Death of the QR code

Basecamp QR code

Basecamp’s QR code

Recently, a very talented marketer and I were discussing QR (quick response) codes. QR codes are the rather ugly black-and-white squares you’ll find adorning business cards and perhaps posters. Mine is to the left.

Supposedly, if you scan a QR code with a mobile device (or I suppose with your desktop scanner), the QR code takes you to a special web page (say, one with a coupon), or a home page, a landing page.

I was quite enamored of them, because they seemed to work so well in Japan. (more…)

How do I find good web designers?

The $64,000 Question logo

The $64,000 Question

The $64,000 question for small, medium, and even large businesses. I get this one a lot: “I look at a lot of designers’ web sites and I can’t tell who’s any good.” Well, I’ll give you the simple answer. (more…)

How is WordPress like a Honda Civic?

Honda Civic

How is WordPress like a Honda Civic? Photo by Ktr101

How is WordPress like a Honda Civic? Hang in there for a moment.

WordPress isn’t the program I knew last year this time, and especially not the one I knew five years ago. (more…)

"Should I give a discount to my clients?"

my desk

Typical entrepreneur’s desk (Photo credit: fensterbme)

It’s happened once again, folks.

A client has asked for a discount on her very first project — claiming that she’ll make it up by giving me more work in the future. (more…)

Two spaces after a period? Please

Chicago Manual of Style
Once upon a time, when typography involved letters that each took up the same space (as each other), it was the norm to type two spaces after a period. Wow. That’s been, like, more than 70 years ago.

Wikimedia says: From around 1950, single sentence spacing became standard in books, magazines and newspapers.[11] However some sources still state that additional spacing is correct or acceptable. The debate continues,[4] notably on the World Wide Web—as many people use search engines to try to find what is correct.[12] Many people prefer double sentence spacing for informal use because that was how they were taught to type.[13] There is a debate on which convention is more readable, but the few recent direct studies conducted since 2002 have produced inconclusive results.[14]Associated Press Stylebook

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