Zen and the Art of Good Web Design

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There are a lot of minimalist blogs cropping up these days.

They’re bare, spare, and airy.

I’m all for zen. I love clean web design with plenty of white space.

But one no-color, minimalist design can start to look pretty much like another.

And I wonder … are all those zen-inspired blogs really built by budding Buddhists? Or could it be that some of them — not all, but some — look plain and uninspired simply because their owners are struggling to figure out how to inject a little personality?

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The Amish Guide to Intelligent Web Design

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Less than an hour from where I live in Pennsylvania — if you point your car in the right direction — you see road signs that warn you to beware of horse and buggy carriages using the road.

The Amish people live a life very different from yours and mine.

For the most part they don’t use electricity. They avoid most machines, preferring a simple lifestyle that revolves around farming and handcrafting everyday items.

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The Picasso Guide to Becoming a Social Media Legend

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During his career he was loved, hated, admired, dissed, fought over … but never ignored.

His name? Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y …

Picasso.

Anybody with a name like that was bound to lead a big, bold, messy life, and Picasso did exactly that.

I have to confess that I’ve had a creative crush on him ever since I first encountered his work in my college art history class.

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6 Design Tips That Will Have Your Audience Licking Their Screens

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We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.
~ Steve Jobs

You’re creating great content to attract an audience. A loyal audience that comes to know, like and trust you.

But what if you never get the attention of that audience in the first place?

What if your blog visitors take one look at your well-written words and move right along because your page looks bland, boring, and amateurish?

You lose them at hello. Your words never had a chance to take root.

That’s where design can help.

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3 Simple Techniques to Getting Your Message Seen, Heard and Out There into The World

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On the snowy, northeastern Christmas of my 11th year, our parents gathered all five kids around the kitchen table to deliver the news.

We were moving to San Antonio, Texas.

I was devastated. Texas? I imagined what our new home would look like.

We’d be miles from any neighbors — who all walked straight off the “Hee Haw” set — with a dusty, rock-filled front yard punctuated by the occasional tumbleweed rolling by.

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The Charles Darwin Guide to Writing and Selling an Effective eBook

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Out of the primordial soup — back in the early 1990s they came.

They weren’t pretty. They weren’t compelling. They’re repulsive to look at today.

But we bought them — lots of them.

They were the first ebooks.

Remember Times Roman? There was page after page of it, like an 8th grade book report.

Remember the yellow highlighter on the sales page? How it made our hearts beat a little faster?

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