What About that New Google Logo?

Written: September 3, 2015

I’ve been a loyal Google user for many years simply because their free search feature provides me the answers to my questions very quickly, and accurately. The folks at Google have a sense of humor and history, so they often show a different logo on their site to commemorate something important or fanciful. Recently they decided to change their iconic logo. Here’s the familiar, old logo with a serif font style:

Old Google logo

I like the serif font choice because it adds a touch of class to the logo, and is easy to read.

Now for the new Google logo with san-serif font:

New Google logo

With this new font the logo looks more child-like and simple, not at all sophisticated. There is a general trend now on the web to make graphics and logos super-sized, which to me looks a bit childish and doesn’t appeal to my sense of design. Of course, this is just my impression about the graphical feel for the new Google logo, others may just love it.

So it goes with your web site, the decisions that you make for your logo, font colors and sizes, type face, and combinations of graphics with text will all combine to create a feeling for your visitors. Do you want to come across as business-like, or playful? It all depends on your market place. A CPA or banker will want to appear more formal, while an author of children’s books may want to be rather playful in appearance and content.


Windows 10, Should I Upgrade?

Written: August 21, 2015

The short answer is Yes, go ahead and upgrade to Windows 10. My technical son Solomon works at Staples in PC support and has only good things to say about Windows 10, and the vast majority of reviews on the Internet encourage us to upgrade, so that’s exactly what I did last week, upgrading for free from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 10.


Make sure that you have about an hour to wait for this upgrade to complete, although I wish that there was a faster way. Just follow the directions provided by Microsoft here.

Windows 10 upgrade


What’s New

Eye candy on the new login page.

Windows 10 eye candy


My only Windows apps are Quicken and Internet Explorer, so Windows 10 opens to the familiar desktop mode, not the tiled mode. The start window makes a long-awaited come-back in the lower-left corner:

windows 10 start window


Clicking the Start window lets me quickly navigate to apps, the File Explorer, or just quickly Power down.

start window details

A complete list of new features is provided by Microsoft here.


As a long time Windows 8 user I found Windows 10 quite easy to adapt and use with very little learning required.

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Ruth Hardie

Written: June 27, 2015

I first met Ruth Hardie at a networking event with the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, and then learned that she was an artist creating watercolor prints. A few months after our introduction she contacted me about creating a brand new web site to showcase her art work. Some of the things that I learned about how she wanted to be portrayed on the web were:

We used WordPress as the Content Management System so that Ruth can update the site herself by using any web browser and logging in. Here’s the Home page layout with a slideshow:

Ruth Hardie, Home page


The Gallery page shows seven watercolor prints of dogs, where you click the thumbnail to see the full size image:

Ruth gallery


Clicking on the Black Lab thumbnail shows me the large version, and I can browse forward and backward through the entire gallery:

Ruth - gallery image


Art Prints is a page with links to Fine Art America, which has the e-commerce for visitors to shop and purchase prints.

Ruthie - art prints


The Merchandise page is similar to Art Prints, however the links are different:

Ruth - merchandise


For visitors to contact Ruthie, we are not showing her personal email address because that would invite spammers to flood her inbox with unwanted email. Instead, we use a contact form:

Ruth - contact form


Another useful feature is a Newsletter Signup and Social Media in the left sidebar of each page, inviting visitors to keep updated on the latest artwork from Ruthie.

Ruth - newsletter


When a person subscribes to the newsletter form, they receive an email with a confirmation link, this is called a double opt-in to verify that person’s identity:

Ruth - confirm email


Ruth can now send out newsletters to all of the names by logging into WordPress, instead of having a totally separate newsletter system with another username and password, this just makes business easier to run with fewer accounts to remember.

Finally, we knew that smart phones are commonly being used to browse web pages, so we made her site mobile-ready by choosing a responsive theme:

Ruth - mobile


Notice how on a mobile device the menu is activated by clicking the icon with three horizontal lines.

Ruth - mobile menu

Enjoy viewing Ruthie’s artwork on her new web site at www.ruthhardie.com

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A Reunion Web Site

Written: May 22, 2015

I graduated high school in 1975 and recently connected with former classmates on Facebook, and that’s when I learned about our 40th reunion planned for this Fall, back in Minnesota. First off I helped setup a group on Facebook for our reunion, then I set about to create a web site based on some requirements from the volunteers organizing the reunion. I decided to used the Free version of WordPress and selected an appropriate web name of https://slp1975.wordpress.com/ where SLP stands for: St. Louis Park.

slp home page

Some of the features of the reunion site are:

The RSVP page uses a contact form built with the JetPack form builder:

RSVP page Form Builder


Our Contact page is similar to the RSVP page in that both use the JetPack form builder:

Contact page Contact - form builder


Our theme choice is called Chateau, and it has a very simple set of options:

Chateau theme options


Six widgets fill out the right sidebar:

  SLP sidebarSLP - sidebar

The Home page and Blog pages are defined in WordPress at: Settings> Reading

reading settings


Well, there you have it, in just a few hours I’ve built up a reunion web site for my 40th reunion, making the site attractive, functional and free (except for my time).

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