Fonts Part 2: Choosing Proper Fonts for Print

In “Web Design on a Dime | Fonts Part One: Choosing Web Friendly Fonts” we discussed elements to consider when choosing a font to use online. This week, while still discussing fonts, we are shifting our focus to fonts for use in print. The factors to consider between the two are similar, although due to the different mediums there are some slight differences. Like with web, it is important to consider the readability andtone of the fonts you choose. You may remember that when choosing a font for the web we never use serif fonts except for in headings. When choosing fonts for print, however, this… Read more »


Fonts Part 1: Choosing Web Friendly Fonts

When publishing work for users to read, be it online or in print, it is important to not only consider the contentbut also the designWhile colour, size, and layout obviously play a large role in design, a crucial but not always understood element to consider is font. In the next two posts I will show you which fonts are appropriate for use online and which are better suited for print. This week I will focus on Web Friendly Fonts. These fonts are ideal for blogs and websites for a number of reasons and it is important to keep them in mind. You may have great ideas to share but if your users can’t read your post then… Read more »


5 Easy Steps to Effectively Optimize Images for Web

Starting a website is an incredibly fulfilling, but challenging experience depending on your web design needs.  While it’s easier to have a professional web designer do the job for you, many put matters into their own hands and build from scratch or have, at least, worked from a particular theme and then customized it to their needs. One problem for many is proper image optimization, an important aspect of web design. Optimizing images not only makes your web pages load faster, but also reduces your bandwidth consumption, which can translate to significant savings in your hosting bills. There are several tools available at your disposal to optimize images. For the purposes of this article we will be using Read more »


Creative Design For Your Facebook Fan Page

The Facebook Lowdown – Facebook is the second most visited website on the planet with 500 million active users. Fifty percent of those users will access their Facebook login on any given day. However you care to look those figures, that’s a lot of traffic. If you can tap into just a small part of it, your business will benefit in leaps and bounds, and quite possibly hyper jumps. If you’re already using Facebook for business, but are looking to reach out even more to potential customers and to drive more traffic to your website, a customized Facebook page is essential to help improve your visibility. Recent changes to Facebook mean that you now have much more control over the Read more »


Win a Professional Custom Twitter Page Make-Over

Winter is gone, Spring has sprung, and change is in the air.  At Discotoast we couldn’t be happier and today we are excited to announce our (first ever) Spring Contest! Have you ever wanted a professionally created custom Twitter page design?  Now is your chance to win one compliments of Discotoast Inc.  We will create a custom background graphic (optimized for Twitter), customize your color palatte and even tweak your avatar! The best part?  The more people who enter, the more who WIN!! The contest starts TODAY and a winner will be chosen at random from eligible contestants on June 1st 2011 at 5:00pm (EST) see the official contest page at discotoast.com/discotoast-twitter-contest


Twitter Design Update

Sometimes here at Discotoast it’s tough to get past what we call “Mechanic’s Car Syndrome“.  We spend so much time working on creative designs for our client’s that we rarely have time to tweak our own web design or update our social media profiles. We finally had enough and over the past few day’s our fickle nature’s have gotten the better of us and we have started making small tweaks to our websiteblog (such as the bigger font you are reading right now) and social media sites (starting with FaceBookTwitter and LinkedIn). It has been quite a few months since our last update (I think I added the custom styling… Read more »