Just published a new website for a New Orleans Personal Injury Firm

We've just published a new website for the New Orleans law firm of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC. Like almost all of our websites, this one is a custom design and we're very proud of the final result. 

Several years back, the firm hired us to replace their old site that was outdated and uninspiring. We quickly published a new, responsive CMS website with a new logo design so they could be proud of their online presence. They decided late last year to start on a new, more dynamic, modern website to compete in the crowded plaintiff law firm category. The redesign has lots of new features, including dynamic design tiles highlighting their practice areas and attorney bios (two of the most important sections of a law firm site), dynamic slider content on the attorney bio pages, and new keyword rich text. The new site is fast, engaging, and works great on all kinds of screen sizes and devices.

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Love that Instagram pic! Think I'll use it too.

It's easy to download photos from the internet, but in most cases, reusing them on your own site is copyright infringement. Photos that are classified as being in the "public domain" are the exception, so be careful when publishing photos or graphics on your site.

Also, with the ease of sharing photos on social media, it's good to know what you can and can't do with someone else's posted photos. Here's a short post from designtaxi.com that explains sharing rules on Instagram.

 

White Space is Your Friend

used car adI have some clients (who will remain nameless) that like to fill every bit of space they have available with something – text, pics, stars, banners – anything but white space. I guess they believe that they're paying for the space, especially if it's an ad, so they might as well get as much out of it as possible. But I can assure you, that white space is your friend. When a print design, or a even a web page or app page are crowded with elements, it looks crowded. It looks messy. It looks like something a used car salesman would do in a newspaper ad. Okay for showing lots of information about lots of cars, but not very elegant or professional looking.

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Home Page Image Slider Tips

METTON image sliderIn my last news article, Does Your website Need a Hero Image?, I questioned whether following this layout trend was absolutely necessary. But I also mentioned that most of my new sites utilize photo sliders on the home page. So, if you're going to use a hero image or a big image slider on your home page, think about how it should look and work. Here are some basic rules to consider.

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Does Your Website Need a Hero Image?

im a heroTake a look at almost any newer website design on the Internet today and there's a great chance you'll see a giant photo or a huge photo slider on the home page. Just like fashion, architecture, and other industries, web design follows trends. People see other sites and they want their site to look the same. They go to seminars where "professionals" tell them "your site must have an enormous photo on the home page." 

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Calm Technology In The Era of Experience Design

From Adobe Creative Cloud blog story by  Sheena Lyonnais

Technology is intrusive. It beeps, buzzes and flashes, constantly trying to get our attention. It interrupts us when we’re eating dinner with our loved ones and pushes notifications at us until it succeeds in completely stealing our conversation away. We’re in relationships with our devices and they don’t want us to forget about it. They nag and they nip, shouting about their newest innovations while others flash their latest features at us, tempting us with their flirtation. Our eyes wander to what’s next whether we want them to or not, and before we know it we can barely breathe over the clatter.

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In-House Photographer Hard at Work

Liz at SSR

I Design also does photography. Here's Liz (my wife) taking a break from weddings by shooting equpiment and trucks for one of my clients. My only direction, "make 'em look skinny!"

Retro Design in a Modern Layout

Crescent Palms Motel websiteI've just published a new website for the Crescent Palms Motel located off Broad Street on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The property has a ton of rich history which you can read about on the site, so if you're ever in the neighborhood, drive by and check it out. You can also view photo galleries of the newly renovated property and the original Mason's Motel.

I designed the original site in 2008 and it served them well for seven years. Like the original, the updated site features a vintage sixties layout using architectural elements and colors from the renovated motel. Other graphic assets include an animated neon sign graphic, a large panning photo slider, and a nice retro headline font. The vintage design is wrapped in a modern layout that features a sticky header, mobile only nav buttons, and integrations for Tripadvisor and Expedia content.

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Steamboat NATCHEZ Turns 40

Natchez turns 40Happy birthday to the Steamboat NATCHEZ--40 years and still going strong!

The New Orleans Steamboat Company gave I Design its first job back on February 4, 2001 and it continues to be one of my best clients to this day. I enjoyed designing some materials for their celebration including invitations for an event, signs, a program and some magazine and newspaper ads.

I love working for a true New Orleans treasure and I'm looking forward to the next 40 years!

For a little lagniappe here's a nice article written by my friend, AP writer Cain Burdeau.

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