wed, 27 May 2020 15:55:41 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5164 https://almostinevitable.com/ep040-real-solution-9/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep040-real-solution-9/feed/ 0 <p>Let's talk about the CTA buttons, and above the fold. What do you put in above the fold?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep040-real-solution-9/">Ep040 – Real Solution #9</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Let’s talk about the CTA buttons, and above the fold. What do you put in above the fold? That is something so many people in different fields have different opinions about. How to do it, where it goes, how it should look, and all that.

Have a listen, and here are the links I mention below.

https://neilpatel.com/blog/why-the-fold-is-a-myth/

https://www.protocol80.com/blog/2019-cta-statistics

https://www.impactbnd.com/blog/is-staying-above-the-fold-still-relevant-in-website-design

 

Articles

Time to update your portfolio

Is it Time to Redesign Your Portfolio?

Personal Brand Stand Out
https://dribbble.com/stories/2020/05/26/how-to-make-your-personal-brand-stand-out

Instagram Stories
https://designshack.net/articles/inspiration/tips-for-designing-instagram-stories-that-dont-suck/

 

The title

White Zombie / Astro Creep: 2000 (1995)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvlpktjsq0A

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Let's talk about the CTA buttons, and above the fold. What do you put in above the fold? Let's talk about the CTA buttons, and above the fold. What do you put in above the fold? The $2.4m Podcast by PK 51:04 5164
Ep039 – That was just your life https://almostinevitable.com/ep039-that-was-just-your-life/ Wed, 20 May 2020 16:23:12 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5142 https://almostinevitable.com/ep039-that-was-just-your-life/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep039-that-was-just-your-life/feed/ 0 <p>Why is it a bad idea for ecommerce website owners to "just try really hard to succeed?" </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep039-that-was-just-your-life/">Ep039 – That was just your life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Some more Woocommerce stuff. We’re going to focus on why it’s a bad idea for ecommerce website owners to “just try really hard to succeed.”

Tier 3 Delusions
– I will just hire people to do it for me on commission or hourly
– I will disrupt the market
– Thinking it will scale instantly
– If I try hard, it’ll work.

 

News & Resources

Everything is cute?
https://vanschneider.com/the-kawaiization-of-product-design

Some really good ones here.
https://vanschneider.com/the-best-totally-free-web-fonts-typefaces

Holy S***
https://www.creativebloq.com/news/fruit-loops-toucan-sam

The title

Metallica / Death Magnetic (2008)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptU5ZKAwLxk

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Why is it a bad idea for ecommerce website owners to "just try really hard to succeed?" Why is it a bad idea for ecommerce website owners to "just try really hard to succeed?" The $2.4m Podcast by PK 44:55 5142
Ep 038 – The New F*** You https://almostinevitable.com/ep-038-the-new-f-you/ Wed, 13 May 2020 16:35:46 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5122 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-038-the-new-f-you/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-038-the-new-f-you/feed/ 0 <p>What web element is the new FU? What annoys you the most? Well here's one of them. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-038-the-new-f-you/">Ep 038 – The New F*** You</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> What web element annoys you the most? Well, for me, there are a lot, but popups are the MOST annoying for me.

Let’s dive deeper and look into popups.

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/04/mobile-pop-up-ads/

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/popups/

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/05/intrusive-interstitials-guidelines-avoid-google-penalty/

 

Articles

F Dark Patterns
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2020/05/convince-others-against-dark-patterns

Learn to say NO
https://www.wpelevation.com/2020/05/how-to-say-no-to-clients-and-create-clear-boundaries/

 

The title

Street Sweeper Social Club / The Ghetto Blaster EP (2010)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWEp-xUp1bw

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What web element is the new FU? What annoys you the most? Well here's one of them. What web element is the new FU? What annoys you the most? Well here's one of them. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 41:29 5122
Ep037 – Hardwired https://almostinevitable.com/ep037-hardwired/ Wed, 06 May 2020 15:38:34 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5083 https://almostinevitable.com/ep037-hardwired/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep037-hardwired/feed/ 0 <p>Here's what I think separates regular themes, bad "woocommerce" themes from "proper" WooCommerce themes.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep037-hardwired/">Ep037 – Hardwired</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Here’s what I think separates regular themes, bad “woocommerce” themes from “proper” WooCommerce themes. I’ll be breaking down what I look at in a proper WC theme, and here’s the list of suggestions.

Tune in for the break down and reviews.

Unwind https://wordpress.org/themes/siteorigin-unwind/
Customify https://wordpress.org/themes/customify/
Sullivan https://wordpress.org/themes/sullivan/
Blocksy https://wordpress.org/themes/blocksy/

Storefront https://wordpress.org/themes/storefront/
GeneratePress https://wordpress.org/themes/generatepress/
Ocean WP https://wordpress.org/themes/oceanwp/

Articles and resources

Google Meet is free.. so .. good?
https://www.blog.google/products/meet/bringing-google-meet-to-more-people/ 

This is worth checking out
https://flextype.org/en

Yet some more icons
https://themesberg.com/blog/open-source/10-open-source-free-svg-icon-libraries

This is really well put together
https://uxplanet.org/how-i-redesigned-my-colleges-students-application-for-a-better-user-experience-a-ux-case-study-e0f068c34b3b

This is hilarious
https://twitter.com/disneyplus/status/1254772307941191686

 

Metallica / Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (2016)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhBHL3v4d3I

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Here's what I think separates regular themes, bad "woocommerce" themes from "proper" WooCommerce themes. Here's what I think separates regular themes, bad "woocommerce" themes from "proper" WooCommerce themes. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 56:06 5083
Ep 036 – Train of Consequences https://almostinevitable.com/ep-036-train-of-consequences/ Wed, 29 Apr 2020 13:22:23 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5056 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-036-train-of-consequences/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-036-train-of-consequences/feed/ 0 <p>Here's how some people end up on Wix. Also, here are some solutions we can offer them. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-036-train-of-consequences/">Ep 036 – Train of Consequences</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Here’s how some people end up on Wix.

Creative hobby/professions > Need a website, but (very) limited funds > Try Wix > They get used to it > End up being proud of it.

Solutions
– Squarespace
– Easy installation theme package + Tutorials
– Use as portfolio

Resources

The Hero Generator
https://hero-generator.netlify.app/

Hey, free stuff!
https://dev.to/davidepacilio/40-free-html-landing-page-templates-3gfp 

Interesting speech bubbles
https://freefrontend.com/css-speech-bubbles 

Just fun to play with.
https://helpmedecideplease.com

 

The Title

Train of Consequences by Megadeth from the album Youthanasia(1994)

Audio version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cel-3ojNUpg

The music video was pretty… useless so I’m not including that. haha

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Here's how some people end up on Wix. Also, here are some solutions we can offer them. Here's how some people end up on Wix. Also, here are some solutions we can offer them. The $2.4m Podcast by PK 53:07 5056
Ep 035 – Disposable Heroes https://almostinevitable.com/ep-035-disposable-heroes/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:35:30 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=5031 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-035-disposable-heroes/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-035-disposable-heroes/feed/ 0 <p>A simple tut on inspecting safari for mobile, and an exploration (and solution) on hero sliders.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-035-disposable-heroes/">Ep 035 – Disposable Heroes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Here’s a tut on how to inspect the mobile safari browser properly.

Also, for today’s topic: hero sliders are just stupid. STOP.

I’ll go over some alternatives so you can recommend them to your stupid clients.

Links that help.

http://shouldiuseacarousel.com/

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/auto-forwarding/

https://instapage.com/blog/6-reasons-why-image-sliders-are-bad-for-conversions

extra
https://yoast.com/opinion-on-sliders/

News & resources

https://www.gosquared.com/blog/improve-your-google-website-ranking

http://knutsynstad.com/fauxcode/

https://shorthandcss.com/

https://boardist.io/

The Title

Metallica / Master of Puppets (1986)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtNrx1c3Xh8

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Ep 034 – Polyamorous https://almostinevitable.com/ep-034-polyamorous/ Wed, 15 Apr 2020 13:20:28 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4983 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-034-polyamorous/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-034-polyamorous/feed/ 2 <p>This episode was supposed to be a quick one about checking browsers and devices. I think it sort of went off the rails. hahahaha</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-034-polyamorous/">Ep 034 – Polyamorous</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This episode was supposed to be a quick one about checking browsers and devices. I think it sort of went off the rails. If it sounds like it, I apologize, there are some good articles and resources, so please check those links out.

