I’ve been a designer for a long time now. Naturally, during the course of that time I see business owners make the same missteps over and over again, some of which bother me intensely. These have resulted in this design pet peeves list. But, don’t fear! I’m never one to come in hot without adding value and giving advice, so this will be chock full of helpful tips as well. Who knows, this may become a series! Interested? Let’s get started.
A favicon is the small (32×32 pixels) that you see in the top of the browser when on a web page. For example, the favicon Facebook uses is that classic F mark. See below for an example of my own (circled in Magenta).
When I come up on a site without a favicon or that is still using the Squarespace favicon, I immediately and a little disappointed. Favicons are such an easy way to further your cohesive brand identity.
If you have a crafted brand identity, your designer should have provided this to you. Use the image they provided to you (a png) and upload to your web platform. If you don’t have this, no worries. Here are some tips on creating a favicon:
I’m a brand designer, so of course I have pretty strong thoughts on this. I’ve already written a blog on that, so I won’t go into too much more detail here.
I know branding is a large investment, but if you have big goals for your business then you need to be actively working towards hiring a brand designer. You don’t have to hire me, but hire someone! In the meantime, I’ve got a free opt-in that may help you out.
I’m confident that you won’t be able to reach your big, crazy dream long term business goals without a thoughtful and strategic brand identity. That means far more than just a logo. I’m talking typography guidelines, a pattern, colors, multiple logo marks, tag-lines, imagery, and so much more.
I get it – planning content is hard. But I’m confident that you have good things to say. My friend Kait recently said ‘Personal experiences are not common knowledge’. You have good and worthwhile things to share! Don’t depend on re-sharing content from others to grow your own audience. It just doesn’t work that way.
Here are some tips on creating content unique to you:
There’s soo much more that can be said about content creation, and I’m no pro at it. I’ve figured out what works for me. If you’re really interested in diving into this topic, I’d suggest following Tyler J. McCall!
Just like favicons, this is another really important touch point. When I receive an email from a business at a personal gmail, I’m immediately skeptical. It’s an important impression, so it’s made this design pet peeves list. Think about it, which of these look more professional?
email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, it’s the one with my url! This comes across as far more professional and they can immediately go to my own site just by copying and pasting that url.
This can sometimes be a bit tricky to get connected, but it’s worth it. You can set this up through G Suite, or if you have Squarespace I’d recommend going that route.
So, there it is – possibly the first in a series of design pet peeves. I hope this was helpful to you!