Website design documents

Website design documents

So originally I shared via private post links to our documents for other developers to be able to add to their repository and have them as something to review, it became a good discussion and I thought to myself I really should just make this a blog post. These documents are not the final versions of our contracts or agreements, these are to give our potential clients an idea of what our agreements look like ahead of entering into an agreement with us. Normally these pages are locked down with s2member but I have opened them up to share with the awesome Advanced WordPress facebook community. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! This is our website design contract it as grown over the years, as we experience new situations and found new pieces of it in other folks contracts… How do I know that its pretty darn good, well, I make websites, for lawyers, and they helped. 🙂 Website Design Contract  Sometimes when your working with potential clients they might be a little concerned about what they can and cant tell you. For that we have the Mutual Non Disclosure agreement, the great thing about the Mutual NDA is that you are BOTH agreeing to keep what’s secret, a secret, but it does not bar you from talking to other clients about making them a website, and it does not bar the potential client from talking to other developers about THEIR website. Mutual Non Disclosure Agreement  I hope this helps our developer friends and the new folks starting out.. I can say with 20 years of experience NEVER start a project, even with...
We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website!

We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website!

We honestly cannot understand a website failure of this magnitude. It is of course national news that “CoverOregon” may in fact be the biggest website failure in the history of websites, in fact it is starting to feel like a solar reputation among websites. We want to assure you that when it comes to your website, not only are our websites affordable and functional, you can count on us to manage your project efficiently and to maintain open communication with you the whole project so that not only do you not loose track of 250 million dollars. You have a wonderful website, built to your expectations and completed on...
The most sexy thing just happened to my mac…

The most sexy thing just happened to my mac…

Long story short, if you are a designer like me, access to fonts is critical, but also overwhelming! Because I do a lot of web design vs graphic for print, I like to use google fonts when I can. They are elegant and beautiful, and of course it just makes sense when working with graphics to have compatible font use. Enter Skyfonts! SkyFonts is a lightweight, patent-pending utility that allows you to effortlessly install desktop fonts and sync them on up to five of your devices. You don’t have to worry about the hassle of installing or managing multiple font files — SkyFonts automatically takes care of it for you in the background, so you can focus on your designs instead of worrying about font management. Desktop versions of Google Fonts are installed to your machine via SkyFonts. Just click your favorite fonts and they will be automatically synced and ready to use on your device! There’s no time limit on your selections either; as an added benefit, updates to your installed Google Fonts are automatically pushed to your devices, assuring you’ll always have the most up-to-date versions of all the fonts you love. All Google Fonts are subject to the Google Fonts end user license agreements. And of course not just google fonts, but if you work with Fonts.com or MyFonts.com just use your username and password to access your fonts.. What a brilliant tool that is going to my my life SO much easier. –...

Welcome Freedom Oregon – new client website launch

Today I am VERY proud to announce the website launch of our most recent client, Freedom Oregon. The Freedom Oregon Campaign are liberty-minded Republicans, conservatives, and independent-thinking Oregonians who support the freedom to marry initiative. They believe in freedom, equality, fairness, and opportunity for all. They are uniting for marriage equality because it is consistent with their values. Thinking Man Creative is proud to have united with Freedom Oregon and to have them as a website design and hosting client. We pride ourselves on working with organizations that align with our personal values. We encourage you to visit the Freedom Oregon website at http://www.freedomor.com to learn about the organization and join us and make a donation today to support their efforts in embracing the ideals that true freedom and equality also means equality in the right to...

Need a color? Check out these online tools.

Often clients come to us with new ideas that have no set colors, it is our job to help you (the client) find the colors that work. We might get this from a variety of places, a photo you give us, your business card even your product package. Then we have to make sure that the color we picked works with other colors, and thats where the following tools come in handy.. ColorHexa ColorHexa is one of my most used tools, as a developer not only does it tell me the Hexadecimal value of the color I am asking about, but it gives me a great amount of data about that color. Including color schemes that will work great with it. ColorExplorer ColorExplorer is pretty neat, it allows you to create and save and even import into Adobe products custom color palette. It has a lot of advanced tool that can come in handy even Pre loaded Color Libraries. In fact it even has tools that will help you ensure your site meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines if you need to do that. Color Scheme Designer Design your own color scheme with the Color Scheme Designer. Rotate and adjust the color wheel to select your base color, then see automatically generated values based on your palette type.   Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator Gradients May be nearly dead but if you really want the fading style of the mid 2000’s and you want to do it in CSS3 this is the tool for you! CSS3 gradients are really very difficult to write out in code. Not only do you need to...