If you’re fine with me talking about annoying people being overly protective of their OS’s then proceed. haha

World OS stats
https://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share

Virtual box
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Download Windows (turns out it was) 10
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

 

Articles

Design trends
https://uxdesign.cc/10-trends-shaping-popular-dribbble-shots-right-now-16be9cf8bab3

This one’s just a bunch of fun
https://howlowcanyourlogo.com/

About targeted ads
https://usefathom.com/blog/targeted-ads

Google drive. ugh.
https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/04/10/google-completely-ruined-shared-folders-in-drive/

 

Resources

BEM (block, element, modifier)
https://9elements.com/bem-cheat-sheet/

Purchasing domains
https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-buy-a-taken-domain-pro-tips/

Some good resources for theme devs
https://speckyboy.com/free-resources-supercharge-wordpress-theme-development/

I love this one. Hasty
https://www.wp-hasty.com/

 

The title

Breaking Benjamin / Saturate (2002)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vAtVlhuvac

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Ep 033 – Wherever I May Roam https://almostinevitable.com/ep-033-wherever-i-may-roam/ Wed, 08 Apr 2020 13:16:15 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4898 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-033-wherever-i-may-roam/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-033-wherever-i-may-roam/feed/ 0 <p>Three types of digital stores that you can offer to clients in these dark unsocial times. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-033-wherever-i-may-roam/">Ep 033 – Wherever I May Roam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> In the current state of affairs, I think this episode might give you some ideas and direction for come e-commerce for clients. Oh, for the record, we’re not roaming anywhere anytime soon.

3 types of digital stores

eBook

Easy Digital Downloads

https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-digital-downloads/

https://easydigitaldownloads.com/

Subscription

Paid Membership Pro

https://wordpress.org/plugins/paid-memberships-pro/

https://www.paidmembershipspro.com

Or WC membership

https://woocommerce.com/products/woocommerce-memberships/

Courses

Tutor LMS

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tutor/

https://www.themeum.com/product/tutor-lms/

LearnPress

https://wordpress.org/plugins/learnpress/

https://thimpress.com/learnpress/

LearnDash

https://www.learndash.com/

 

Articles

https://dribbble.com/stories/2020/04/06/personal-website-ideas-designers

https://www.superhighway98.com/seo

 

Resources

https://bored.solutions/

https://www.makeitpopgame.com/generator/

miro.com

 

The title

Metallica / The Black Album (1991)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwPg8gJq_Kw

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Ep 032 – Let the Sparks Fly https://almostinevitable.com/ep-032-let-the-sparks-fly/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:49:09 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4863 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-032-let-the-sparks-fly/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-032-let-the-sparks-fly/feed/ 0 <p>Do social sharing buttons work? Tune in to hear my findings on this. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-032-let-the-sparks-fly/">Ep 032 – Let the Sparks Fly</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Do social sharing buttons work? The answer to this question can be inferred from this Wikipedia link.

Let’s get into these articles.

https://www.seattlewebdesign.com/blog/seattle-web-design-online-marketing-blog/post/do-people-really-use-social-sharing-buttons

Excerpt:
Moovweb studied 61 million mobile sessions and discovered that 99.8 percent of mobile users never engage with social share buttons. In fact, mobile users are 11.5 times more likely to click ads than they are to click social share buttons.

Another related article
http://www.adweek.com/digital/report-moovweb-social-share-buttons/

The Moovweb article
https://www.moovweb.com/anyone-use-social-sharing-buttons-mobile/

The data is the same as above, but there are some extra breakdowns in the article.

The most interesting snippet is this part:
The heart of the sharing problem is that users_ must be logged in_ in order to share. If you’re not logged in, sharing can be kind of a nightmare.

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/12/23/the-hidden-cost-of-social-share-buttons/

Excerpt:
By providing social sharing buttons, you are in essence causing all conversations regarding your brand and identity to be transported elsewhere (i.e. to social media sites). When people choose to share your content, the discussions will inevitably end up on the specific individual’s social media page.

This means you no longer have control over the conversation and you actually lose users rather than keep them on board. Even in the most ideal scenario, in which a user converses on your brand’s social media page, users are still transported to Facebook or Twitter instead of your site.

Also excerpt:

This is the primary drawback of social share buttons. Social share buttons are generally written in JavaScript, and this code has quite a bit of power and command behind it – costing up to 84Kb in data for a Facebook ‘Like’ button alone.

As you can imagine, inserting multiple buttons such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and G+ can take a serious toll on your site’s speed. Of course, assuming the above statistics are true, this could be detrimental to your user retention, as more and more of your visitors are sure to drop as a result of the slower connection caused by your sharing buttons.

Privacy Policy problems
https://www.business2community.com/social-media/why-most-share-buttons-go-against-your-privacy-policy-02199051

Excerpt:
As for our own findings in 2018, research showed us that 71% of shares were made through Copy & Paste, leaving the remaining 29% to Share Buttons.

An interesting article that doesn’t cite sources:
https://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/6-myths-about-social-sharing

Articles & News

Don’t know how to pronounce his last name:
https://joshwcomeau.com/performance/embracing-modern-image-formats/

Resources

Making blog post templates
https://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-themes/create-custom-single-post-templates-for-specific-posts-or-sections-in-wordpress

The Title

Thousand Foot Krutch / The End Is Where We Begin (2012)

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Ep 031 – The Frayed Ends of Sanity https://almostinevitable.com/ep-031-the-frayed-ends-of-sanity/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 05:27:13 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4852 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-031-the-frayed-ends-of-sanity/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-031-the-frayed-ends-of-sanity/feed/ 2 <p>Here are some plugins and tips that will help you solve most of your WooCommerce problems. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-031-the-frayed-ends-of-sanity/">Ep 031 – The Frayed Ends of Sanity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Here are some plugins and tips that will help you solve most of your WooCommerce problems.

These problems occur because of the following delusions:

Tier 3 Delusions
– Trying to automate everything
– I can’t market this without feature X

Really useful plugins

Gravity Forms
https://www.gravityforms.com/
https://woocommerce.com/products/gravity-forms-add-ons/

Checkout Field Editor
https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-checkout-field-editor-pro/

 

Articles

Quotes about social media
https://www.markettap.com/quotes-about-social-media/

Plugin Quality not Quantity
https://wpengine.com/blog/plugins-and-fast-wordpress-sites-its-not-the-number-of-plugins-its-the-quality/

 

Resources

Oh boy oh boy, 50% off!!

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/supporting-the-creative-community/

 

The title

Metallica / …And Justice for All (1988)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG1mclfYchA

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Ep 030 – Chrome Nation https://almostinevitable.com/ep-030-chrome-nation/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:43:53 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4813 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-030-chrome-nation/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-030-chrome-nation/feed/ 2 <p>Let's look at the stats on browsers and search engines. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-030-chrome-nation/">Ep 030 – Chrome Nation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Let’s look at the numbers and what we can do about it.

Here are some sites for you to get your own stats
https://gs.statcounter.com/

https://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx

https://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php

 

News & articles

Symmetry
https://hbr.org/2020/03/what-does-the-symmetry-of-your-logo-say-about-your-brand

You’ve gotta read this.
http://www.erickarjaluoto.com/blog/a-guide-to-better-designer-client-relationships/

 

The Title,/h2>

Wayne Static – Pighammer 2011
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0c3eYKOp8c

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– Get either WC plugin (https://woocommerce.com/products/catalog-visibility-options/)
– Or YITH plugin free (https://wordpress.org/plugins/yith-woocommerce-catalog-mode/)
– Also this looks pretty good sold on codecanyon https://codecanyon.net/item/woocommerce-catalog-mode/6806913

The BusinessBloomer article
https://businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-how-to-enable-catalog-mode/

Elex catalog mode
https://elextensions.com/plugin/elex-woocommerce-catalog-mode-plugin-free/

Product options filters
From Woo
https://woocommerce.com/products/product-filters/

From one of my favorite Woo devs
https://codecanyon.net/item/woocommerce-product-filter/8514038

Searching everything
https://wordpress.org/plugins/relevanssi/

Cf7 dynamic text
https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7-dynamic-text-extension/

 

News

Bootstrap 5!
https://themesberg.com/blog/design/bootstrap-5-release-date-and-whats-new

haha Wix vs. Squarespace
https://www.sitebuilderreport.com/state-of-website-builders

 

Resources

Free icons
https://iconscout.com/unicons

Learn Flex and/or Grid
https://ishadeed.com/article/learn-box-alignment

 

The title

Metallica / Kill ‘Em All (1983)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3bZJX8jaLo

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Ep 028 – Pleasure and Pain https://almostinevitable.com/ep-028-pleasure-and-pain/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 23:26:12 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4779 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-028-pleasure-and-pain/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-028-pleasure-and-pain/feed/ 0 <p>Here are some ways to keep yourself.. relatively motivated even when working on those crappy projects. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-028-pleasure-and-pain/">Ep 028 – Pleasure and Pain</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Have you had trouble motivating yourself over boring, ugly, illogical projects? I have. Quite a bit more than I’d care to admit.

