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It’s your blog

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Everything you do online affects your brand, and gives others a strong opinion about who you are. It’s your blog. Your brand. You choose how we see you.

Social Media World Forum

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Fancy going to the Social Media World Forum? I’ve got a two-day conference pass worth $850 that needs an owner.

Focus on reader comments #5

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It’s been a while since I put the focus back on you. Too long, in fact. So here’s another batch of your thought-provoking comments.

Forget about design

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We judge people by how they look. It’s an everyday occurrence, no matter how unfair. But what if appearances didn’t matter? What if we could just say what’s on our minds and not worry about clothes, hair, makeup?

Design agencies and studios on Twitter

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It’s common business sense to follow what’s happening in the design world. So for you smart folk who are reading my blog, here’s some help in the form of the most notable agencies and studios using Twitter to their advantage. But not all get it right.

When vanity is good for business

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We’re all interested in what others say about us. Especially when it’s about our work. Now if, like me, you act as your own PR team, discovering these snippets and citations rests solely on your shoulders. And in today’s business environment, it’s not just vanity. It’s a necessity.

Cue the ego search.

Compelling comments and ulterior motives

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It’s gratifying when I publish a blog post and you leave comments. What I talk about doesn’t always call for a response, but when it does, and you reply, it’s very encouraging. But is an interest in discussion the only reason you leave your thoughts?

The ulterior motive is gathering pace.

Northern Ireland’s designer twits

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Over capacity image by Mykl Roventine

Increasingly mentioned in the media, Twitter has replaced Delicious as my bookmarking tool of choice. I’m always interested in what local designers are up to, so here’s a “Top of the Twitter Design Charts” for Northern Ireland (be great to get a coffee / pint one weekend soon).

Blogs, Mad about Design

Blogs, Mad about Design

Blogs, Mad about Design is a new book from maomao publications. It showcases screenshots and brief descriptions from more than 250 blogs that are, well, mad about design. Here’s a preview.

Comments you won’t have seen

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A few of the strange comments received that haven’t seen the light of day.

25 of your top design posts from 2008

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Your favourite design blog post from 2008.

Focus on reader comments #3

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Here we go with five more excellent comments from you, the people who help make this website what it is. For previous reader comment features see the ‘related articles’ section at the foot of the post.

Top 50 graphic design blogs updated

Spoon Graphics

The top 50 graphic design blogs list has been updated, and the number of recommendations has grown to include more than 70 blogs. Here are 10 of the newly-featured banners and links.

When did you last thank your readers?

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Thank you for visiting, for reading, for commenting, for critiquing, for subscribing, for mentioning me elsewhere.

Whilst I spend a week or two recovering from hand ligament damage, and the joys of single digit typing, I want you to know that this blog of mine would be a much lonelier place without you.

Why are designers never 100% satisfied?

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Ask any designer if they’re 100% satisfied with their work, and whether openly admitted or not, there’s a very high chance of a negative response.

Focus on reader comments #2

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The excellent discussion that takes place here is part of the reason I’ve kept publishing new content. Following on from my last focus on reader comments, here are five more insights from you, the people who kindly donate time to add to the conversation.

Make your new readers feel at home


It’s a good idea to offer signposts every now and again, to aid deeper navigation.

13 of the best WordPress plugins

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Here are the WordPress plugins currently installed on my blog.

Focus on reader comments #1

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It’s no secret that you, the people who read my blog, are full of excellent ideas. The comments you leave add great value to my articles, and I’ve been told so on many occasions.

Therefore, I’m going to start highlighting comments along the way. Those that deserve extra attention. Here’s the first batch (more to follow soon).

Online business is all about transparency

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People deal with people, which is why publishing a blog can do wonders for your business. Showing how you operate, and expressing your thoughts through a blog connects us in a way that static websites (those with no interactivity) simply can’t. Allowing people to comment on your articles invites conversation, and can give a great insight into the personality of the author, their temperament, and how they communicate.

Should links open in a new window?

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This is a web usability question that concerns you, the people who read my blog, and also those who author their own blogs / websites. It seems that some people actually get angry when a website takes control of their browser by opening a new tab, and of course that’s not what I want here.

How to deter image and bandwidth theft

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It drains the bandwidth I’m paying my web host for.

50 graphic design blogs

Logo Design Love

50 graphic design blogs, authored by some very talented graphic designers. Enjoy the inspiration.

Scotland’s first Adage Power 150 blog

Adage Power 150

My humble blog is Scotland’s top entry into the Adage Power 150.

Prize draw winners

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In celebration of my one year blog anniversary I’ve given away some fantastic prizes, kindly donated by a host of excellent blog authors.