Why you should hire me instead of 99 Designs

By Nicole Hanusek | October 14, 2011

A friend of mine recently used 99 Designs to get a web site design and was extremely disappointed. While that site may work well for logos, it does not work well for web sites.

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Latest Projects

By Nicole Hanusek | April 22, 2011

Yikes, I haven’t updated the Portfolio since November! And here’s why…

Smack Happy Facelift

By Nicole Hanusek | April 21, 2011

In much the same way that an interior decorator might redecorate her house often, I have decided to redesign this web site. I’m not too fickle though because the original design lasted a whole two years.

CSS Basics and Troubleshooting

By Nicole Hanusek | April 21, 2011

Recently one of my clients asked me to talk to their developers about good practices and common problems for CSS. Here are some quick notes that I presented on the topic.

Drupal to WordPress Migration

By Nicole Hanusek | November 12, 2010

In the spring I was approached by a client to tackle a Drupal 5 to WordPress 3 migration. I had never done this before, but I was willing to take on the challenge — and boy was it a challenge!

Spreading the Word, Part 2: Reaching Out

By Nicole Hanusek | August 23, 2010

In part one of “Spreading the Word” I talked about how to optimize your site for search. Now I’m going to give you some suggestions on how to reach out to the people you know (and the ones you don’t) to let them know about your fantastic new web site.

Spreading the Word, Part 1: SEO

By Nicole Hanusek | August 17, 2010

A friend of mine recently asked for some advice about how to make your site known, particularly if you’ve just launched. How to get your site into Google search results and in general what to do for search engine optimization.

In This Economy, Small Businesses Can’t Afford To Skimp On Design

By Nicole Hanusek | March 9, 2010

Just sent out a press release through PRLog: Stand out from your competitors with a great website…

Happy ChrismaHanaKwanzikah

By Nicole Hanusek | December 25, 2009

Design for the Holidays

By Nicole Hanusek | October 27, 2009

From our newsletter… Halloween is just around the corner, which means Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa – or as I lovingly refer to the holidays, ChrismaHanaKwanzikah – are soon to follow. It always amazes me how fast the year flies…

New Artwork

By Nicole Hanusek | October 15, 2009

We recently added a few more pieces to our portfolio collection. A new logo along with concept for Achievement Advisors, and an illustration of Dr. Cloud for HealthLoop.

Some Clever Design from ThinkGeek

By Nicole Hanusek | August 15, 2009

I recently got an email from about getting their anniversary tee for free with a $10 purchase. When I clicked on the link to look at the offer, I scrolled through the page and noticed the gradient in the…

More Logo Design

By Nicole Hanusek | July 10, 2009

Slaving away on some new logos; web site designs to follow shortly. Also finished up a small, one-page web site for El Buen Comer, which offers home-style Mexican food in San Francisco. Check out the new work…

Portfolio Update

By Nicole Hanusek | May 26, 2009

Just added some new pieces to the portfolio. Some new logos, new ads, and a new user interface example.

Brain Fitness

By Nicole Hanusek | April 27, 2009

One of my clients recently launched their new web site, Brain Fitness Australia. They needed a site that allowed them to edit content, so we built it using WordPress. They won’t be using it as a blog per se, but…

New Artwork

By Nicole Hanusek | April 14, 2009

I recently completed a few projects and added the artwork to my portfolio in the areas of graphic design (ads and a splash screen), flash animation (an intro), and illustration (some icons). Here’s the rundown: Alexa Ads – Designed several…

Fixed vs. Liquid

By Nicole Hanusek | April 14, 2009

Should your web site design have a fixed width or should it be liquid and expand across the entire browser? I know this question has been asked and answered many times on the web, but I need to throw in…

Sending Large Files

By Nicole Hanusek | March 9, 2009

In the design business, the occasion often arises where you have to send a very large file. I consider anything over 14MB or so to be a large file. When I need to send a file of this size, I…

March Calendar

By Nicole Hanusek | February 27, 2009

Smashing Magazine offers desktop wallpapers every month and for March, you will find one that I made! It’s called Computer Head. Click here for March desktops.

Home Page Formula

By Nicole Hanusek | February 24, 2009

If you’re offering a service online, there is a particular formula most sites use these days. The top half of the page (above the fold) has a colored rectangle area, often with rounded corners. One-half of this rectangle spouts the…