Here are some ways to keep yourself.. relatively motivated even when working on those crappy projects.

– Try to implement something cool or new and make it a learning experience. (check out sites like https://freefrontend.com/ or https://codemyui.com/ )
– Try some totally different design that’s out of your normal comfort zone
– Try challenging yourself to finishing the project as efficiently as possible. (at least it’ll be over quickly)

Tune in to hear me talk about working on those kinds of projects.

 

Articles

Have a read about how much people trust Google.
https://moz.com/blog/2020-google-search-survey

Some perspective on CSS
https://css-tricks.com/why-is-css-frustrating/

 

Resources

Some page loaders
https://catswhocode.com/css-spinner/

Some cool hover effects.
https://csshint.com/css-hover-effects/

When it works it’s cool
https://cssstats.com/

Really helpful in playing with CSS colors
https://hexcolor.co/css-color-extractor/

 

The Title

Pleasure and Pain is a Gemini Syndrome song off of their 2013 album, Lux.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Y1whCvdpo

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Ep 027 – Sad But True https://almostinevitable.com/ep-027-sad-but-true/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:47:21 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4765 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-027-sad-but-true/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-027-sad-but-true/feed/ 0 <p>Another tier of WooCommerce delusions and how to tackle them.... with stats! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-027-sad-but-true/">Ep 027 – Sad But True</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Another tier of WooCommerce delusions and how to tackle them. Business strategies that you can try, with stats!

Let’s kick this one off with some numbers.

https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2020/02/the-latest-research-for-web-designers-february-2020/

The takeaway here is that there are quite a few stats you can use to make a better case for yourself, whether it’s for maintenance packages, marketing approaches, or client advisory.

Now that we know all that, let’s get into the delusions haha

Tier 2 Delusions
– Trying to rank with generic terms
– Once I start ranking, I can make money easily
– Trying to make a “one-stop” solution, a multiple vendor store

It’s most likely not gonna work.

 

News

WordPress 5.4 sounds pretty good!
https://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-coming-in-wordpress-5-4-features-and-screenshots/

https://make.wordpress.org/core/2020/02/13/wordpress-5-4-introduces-apply-shortcodes-as-an-alias-for-do-shortcode/

 

Resources

I don’t talk about these in the recording, but here are some extra resources.

https://hexcolor.co/css-color-extractor/

https://www.behance.net/gallery/91936795/Plastic-Humans-Just-Another-Illustration-Set

 

The title

MetallicA / The Black Album (1991)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8MO7fkZc5o

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Ep 026 – Tainted Love https://almostinevitable.com/ep-026-tainted-love/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:47:36 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4744 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-026-tainted-love/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-026-tainted-love/feed/ 0 <p>Anything can/will/might break, and the only thing that you can rely on is your OWN skills.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-026-tainted-love/">Ep 026 – Tainted Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Funny how I just got a comment on one of my posts concerning this topic. hahaha Someone actually tried to argue that you should avoid using CSS as much as possible because Divi has enough options. Wut.

Unfortunately, this episode was recorded before that stupid comment was written, but my points would still be an answer to that comment.

Anything can/will/might break, any service can croak out, and any company might go bankrupt.

The only thing that you can rely on is your OWN skills. Always work on building your own personal skills, so you don’t have to rely solely on a single product.

 

I talk about these resources in the episode

https://siteorigin.com/page-builder/

https://creativethemes.com/blocksy/

There’s a lot more stuff I like, but I think these are the ones I mention..

 

News & Articles

Seriously, I hate WIX.
https://www.liquidint.com/blog/marketing/wix-seo-battle-recap

Such a cool concept. Too bad it didn’t work.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90462605/brandless-the-pioneering-amazon-alternative-shuts-down

Resources

Ha. So much fun.
https://theselyricsdonotexist.com/

A list of online code editors
https://catswhocode.com/online-code-editor/

Tag your YT vids
https://youtubetaggenerator.com/

The Title

Marilyn Manson / Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack (2001)
Also featured on The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkKulSH2nNc

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Ep 025 – The Thing That Should Not Be https://almostinevitable.com/ep-025-the-thing-that-should-not-be/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 23:50:23 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4726 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-025-the-thing-that-should-not-be/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-025-the-thing-that-should-not-be/feed/ 0 <p>Tune in to get insights on how to piece together functions to get the WooCommerce website you want. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-025-the-thing-that-should-not-be/">Ep 025 – The Thing That Should Not Be</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This one’s pretty important if you’re making WooCommerce websites. How to piece together functions, how to research, and how to rework them to get the intended functionality.

 

Everyone like lists. This one’s an ol.

General workflow
Note: This should be done before you quote anything. haha

1. During the brief -> Make sure you cover all the little things
2. Who’s gonna populate it?
3. Products -> How are they supposed to work? How is the ordering process supposed to work? How is checkout supposed to work>
4. Cover everything.
5. Start research on YITH & WC -> conceptualize the functionality and check documentation to see how it works.

 

Really helpful plugin for changing character strings
https://wordpress.org/plugins/say-what/

Tune in for some examples and anecdotes on how to plan and structure your WooCommerce website!

 

The title

MetallicA / Master of Puppets (1986)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm9c_QpuMms

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Ep 024 – Re-Align https://almostinevitable.com/ep-024-re-align/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 14:57:49 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4700 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-024-re-align/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-024-re-align/feed/ 0 <p>Have you heard the phrase "you have to design for mobile first?" Let's talk about that. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-024-re-align/">Ep 024 – Re-Align</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Have you heard the phrase “you have to design for mobile first?”

Yeah… I hear that a lot. Normally, I work with desktop proofs (So design mockups made to show what the desktop version looks like) and I work my way DOWN. Mobile first means I start with the mobile design, and work my way UP.

Totally opposite approach.

So I searched for tutorials and articles on designing for mobile first.

Here’s what I found.

 

Google: “how to design mobile first”

https://www.uxpin.com/studio/blog/a-hands-on-guide-to-mobile-first-design/

https://www.justinmind.com/blog/complete-guide-to-mobile-first-design/

https://www.searchenginewatch.com/2019/03/05/mobile-first-design-for-2019/

https://www.topcoder.com/your-guide-to-mobile-first-design/

https://designshack.net/articles/mobile/mobilefirst/

https://opensenselabs.com/blog/articles/mobile-first-design-guide

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/03/19/five-tips-for-designing-a-mobile-first-website/

https://justcoded.com/blog/mobile-first-web-design-why-is-it-important-in-2019/

 

Also another

Google “design mobile first tutorial”

Let’s go specifically for tutorials then…

https://www.html5rocks.com/en/mobile/responsivedesign/

https://zellwk.com/blog/how-to-write-mobile-first-css/

https://blog.alexdevero.com/ultimate-guide-mobile-first-web-design/

 

I talk about all those links and what I think about the mobile first approach.

 

Articles

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/29/tech/facebook-earnings/

https://dribbble.com/stories/2020/01/31/nfl-team-logos-reimagined

 

Resources

https://csshint.com/css-animated-backgrounds

https://cloudfour.com/thinks/staggered-animations-with-css-custom-properties/

 

The title

Godsmack / “Re-align” / Faceless (2003)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv9Zv83lStw

 

Just to show that I really did visit all those pages on the 1st page of SERP

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Ep 023 – Creeping Death https://almostinevitable.com/ep-023-creeping-death/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:42:53 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4677 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-023-creeping-death/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-023-creeping-death/feed/ 0 <p>Tier 2 delusions of WooCommerce websites and clients. Tune in! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-023-creeping-death/">Ep 023 – Creeping Death</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Let’s get into some more WooCommerce!

