Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Different Kind of Sameness

Studio490 has been providing Web Development since 1994 and while there are many lessons we've learned along the way. The one we're talking about today is what we call, A Different Kind of Sameness.

When we are working with a client we ask them to show us the sites they like and tell us why. It's interesting what they like and what they think they like. One of the pitfalls we try to coach our clients out of is copying another site completely. It's one thing to notice a good site architecture, good navigation or content, but it's another when the client says, "We want our site to look just like www.xyz.com."

We always ask, "Why do you want to look like someone else when as a business you spend alot of time and money trying to standout from the crowd." Copy Best Practices but leave the copying to your competition.

Tj Todd
CEO / Creative Director
Studio490

Monday, September 03, 2007

31 Flavors Self Promotion - Online Portfolio

In days gone by you would have to have your portfolio in hand when you went to an interview / client meeting. Well no longer do you have to carry your Dad's old briefcase to meetings smelling of Old Spice. The online portfolio is all the rage these days and almost a must when it comes to client interaction.

They range from a simple online pdf of your resume to full blown websites all about the person. Here is another form of online self promotion from www.slide.com. You just upload your images and drop the code into your webpage, blog or profile.



Tj Todd
Studio490
CEO / Creative Director