Website Redesign: (Animated) Cloud-Filled Mind

Will Leffert Case Studies, Web & The Internet

It wasn’t much long ago I redesigned this site with some experimental UI & animation. It was fun, it was interesting. It was also unusable by a good swath of visitors. How do I know that? Not many people made it past the splash page, according to my analytics. I had hoped that the twin spinning ball animation would be …

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Animation & SVG In Web Design

Will Leffert Web & The Internet

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything about the web, or what I’m even working on, so while we all wait for Government Hold Music to go live on digital distribution, I’ve been working on learning more about SVG and animation in web design, and wanted to share with you some of my work. First, I started experimenting …

Watercolor & Website Design: The future works of WFL

Will Leffert Personal, Web & The Internet

It hasn’t been that long since my last redesign, but I decided that, with my new pursuits, a website redesign was prudent. As was shown in my 605 gallery exhibit post, I’ve begun investing time in watercolor. Website designs such as this have seemingly dropped out of favor for many, instead focusing on HTML5 canvas minimal themes with animation. While I …

Why Should I Redesign My Website?

Will Leffert Editorial, Web & The Internet

First, some housekeeping: With work, new projects, and more piling up, WSIW will become a bi-weekly feature. Now, without further ado.. Why should I redesign my website? It’s a simple question, and, with a little luck, I’ll be able to explain why for a number of scenarios that many of you finding this blog will be able to identify with. …

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WSIW: Why Should I Advertise Online?

Will Leffert Editorial, Web & The Internet

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Why Should I Wednesday. Today’s question is simple: Why should I advertise online? The ad world has shifted substantially over the years; We’ve gone from catchy jingles and Burma-Shave, to flashing click-baiting and clever calls to action. Newspapers, TV, and even radio are still relevant, but where does online advertising fit in? …

The Compromise of Analytics: Single-Page Javascript Driven vs. Multi-Page Websites

Will Leffert Web & The Internet

This is a rather small argument, but I thought, while looking through my Google Analytics, that I would talk a bit about the impact of analytics (and SEO, too) between utilizing a Javascript based dynamic content site and something slightly more static, such as a multi-page website. I currently have 2 sites active that use both techniques.  The site utilizing …

The Pros of Pagination: Page 2

Will Leffert Web & The Internet

Miss part one?  Read The Pros of Pagination: An argument against infinite scrolling. In my last post on this topic, I discussed a number of faults infinite scrolling has.  Here I would like to share a number of pros for pagination that I didn’t cover in the first post. Pick a search engine.  I personally use Bing, but Google is a …

The Pros of Pagination: An argument against infinite scrolling

Will Leffert Web & The Internet

Once again, I decided to write about a topic that Smashing Magazine recently covered.  This time, we’ll talk about pagination, and why I prefer it over the nemesis known as “infinite scrolling”. That isn’t to say infinite scrolling doesn’t have its uses; Twitter and Facebook both do it fairly well (however, I wish Facebook handled it better, especially on their …

The Novelty of Advanced Rendering on the Web

Will Leffert Web & The Internet

Web design has come a long way since the days of Netscape Navigator.  We went from the blink and marquee tag to CSS transitions, HTML 5 Canvas, and more.  You can do things in web browsers now that used to be limited to plugins such as Flash.  jQuery itself has beautified the web in more ways that many could imagine, …

I miss the days of “fingering someone’s .plan”

Will Leffert Web & The Internet

Though the title of this post may sound dirty, it is a solid foundation of any *nix geek 30 or older.  I’m talking about one of the oldest forms of (digital) blogs: The .plan. A .plan was a file set up in a users’ home folder.  That’s all.  Just a plain, simple text file.  It could contain whatever you wanted, …