Posts by Kevin VandeKrol

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A pixel is not a pixel: designing for a new generation of mobile devices

If you’re a web developer or designer who has lately working on projects for mobile devices, it won’t take too long before you realize that a pixel no longer equals a pixel.

You noticed this because you looked up the screen resolution of the new Galaxy S6 and were puzzled as to how it could have a larger resolution than your 1080p widescreen desktop monitor, and yet websites are still perfectly readable and seem to render at the same size as they always have. Something is literally not adding up.

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4 myths about responsive web design

Responsive web design? If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably heard the term before and you could probably even give a pretty accurate definition of it. But as with any tech buzzword, there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding this concept, and we’d like to help clear some of it up.

I rounded up four arguments that are frequently cited in articles urging your company to embrace responsive web design. For each argument, I’ll provide a source so that you can see what they say to support it. Then I’m gonna tear it to bits. [ Read more ]

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700 new top-level domain names are coming in October. What does it mean for you?

The Internet landscape is changing soon. If you’ve ever been in the position of choosing a domain name, you may remember the day when your only choices were .com, .net or .org. Since 2001, the choices have gradually expanded to 22, with the most well-known late additions being “.biz”, “.mobi” and “.info.”

Last year, though, the domain name oversight group ICANN voted to end the strict restrictions on top-level domains and allow anyone to request that a new one be created… just as long as they were willing to write a check for $185,000 to cover the application fee. [ Read more ]

Have you heard about AIGA Iowa’s Design Assign event? It’s a collaborative partnership between the design community and local non-profits that gives back to the greater Des Moines community through design. Area creatives use their talents to provide local non-profit organizations with communication projects that can help raise awareness and funds for those organizations. We are very excited to be a part of this inspiring event! We encourage non-profits to apply to participate.