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Stafford Tile websiteStafford Tile & Stone has been a great client of ours since 2008, and we built a new website for them in 2012. It's gone through a series of facelifts and upgrades over the years, but it was still mostly a marketing tool. That has changed now since Peggy Stafford contacted us a few months ago with some great new directives. "We need more out of our website. We need for it to be the Stafford Tile location that is always open and always available for our customers."

logo design iconLogos come in all shapes and sizes, but not all logo files are created equally. Many companies are in a rush to complete their logo as it's one of the first items needed when starting a business. But your logo is a very important investment in your business, and a good logo will not only enhance your image — it will also save you money in the long run.

If you're flying Southwest in September (or maybe October?), look for the ad below in Southwest the Magazine. Draw funny pictures on it then a snap a photo and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or message it to 504-400-6615. I'd love to see how you would improve it or make it worse—your choice. 

Southwest Magazine ad

The new artwork created by I Design, with direction from Gray Line's excellent marketing guru Adrienne Thomas, engages the audience with the statement "Pick Your Spirit."

Gray Line streetcar ad

 

Rocky & Carlo's Restaurant & Bar websiteAs a website developer who primarily builds content management system websites on established CMS platforms, I always had a bad feeling about Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and other "do it yourself" website tools. I'd wonder, "Will these services eventually take over the small business market? Will I lose business to these guys?"

Original Hostetter label

Mystery caller says "Meet me in the Quarter. I got an interesting job for ya."

I love being a graphic designer in New Orleans—you never know what the next job will entail. Last year, I got a mysterious call from someone needing help. The call went something like this:

Me: I Design, this is Matt.

Mystery client: I need graphics help. 

Me: Okay, I can probably help you. What exactly do you need?

Mystery client: I can't explain it, I need to show you. Can you meet me in the French Quarter?

Happy New Year everyone! To kick off 2019, I've republished the top ten worst passwords from SplashData's "Top 100 Worst Passwords for 2018." Unfortunately, many of the same offenders are tops on the list. And here's a LPT: password is not a good password. Neither is 123456. Even though most users know that passwords should be secure, many still use the awful ones below.

Remember to make passwords at least 8 characters long, with mixed types including upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. And another tip from SplashData reminds us to use a different password for each of your logins. That way, if a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, they will not be able to use it to access other sites.

You can click here to see their full list. So, without further ado, enjoy the top 10 below (with change from 2017):

  1. 123456 (Unchanged)
  2. password (Unchanged)
  3. 123456789 (Up 3)
  4. 12345678 (Down 1)
  5. 12345 (Unchanged)
  6. 111111 (New, really?)
  7. 1234567 (Up 1)
  8. sunshine (New)
  9. qwerty (Down 5)
  10. iloveyou (Unchanged)

 

Compelled to share this creative and funny ad by 3 UK. #PhonesAreGood

SSL padlockLately I've been contacting the clients that host websites at I Design about the importance of adding Transport Layer Security or a Secure Sockets Layer certificate (SSL) to their website hosting package. In the past, SSL was reserved for websites that shared sensitive data with users or sold products. But that has changed and in today's world, secure websites are a must. 

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