Blog articles written by Jeremy Girard, Rhode Island based web designer

5 Peeps + 1 Guitar = Great Web Content
What we can learn from the band, Walk Off The Earth, about building an audience by creating great Web content.
Reviewing the Webydo Web Design Suite
My thoughts on the exciting Webydo "web design platform", including what it does great and where it could still use some improvement.
Great Expectations
Dickens' classic tale of an orphan named Pip reminds me how important it is to be nice to the people that we meet in life and in business.
The Long Cold Winter
I hate the Winter - but this year, I'm fighting back!
I’ll Be Sick For Christmas
This year for Christmas, Santa brought my family a stomach bug.
A Christmas Carol
A love letter to my favorite holiday story, "A Christmas Carol", and how the Ghosts of the Past, Present, and Future can help us in web design.
Art Directed Articles: Then and Now
A look at why I still use an art directed article approach on my site and what has changed in that approach over the years.
The House at the End of My Street
Growing up, Halloween was a big deal in our neighborhood and there was one house that went so far above and beyond that it became a legend for trick-or-treaters.
Welcome to Version 10
My site has hit the double digits. Here's a look at some past versions of the site and the reasons for this latest redesign.
Folding Squirrels
The New Year brings a new semester of teaching at URI and a new hobby for me - the art of folding origami.
Robots Under The Tree
My son wants a robot for Christmas. This year's yuletide-themed article looks at setting appropriate expectations for clients and Christmas lists.
Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
For my annual Halloween-themed article, I take a look at Linus' unwavering belief in the mythical Great Pumpkin and how similar it is to some of the companies I speak with about their outdated websites.
How Designing Websites Prepared Me to Play the Violin
I recently decided to start playing the violin and discovered, to my delight, that lessons in web design could also be applied to learning this instrument.
What Being a Dad Has Taught Me About Web Design
For Father's Day, I thought it would be nice to take a look at what lessons in web design I have learned from my role as "dad."
Reviewing The Smashing Book #3
"The Smashing Book #3: Redesigning the Web" has just been released. I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this great new book. It's like Christmas came early.
In Disguise
For my annual Halloween themed article, I wonder why so many companies want to wear a mask on their website instead of being real.
A Match Made in Tatooine
A tale of true love, Star Wars, and how finding the right match matters whether you are seeking good client relationships or a companion to a galaxy far, far away.
The Wisdom of Mom
Inspired by Mother's Day, I take a look at some life lessons my Mom taught me to see how they relate to lessons in website design.
Knowing Your Audience
It pays to understand your audience - evidenced by the fact that my daughter wants a baby doll that poops for Christmas.
Of Tricks & Treats
A look at the similarities between awesome Halloween costumes and awesome browsers, and the treats that they each deserve to receive.
Adding Action Features
I like my toys to look cool, my sons likes his to do cool things - to have some WOW to them. Kinda reminds of some clients’ opinion of what makes for a cool website.
In Praise of Sushi
An article about my absolute love of sushi and how trying new things is critical to success on the Web.
Product of the Environment
Appropriate design can help make great content event better, evidenced by the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular’s 2009 return to familiar surroundings.

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