Tier 1 Delusions
– Being too specific
– Having too many rules
– Trying to mirror a brick and mortar shop too closely
– I can make money easily (This will always be on the list)

Articles

Diversity helps.
https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2020/01/diversity-in-photos-affect-ux/

I’m a 6/10 on this
https://capwatkins.com/blog/the-sliding-scale-of-giving-a-fuck

No more landing pages!
https://uxdesign.cc/the-new-landing-page-is-to-have-no-landing-page-at-all-bb57ca1548f1

 

Resources

An extensive list of themes
https://kinsta.com/best-wordpress-themes

This will help you understand CSS a bit better.
https://wattenberger.com/blog/css-cascade

And her whole website if really cool
https://wattenberger.com/

Some color combos
https://logobly.com/colors/

 

The Title

METALLICA / Ride the Lightning (1984)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAOMEqMXiXI

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Ep 022 – 1000 Points of Hate https://almostinevitable.com/ep-022-1000-points-of-hate/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:22:46 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4652 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-022-1000-points-of-hate/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-022-1000-points-of-hate/feed/ 0 <p>Extra warning: Extra strong language. Here's a story of how I recently got screwed over. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-022-1000-points-of-hate/">Ep 022 – 1000 Points of Hate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This episode has a bit more “language” than the other ones. Why?

It’s a story about how I pretty much got screwed over.

Tune in for storytime.

 

Have you noticed those unimaginative blurb points, bullet points, and/or lists that seem to be on every ugly website?

Here are some of my ideas for making lists that don’t suck.

– Don’t use them. At all. There are other ways of conveying information. Do that.
– Use at least a well-made icon, and not an elegantfont, or font-awesome.
– Try taking out the body copy, and just use the headings. People skim anyway.
– Don’t make them too long, because people won’t rea-

 

Here are some outside sources on this matter.

About bullet points and lists and blurbs
https://www.nngroup.com/articles/presenting-bulleted-lists/

Some inspirations
http://ui-patterns.com/users/1/collections/lists/screenshots

 

News & Articles

hahahahaha about compromise.
https://modus.medium.com/why-compromise-is-the-great-design-superpower-fa9c1653f4da

also this
https://uxdesign.cc/designing-for-your-clients-or-for-likes-from-your-peers-6ffe335e700c

Here are some “logos” in a perfect world.
https://csshint.com/logo-with-typography

Here’s a logo study of a (highly) imperfect company.
https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_and_identity_for_godaddy_done_in_house.php

But this isn’t bad at all.
https://godaddy.design/

 

Resources

Just some eye candy
https://www.themasterpicks.com/65-best-creative-instagram-accounts

Very useful
https://tiny-helpers.dev

Also very cool, and very useful.
https://www.colorsandfonts.com/

The title

Anthrax / Sound of White Noise (1993)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP2UxCujy_k

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Ep 021 – Moth Into Flame https://almostinevitable.com/ep-021-moth-into-flame/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:40:41 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4622 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-021-moth-into-flame/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-021-moth-into-flame/feed/ 0 <p>Woo! WooCommerce! Join me for a new WooCommerce for web designers & developers series! In this episode, the tiers of Woolusion. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-021-moth-into-flame/">Ep 021 – Moth Into Flame</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Let’s start a new series!

WooCommerce for Web Designers & Developers

In this series, I will be covering a lot of things (primary, secondary, tertiary) concerning WooCommerce (and eComm in general). Tune in for fun with Woocommerce.

 

The topic

Many clients suffer from Woolusions.

Here are the Tier 0 Woolusions that I’ll be covering in this episode. I’ll expand/explain/remedy them in the podcast, so tune in!

– If you build it they will come.
– This shop is a great idea!
– I will market it once I’m finished.
– My friends will help with marketing with a shoutout on their social media.
– I can make money easily.

 

News & resources

DeGoogling yourself
https://www.kylepiira.com/2020/01/09/why-i-quit-google/

Some stats on TLD response times
https://bunnycdn.com/blog/is-your-fancy-new-domain-hurting-your-performance-gtld-benchmark

and… get your color!
https://kolormark.com/

This is my Almost Inevitable brand color
https://kolormark.com/fcdc00

 

The Title

From MetallicA’s Hardwired… to self destruct (2016) album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdKl-gTpZg

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Ep 020 – Back in Black https://almostinevitable.com/ep-020-back-in-black/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:42:07 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4594 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-020-back-in-black/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-020-back-in-black/feed/ 0 <p>Steps 8 and 9! Let's get paid! Tune in for a quick tutorial on WP migration, and getting paid.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-020-back-in-black/">Ep 020 – Back in Black</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Steps 8 and 9 : Get the balance, and provide the migration… and not the other way around. This is a really important point that gets overlooked way more than I’d like. Here are some tips that should help smooth out the payment and I ended up explaining the whole process of migrating a WordPress website in too much detail haha

Some tips.

Preempt the balance payment – A good way is to add some guidance in an email during step 7.

Make sure you have the login details.

Provide the migration.

Technical stuff: I tend to use all in one migration, or duplicator. Tune in for a quick tutorial on this.

 

The title

AC/DC / Back in Black (1980)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAgnJDJN4VA

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Steps 8 and 9! Let's get paid! Tune in for a quick tutorial on WP migration, and getting paid. Steps 8 and 9! Let's get paid! Tune in for a quick tutorial on WP migration, and getting paid. The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 36:06 4594
Ep 019 – Sabotage https://almostinevitable.com/ep-019-sabotage/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:57:24 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4591 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-019-sabotage/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-019-sabotage/feed/ 0 <p>Step 7! Getting the final approval! Some things to look out for. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-019-sabotage/">Ep 019 – Sabotage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> It’s time for the final approval and get paid! BUT scope creep and last minute stuff happens.

What do you do?

Here are some things to avoid during the final stage approval
– Letting them in the backend.
– Trusting them.
– Agree to add last minute features from left field.

 

The Title

Beastie Boys / Ill Communication (1994)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

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Ep 018 – Zero https://almostinevitable.com/ep-018-zero/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:11:29 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4544 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-018-zero/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-018-zero/feed/ 0 <p>Plugins, how many is too many? Tune in to learn about WP, how plugins work, and why the plugin number game is not important.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-018-zero/">Ep 018 – Zero</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Plugins, how many is too many? How do these things work? How do you keep track? Well, let’s talk about this. How many plugins are good for WordPress? To answer that, we need to know how plugins work, what they do, what they’re supposed to do, and how we can manage them.

Things to remember
– Plugins are php functions that add extra functions to WP
– Many themes have a lot of functions in them by default. This is the same as having multiple plugins anyway.

Things you can do to ensure you don’t end up with crap plugins
– Check how recently it was updated
– Check the dev’s website
– Check the support forum

Tune in to get into some technical stuff and what matters and what doesn’t in terms of plugins.

News & Articles

Reddit A/B testing
https://old.reddit.com/r/mobileweb/comments/e7yivg/join_reddit_to_keep_reading_an_account_is_now/

Logo design parodies
https://dribbble.com/stories/2019/12/12/famous-logo-design-parodies

One of the stupidest people I’ve read about recently.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/12/failed-plot-to-steal-domain-name-at-gunpoint-brings-14-year-prison-term/

 

Resources

Some easy tips in making your local business websites better.
https://icons8.com/articles/small-business-website-design

A really great breakdown on HSL colors.
https://medium.com/@elad/why-css-hsl-colors-are-better-83b1e0b6eead

Some … tools for web designers.. but.. not as good as I thought.. haha
https://www.delt.net/mag/best-tools-for-web-designers

 

The Title

Smashing Pumpkins “Zero”
From the album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wk7C64kaP4

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Ep 017 – Left Unfinished https://almostinevitable.com/ep-017-left-unfinished/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:47:02 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4497 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-017-left-unfinished/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-017-left-unfinished/feed/ 0 <p>This episode is about finishing up the preview build. Some things concerning the build that you will need to consider. Actual real-life stuff. Nothing inspirational. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-017-left-unfinished/">Ep 017 – Left Unfinished</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This episode is about finishing up the preview build. Some things concerning the build that you will need to consider when building.

Edit: There was a mistake and the media file went missing. I’ve added it again properly. Sorry.

Disclaimer: Please remember that I am encouraging you to learn more and become better everyday. If you’re building in what I call amateurish ways, then please consider either a. learning, or b. hiring a (front-end) developer. Bad websites come from bad builds. Bad builds come from stubborn oblivious denial and ignorance. I read other people’s code everyday, I check cool codepens and articles on front-end code literally everyday. I’m always learning. Shouldn’t we all be?

So, although this episode might sound like an attack to your builds… it’s because I want professionals to actually be a tier above amateurs. You owe it to the clients.

