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Website Launched: Island Flavours Caribbean Restaurant30-Apr-2012

Yum Yum. Care to take a trip to the Islands? Well, if you're in Hampton, Virginia, visiting Is..

Website Launched : The Peninsula Academy31-Mar-2012

The Peninsula Academy preschool needed to update their website to reflect their growth since the..

Latest website: Golden Age Food For Life26-May-2011

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    A blog about design, though not in the strictest sense of the word. Personal musings of a web and graphic designer who sees the world through Pantone-colored glasses and a 960 grid. {Subscribe to the RSS feed here: RSS}

    Quality, Speed, and Price. Choose 3?

    Nyla Smith - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Nope, pick two. You may have heard it before; it's certainly not a new concept. (There are plenty of variations floating about: quality, time, money; quality, service, cost; good, fast, cheap..it's all the same.) But I often find myself explaining to clients that as much as I would love to provide top-notch stellar quality at lightning-fast speed at the lowest rock-bottom price, I can't. Nobody can, without sacrificing something themselves. Between quality, speed, and price, you're going to have to pick two to optimize. Gosh, life is just full of tough decisions, isn't it? Let's look at "a day in the life of Jane" to illustrate this point. More

    What's in a name? Graphic Designer vs. Web Designer vs. Web Developer...Oh my

    Nyla Smith - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    There are lots of titles floating around for people like me. And I'll be honest here, lots of people don't know what those titles mean. I call myself a Graphic and Web Designer. I used to just say Graphic Designer, but many people would have no idea that also includes websites. When possible I'll say "Graphic & Web Designer/Developer" because I not only design websites, but I build them too. On my formal resume, or when I know the audience will understand, I specify by saying "Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Front-end Web Developer".  So what does all of this mean? Here's my breakdown: More

    Designing for print vs. designing for web

    Nyla Smith - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Being a Graphic Designer means I design for both print and web. While there are many obvious similarities—design principles don't change, I use many of the same software programs— there are differences between the two that people may not be aware of. Aesthetics and communication are parts of the equation, but the experience also has to be designed, and that experience will differ between the two. In addition, there are technical considerations and marketing considerations for each one. More

    Umm, are you seeing things? (Unintentional design)

    Nyla Smith - Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    The funny thing about design is that it has to be perceived by people who may have very different perspectives...which opens the door to other interpretations that can sometimes leave you scratching your head. Well, guess what? This phenomenon isn't unique to graphic design...it's a part of life! Have you ever looked up at a cloud and saw a bunny rabbit, or a horse, or a face? And if you try to point it out to somebody else, they may not see what you see in that cloud... More

    The new logo is here!

    Nyla Smith - Tuesday, August 02, 2011

    I mentioned a few months ago that I was in the process of redesigning my logo. Well since I only find time to work on it in between, you know, paying projects, it's taken a while. And to be honest, I could probably drag it out quite a bit longer, but I've had to put my foot down and declare it done.  More


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