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The Grumpy Designer’s WordPress Plugin Pet Peeves

There are a number of plugin behaviors that have become pet peeves over the years. Here are a few of the more egregious – in one grumpy designer’s mind, at least.


When I Get out of Here: The Grumpy Designer’s Post-Quarantine Bucket List

Quarantine is like jail. Well, sort of. Even if being homebound isn’t quite the same as an episode of “Orange is the New Black” or “Oz”, there are definite parallels…


The 15 Best Free Calligraphy Fonts

As you will see from our collection, there are plenty of high-quality free calligraphy fonts that can be used in both personal and commercial projects.


There Are Questions Even a Grumpy Designer Can’t Answer

I am not an advice columnist. Nor am I a mediator, lawyer or even an IT specialist. Like many of you reading this, I’m a web designer. In reality, this…


The Grumpy Designer’s Ode to Troubleshooting

Over the years, I’ve had more than one client tell me that I have terrific job security. Why? Because something always breaks. And, even for a client who is pretty…


The Grumpy Designer’s Advice for Avoiding Painful Tasks

Every job has its highs and lows – web design is no different. For me, I often find my highs when there are opportunities to be creative. Whether it’s through…


The Grumpy Designer’s Guide to April Fool’s Day

It seems like each and every year we celebrate what I like to call “fringe” holidays more feverishly than the last. Just to be clear, my definition of a fringe…


The Grumpy Designer’s Bold Predictions for 2019

2019 is upon us and it has me thinking big. And since everyone else out there is telling you what will happen in the new year, I’m going to do…


The Grumpy Designer: Email Is the Worst

Web designers are often saddled with the unenvious task of dealing with email. And it’s not limited to just our own overflowing inboxes. We can also find ourselves in situations…


The Grumpy Designer: Annoying Web Design Marketing Tactics

Since the dawn of commerce, marketing has been a part of our world. Whether it was getting three figs for the price of two at the bazaar or saving a…


The Grumpy Designer’s Summer Survival Guide

Traditionally, summer has been a somewhat slow time – at least for this grumpy designer. Sure, there are projects to work on. But it seems like the big maintenance issues…


The Grumpy Designer: These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things