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The Grumpy Designer Looks Ahead to 2021

Consider this the definitive tongue-in-cheek look at how the new year will impact the web design community.


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.


10 Free Brochure Templates for Adobe InDesign for 2021

These beautifully designed free InDesign brochure templates make it easy to promote your business or product without having to create anything from scratch.


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…


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