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Web Typography for the Newcomer (Rhythm)

When designing a website, taking the time to integrate good typography can mean the difference between a good site, and a GREAT site. Typography is a fascinating topic, of which I am still learning a great deal, that requires you to be picky, and...

Spud Engine Rapidly Becoming a Full-featured Site Management Tool

It's been a few months of work, but the results are astounding. Spud is a full-featured site management tool developed by Redwind Software and Westlake Design as an open source solution based on experiences with web development and customer...

Why Ruby on Rails?

Ruby on Rails is a powerful web application framework written in, yea you guessed it, Ruby. With it's emphasis on modular convention and developer happiness, it is easily becoming one of the greatest frameworks to work with. Not to discount other...

Designing for Accessibility

In recent months, we over here at Westlake, have had the interesting challenge of designing a web application with accessibility in mind. Accessbility features in web have been around for a long time, but still are far from perfect and have many...

Retina Graphics On the Web

Retina graphics is a growing phenomenon coming to the web. While Apple is the pioneer of retina resolution devices, they are definitely not going to be the only ones moving into this format. From the iPhone, to the iPad, and even the new Macbook...