Taxgedo vs. Tagxedo

Taxgedo vs. Tagxedo

I’m not dyslexic, but last week I was temporarily affected. I wrote about Taxgedo Tagxedo and mixed up the name… I realised something had to be wrong when checking my StatCounter stats – clicking on the Google query that brought the visitor to my site, it showed only 7 search-results. Weird. Even stranger was the fact that, with the duplicates included, there were only 23 results, of which 17(!) are linking to my site – even my contact-page is listed… (Right now, Google displays 146.000 results for the correct/real name  – will be interesting to note when and where my updated post shows up in there… Also, the first result for the wrong name is still Tagxedo – apparently Google applies some artificial intelligence there, recognising the mix up!)

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ClaireConcept.com

ClaireConcept.com

Client & Design: Claire Concept

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Lastminutewerk.nl

Lastminutewerk.nl

Client: lastminutewerk.nl
Developer: Scube
Graphic design: Claire Concept

My role:

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Short is… sexy (and useful)!

Short is… sexy (and useful)!

Not talking about myself, of course. But, as URLs can grow really long, formfields can be (too) small, email might break them and Twitter limiting your tweets, we now really need URL shorteners. TinyURL.com was the first one (2002), but has been surpassed by dozens that provide shorter URLs: simply by using a shorter domainname themselves. Bit.ly is the one I see most these days (it seems there are about 100 of them – check out 

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Is TaGXedo the new Wordle?

Is TaGXedo the new Wordle?

You have seen them before: word (or tag) clouds. Wordle was the first one (correct me if I’m wrong). I once imported my LinkedIn contacts – and just now my Del.icio.us tags: cloudy. Interestingly enough, Wordle is now used by a Dutch scientist to evaluate policy-programs of political parties: based on their wordclouds, he determines what they (claim to) emphasize on (yet even the experts had a hard time guessing which cloud belonged to what party…) – view them here.

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Vaultpress

Vaultpress

Reading about hacked blogs, back-up hassles, as a WordPress-user/impleMENTOR, you’re constantly looking for a better and safer one-stop solution (I for sure am – and so should you!). Wondering why the great guys at WP don’t beef up WP itself (implementing some plugins that you now install anyway), I ran into this: Vaultpress. Great minds! So, I signed up for the beta, and this is their reply:

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Colossal lettering

Colossal lettering

You’re married. For 10 years. With the same woman. To celebrate that, you visit Rome (one of the cities I love, visited twice, and want to will return to, one day). Then you return home. But instead of putting pictures in your family album, you start drawing letters – as you have done before. Because you love fonts, letters and typography. And like to spend quite some time on it. 250 hours, more or less. The result?

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Blueprint & jQuery – Case study

Blueprint & jQuery – Case study

I have been working with Stefan for more than two years now and he writes a very useful blog: Divito Design. It’s there that I found a very good post about BluePrint grid – after quite some more reading, I used it to revamp an ‘old’ 2001 site – and wrote an article about how it helped me creating a W3C compliant and browser compatibile site – sharing it with you here: case study – I hope it is as useful to you as Stefan’s article

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Defrosting Cold Cases.com

Defrosting Cold Cases.com

Vidocq is a pretty smart fellow – as a lawyer he worked for Amnesty International and several police forces. For years he had a problem though: many of the cold cases he was involved with needed more exposure, but with tight budgets and lack of manpower, how do you reach a wider audience? And worse, not being tech-savvy, where do you start online? Your own website? Facebook? A first try at WordPress.com was a bummer: although a great platform for beginners, it was still intimidating – and, a bit restrictive – they do not provide ‘total freedom’ (for good reasons – it’s a free service, and they want to control their environment). Vidocq kept on searching and contacted me: it was his challenge (read: frustration) to get his years of experience and cold cases out to the public!

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Free Social Media Icon Set

Free Social Media Icon Set

Nick Roach of Elegant Themes (I’m currently using his ColdStone Minimal theme), posted 42 social media icons. They are quite large (64 * 64), but that makes them perfect for scaling. Go grab them here: Icons for nada 

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