Things to do during the build

– Turn off all the caches
– Put all the things in place as according to your planning, and not mouse tweaking.
– Really try to stick with the templates you planned (from the proof)
– Style from the front end only
– Delete useless images and stuff while building
– Don’t rely on small adjustments. Make a system.
– Try to understand how things are put together.
– Don’t forget: It will most likely not be 100% finished, because there are a lot of small details and content that the client will have to provide or confirm. Also, there are circumstances that will be different on the live URL from the preview URL. So make a note of all these things. It will be important. -> Both you and the client needs to understand this. Tighten the screws only after migration.

 

News & Articles

Brave FTW
https://searchengineland.com/privacy-focused-rewarded-ads-browser-brave-tops-10m-monthly-active-users-326100

DuckDuckGo FTW
https://www.wired.com/story/i-ditched-google-for-duckduckgo-heres-why-you-should-too

Google AMP, how to avoid them
https://markosaric.com/google-amp/

Have a break and look at pretty illustrations
https://dribbble.com/stories/2019/12/05/character-designs-reimagined

 

Resources

A nice web audit checklist
https://webaud.it

5 bad WordPress habits
https://speckyboy.com/bad-habits-wordpress

Some cool CSS gradients
http://csshint.com/animated-gradient-examples

 

The Title

Machine head / Through the ashes of empires (2003)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-LUIQPCy54

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This episode is about finishing up the preview build. Some things concerning the build that you will need to consider. Actual real-life stuff. Nothing inspirational. This episode is about finishing up the preview build. Some things concerning the build that you will need to consider. Actual real-life stuff. Nothing inspirational. The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 1:03:56 4497
Ep 016 – None But My Own https://almostinevitable.com/ep-016-none-but-my-own/ Tue, 03 Dec 2019 23:32:41 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4464 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-016-none-but-my-own/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-016-none-but-my-own/feed/ 0 <p>Finally! We are in the BUILD stage! Tune in for important tips on what to do before you build to make things more efficient. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-016-none-but-my-own/">Ep 016 – None But My Own</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Finally! We are in the BUILD! But.. some precautions even before you start the build…

Please remember: You have absolutely NO control over anything if the preview-build domain and server is not yours. So always work somewhere you control. Always.

OK. So more lists..

Things to do even before installation

– Optimize images (export assets -> svg, jpg, png)
– Text into html
– Plan sizes, colors, layouts, and structure.

Things to do before you start

– Theme + child theme
– Install an image optimizer (+ safe svg)
– Contact form 7 (or gravity) + CF DB
– Turn off the cache

We’ll get into “Things to do during build” in the next episode.

 

News

Yoast is now toast?
https://www.reddit.com/r/Wordpress/comments/e4buij/heres_my_take_on_yoasts_black_friday_inadmin/

https://carb.is/2019/12/advertising-in-the-wordpress-admin/
https://github.com/Yoast/wordpress-seo/issues/13961

A good alternative (I’ve tried it for a short period of time, and it works really well)
The SEO Framework
https://wordpress.org/plugins/autodescription/

WIX “SEO”
https://www.wixseohaters.com/
the WIX domain + /seo-battle/

Some web design trends that need to die
https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2019/11/10-outdated-web-design-trends/

Resources

Contract
https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/design-contract-clauses/

SEO keyword explanations
https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2019/11/keyword-research-101-everything-you-need-to-know/

Free vectornator
Note: It’s the first version release, so I understand some bugs, but it kept on crashing when typing in the text tool for me.. so maybe don’t invest everything in it yet..
https://vectornator.io/blog/vectornator-goes-on-mac

The Title

from Machine Head‘s 1994 album Burn my eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv0Av7VubD0

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Ep 015 – Bored https://almostinevitable.com/ep-015-bored/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 23:25:32 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4392 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-015-bored/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-015-bored/feed/ 0 <p>Bored of the same old stuff? Want to get some new ideas, some new flavors in your websites? Tune in!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-015-bored/">Ep 015 – Bored</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Sick of the same old designs, and same old stuff? In this episode I talk about things you can do to stay in your niche but stay inspired or find some designs that motivate you. Tune in!

 

Some methods for getting out of the design rut..

– Checking the same industry stuff? No
– Stop asking for “inspiration.”
– Look at good stuff. Try to pick out ONE, and try to implement that.
– Print stuff
– Especially web – themeforest, html templates, etc

So basically, the main idea is to get out of the cycle of putting out the same stuff over and over.

Some helpful links I mention

https://www.pages.xyz/

https://www.siteinspire.com/

https://codemyui.com/

https://httpster.net/

https://abduzeedo.com/

 

News

Get it together Facebook
https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2019/11/22/facebook-considers-political-ad-limits-after-twitter-and-google-take-action/

Might help when consulting clients
https://www.noupe.com/business-online/ecommerce/find-a-niche-for-your-ecommerce-store.html

Cybetruuuuuuucccccckkkkkkk!!!!
https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/11/22/tesla-unveils-the-wildly-futuristic-cybertruck-starting-at-39900/

 

Resources

Some YT channels
https://dailydevlinks.com/best-youtube-channels-for-front-end-developers

Fun CSS grid stuff
https://1stwebdesigner.com/fascinating-css-grid-layout-examples-and-tutorials

Free illustrations
https://illlustrations.co

 

The Title

Deftones!! BOOORRRREEEEEDDDDDD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WdYo3WlETY

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Ep 014 – This is Gonna Hurt https://almostinevitable.com/ep-014-this-is-gonna-hurt/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 22:59:20 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4323 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-014-this-is-gonna-hurt/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-014-this-is-gonna-hurt/feed/ 0 <p>I think the approval process is one of the worst stages ever as a designer. There are some good days, but sometimes it can be really bad.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-014-this-is-gonna-hurt/">Ep 014 – This is Gonna Hurt</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> I think the approval process is one of the worst stages ever as a designer. There are some good days, but sometimes it can be disheartening, disappointing, and demeaning. But remember, it’s not art.

Here’s the Reddit post I was talking about.
https://www.reddit.com/r/graphic_design/comments/dxfcjo/i_am_currently_a_graphic_design_student_ive_read/
From user dreaming-underwater

It’s a bad field to go into if you:
* Have to take out student loans to pay for college
* Think you’re going to be an artist
* Are thin-skinned


Here are some approaches you can take
– Fire the client
– Try to understand what they mean, not what they’re saying
– Take this as a chance to learn a new style
– Just do it and get it over with

A quick reminder to keep you sane: Remember, taste cannot be bought.

News

Taylor Swift doxxing
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/14/20965843/taylor-swift-fans-doxxed-scooter-braun-scott-borchetta-twitter

No more likes!
https://thenextweb.com/apps/2019/11/14/instagram-hidden-likes-global

Definitely worth a read. SEO myths.
https://searchengineland.com/seo-myths-busted-by-an-ex-googler-324985

Resources

Check out some good email stuff
https://design4users.com/email-design-trends/

Pricing yourself
https://99u.adobe.com/articles/64872/know-your-worth-a-guide-to-setting-your-rates

Hand Lettering??
https://line25.com/tutorials/hand-lettering-tutorial-guide-for-beginners

The Title

Sixx AM / This is Gonna Hurt
(Formed by Nikki Sixx, the bassist from Mötley Crüe)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYEXPn9e9ac

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Ep 013 – Door to Door Cannibals https://almostinevitable.com/ep-013-door-to-door-cannibals/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:22:44 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4293 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-013-door-to-door-cannibals/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-013-door-to-door-cannibals/feed/ 6 <p>How do you start getting clients? Tune in to hear one of my ideas on this topic. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-013-door-to-door-cannibals/">Ep 013 – Door to Door Cannibals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This one’s about our endless quest – How to get clients? Here is a good approach to starting off your freelance work and start getting clients. We all need paying clients, and especially if you’re just starting off, it’s hard to get them.

