May 2013

In April of 2010, Google announced that website speed is being incorporated as a signal in Google's ranking algorithm. According to Matt Cutts, it doesn't carry that much weight, effecting only 1% of search queries. According to Cutts there are about 200 ranking signals, so a website ranks well when it meets as many of the ranking criteria as it can.
The following web design time lapse demonstrates the decision making involved in a design session. The feeling of anticipation a web designer has when facing a blank design program screen is probably not unlike the feeling a painter has when facing a blank canvas. I dare not compare my work to fine art, but there are elements that are similar. Starting is the hard part. You begin with the germ of an idea and myriad of images dancing in your head.