Straw Bale Workshop

Seven Days of Learning By Doing Teresa and I are mostly recovered from a seven day straw bale building workshop in Wheeling WV lead by Andrew Morrison of Strawbale.com. We learned so much, saw a few mistakes, saw how to correct some design issues, worked our butts off, had a ton of laughs, and made some great friends.

House update – Jan 2012

So Teresa and I have been shopping for a truck. There is one that I want to buy and I think we’re ready to do so but she needs a bit more convincing because of the width of the beast. We’ve also made a few design tweaks in the past few weeks so I wanted to post a a shot …

Cob House Number Crunching

This will be the first in an ongoing series of posts about the cost and material volume of our planned cob house. As our plans are fluid you might find a lot that these numbers don’t match up down but we’ll explain what they mean each time so that should help anyone who is using the info we are putting …

Pittsburgh Cob Home Building Update

Cob Home Design   So the wife and I found the land we want to build on inside of the city of Pittsburgh and we’ve got an email into BBI asking what information they will need to give us a building permit and ultimately an occupancy permit. We’ve also got an email into the local community group. As the land …

Cob Building Missed-Adventures

First let me explain the title of the post. If you’re a regular reader you know that my wife Teresa and I are interested in building a cob house but don’t have any experience (yet). So over the weekend Teresa found a local group on MeetUp.com that was holding a cob building workshop today. We both tried to register but …

Highland Trace Realty Website

Selling homes in the Potomac Highlands W. D. Orkoskey and Assoc. just finished up the redesign of highlandtrace.com which went from this: to this: The new website is fresh, functional, and usable. The old site was outdated, poorly focused, and not very user friendly. Plus the old site was not being maintained in-house meaning that they needed to rely on a designer …

Tracking Mobile Searches in Google Analytics

Tracking Mobile Searches In my last post I was complaining about the fact that you can’t actually see if your mobile customers are coming via search, direct link, or from a referring site. Guess what – I was wrong and I’m man enough to admit my mistake. I did some research and you can see where mobile visitors are coming from and …

QR Codes

QR Codes are hot! I’ve been watching my Google Analytics and I’ve seen a huge spike in traffic from folks searching for information on QR codes. I’m happy to see so many people interested in using QR codes in graphic design applications, on business cards, and on products (like they are doing on plants at Home Depot now). The reason …

Knowing your market

Google Search Insights Every month I run reports from Google Analytics and several other sources to see how my websites are doing. Knowing how many hits your website has gotten is important but how do you know how many hits your website could have potentially had? Keyword Analysis: Pittsburgh photographer The first step to finding the answer to that question is …

Spec Work is bad for design

Why I am again writing about the evils of crowd-sourcing and spec work So I’ve been asked to be interviewed by an EDMC employee based on what I’ve written before about crowdsourcing and spec-work. She says she will attempt to explain both sides. Clearly EDMC is a poor source for any unbiased information because they will always fall into line …