Dead River Derby Shows Gratitude

Dead River Derby Shows Gratitude to Sponsors

Dead River Derby shows gratitude to their sponsors by listing them on their website. Recent updates have yielded new copy on the home page, but that’s not all. The Marquette area women’s roller derby league website now has a sponsors page. Along with the sponsors page, there is also a preferred sponsors section on the site. Let’s take a closer look at the exciting new features.

Dead River Derby Shows Gratitude

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Grant Ryan Photography

Grant Ryan Photography

Grant M. Ryan is a talented photographer and a good friend of mine. He enjoys and excels at traditional celluloid black & white photographic productions. The knack for capturing that special moment in time and space is evident throughout his work.

Grant Ryan Photography

Although Grant has been refining his craft for years, he was in need of personal branding. In October 2013, I created a visual identity to fit his personality. This effort included a simple yet powerful logo as well as a mobile friendly, fully responsive website.

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Dead River Derby

Dead River Derby Rolls On

Dead River Derby is Marquette Michigan’s new roller derby league. If you don’t know already, roller derby is an aggressive, full contact race between two teams of women. Established in 2012, Marquette’s league has been busy promoting the sport. Now with an official logo and website to help solidify their image, Dead River Derby is ready to roll.

Dead River Derby

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Earthkeepers II

Earthkeepers II promote energy conservation

Earthkeepers II is an environmental initiative of the interfaith community in northern Michigan that now has a professional logo and website. I recently had the honor of designing their identity and giving them an official home on the web.

Earthkeepers II consists of ten faith traditions involving 250 faith communities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forest Service, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community during 2013-14. The Cedar Tree Institute, a nonprofit organization which provides services and initiates projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment, is coordinating the Initiative.

Earthkeepers II website

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Papa Crow Website Redesign

Papa Crow Redesign

Papa Crow, a.k.a. Jeff Krebs, hails from the beautiful south shore of Lake Superior. He crafts thoughtful and fun music for kids and families. After starting his own family, he dove headfirst into children’s music and decided to make his own album. In 2011, “Things That Roar” was released. This was his debut album of homemade kids and family songs that explore such topics as invisible polar bears, chicken lips, hairy frogs, things not to be afraid of, licorice, lemonade, kites, etc.

Papa Crow Website Redesign

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Responsive Web Development: Real World Applications

I came across an educational article at Smashing Magazine today that I’d like to share. It’s called “A Foot On The Bottom Rung: First Forays Into Responsive Web Development.” It was written by Gavyn McKenzie, a front-end web developer from the UK.

Responsive Web DevelopmentI’ve been designing and developing responsively (and responsibly) for a while now, and have recently written about responsive web design and how you can make your site usable on any device. My article covered the basics, but there is so much more to talk about concerning responsive design and development.

In the Smashing article, Gavyn details his experience of working on a team to revamp their mobile presence. The team proposed doing away with device-specific apps and developing a single responsive website that could be served to both desktop and mobile users. For this to work, they had to make an existing website responsive while retaining the standard layout for desktop users. He covers various methods of achieving success, best practices, fall-backs, bugs, and problem areas.

Gavyn does a great job of explaining the entire process. He offers various insights into frameworks, media queries, Modernizr, mobile first, CSS columns, CSS gradients, forms, user interface, lightboxes, hovers, date-pickers, and playing nice with older versions of Internet Explorer.

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Responsive Web Design

How to make your site awesome on any device, on any platform.

Responsive Web Design

Mobile is Growing Fast

Responsive Web Design is the future. The World Wide Web is expanding. It’s not just available from your desktop anymore. The web can now be accessed from many devices such as Televisions, Telephones, Tablets, etc. More people are able to access the web than ever before. The mobile market, in particular, has exploded along with the recent popularity of smarter phones and tablets.

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