About Stephen Johnson

My name’s Stephen, I’m a freelance designer, blogger, bass player, and CG Designer. I run Northwest Tech Experience and I specialize in Drupal, WordPress, CSS, HTML5, and PHP.

DEFEND THE INTERNET

DEFEND THE INTERNET
Congress wants to censor the web.

In January 2012, Congress is set to debate the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA), bills designed to let the US government block websites and information from the public.

Not only does this bill let the government restrict free speech, but also does not effectively address the issue of online piracy, the stated intention of the legislation.

Source: http://defendtheinter.net/

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Light in Web Design

A few thoughts about building a good web experience with light.

First off in the real world I found it light is everywhere! When you see light your eyes automatically are attracted to it so how can I bring that into web design?

With call to action buttons!

Naldz Graphics has a great rundown on call to action.

Check it out.

15 Tips in Making an Effective Call to Action

Websites have their own calls to action which are manifested by a button which urges you to perform an action and brings you to a different page after clicking. It could ask you to purchase an item, to subscribe to a newsletter, to give information, to download something and many others. No doubt, having a call to action is an important part of any website for it provides focus from the users and it directs the users, too. It is also a tool to measure your effectiveness and success as a website.

Hence, it would really be necessary to make your calls to action effective. If not, you will fail to achieve your purpose. For designers, here are some tips for you in making an effective call to action. Try to take note of these points for it will not only help you create effective calls to action but it will also help you have a more successful site.

From Naldz Graphics.net

 

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Ravenwood Update

 

Well… Been working on the ravenwood site and doing a redesign here it is and some icons that i used!

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iOS Glitch

 

This morning while holding my iTouch i held down the icons so i can move them around. I dragged the i message app to the left corner. It disappeared and where it used to be there was nothing in its place was a blank spot! See picture!

My touch is not jailbroken #weird

Restarting my touchit fixed it.

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SEO

Having trouble with SEO right now!

SEO stands for search engine optimization which determines page rank in google and other search engines.

On of my Wordpress sites is not very high in Google’s rankings! It is being drowned out by phone directories and other sites. Google unlike Bing pulls from the first paragraph instead of the html tags. When dealing with search engines you find they are all different. The amount of links into your site also factor in.

Guess i will look around on the web and see what i can find!

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Reeder

Just bought reeder in the mac app store and can say that i am truly pleased with it! I love how it works with Evernote. It is one of those pieces of software that i can’t live with out!

Google Reader Client.

★ Syncs with Google Reader.
★ Full Readability (readability.com) integration (see Preferences → General)
★ Customizable interface (see Preferences → Appearance)
★ Gestures (see Preferences → Gestures)
★ Customizable shortcuts (see Preferences → Shortcuts)

★ Services:
– Send to Instapaper, ReadItLater, Readability
– Save to Pinboard, Delicious, Zootool
– Save to Evernote
– Post to Twitter
– Mail Link
– Open with Instapaper Mobilizer, Google Mobilizer

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Steve Jobs

My Steve Jobs biography came the other day! I started in and was hit with the sense that Steve was a very fickel and winey man in his younger years crying when he couldn’t get his own way. But at the same time the amount of time and attention to detail is amazing! Fron the iPod to the Apple Stores. I finely understand why i am drawn to and love Apple so much! This is a must read for any Apple Fan Boy

 

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