Graphic Design & Web Development

Design - from all angles

A blog about design, though not in the strictest sense of the word. Marketing / branding resources and musings of a web and graphic designer who sees the world through Pantone-colored glasses and a 12-column responsive grid. {Subscribe to the RSS feed here: RSS}

"Z" is for: Zapier

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Have you ever wished you could accelerate your administrative tasks? Streamline your spreadsheets? Fast-track your follow-ups? Guess what — there’s a Zap for that. If you’ve never used or heard of Zapier, you may be working harder than you need to. Read on to see if Zapier is the life hack you’ve been dreaming of. Read Article »

"Y" is for: YouTube

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Could YouTube be the magic bullet for all of your marketing goals? In all honesty, you could develop your entire business marketing plan around YouTube. I’m not saying you should do that, but since YouTube is recognized as the second largest search engine, you might want to think twice before you decide to ignore it. Read Article »

"W" is for Watermark

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Watermarks grace dollar bills, important documents, and checks and are there to prove authenticity, origin, or ownership. But what role do they play in online images and your marketing images?  Read Article »

Email Scams Targeting Business Owners

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 08, 2016

What's that your momma always said? “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” But ma! The flip side — "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", right? No. That's not even what that means. Listen to your mother and beware this common email scam. Read Article »

Fonts That Make Me Giddy: Rotundus

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Modern and elegant, this condensed typeface feels classy and almost timeless. And yet, as all giddiness-inducing fonts do, it has a style all its own. Read Article »

"F" is for: Favicon

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A favicon (the term is a mashup of “favorites icon”) is one of those little details that should be a part of your visual brand. Go the extra step to reinforce your visual brand and enhance your users' experience of browsing your website by creating a custom favicon. Read Article »

Fonts That Make Me Giddy: Ropa Soft Pro

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's all about the curves. When you need a bold, yet feminine typeface, look no further than Ropa Soft Pro. No hard edges here, folks. Read Article »

Designing Web Visuals: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DIYAny business that is serious about their content strategy for online marketing will always have a frequent need for web visuals: social media banners, website banners, Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads, and Facebook ads, to name a few. Unless you have an in-house design team, you’ll likely face the question, "Do I create the graphics myself or do I hire a professional designer?"  Read Article »

Fonts That Make Me Giddy: Catalina

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Hand drawn fonts are all the rage right now, and I love it. In a digital age where everything is shiny and technical and precisely perfect, it is nice to be reminded of the freedom, the quirkiness, the imperfect humanity of the handmade. Read Article »

Thou shalt not steal (images)

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, August 05, 2014

We all know stealing is wrong, right? What's a little ambiguous for some is what constitutes "stealing", particularly on the internet. If you're not familiar with internet copyright law, beware — what you don't know could cost you. Read Article »


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