For me, cooking is a process that not only takes me away from the computer to a relaxed space, but also brings out my most creative self; I find that getting out of the studio and using my hands to make meals inevitable leads me to be a better, if not well-fed, designer. This past weekend, team Needmore headed to the Oregon coast and spent some time in the kitchen with our dear friend Jesse who schooled us in the art of hand-crafting something decidedly delicious: fresh pasta.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do on the days you don’t feel like doing them.
You might have heard that buying a bunch of domain names and pointing them to your website will help you out with getting your website to the top of searches. This advice is as dated as Warren Beatty.
All You Need is One
The basic rule of thumb is to never have more than one domain name pointing to a single site. This is because Google and others are looking for you to have unique content on your website. If your content is showing up under a handful of names when they are trying to figure out ranking, Google is going to be confused about which is the authority an all of your sites are going to suffer. And so, your domain likely will not rank highest for the words you want it to.
There are Exceptions to Every Rule
There are a few instanced when you would want these redirects. (These are targeted at mistypes in the browser bar and are not targeted in any way at search ranking.) Here are some instances:
- Your domain name is easy to misspell.
- You want to own your brand online, you might want to pick up the .com, .net, etc. versions of your domain name.
- You need country specific domain names for domains outside of the US.
If you do set these up, be sure that they are 301 redirects so that they have no negative repercussions for your website’s rank.
We’ve just launched a new website for Vignette Brand Communications.
We knew we were in for a treat the first time we stopped in to meet the Vignette team; we’ve never been to a studio with such genuine warmth and as many smiles (the adorable baby was a bonus). This group is top notch. Brands need communication — these are the people you want telling your story.
Needmore Designs is looking for a developer (with design sense, too) to help us make the web a better place for our customers and our clients.
We’re not talking a little better. We’re not talking twice as good.
We’re talking a million times better.
Look, ours is a highly technical field. We know it’s not easy to find someone who is able to write the next line of code or check off the next issue, while keeping in mind the vast amazing unexplored potential of the web.
But, you’re out there. We know it. And we want you to be a kick-ass player on our kick-ass team.
I am heartbroken to learn that the Portland Yoga Studio is closing. (They were critical in guiding my recovery from a car accident this past year; I do not know what shape my body would have been in without them.) What stings even more is their recent admission about the cause of the closure: Groupon.
When the founder’s circle promotion was cut short because of the last minute rush of Groupon activations, I knew things would be tight in 2012 but I never thought it would come to this…
Groupon must sound like a good idea at first glance, especially for a struggling small business. They offer the mystical allure of free advertising and a wealth new customers. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the devil is in the details — and the details are sketchy.
Well hello, friends. Happy New Year! We’ve just returned to the studio from a short, whirlwind sabbatical. One of the most pivotal destinations this past week was our annual Needmore Retreat at the Grande Lodge. Perhaps it was the chilly wind outside and the roaring fire inside, but we had just about the most productive retreat to date. Continue reading