March 15, 2015
It's been very quiet on the Smiley Cat blog so far in 2015. The reason? I have been looking for a new job, which has occupied most of my free time in-front of the computer. The good news is that I have accepted a position based in Bangkok, Thailand. How about that for a change of scene from Austin, Texas?
January 01, 2015
Two years ago I posted about my best apps and software of 2012, and so I thought I would revisit my list to see what has changed in 2014.
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December 26, 2014
I am (finally) working on a mobile design for the main ecommerce website I run. As I started thinking about the layout of the site and of the home page, I wanted to see what approaches leading online retailers were taking for their mobile designs, and what ideas and best practices I could apply.
November 28, 2014
Whether you're looking to make your designs more techy or more classy, this collection of free web fonts by Plato Web Design has something for every occasion, along with tips on how best to use them.
November 25, 2014
We have an open position for an experienced search engine marketing strategist to lead organic and paid search for our portfolio of web properties.
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November 15, 2014
Inbound marketing through the creation of relevant, useful content is quickly becoming the primary SEO tool to drive more organic search traffic to your site.
However, developing content that will rank and drive traffic can be a hit-or-miss affair. There is no guarantee that a piece of content you write will rank highly enough to make the effort worthwhile.
The good news is that people are already asking questions on search engines and coming to your site for answers. Rather than start from scratch, why not make sure your content meets the needs of this existing traffic?
The United States Federal Reserve banking system is broken up into 12 districts or regions, each of which is overseen by a regional bank. Don't ask me how but I was recently looking at the websites for these banks.
As I did so, I started thinking about navigation design. I am always interested in the similarities and differences in the way that different people organize information that covers the same subject matter.
Whether it is the grouping of information on a home page or the ordering of links in a main navigation bar, it is fascinating to see what conventions are followed and (for better or worse) where these trends are ignored.
September 07, 2014
A recent article by the Nielsen Norman Group — 3 Tips for Better Product Descriptions on Websites — got me thinking about product content. In particular, I want to talk about the first tip the author provides — 'answer questions.'
As a retailer of video security products, I am often surprised by how little information some competitor websites provide about the products they sell.
August 17, 2014
In this post on OkDork, 1 million blog post headlines were analyzed in the hope of finding out what makes one post more shareable than another. The results are compelling and worth incorporating into your own content creation process.
July 27, 2014
I haven't posted much about what I have been working on in some time, so I thought I would catch up with a few infographics I have created with my online designer, Ismael.