David Kadavy

David Kadavy is bestselling author of The Heart to Start & Design for Hackers, & host of Love Your Work

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Designing with White Space: Why 1+1=3

September 01, 2011

One of the most often overlooked factors of design – by beginning and even professional designers – is that of the delicate use of white space. By really considering the way that white space works, you can communicate more elegantly, and create design that has a more “clean” look. By really considering the way white space works, you’ll be less likely to use extraneous ornamentation such as rule lines, and you’ll be less likely to change fonts and colors just to differentiate pieces of information in your design.

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Why You Hate Comic Sans

January 25, 2011

Everyone loves to hate Comic Sans. The child-like handwriting font is so infamous, there is a movement to try to ban it. Mention its name to the common layman (aside from a preschool teacher), and you will likely get a chuckle, mention it to a trained designer, and you’ll get a look of disgust. But what exactly makes Comic Sans so horrible?

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Design for Hackers: Why Monet Never Used Black, & Why You Shouldn’t Either

September 28, 2010

Monet’s paintings evoke a sense of energy and life, they leap off the canvas with color and contrast, but Monet somehow managed to avoid using the color black for nearly his entire painting career. By avoiding black in your own designs, you can replicate some of this dynamism. keep on reading »

Design for Hackers: Why You Don’t Use Garamond on The Web

August 12, 2010

Amongst designers – especially print designers – Garamond is considered one of the best fonts in existence. It’s timeless, and very readable. But, because of the limitations of current display technologies, it’s not a good font to use in web copy – even with the advent of font embedding methodologies such as TypeKit and Google Font API. keep on reading »

WordPress Optimization: How I Reduced Page Load Time by 75%

April 21, 2010

Note [February 11, 2013]: Since writing this article, I found administering my own server to be a bit over my head. I got sick of getting hacked, update WordPress, and trying to manage my own CDN. So, I’ve been experimenting with various hosted WordPress solutions. These are like hosting companies, but they keep your WordPress installation up-to-date, fast, and secure, for a slightly higher rate than working with your own server.

I have hosted various sites on three different WordPress hosts over the past couple of years, and have finally settled on WP Engine. They are reliable, have great support, and serve things up fast. I’ve lined up a special WP Engine coupon with them that will save you some money.

I’ve also written a WP Engine Review, and you can use their speed test to see how your site performs. I’m a member of the WP Engine affiliate program, so if you sign up with them, I will get a commission.

WP Engine does cost a bit more, so if you’d prefer something cheaper (though not as fast), I’ve written a tutorial on the Design for Hackers blog on how to create a WordPress blog on a Hostgator free trial.

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I heard rumblings last year that Google would start altering their rankings based upon speed of page loads. This was confirmed a couple of weeks ago on the Google Webmaster’s blog, and – while they say that their new speed standards will only affect 1% of searches – you can bet that portion will rise in the future. keep on reading »

Lump In Mouth or Lip? Maybe a Mucocele

January 29, 2005

Right before New Year’s, I noticed a lump inside of my lower lip. Now, being the hypochondriac that I am, I was naturally petrified that I had Oral Cancer. Why? I’m certainly not at risk. I don’t have a family history of Cancer. I’m 25, not a smoker or chewer, and am otherwise healthy. Because any Google search for “lump in mouth” or lump in lip will likely have even a reasonable person convinced that this is a sure sign of Oral Cancer. keep on reading »

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