The 5 reasons why I suggest this approach (from the podcast)…

  • Have industry-specific suggestions and ideas
  • Understand the industry enough to upsell
  • Understand the SEO & marketing ins and outs
  • Have very valuable first-hand networking
  • Have secondary and tertiary fields

I really hope this sets you of in a good direction so you can get a good start in your web design journeys. Please

 

News & Articles

The survey
https://www.fastcompany.com/90422497/what-life-is-really-like-for-todays-freelance-designers-in-5-numbers

Inspiration ideas
https://dribbble.com/stories/2019/10/30/how-to-spark-creativity-when-you-feel-uninspired

Adobe’s excuse
https://www.creativebloq.com/news/adobes-inconsistent-icons

Come on guys..
https://mashable.com/article/adobe-creative-cloud-accounts-exposed

 

Resources

Paper newspapers are still relevant..?
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/11/newspapers-teach-web-design/

Get some cool color palettes
https://imagehues.com

SEO! NEIL PATEL!
https://app.neilpatel.com/en/ubersuggest/

The title

Chevelle’s Door to Door Cannibals has a bit of frightening imagery, but it’s a kick ass song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mBLdvSUH9g

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Ep 012 – I Thought I Knew It All https://almostinevitable.com/ep-012-i-thought-i-knew-it-all/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:43:33 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4255 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-012-i-thought-i-knew-it-all/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-012-i-thought-i-knew-it-all/feed/ 2 <p>This episode talks about providing a design proof (or mockup) for the client. It's probably the most important step in the web creation process, but it's unfortunate that it gets overlooked quite often. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-012-i-thought-i-knew-it-all/">Ep 012 – I Thought I Knew It All</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This episode talks about providing a design proof (or mockup) for the client. It’s probably the most important step in the web creation process, but it’s unfortunate that it gets overlooked quite often. This causes way more problems than you’d think. Tune in for some insights and tips about creating web design proofs for the client!

Some things to consider when building a proof.

For the client
– Stick with branding and personality
– Inspirations
– Layout first and slowly fill up with text and images

For yourself
– make them easily exportable
– make things clear for you to understand
– make mental notes of where micro animations should be.

Some extra tips
– I like using proofs that are 1600px across with a grid of 12 columns for a container that is 1200px across.
– Suggested apps: Adobe XD (free), Adobe InDesign (Adobe paid subscription), Affinity Publisher (one time fee), Sketch (Yearly subscription)

 

News & Articles

Good read about what makes websites look shady/abandoned
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/10/signs-website-haunted-house-welcoming-home/

Chrome. ugh. Firefox. yay. Brave. yay.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2019/05/30/google-just-gave-2-billion-chrome-users-a-reason-to-switch-to-firefox/

AirBnB ugh. (Fascinating read)
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43k7z3/nationwide-fake-host-scam-on-airbnb

 

Resources

Animated icons!!!!
https://lordicon.com/icons

Some really cool CSS tricks
https://ishadeed.com/article/unusual-use-cases-pseudo-elements/

Divi blog post template builder tutorial
https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/divi-resources/how-to-use-the-post-content-module-in-the-divi-theme-builder

 

The Title

Megadeth!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5ze4DDvWgE

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Ep 011 – Get it Together https://almostinevitable.com/ep-011-get-it-together/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 23:02:58 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4192 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-011-get-it-together/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-011-get-it-together/feed/ 0 <p>Now that you got paid, let's get to work! This episode is about getting the content from the client! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-011-get-it-together/">Ep 011 – Get it Together</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This episode, we will talk about step 3.5 – Gathering content from the client. This is a major bottleneck in most production workflows. So here are some thoughts on what to do or not do to make this process less painful.

Please do…

– give them a questionnaire
– give them a checklist
– hire a copywriter
– explain that you might have to edit their content (included in the fee)
– clarify which images you want
– offer to organize a photographer

And… please…

– do NOT leave it up to them
– do NOT get bullied into making their content
– do NOT offer Lorem ipsum
– do NOT wait for them to come back to you

Tune in to hear explanations, stories, and ideas about gathering content from the clients!

 

News & Articles

Visual Composer is free in the WordPress repo!
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/visual-composer-on-wordpress-org/

Get it here
https://wordpress.org/plugins/visualcomposer/

A good read about UI design
https://uxdesign.cc/10-mistakes-i-made-starting-out-as-a-ui-designer-93ec45d1ad39

Interesting read about some famous logos
https://www.creativebloq.com/features/5-logos-by-famous-designers-and-why-they-work

 

Resources

Seems to be a great client management system. (I’m not sponsored or affiliated in any way, it was suggested by Kate.)
https://www.dubsado.com/

Free animated icons!
https://icons8.com/animated-icons

Free illustrated people!
https://fresh-folk.com/

The title

Get it together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeHfQqTLi6A

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Ep 010 – Half God Half Devil https://almostinevitable.com/ep-010-half-god-half-devil/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 23:29:07 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4103 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-010-half-god-half-devil/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-010-half-god-half-devil/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode, we talk about getting your deposit in your bank account. The important first payment, and how not to mess it up. Who knew it would come with its own set of precautions. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-010-half-god-half-devil/">Ep 010 – Half God Half Devil</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> In this episode, we talk about getting your deposit in your bank account. The important first payment, and how not to mess it up. Now that the proposal has been given a green light, they’re gonna have to pay, but who thought it comes with its own set of precautions.

My personal approach to how I do it. (and how a lot of agencies do it): 50% up front, 50% before migration.

I’ve seen people with different plans, but the fact remains that they all get a portion of the proposal upfront before work commences.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Do not get bullied or tricked into working before payment.
  • Do not trust them.
  • Try not to spend the deposit right away.

Tune in for fun stories!

 

News

Pretty interesting
https://www.brandly.com/blog/when-brand-identity-goes-wrong-5-embarrassing-mistakes

Apple is not selling your data.. ok.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/14/apple_china_tencent

Divi 4!!!!!
https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/theme-releases/divi-4

Here’s my longer review on this.
https://almostinevitable.com/divi-4-quick-review-overview/

Resources

Play around with flexbox
https://www.outpan.com/app/1b970b008f/flexbox-playground

Some fine-tuning of UI
https://www.mobilespoon.net/2019/08/visually-distorted-when-ui-looks-all.html

Inspiration for some thin lines used in design
https://speckyboy.com/ultra-thin-lines-web-design/

 

Title

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwzaIEmaW0s

 

Photo of a halved toasted samwich by Asnim Asnim on Unsplash

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Ep 009 – Click Click Boom https://almostinevitable.com/ep-009-click-click-boom/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:24:27 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=4062 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-009-click-click-boom/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-009-click-click-boom/feed/ 3 <p>This episode is about using premade layouts, templates, and demo content. Are they worth your time? Yes and no. What?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-009-click-click-boom/">Ep 009 – Click Click Boom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> This episode is about using premade layouts, templates, and demo content. Are they worth your time? Yes and no. What? Tune in for an “exciting” episode on when demo content is useful, how it can serve you, and when not to use them. (Hint: It might not be what you think)

 

Side note: Did you know that Audacity doesn’t work on MacOS Catalina yet? I was so confused when I tried to start recording. I ended up using my iPad and the TW Recorder app (which I’ve used for years and really like) and I like that setup even more. I might just stick with that.

 

News & Articles

Adobe Fresco!
https://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/reviews/creative-software/adobe-fresco-review-we-draw-paint-with-pre-release-of-new-procreate-rival/

If you’ve heard the podcast, you’ll probably know why this link is here:
https://procreate.art/

Too old?
https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2019/10/are-you-too-old-to-be-a-web-designer

Someone’s gonna get even more suuuuuuuuuued!
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-07/blind-person-dominos-ada-supreme-court-disabled

 

Resources

Sketching templates
https://sketchize.com/

Color terminology
https://design4users.com/basic-color-terminology/

Excel to HTML
https://exceltohtml.net/

The title

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfjTZLxekig

 

 

Photo of store demo fashion content by Victor Xok on Unsplash

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This episode is about using premade layouts, templates, and demo content. Are they worth your time? Yes and no. What? This episode is about using premade layouts, templates, and demo content. Are they worth your time? Yes and no. What? The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 59:29 4062
Ep 008 – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap https://almostinevitable.com/ep-008-dirty-deeds-done-dirt-cheap/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:18:06 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3977 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-008-dirty-deeds-done-dirt-cheap/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-008-dirty-deeds-done-dirt-cheap/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode, I talk about putting together proposals, or quotes, for web design projects. There are a lot of things to consider when putting together a proposal/quote. (Y'all know I always charge $2.4m hahahahaha) </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-008-dirty-deeds-done-dirt-cheap/">Ep 008 – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> In this episode, I talk about putting together proposals, or quotes, for web design projects. There are a lot of things to consider when putting together a proposal/quote. (Y’all know I always charge $2.4m hahahahaha) So yeah, a lot of stuff to think about.

Sitemaps

To make sure you put together a good sitemap, you need to understand..

  • Posts: has categories
  • Pages: no categories, but has child/parent pages
  • Archives: everything in a category, tag, or taxonomy

 

Pricing

A bit of pricing was talked about in Ep 004 Anything Goes

Now, the question is, since you have the sitemap, do you charge per page? or per design?

What about Woocommerce? it comes WITH shop, single product, login, account, cart, and checkout pages by default.

How important is itemizing?

Tune in to hear me ramble/discuss/talk about it.

