I am a UX Designer, creator of Design Meltdown and the author of six web design books. Several times per year you can find me speaking at conferences on various topics.

Web Hosting 101, part 3: Hosting Services & Plans

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


In this final article in my 3 part series on web hosting I finally talk about the actual web host! If you find yourself confused by all of the options and lingo surrounding hosts, this should finally clarify things for you. In this I focus on clarifying the types of hosts including shared hosting, dedicated servers and cloud hosting.

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Web Hosting 101, part 2: Domain Name Services

Posted on: November 9th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


Here I continue my three part series on the fundamentals of web hosting. In this particular piece I focus on some basic elements of working with DNS. And though this is a very technical topic I have worked extremely hard to make sure it is easily digested by anyone, including those with zero knowledge of the topic.

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Introducing Design Meltdown Live

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


If you know me I am always building something new and finding new ways to spread ideas. With this in mind, I want to tell you about something I'm up to that I think you'll really dig. I'm calling it Design Meltdown Live.

Two of my favorite web design topics are trends and inspiration. Starting this December, I'm putting on a series of live webinars that will focus on these two topics.

The Trend Report - December 6, 2012

As I research the many articles and books I write, I find and test a ton of web tools to find the real gems. Along the way I also encounter a wide spectrum of design trends. If these sound like interesting topics, I invite you to join me for The Trend Report, scheduled for Dec. 6, 2012, an hour-long presentation of my favorite resources, trends and tools.  I promise to only feature assets and resources that I have personally vetted. No filler — just pure awesomeness.

Register for The Trend Report

The Inspiration Challenge - January 10, 2013

In this 90-minute webinar on Jan. 10, 2012, I will deliver an inspirational sucker punch. This session will be a mix of resources and guidance for finding inspiration and challenges to get you going. I guarantee you'll leave this webinar inspired, motivated and empowered to go find your own fresh ideas.

Register for The Inspiration Challenge

I hope to see you at one or both of these events!

Web Hosting 101, part 1: Registering a Domain

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


As a result of my presentation at the HOW Interactive conference I have started a three part series on the HOW ID blog about web hosting. This designer friendly guide to the world of web hosting should serve as a nice foundation for understanding the nuances of domain names, DNS and web hosts. Part one is on registering a domain name. I encourage you to dig in and check it out.

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Web Hosting 101 – As presented at HOW ID 2012

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


I am happy to share with you here my presentation from the 2012 HOW Interactive Design Conference. My presentation was an introduction to web hosting. This included a primer on domain names, DNS and web hosts. You can view the slide show here or on slideshare.


A Crash Course on Responsive Web Design

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by patrick No Comments


Have you heard all the buzz about responsive web design but felt hopelessly behind? I know how you feel—every wave of new technology brings a flood of new stuff to learn. But responsive design is a revolutionary approach to web design that can’t be ignored: It impacts the industry in every way, from the way we sell sites to the entire design and development process.

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As usual I am up to my ears in web design trends. This time around were taking a look at current technology trends that are forcing change in the designers workflow. Ultimately this is forcing many designers to adapt to new methods and radically change the way they work. Some of this is probably not new news, but hopefully it was delivered in such a way that it had some new meaning and useful tools along with it. As promised here are the links from the presentation:


Efficiency is something I am rather passionate about, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to the 2012 Creative Freelancer Conference to speak on just that topic. In my presentation I actually presented 19 tools because I just couldn't resist packing as much valuable content into the presentation as possible. Below are all of the tools and url's referenced in the presentation as well as any promo codes I had to go with them.

  1. http://www.google.com/apps/
  2. http://lessaccounting.com/ (promo code CFC2012)
  3. http://lesstimespent.com/
  4. http://www.getharvest.com/ (promo code HOW)
  5. http://www.freshbooks.com/
  6. http://www.minutebill.com/
  7. https://signnow.com/
  8. https://www.hellofax.com/
  9. https://trello.com/
  10. https://www.ticksy.com/
  11. http://rapportive.com/
  12. https://www.dropbox.com/
  13. http://evernote.com/
  14. https://lastpass.com/
  15. http://ifttt.com/
  16. http://www.rightinbox.com/
  17. http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
  18. https://gumroad.com/
  19. http://wufoo.com/
  20. https://www.odesk.com/

39 Cutting-Edge Web Typography Tools

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


A lot of the current hype about web typography is centered around the ways of embedding custom type in websites. But there’s much more going on to be excited about. Developers are building lots of incredible things, and I’ve collected here what I believe are best web type tools around. If you’re a designer new to the web, this resource can help you capitalize on the progress the industry is making. (And only learn JavaScript if you really want to.) Long gone are the days of web-safe fonts. Consider yourself typographically liberated.

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Advanced copies of The Designer’s Web Handbook

Posted on: March 16th, 2012 by patrick No Comments



Want to know what one of the most exciting days in the life of a book is? The day you get your first copy in the mail. Well today was just such a day. FedEx arrived with two advanced copies of my new book. It is so exciting to finally flip through an actual copy after so many months of work...and a long wait while those darn printers crank out the actual book.

Want to get your hands on a copy? They should start shipping in mid May and you can pre-order yours on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.