How much do I charge a client for a website refresh that will never go live? It's almost been 6 months. Countless production hours. Dozens of emails and conference calls. They can't agree, I want it out of my hair, the site isn't going live. [more inside]
Semantic markup and the world wide web: non-noob needs an explanation. What is all this semantic markup talk about, and where can I learn more? [more inside]
I've been charged with redoing our Label Website pretty much from scratch, both back-end and front-end (yes, its a self-link but its relevant). Because this site is about classical music, there is a HUGE amount of metadata that will need to be collected, parsed and displayed (think 3700 titles * 10 tracks * performer, composer, title, length, etc for each track). Has anyone done or know of anyone who's done work on this scale on either the back-end side or the design side before that they might recommend? I have an RFP pretty much already mocked-up. I would've liked to have used someone like 37signals but it seems like they don't do work for others anymore.
I developed a really intricate, feature-packed free blog theme, but despite many requests, don't have time to do paid customizations for users. However, I've got a very qualified acquaintance who can handle the spillover work. How much should I get for sending the referrals? [more inside]
What do I charge for a 3 minute throwaway web edit, and how do I carefully extricate myself from any expectations that may have caused? [more inside]
How can I resize the output of the Tumblr widget to use in my Wordpress sidebar? [more inside]
How to preload images dynamically in flash so that the image navigation doubles as the load bar. Like http://big.dk/projects/lim/lim.html [more inside]
I have a client who wants to reveal its entire site map in the left navigation. What left-hand navigation examples can I show them as an alternative? [more inside]
I am trying to design a banner for a public library web site. I find that all the banners I design are too retro-looking. Kind of 1950s, Alvin Lustig or Saul Bass inspired. Cute, but they don't seem to represent a forward-thinking, technology-oriented library. I am looking for examples of banners that might inspire me, and I am hoping you all might have some suggestions. Also, any elements you think I should try to include or try to avoid. This banner will be seen by tens of thousands of people, and will be the "face" of the library online. Links to examples of what you think works and why it works would be much appreciated. I had no idea that I would have such a hard time with this; I just don't seem to get 2007 design! Thanks.
What's an easy way to develop an inexpensive website for a real estate agent? [more inside]
Designers: How much time does it take you to do website comps? [more inside]
Help me with Web / IT consulting and billable time. Consulting firms make their money on billable hours - what percentage of a 40 hour work week needs to be billable for different roles within the company? [more inside]
What is a good monitor for a web designer? I'm on a PC and would prefer a CRT monitor at least 21". [more inside]
Is there a windows-equivalent to iWeb? I work at an elementary school. I have teachers who want the ease and bells & whistles of iWeb, but we’re all windows here. I don’t care how bloaty the code gets; I just want teachers to look and say “ooooh, pretty!” [more inside]
Please help me name this ornate font! [more inside]
My friend and I are starting a small photography business and we need a website. Since our budget is tiny we decided to go elance.com route. Help us figure out what to ask for from the designer [more inside]
How do I find a good web designer in the ny/nj area? I'm specifically looking for a talented individual or firm to design an entertainment/ news site with CMS. I work in graphic design, so I'm a bit picky. All the portfolios I've searched have been pretty horrible. Any suggestions as to where or how I can better search what I'm looking for? I'm willing to spend 10K give or take half that ammount.
Film Festival People - What annoys you the most about film festival websites? And what are things that you I'm building one and want it to be as good as it can be. [more inside]
Web Design Nerds: Is there a common name for off-site link icons? What are the best examples and uses of them? The best example I can think of is the square with an arrow next to Wikipedia's external links.
Can you point me to any documents or websites that give a generally agreed upon guideline on how to build webpages? [more inside]
Help me choose a very simple blogging software! [more inside]
Advice on how to set up a webpage that has a dynamic form. [more inside]
I need a tool that does website editing and updating revision tracking, meaning whenever a change is published to the website, a record of the change is recorded in some way. [more inside]
Anyone ever dealt with Heritage Web Solutions? [more inside]
CSS filter: IE7 slides my slideshow ~150 pixels to the right, what gives? [more inside]
Looking for guidelines, principles, etc. for grokking the decision process for splitting up a Ruby on Rails application into controllers. [more inside]
Very limited webhost features, very fond of content management. Help a student update things easily? [more inside]
We are in the middle of a redesign of a community voting site - and we're lookng for examples of good voting buttons. [more inside]
How can I strip out extraneous CSS rules from my stylesheets? [more inside]
Help me put together a great political campaign website. What does a great campaign website even look like? [more inside]
Help with right-clicking and underlined links in Firefox. [more inside]
My dad's part time photography business is really getting going, and he wants his own website. All he needs is the front page, and I know a smattering of html and css. Is this something I can do? (long) [more inside]
I have an awesome secret work project, but I'm worried that I'm going to get in trouble if I pursue it. Who can I get to help? How can I best negotiate the office politics? Essentially what I want to do is overhaul our website, but it not my place to do so, nor can I easily keep credit for my idea. A little more detail inside (sorry to be so vague)... [more inside]
I'm looking for a sleek web design company in New York City. [more inside]
Can you recommend movies which implements camera work which focuses on and then expands / zooms-in on a person's iris? [more inside]
Tufte didn't cover this one: How do I display quantitative information to ADHD users? [more inside]
How much should I charge per hour for Web design services when I'm not a Real Designer? [more inside]
I have a client who commissioned some web work from me and then dropped the bombshell when I had completed the project that they didn’t have the funds in place to pay me fully until they’ve sold more advertising on it. What can I do? [more inside]
Client says: "I should to be able to update the text on this website whenever I want to." Simplest possible solution? [more inside]
I'm an experienced webdesigner looking for a CMS/blog whose themes are easy to change or build from scratch (preferably just through CSS).
Please help me justify retainer fees for my website development business. I'm trying to justify it in my own mind and then possibly how to introduce the fees to clients. [more inside]
"How to" write a web page. Easy advice for a n00b. [more inside]
I need a good DHTML menu package. [more inside]
What would you say is the best way to have 10 domains access one database? [more inside]
I have found it impossible to grasp the concept of CSS. A friend taught me to hand code HTML, then I taught myself how to use Dreamweaver. I love HTML and design nice looking sites that are full of tables, repeated font tags, etc. I really want and need to move on. I want to learn CSS, but it just does not sink into my pea-brain. I've tried various online tutorials but just can't stay interested, mainly because I get lost pretty quickly into the tutorial. Certainly it can't be that difficult, what can I do to make this easier for me to absorb?
What are great resources for cutting apart a photoshop file into a standards-compliant webpage? [more inside]
Are black-background web pages more energy-efficient? [more inside]
I'm looking for a non-degree web design program in the NYC area. In other words, something that would last a week or less to teach the basics of web design, layout, different packages, etc.