ACF Gutenberg Blocks

No React, No Problem Advanced Custom Fields now offers a simple way of converting traditional ACF field groups into Gutenberg blocks without writing a line of React. This exciting announcement from the ACF team is really appealing if you aren’t ready to dive head-first into building custom Gutenberg blocks, which can be a time consuming and daunting

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Where is Mason?

Mason, our lovable, sometimes Marley-like, mascot was the heart and soul of King Design for over 14 years. Sadly, he passed from old age in February.  We miss him around the studio, but are happy to say he had a great life. We adopted Mason from a shelter when he was 9 months old and

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WordPress 103 (SEO & Security)

This is the third post in a series teaching the basics of WordPress from a client’s perspective. There are a lot of different Content Management Systems (CMS) out there but the most popular, and the one we use at King Design is WordPress. Using a CMS allows our clients to edit copy, swap images, and show/hide Read More

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A New Age Workflow

For years, we had a simple workflow from design to development, that I assume, most other agencies also utilized. We worked this way, like cavemen, until some new software emerged recently and brought us into the modern era. Often times, we used software for purposes that it might not have originally been intended for which Read More

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A Web/UI Designer’s Thoughts on Switching from Photoshop to Sketch

Sketch was on our radar for about a year and a half before we finally decided to hunker down and make the time investment to learn a new tool. We read a lot of reviews around the time we first discovered Sketch that led us to believe that, while its offerings were promising, its current Read More

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WordPress 102 (advanced custom fields)

This is the second post in a series teaching the basics of WordPress from a client’s perspective. At King Design, we like to give the power to our clients by giving them the ability to edit their sites after they’ve been built. We mainly use WordPress to accomplish this goal. For someone not used to using Read More

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WordPress 101 (basics)

This is the first post in a series teaching the basics of WordPress from a client’s perspective. Here at King Design, we pride ourselves with not only making great looking and functional websites, but also making them easy for our clients to edit for themselves. We do this by using a Content Management System (CMS) Read More

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Your Email Signature Should Be Text

Every once in a while, I’ll see an email signature come through as an image. Sounds like a small thing but it is one of your most powerful marketing tools. I would recommend changing it to text. Here’s why: 1) A large number of email programs block or don’t display images. So your recipient won’t Read More

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Everything You Were Taught About Converting Colors from PMS to CMYK is a Lie

This article will teach you how to properly choose and convert colors from PMS to CMYK so that they will appear accurate and consistent across your brand, whether print, digital, embroidery, signs, or screen printing. Colors are hard. Think about the last time you painted a room. No one walks into Sherwin Williams and says Read More

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Holiday-ify Mason

Every year, here at King Design, we like to come up with a fun microsite for the holidays. Last year, we shrunk ourselves into a snowglobe. After that successful creation, we brainstormed ideas for what might be fun this year. What about a Santa brand book? How about a Duck Hunt-esque snowball game showing how much we love Philadelphia? Read More

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Web Development Nostalgia

Recently, I celebrated my year anniversary at King Design and purely by happenstance I had to do some website updates to the very first website I developed at King. If you haven’t looked over your code from an old project, you should. Now, don’t be scared, I know what you think you’ll find; Alright, it won’t Read More

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5 Important Branding Considerations for Any Business

Your brand is how you become known to your potential and existing customers, and you should never leave this to chance. Through developing a solid brand strategy, you can control your brand and make it what you want it to be. Without a solid brand, you will be forgettable. With an uncontrolled brand, your business Read More

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How to Create 1 Password for All of Your Accounts, Securely!

Wouldn’t it be great to have one, secure password for all of your 10,000 accounts? Even better – wouldn’t it be great to not have to enter a username and password again? To just go to any site and automatically login? And one step better – what if you could share this magic with your Read More

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Using Your Website as a Sales Asset

One of the most important considerations one can make in valuing their website is how effective it is as a sales asset. The web is a versatile place, and a website can offer great value for a first time visitor (read: “potential customer/client”) when proper and intentional web design and development practices are followed. The Read More

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WebSockets and the Future of the Web

What Are WebSockets? WebSockets are one of many new technologies coming to the web that should have people excited. WebSockets will allow real-time, two-way communication between the browser and the server. While this article won’t be getting into too much technical detail, if you are interested you can find more detailed information at the resources listed Read More

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What Do Gila Monsters and Strawberries Have to Do With King Design?

