Does Your Navigation Suffer From UIC (Unnecessary Icon Labels)?

Recently, SmashingMagazine.com published an article by Suzanne Scacca that examines web trends that may be time to retire. While several aren’t applicable to most nonprofit arts orgs, there is one you should consider: unnecessary icon labels. Inside the design world, navigation icons are a great way to make clients feel like they are getting something super personal but in reality, it’s just billable filler that is easy to produce. Scacca uses a Geico app design for some of her examples. The icons aren’t all that easy to decipher (except the tow truck) … Read more

Should You Use MailChimp’s New Website Builder?

Quick Answer: No. Longer Answer: MailChimp recently added a website builder to its suite of features. This is a logical addition especially because MC is looking to become a full-service CRM platform. The website builder is easy-to-use and lightweight, but it doesn’t have enough features for what most arts organizations need. That said, it could be useful to very small organizations building a first website or making the move from Wix or Weebly. I could also see it being a good option for individual artists. If you do not fall into one … Read more

Turn Lists Into Columns With A Little CSS Magic

One of the most common content management frustration points I find clients encounter is finding an attractive way to display long lists inside webpages. For example, the ubiquitous donor list. Sure, a dozen or so names for larger donors in a bullet list looks fine but what about when you get to that $1-$99 range and you have hundred(s) of names? Fortunately, there’s a CSS trick that will let you convert regular bullet (unordered) or numbered (ordered) lists into columns without having to lift a finger. Best of all, you can still … Read more

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