 

News

IG+FB blocking snapchat
https://beebom.com/instagram-reportedly-threatened-users-with-removal-of-verified-status-for-posting-snapchat-content/

Google
https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/02/google-announces-new-privacy-features-and-upgrades-its-password-manager/

Web Design Repository?
https://www.fastcompany.com/90411793/a-new-repository-of-the-webs-best-portfolios-helps-you-design-yours-like-a-pro

 

Resources

Humans
https://humans.fyi/

Practicing design briefs
https://sharpen.design/

Free online image editor
https://doka.photo/

 

Title

I wasn’t kidding hahaha. That’s the bottle of ACDC red that I bought.


 

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIE4UjBtx-o

 

Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash

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In this episode, I talk about putting together proposals, or quotes, for web design projects. There are a lot of things to consider when putting together a proposal/quote. (Y'all know I always charge $2.4m hahahahaha) In this episode, I talk about putting together proposals, or quotes, for web design projects. There are a lot of things to consider when putting together a proposal/quote. (Y'all know I always charge $2.4m hahahahaha) The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 42:37 3977
Ep 007 – 7empest https://almostinevitable.com/ep-007-7empest/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 00:14:49 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3956 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-007-7empest/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-007-7empest/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode, I talk about time management and setting hourly rates. This will later come into consideration when you're writing up your proposal and quotes. So join me in the audio. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-007-7empest/">Ep 007 – 7empest</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> In this episode, I talk about time management and setting hourly rates. This will later come into consideration when you’re writing up your proposal and quotes. So join me in the audio. The content below is relevant, I promise.

Time Management Albums
  • Metallica / Master of Puppets 55′
  • Rage Against The Machine / Rage Against The Machine 53′
  • Alice in Chains / Dirt 58′
  • Alice in Chains / Facelift 54′
  • Nirvana / Mtv Unplugged 54′
  • Megadeth / Youthanasia 52′
  • Pantera / Far Beyond Driven 56′
  • Pantera / Vulgar Display of Power 53′
  • Pearl Jam / Ten 53′
  • Pearl Jam / Vs 52′
  • Guns N’ Roses / Appetite For Destruction 54′
  • Avatar / Black Waltz 56′
  • Ozzy Osbourne / Ozzmosis 57′
  • Seether /  Karma & Effect 56′
  • Papa Roach / Infest 53′
  • Disturbed / The Sickness 54′
  • Dope / American Apathy 52′
  • Machine Head / Burn My Eyes 56′
  • Mudvayne / Lost and Found 53′
Hourly rates?

Here are some topics/questions covered in the audio that you can think about..

  • How long do things really take you?
  • How much should you be making?
  • How much do other people charge?
  • Should you charge the same as other people/agencies? More? Less?

 

Also, check out this video. It’s a really great breakdown of how Brad set his hourly rates.

Brad Colbow

(I’m embedding it, and not linking it because it’s a really fun watch)

 

News

Field Autofill Problem
https://cloudfour.com/thinks/an-html-attribute-potentially-worth-4-4m-to-chipotle/

Yahoo!’s new logo
https://www.pentagram.com/work/yahoo/story
I wish them the best..

Resources

Color Palletes
http://colormind.io/
..and some useful articles here..
http://refactoringui.com

Firefox Nightly
Read about it here
https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/find-out-why-your-css-isnt-working–cms-33472
and download it here
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/nightly/all/

 

The Title

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D2R69gVyZ0

 

Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash

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In this episode, I talk about time management and setting hourly rates. This will later come into consideration when you're writing up your proposal and quotes. So join me in the audio. In this episode, I talk about time management and setting hourly rates. This will later come into consideration when you're writing up your proposal and quotes. So join me in the audio. The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 46:26 3956
Ep 006 – Everything You Love https://almostinevitable.com/ep-006-everything-you-love/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:34:49 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3920 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-006-everything-you-love/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-006-everything-you-love/feed/ 2 <p>What do you look for when hiring or partnering with a designer or developer? In this episode, I talk about what I think are important factors in partnering up with someone. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-006-everything-you-love/">Ep 006 – Everything You Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> What to look for when hiring or partnering with a designer or developer. My thoughts and experience on how to find the right person for the job.

My mother used to tell me to find a partner whose mother cooked well. (or at least how I liked it… which would ultimately be similar to the way my mom cooked.. although I did later find that I’ve had a limited palate because I only ate what my mom made till I was an adult.. mainly stuff like beer.. haha)

This anecdote is important in the first chapter:

Hiring new employees

Find someone who LIKES what you think is to be of good design taste. You can’t buy taste.

 

If you are a..

Developer looking for a designer

Consider the following..

  • How they make their sitemaps
  • Which apps do they use?
  • Assets management?
  • How much they understand web (screen size, layouts)

 

If you are a..

Designer looking for a developer

Consider the following..

  • Their web software of choice (WP, Drupal, Joomla, etc)
  • Check between an actual proof vs. the result
  • Check responsiveness
  • Ask what they added, contributed

 

And lastly, but most importantly,

Things that should matter on both sides
  • Keeping a positive attitude during the whole process
  • Punctuality
  • Communication, compromise, clarity
  • Mutual respect

and finally:
Price shouldn’t be the deciding factor.

Of course, these are just the bullet points to the content in this episode, have a listen if you want more detailed breakdowns.

 

News

The twenty twenty theme preview!
https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/09/06/introducing-twenty-twenty/

From Anders Norén

Note: a tutorial on the half background coming soon.

Large logos
https://imjustcreative.com/andrew-wendling-famous-logos-bigger/2019/09/20

 

Resources

A bunch about fake human faces.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90406423/these-ai-generated-people-are-coming-to-kill-stock-photography

https://generated.photos/

https://www.fastcompany.com/90306749/refresh-this-crazy-website-to-create-new-people-who-dont-exist

This one’s uncanny and.. fun. haha
https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/

Some layout inspirations
Just some new stuff..
https://webflow.com/blog/unique-website-layouts

CTA
A good article on making good CTA buttons.
https://uxdesign.cc/7-cta-button-design-guidelines-4cdc21c2c85a

 

and of course…

Title

From Chimaira… This song is like a ballad compared to their regular stuff hahaha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRHnpc1cW80

 

 

 
Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

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Ep 005 – Simple Design https://almostinevitable.com/ep-005-simple-design/ Wed, 18 Sep 2019 01:11:41 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3846 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-005-simple-design/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-005-simple-design/feed/ 0 <p>This episode covers a wide range of questions that could help you when getting the initial client brief. Step one. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-005-simple-design/">Ep 005 – Simple Design</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Step 1 of the 9 step web creation. Getting the brief (and not boxers).

All jobs start with a brief, and all good jobs start with a good brief. So let’s go over some questions you can think about when talking to the new potential client.

Some useful questions:

  • Website for a new business? Refresh?
  • What is the purpose?
  • What would you like to do with it?
  • What is your product? What does it do?
  • Inspirations?
  • Competitors? How are you different?
  • Audience? Who’s a good customer? Who’s an ACTUAL customer?
  • Deadline?
  • Describe your company?

 

Some extra questions

  • Have you registered the domain?
  • How are your emails set up?
  • What type of site? landing? one page? multi? ecommerce?
  • Do you have an idea of what to put in the navigation menu, or what pages?
  • Do you have the text content? Do you need copywriting?
  • Do you have images? Do you need to hire a photographer? would stock images work?
  • Do you have a brand set up?
  • Will you be updating content regularly? Will it be fairly regular? Do you need a maintenance package?

That’s a lot of questions haha.

Do you have any more important questions that I missed? Anything to add? Anything else you’d like to hear me cover? Please let me know in the comments!

News & articles

Volkswagon has a new logo
https://www.creativebloq.com/news/new-volkswagen-logo

Accuracy in SEO
https://searchengineland.com/content-accuracy-is-not-a-ranking-factor-321727

Design trends in mobile
https://design4users.com/ui-design-trends-web-mobile/

Resources

FreeFrontend is pretty cool
https://freefrontend.com/
Especially this one.
https://freefrontend.com/css-triangle-backgrounds/

The Caniuse for mail.
https://www.caniemail.com/
(I hate outlook)

Free fonts yo.
https://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/best-free-fonts-for-designers-1233380

 

Title

“Simple Design” by Breaking Benjamin (from their album “We Are Not Alone”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGUt2vVRPHY

 

 

 

Photo by davisco on Unsplash

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This episode covers a wide range of questions that could help you when getting the initial client brief. Step one. This episode covers a wide range of questions that could help you when getting the initial client brief. Step one. The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 58:23 3846
Ep 004 – Anything Goes https://almostinevitable.com/ep-004-anything-goes/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 05:40:09 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3794 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-004-anything-goes/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-004-anything-goes/feed/ 0 <p>This episode is about pricing/quoting projects. I cover the three main approaches to pricing design jobs and its pros and cons. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-004-anything-goes/">Ep 004 – Anything Goes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Pricing: How do you price a project? How should you? How do these things work? In this episode, I cover some pricing methods, and a little bit of how I do it.

