How to Find & Hire a Web Designer

portland website & graphic designer

With every year comes a new chance to re-commit to your business and up-level your website design. You know it’s time for a fresh new look so you can tackle your big goals, and I’m sure by now you’re sick of shoe-horning text, images and content into a DIY website design template or old design that no…

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How to Tell if your Website is Converting Using Google Analytics

Portland website & graphic design

It’s all to easy as a soloprenuer to get caught up in your day-to-day workies, that you slowly lose touch with the health of your own business, and inevitably fall into a deep pit of overwhelming despair and loneliness. Cue the sad trombone. After all, as business owners, we all wear lots of “hats,” and…

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Website Aftercare: Blogging

portland website & graphic designer

Little known fact: I am COVERED with tattoos. My entire back is filled with colorful designs and illustrations that snake down and wrap around both sides of my hips. And I friggin’ LOVE IT. Lying down on a massage table, feeling the needles and their vibration pound through my bones is a sensation that feels…

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A Google update you can’t ignore

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I’ve always been just a little bit… different. Like, I have a hole above my right ear as a bizarre family birthmark, and in high school, my friend Jackie would put mechanical pencils in it and pump the lead to measure how deep it is. (It’s about a 1/4-inch deep!) When I’m nervous or anxious,…

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Is a Blog right for you?

portland website & graphic designer

Have you heard this before? Someone you know, whether it’s a friend, family member or fellow business owner, has told you, “Sally? You. Need. A BLOG. Everyone is doing it!“ (What? That’s a totally normal form of peer pressure, Internetz.) Perhaps you take a moment to pause and start thinking: “I know I should blog,…

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My Favorite FREE Stock Image Resources

portland website & graphic designer

I don’t like to play favorites. BUT. If there’s one group of people that I love working with the most, it’s my fellow Creatives in visual fields. I’m talking ’bout my Make-up Artists, Chefs(!!!), Interior Designers, Hair Stylists, Bicycle Builders, Fine Artists, etc… I friggin’ love those guys. You know why? They almost always have…

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Why your website needs professional photography

portland website & graphic designer

I remember my 8th birthday party like it was yesterday. My friends gathered around our oak kitchen table, an appropriately lit yellow cake with chocolate frosting approached, singing commenced, and then, the dreaded camera lurked its way around the corner. It was then I got up from my seat, ran outside in the cul-de-sac, and…

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4 Tips to Plan a Video for Your Website

portland website & graphic designer

Being citizens of the internet, I’m sure you have noticed that videos are kiiiiiiiiiiind of a big deal. From YouTube to Vimeo, they’re everywhere, busy being awesomely embeddable. In fact, some of you might have noticed that I recently had a video made for my business, and you might be thinking you’d like one made…

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Mood Boards: Important Design Step or Time Waster?

natalie mcguire portland website designer

I get a lot of inquiries from potential clients whose deadlines are crazy tight. I hear terms like “ASAP”, “two weeks from today”, and “yesterday!” on a regular basis.  This rush always comes from external forces, like their website recently getting hacked, or they have an event coming up and as a result, unexpected design…

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