Paper - App of the year 2012

Conference Speaker How-To Live Sketch a Presentation

I have spoken at a few conferences about the benefits of a quality website to search engine optimization. I was reading this article by Cameron Moll and think it is how I will present from now on. By the way, I love the Paper App.

As a conference speaker, this is the method I have changed to. Click Here to contact me if you’re interested in having me speak at your next conference.

Mailbox App

I cannot wait to use the Mailbox app once it gets released, watch the video and see what I mean. The ability to quickly swipe messages to folders or trash is brilliant. The best part is you can achieve inbox zero every day! Well done, Mailbox Team!

YWAM Haiti

Back in February, my friends at YWAM approached me about developing a new website for the YWAM base in Haiti. Because of the earthquake, the base was getting a greater response of people desiring to help. Their current site was a bit difficult to update and they were wanting to easily communicate their message to the world. We built this site over a weekend while visiting some friends, it’s not much but it has blessed the Youth With A Mission base. I am excited as we will be doing more and more sites for bases around the world. Currently we’re working on another site for a base in Chile.

Check out YWAM Haiti

Controlling Volume using a non-apple keyboard in mac os x

So, I’ve been trying to figure this out for a while – How to program a non-apple keyboard’s Function Buttons to control the volume, mute, etc. I’ve tried all sorts of things from writing perl scripts to apple scripts, different programs and nothing has quite worked like I wanted it until today! I found this program – Sizzling Keys and it works awesome. If this is something you’ve been trying to figure out, here is your answer!

When will IE6 cease to exist?

Do you know about the 80 / 20 rule? Where 80% of your time is spent doing 20% of the workload and vice versa? Well it rings so true with web developers, so much so that we are now cresting a point that we will begin to charge extra to have a website developed for Internet Explorer 6. We have reached a point in web development where it is no longer profitable for us or any web developer out there, to spend 80% of his or her time to develop for a browser that does not function or act properly. This browser has been around for over 8 years, it is outdated and a security risk for most users.

I’ve spoken with several network admins at different companies. There is a reason IE6 is still around and it’s because it lives in the corporate world. There is a bottleneck somewhere, whether with the network admins, the corporations, or Microsoft itself. If it’s the network admins not wanting to do some sort of crazy overhaul to an enormous infrastructure, I can see that would be an intimidating factor and would imagine that Microsoft would have to put out a new license for such an overhaul. If it’s the corporations not wanting to spend money on an update, well, we’re in a recession so I can understand that too. But seriously, I think the problem has got to lie with Microsoft not launching an update to their software that would cause all things to run properly on an updated browser.

All I can say is, if you are able, please update your internet explorer to the latest version of Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

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WOW! We were listed as a Top Finalist for the Favorite Pierce County Company

http://marketplace.nwsource.com/job/peoplespicks/2009/

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We knew we were a fun company! Thanks everyone for considering us for this honor! We love working with local companies and our goal is to propel your business forward! See what One of the Top Favorite Pierce County Companies can do for your Pierce County company!

Honored to be listed by some amazing designers

I started noticing some extra traffic on the site yesterday coming from here: www.designshard.com

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I visited the link only to find that we were put on a list of 25 clean and well designed websites. That in itself is an honor, but what made me excited is that we were listed by some of my favorite websites: simplebits.com and markboutlon.co.uk. Mark Boulton is a well known speaker / author / designer in the UK and I have followed his blog for years. Dan Cederholm is another well known speaker / blogger / author / designer and like many designers, I have followed his blog for years and own several of his books. Both of these guys are legends in my mind so to be placed by them is exciting for Ainsworth Studio and where we are headed. If you want to join in and work with a company that will soon be a well known design firm, let’s do something together!

Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

Seeing the Light

I woke up at 4:30am and was super productive. I figured I’d reward myself with trying something new, so I hooked up my camera to my macbook and shot a time lapse video out my office window. I think my best work is done on Eastern Standard Time, which is great because some of our favorite clients are on the east coast.

For your enjoyment, here is the view out my office window:

Website Design and Graphic Design

We are currently running a promotion here at Ainsworth Studio. We are preparing for a new business development and have decided to offer friends of our customers this special deal. These are not templates, but customized designs to specifically showcase your business. That is why we are only offering 5 of each package at this price! This promotion will only last until September 7th, 2009.

Click here for all the details.

A great resource for website and graphic designers

Just ran across this fantastic posting of resources. If you are a graphic or website designer, check this out.