Category Design

Apr 11, 2015

Minnesota Library Association Logo Design

Pezigns is the official designer for the Minnesota Library Association 2015 Annual Conference! The theme this year is “Search. Create. Inspire.”

Check out the logo we designed for this years MLA Conference!

Link to Conference Page –

Oct 1, 2014

Next Wave Connect Website Design

Here’s a look at a website we recently designed for Next Wave Connect – The first healthcare industry-specific enterprise social collaboration solution

This site allows users to log-in and sign-up for an account and was built with a “Responsive Design” — meaning it optimized to look great on any screen size large or small. Take a look!

May 28, 2014

How to make your website look good (even on I.E.)

When someone makes the inevitable switch from internet explorer to Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, etc. they will immediately understand the fact that not all browsers are created equal. Not only are the features and ease of use different from browser to browser, but the actual look of a website can change depending on what you’re using. This may seem overwhelming, but there are a few steps you can take to make a website appear as similar as possible across different browers.

Color is pretty much impossible to keep exactly the same from one computer to another because of the different graphic cards and drivers in each computer, so don’t pull your hair out trying to make them look exactly the same. It’s not going to happen. Sorry. When it comes to deciding which color group to use, first figure out what the output will be. If the output will be on a computer monitor then RGB is the way to go. If the piece will be printed, CMYK is usually the standard and the best option.

The second step you can take to save yourself a Tylenol bottle worth of headaches is to test, test, test. And maybe test some more. Techradar has an excellent blog post detailing the tools that are out there for html and css testing which can be found here. Also a great way to find potential problems in your code is , but keep in mind that not everything it finds is necessarily a problem and that every problem will not necessarily show up.

Another great tutorial that I found useful was an article by Sascha P. Corti on browser and feature detection. It goes much deeper into technical aspects then I have here and has some excellent advice.

Mar 10, 2014

Fonts: A Font-tain of Knowledge

To the uninitiated, delving into the world of fonts is confusing at best and overwhelming at the worst. In this article, we’re going to prime your mind with the info you need to font with the best of them. First off, why use different fonts? Wouldn’t just one universal font work just fine? Different fonts are used to convey a sense of emotion, time period, a particular feeling (i.e. light, airy), or a personality trait (strong, tough). These differences along with size, color, and a few other options we will look at in a second combine to create the feel of the document you are creating. This may seem to be giving font selection a lot of credit, but when fonts are used correctly the difference is clear.

Unfortunately, when a font is truly well chosen the reader may not even consciously realize its effect. Due to this, we believe the best way for someone new to fonts to gain an understanding of why font choices are important are examples of poorly used fonts. Douglas Bonneville has put together an excellent list of egregious font violations for your viewing displeasure

Now that you’ve hopefully been impressed with the importance of font choice, how does one make a font choice decision? Figure out your audience and what you want them to get out of your font. Do you want to convey a no-nonsense business feel or perhaps a more of a playfulness? Having an idea of the feelings you want to evoke with the font you use will make it much easier to choose one then just sitting down at your computer and staring at different fonts waiting for divine inspiration. A great place to get an idea of what fonts generally should be used in different instances is a study by the University of Wichita.

Its a little bit wordy as its an academic publication but full of great information on what average users think of different fonts. For further reading on the categorization of fonts and their usage we would highly recommend Dan Mayer’s article on the subject found at: