Use Google Calendars on your website

December 21, 2011 Posted by Colin in Tip-sheets, Web Design

I tend to recommend a lot of google products. One that I recommend very often is the use of Google Calendars as a calendar of events on your website. Using Google Calendars saves you having to install and configure clunky event management plugins, and fits easily onto a page on your website using a little bit of embedding code. You can even have more than one calendar display at a time and choose which ones you want displayed from a little drop-down menu. I will briefly describe how this is done and include links to the Google documentation for each step. They do a much better job of explaining than I would. More...

Preparing your images for the web

December 9, 2011 Posted by Colin in Design, Tip-sheets, Web Design

It's become an age old question. "How do I optimize my image files so that they are small and fast loading, but still look great?" Image formats, and image optimization tools have come a long way, but there have always been just a few fundamental concepts at play here. More...

What RSS is and what it isn’t

December 7, 2011 Posted by Colin in Social Media

I have noticed many people are confused by what happens when they click the RSS icon on their website. I think this confusion stems from people forgetting exactly what RSS is, in combination with the placement of the RSS icon in the same place as other social media icons. More...

Your WordPress homework!

November 22, 2011 Posted by Colin in Tip-sheets, Web Design

So, we’ve helped you build a website. The content reflects your marketing plan, calls to action, organizational structure and more. Now what? Well, it’s time for you to take over your shiny new site and make it work for you. And that means you’re going to need to learn how to use the WordPress CMS (Content Management System. A great place to start is with the WordPress Lessons documentation More...

5 questions to ask your web hosting provider

November 18, 2011 Posted by Colin in Tip-sheets, Web Design, Workingfolio

We've launched a lot of websites for our clients on a lot of different web-hosting services over the years. And we've often found that clients choose providers that make things unnecessarily difficult, and much more time consuming than they should be. How should you choose a host? What should you be looking for in order to get the best service? More...

How to submit your website to search engines

October 26, 2011 Posted by Colin in Tip-sheets, Web Design

We are often asked for advice about how to submit a website to the major search engines, and what other things one can do to begin promoting a new website. Here's a list of the submission pages of the three major search engines. Just follow the instructions on each of them to submit your site. More...

Media Democracy Days coming up

October 12, 2011 Posted by workingdesign in Featured

Working Design is proud to once again sponsor the expanded Media Democracy Days. For the first time, the 10th annual edition will run over three days from Nov. 11-13 at the Vancouver Public Library with other events taking place at nearby venues. Last year, Media Democracy Day drew together more than a thousand people More...

Access Awareness Day – June 4

June 3, 2011 Posted by workingdesign in Clients

June 4th is Access Awareness Day. Working Design is pleased to have played a role in developing materials for the annual Access Awareness Day sponsored by our client SPARC BC – The Social Planning and Research Council of BC. Celebrated on the first Saturday in June, the event promotes the rights of people with disabilities, and raises awareness about accessibility and social inclusion. More...

Are you safe on the job?

April 28, 2011 Posted by workingdesign in Branding

Today is the 27th annual National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. According to WorkSafe BC, last year 143 BC workers lost their lives. In 2009 nearly 100,000 British Columbians were injured on the job. Nearly three million work days were lost. More...

Looking at 25 years of the Working Design visual identity

April 19, 2011 Posted by workingdesign in Branding

Developing logos, graphic identities and helping clients with their branding are among our favourite projects at Working Design. Whether it’s for a research institute, a social service agency or a business, the process of defining a look, an online presence and who you are in your sector, the process is the same. The job can be more challenging, however, when the client is…yourself. More...