A couple weeks ago, we had our first organized BBQ and team building event of the year. We started the day off at the Kings’ house playing Kan Jam, Washer Toss, Dodge Mason’s Landmines, and enjoyed some homemade springtime goodies including Chris’s Mean Green Gila Monster Guacamole, Fun-in-the-Sun Mixed Greens Salad with apples, nuts and seeds, Read More

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Responsive Web Design Summit

At King Design, we strive to keep up with emerging technology and web design standards. Some online sites and podcasts that are extremely helpful in our journey include: CSS-Tricks Codrops Smashing Magazine A List Apart ShopTalk Show The Web Ahead Recently, we attended the Environment for Human’s RWD Summit; an online conference over three days with Read More

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Google to Favor Mobile Friendly Sites in Searches

Google has officially announced “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal” on their Webmaster Central Blog. What does this mean to you? In short, if your site is not mobile friendly you’ll to drop in ranking. “This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and Read More

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Search Engine Optimization, the Digital World, and the Capo d’astro Bar

If you’re an AdMan (or AdWoman) you might know a story about my grandfather, Bud Robbins. In the early 60’s, during the “MadMen” days of the creative revolution called advertising, Bud was hired by an agency to write copy for the Aeolian Piano Company, a competitor to Steinway and Baldwin. While he may not have known Read More

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UX Considerations in a RWD World

At its core, the role of a UX professional is to empathize with the people who interact with your product. When you think about it in those terms, it is not unreasonable to expect that everyone involved in the creation of a website should be UX evangelists – from the client to the developer and everyone Read More

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Hosting: Third-party or Internal?

A question that comes up from time to time with clients is whether they should use a third-party hosting company or host the website internally. At King Design, we recommend hosting with a third-party, such as MediaTemple’s Managed VPS. There are exceptions to the rule however. Here are some of the topics to consider: Security Read More

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How to Prepare for a Web Redesign Kickoff Meeting

Okay, so all the paperwork has been signed and you absolutely cannot wait for us to get started on your project, right? Well, we’re pretty excited too, but first things first, we need to have an official project kickoff meeting. What should you do to help prepare for this meeting? Check out this list: Send Read More

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How the Web Works

Did you know that it can take up to three whole days for a new website to be made available on the web? If you were planning to coordinate a marketing campaign with your website launch and weren’t aware of this time delay, this could be very bad news. That’s why I think a little knowledge can go a long Read More

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8 Ways To Give Good Feedback To Your Creative Team

One of the greatest tasks a creative team faces is interpreting design feedback from a client. It’s a difficult job for various reasons, however, it’s worth noting that, for the creative team, this feedback, unlike a critique from peers, such as an art director or a creative director, originates from those who are paying the creative team to solve a business Read More

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Dealing with the Mobile Hover State

A common issue web developers run into is how hover effects on desktop transition to a mobile device. Since obviously there is no hover on mobile a discussion needs to be had about whether that hover effect is still vital/functional to the design or not. A good example of this is an effect we use on Read More

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3 Ways Responsive Web Design Can Improve Your SEO

A while back we introduced you, if you were previously unfamiliar, with the concept of responsive web design. We discussed two very different routes that can be taken when it comes to designing for the ever growing mobile/tablet audience. Option 1 was the responsive/adaptive web design approach, which takes a single website and [aesthetically] pinches and squeezes Read More

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Scrolling & The Fold

Amongst web designers and developers, few things will cause eyes to roll faster than the age-old debate about the existence of the “fold” and user scrolling behavior. Personal opinion and semantics often derail the conversation into one that isn’t productive or relevant to today’s multi-device landscape, but there is value in discussing both the “fold” and scrolling. However, we need Read More

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Holiday Snow Globe: How We Made It

As our studio began filling with festive holiday cheer, one question sat near. “What to do for our holiday campaign?” we asked with a smile. “How about a shakable snow globe!? That should keep folks entertained for a while.” kingdesignllc.com/snowglobe Many wild ideas were thrown about during one of our team lunches. The idea for Read More

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CSS Names

Coming up with names for your soon-to-be-born children can be pretty challenging but so can naming your CSS. The main problem stems from each site changing over time. A class name might make sense now but what if the design changes? To help out with this, think of names in three main categories: functional, content-based, Read More

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Think You’re Cut Out to be a Project Manager? Take This Quiz!

Directions: Assign points for how well each statement applies to you using the following criteria: Not true: 1 point Partly true: 2 points Mostly true: 3 points 1. I consider myself to be a good communicator. I’m not afraid or shy to ask questions or tell people what I need, even if it means I must Read More

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“If you build it, they will not come”

You finally got your big website designed, developed, and launched…all of a sudden everyone just knows about it, and starts clicking through all your pages, eating up all your information, purchasing all your products. You have the Magic Bullet! All your marketing goals achieved simply with having a newly launched, brand spankin’ new website! Nope, Read More

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Migrating from Expression Engine to WordPress

Recently, at King, we moved our blog over from an old Expression Engine build (v2) over to a new WordPress install. I figured it would be helpful to share my experiences since a lot of the other articles I read were pretty outdated. First, I’d like to thank Domenico Bettinelli for his article and Travis Read More

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Communicating with video and infographics.

You’re a visual learner. Think you’re not? That’s not what the interwebs say. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re a Digital Native, an Early Adopter, or otherwise technically savvy. And that means your attention span is minimal and you’ve been consuming information in a digital format, as quickly as possible, for as long as Read More

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Web fonts save lives.

Web fonts saves lives. Alright, maybe they don’t save lives, but they’re pretty awesome and make the web look a whole lot better. As awesome as they are, there are a few things that everyone should know to get the most out of them. 1. Most fonts are licensed Your favorite font library is full Read More

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