Value-based pricing?

It’s a cool idea, and makes total sense, but there are things you need to consider before you take a full value-based pricing model.

hourly rates?

This sounds ok in theory, but again, there are pros and cons worth considering.

project based?

This is the most common approach to website pricing, but it also comes with a few caveats.

How I price projects

I use all three (hahahahaha no, seriously) and in this episode I roughly go over how I use all three methods to (hopefully) price things well.

 

News & Articles

If you’re interested in eCommerce at all, you’ve gotta watch this.

5 tips.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWHB6nTyKDI

Critiques
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxYVaZB2TWA

An article on Adobe XD.
https://blog.prototypr.io/why-adobe-xd-is-better-than-sketch-67f943b22a7d

Go get XD here – click me –

A well-written article on web UX
https://www.toptal.com/designers/ux/top-5-common-ux-mistakes

 

Resources

Here’s the code, read the article to understand what it does.

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* * { background-color: rgba(0,255,0,.2); }
* * * { background-color: rgba(0,0,255,.2); }
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* * * * * { background-color: rgba(0,255,255,.2); }
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* * * * * * * * { background-color: rgba(0,255,0,.2); }
* * * * * * * * * { background-color: rgba(0,0,255,.2); }

https://dev.to/gajus/my-favorite-css-hack-32g3

Font combination tips
https://www.toptal.com/designers/typography/font-combinations

and tips on hierarchy
https://www.toptal.com/designers/typography/typographic-hierarchy

 

The title

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8H8a5Bab6o

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This episode is about pricing/quoting projects. I cover the three main approaches to pricing design jobs and its pros and cons. This episode is about pricing/quoting projects. I cover the three main approaches to pricing design jobs and its pros and cons. The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 53:02 3794
Ep 003 – Smells Like a FreakShow https://almostinevitable.com/ep-003-smells-like-a-freakshow/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 17:29:32 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3670 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-003-smells-like-a-freakshow/#respond https://almostinevitable.com/ep-003-smells-like-a-freakshow/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode, I talk about the web design process. A 9 step process that all/most design agencies follow, that will help you grasp an understanding of how to approach a project.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-003-smells-like-a-freakshow/">Ep 003 – Smells Like a FreakShow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> In this episode, PK talks about the web design process. A 9 step process that all/most design agencies follow, that will help you grasp an understanding of how to approach a project. More detailed discussions in future episodes, but here, PK summarizes the whole process for you.

 

The standard web design process.

The rundown:
1. Brief
2. Quote
3. Deposit
4. Proof
5. Approval
6. Build
7. Approval
8. Balance
9. Migration

Of course, more details in the audio. And even more details in future episodes!

 

News

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2019/08/23/why-recaptcha-is-actually-an-act-of-human-torture/

https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/08/30/google-youtube-kills-exact-subscriber-count/

 

Resources

https://speckyboy.com/variable-font-examples/

https://dailydevlinks.com/css-style-guides

https://spin.atomicobject.com/2019/08/02/developer-design-decision/

 

The title

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T0B5KthfiU

Note: The original music video is.. slightly disturbing, and has an alternate vocal track, so I’m adding this fan-made lyric video.

Update: The fan vid is gone. I found another version of the video in the original audio. The video is still disturbing.

 

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

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In this episode, I talk about the web design process. A 9 step process that all/most design agencies follow, that will help you grasp an understanding of how to approach a project. In this episode, I talk about the web design process. A 9 step process that all/most design agencies follow, that will help you grasp an understanding of how to approach a project. The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 54:31 3670
Ep 002 – Blind https://almostinevitable.com/ep-002-blind/ Tue, 27 Aug 2019 23:14:32 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3636 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-002-blind/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-002-blind/feed/ 4 <p>What do you do when the client has no design sensibility? What can we do when the client is impervious to your (objectively) good design? Wait, objectively good design? </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-002-blind/">Ep 002 – Blind</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> What do you do when the client has no design sensibility?

What can we do when the client is impervious to your (objectively) good design? Wait, objectively good design? Do we educate the client? How? Or, if not, what should we do? Lots of things to ponder, lots of options, and lots of things to cover.

This is something that can be … almost inevitable, and we need to figure out ways of navigating through such sticky situations.

 

This webcomic is still very much what still happens. The Oatmeal – How a web design goes to hellllll

 

News

Noto Sans! IKEA!
https://www.itsnicethat.com/news/ikea-changes-typeface-to-noto-monotype-google-graphic-design-210819

Here’s Noto: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Noto+Sans

IG from FB, WA from FB.
https://www.creativebloq.com/news/instagram-and-whatsapp-get-a-rebrand

Adobe Fresco sneak peak.
https://thedesignest.net/adobe-fresco-introduction/

 

Resources

A very cool free app.
https://maccy.app/

Looks really nice.

Note: I use ClipMenu, it’s an old app, but it works very well.
The original DL links on clipmenu.com were on Dropbox, and they don’t exist anymore. So there’s an archived file link you can use, or there are lots of DL versions here.

If you can’t be bothered to trudge through all that, just grab it here.

Helpful article on images for the web.
https://webdevblog.com/image-optimization

The title

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hIojjA3A4

Korn’s first track off their debut album. It’s a good album. It blew me away when I was in high school.

Blind in a cornfield (get it?) – Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

 

 

PS. Cyrillic -> pronounced Surilik. sorry.

Hyundai and Kia are the same company. That could have been a good example.

Oh, and the word was oxymoron.

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What do you do when the client has no design sensibility? What can we do when the client is impervious to your (objectively) good design? Wait, objectively good design? What do you do when the client has no design sensibility? What can we do when the client is impervious to your (objectively) good design? Wait, objectively good design? The $2.4m Podcast by PK yes 55:42 3636
Ep 001 – Room a thousand years wide https://almostinevitable.com/ep-001-room-a-thousand-years-wide/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:07:48 +0000 https://almostinevitable.com/?p=3609 https://almostinevitable.com/ep-001-room-a-thousand-years-wide/#comments https://almostinevitable.com/ep-001-room-a-thousand-years-wide/feed/ 4 <p>EEEEEEEE Podcast! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com/ep-001-room-a-thousand-years-wide/">Ep 001 – Room a thousand years wide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://almostinevitable.com">Almost Inevitable Design</a>.</p> Hi everyone! Welcome to my podcast!

I’ve wanted to do one for a long time, but I wasn’t sure about a few things, so it was just in the back of my mind, and not actively pursued. Now, as you can see, I’m giving it a go.

Warning: Contrary to my other content, this podcast is ever so slightly sprinkled with profanity.
I decided that I’d be more comfortable talking with less filters. So… just a heads up.

For now, there are three major sections planned
– A topic related to the design business (or an anecdote)
– Some recent news
– Some good resources

topic: why $2.4m?

too many variables

The main reason why I say this all the time is because asking for a price on a public forum where everyone’s situation is different, is, in my opinion, counterproductive. There are way too many factors to think about when pricing a website, so a sentence like “hey, how much would you quote for a woocommerce website? 5 products max” is not doing anyone any favors.

Just to give y’all a bit more to look into, check out this link

https://folyo.me/blog/how-much-does-a-website-cost-and-other-pricing-questions

 

news

hey, Domino’s pizza

https://www.fastcompany.com/90385375/dominos-is-locked-in-a-legal-battle-over-the-future-of-web-design

If you wanna read a bit more about it… here’s a good article to read.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/seo-web-accessibility/

I’m not much of an.. “accessibility” expert, but these are things that I read about and add to my checklist of things to think about when building. So hopefully the websites get better as time goes by.

 

Resources

Some patterns
https://lstore.graphics/paaatterns

Some isometric illustrations woohoo
https://isometric.online/

 

and…

The title

https://youtu.be/p4nNvXvrWlE

(YT is trying to track people more aggressively, so if you have privacy badger blocking YT code, the video might seem unavailable. In that case, just go to the page to listen to Chris belt it out. )
 

I’ll need to publish an episode before I submit to where ever, so I’ll start with this. I’ll add all the links later! Stay tuned!

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