Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Timely Trade Show Booth Design

 Custom Design of 20 Foot Trade Show Display
Here's a display we designed with a brief summary of our graphic design process:
  1. Discuss specs and requirements
  2. Mock-up with proper scale and dimensions
    • CorelDraw X6 64-bit
      • Create new iconized version of company logo
      • Adhere to company's color palette
      • Integrate background elements
      • Rough in text elements
  3. Generate PNG for client review
  4. Iterate, tweak and finalize
  5. Output for print 
    • Exported in sections (do to enormous size of files)
    • Reassembled in Adobe Photoshop CC
    • Save as 8-bit CMYK TIF @ 150 dpi
  6. Upload to printer via FTP
The biggest challenge was not in the design, but in the output of the large TIF file. The final output was 44K (yes thousand) pixels wide. I solved this by exporting the graphics in smaller sections, and reassembling in a layered Photoshop file.



Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Client Checklist for New Websites

What Your Website Designer Will Need from You

This is intended as a quick guide to help in the development of your new website.

Pre-design phase:
  • Purpose and Goals
  • Audience and reach (Local, regional, national)
  • Existing print collateral (PDF format)
  • Examples of web sites you like (including competitors)
  • Time frame and budget
  • Domain name and registrar information (GoDaddy, Network Solutions, etc.)
  • Hosting preference (if applicable)

Design phase:
  • Sitemap (simple outline of page hierarchy)
  • Company logo or branding (AI, EPS, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF format)
  • Company contact information, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers
  • Text copy (MS Word, or similar word-processing format)
  • Relevant photos or diagrams (JPG or PNG format)
  • Social network handles (Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn)

Post design phase:
  • Google account email address (Analytics)

Communication is the key to ensuring a successful website launch. Hopefully this helps set expectations so that client / designer are on the same page. Good luck!

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Friday, February 14, 2014

How to Insert a Photo Into Google Sites Blog

Quick Google Sites "How-To": Uploading and Inserting Images

  1. Navigate to Announcements page (micro-blog)
  2. Click New post button
  3. Insert...image
  4. Click Upload images
  5. Navigate to the image on your hard drive
  6. Click OK
  7. Resize and align the image
  8. Add a photo caption
  9. Title your post
  10. Save your post


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Google Sites Are Global

Google Sites Launch for International Client

http://www.indostek.com

Here's a project that came in from Jakarta, Indonesia.  It was a collaborative effort with the customer providing the initial copy, diagrams and photos.  We took the input and built a modified Google Sites template based on the "Simple" theme.
 

Project Summary:
  • Google Sites CMS hosted in Google Apps
  • Design elements include:
    • Custom background to match customer logo
    • Modified horizontal navigation
    • Two column inner page template
    • Site search
    • Homepage slider
    • Sidebar and footer
  • Collaboration method: Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive 
  • Turnaround time: 2 weeks

One of the most enjoyable things about being a web designer, is being able to work with a geographically diverse client base.  Google Apps enables cloud-based collaboration, which simplifies the web development workflow process. 

The future is bright!?
I'm hopeful that Google with continue to integrate Google Plus with Google Apps for a true end-to-end business communication solution.

View the Indostek website: http://www.indostek.com

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Custom Google Sites Web Design Examples

 Here are a few examples of our custom Google Sites design and development work.












Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Invite People to Edit or Own Your Google Sites

An Overview of Google Sites Sharing

You can easily control who can view or edit your Google Sites by changing the sharing settings on your site.  To do this, log in to your site, click the "More" drop-down...then select "Sharing and Permissions".

From here, you can invite users to be either viewers, editors, or owners.

Adding "Owner" level permissions in Google Sites
What the Google Sites access levels mean:
  • Users set to "Can view" can view pages only.  No editing rights allowed.
  • Users set to "Can edit" can create, edit, move and delete pages.
  • Users set to "Is owner" can do everything, including deleting a Google Sites.



Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

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