Web Design Inspiration

"We need a layout for this page in a few hours. I don’t have the copy yet; I’m not sure everything that’s going on the page, but I need it done ASAP. Thanks."

Does this sound familiar? As a designer this kind of thing happens A LOT, and it's not exactly the best setup to get your creative juices flowing. Luckily, I've found a few strategies that provide me with consistent sources of inspiration – even for those "hair on fire" situations.

Right Near Da Beach

Just a few weeks ago, my wife and I got back from one of the most beautiful tropical places we’ve ever been. Growing up on the beaches of Florida, just the idea of sun, sand, and surf doesn’t immediately make me swoon, but the island of San Pedro, Belize did.

We left South Carolina early Tuesday morning and were on the beach by 1pm. A fairly short trip for feeling like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Our resort/cabana #1 was amazing, the people were very hospitable, and every bike ride or walk was a new adventure.

2010 Redesign Launch

In the past, I've tried to redesign my site about once a year and I've been able to stay on this schedule up until 2009. The redesign process started on track and everything was going according to plan until I came across and became enfatuated with grid based designs.

Designing on a grid allowed me to layout my content in a much more structured manner. Typically, when I began a new design, I would layout certain elements where they felt right. I've always been anal about sections being equal widths and counting pixels to make sure everything was perfect. In a way I was designing on a grid without realizing it.

Too busy to breathe

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

- Henry David Thoreau

´╗┐Wordpress to ExpressionEngine

Over the last few months I’ve been debating about moving my sites from Wordpress to ExpressionEngine. I’ve really enjoyed working with Wordpress the last 4 years. It’s a fantastic CMS, but I always felt a little handicapped when it came to custom designs.

Hearing over and over again that ExpressionEngine is the designers’ CMS, I decided to give it a try. After wrapping my head around the completely different language and tags, it was pretty easy to jump right in.

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