Jeff Archibald

Jeff Archibald

Co-founder at Paper Leaf Joined over 9 years ago

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  • Posted to Show your 404, Jul 13, 2016

    Not my personal site, but my firm's site:

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  • Posted to Show DN: Alton, a jQuery Scrolling Plugin, in reply to Crampa ... , Feb 24, 2015

    Appreciate it Micheal!

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  • Posted to Show DN: Alton, a jQuery Scrolling Plugin, in reply to Crampa ... , Feb 24, 2015

    Thanks for the bug report! There's a few kinks and edge cases we're working out. Didn't run into these problems in that setup when we were testing; were you trying to scroll through super-fast to test it out, or at a regular user speed?

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  • Posted to Inside the Black Box of Web Design Pricing, in reply to Adrian Howard , Apr 22, 2014

    I'm not trying to discredit value-based pricing at all. I just find that hourly is a little easier to understand for most, myself included, as well as clients. Plus, in our experience, our project rates actually grew considerably once we figured out our hourly rate and started tracking time closely.

    We used to do "value-based pricing" but, to be honest, we didn't really know what we were doing, and thus were under-pricing ourselves pretty bad.

    Just my experience! :)

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  • Posted to Inside the Black Box of Web Design Pricing, in reply to Andrew Nater , Apr 22, 2014

    Thanks Andrew!

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  • Posted to — Smart bookmarks, Apr 20, 2014

    Looks like it could be a good little tool for visual project collaboration/inspiration. Often we use Pinterest to gather images with our clients to get their desired direction out of their heads. Anyone using this like that?

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How to prevent your clients from destroying websites?, Mar 06, 2014

    Generally speaking, we lock down the custom themes we make for our clients (we usually use WordPress), meaning that they have the ability to change all content (images, text, links, etc etc) but not apply new styling.

    The client is limited to uploading images through upload fields; entering text into a text field; etc etc. All styling is handled by the theme.

    We also go out of our way to try and break the designs we hand off, to anticipate what the client might do. For example, dump a 100 words into an area designed for 20. Then we'll take proactive steps to limit character count or similar.

    Then we explain all this stuff in the training session – what we've locked down, why we've done it, and how it'll help them maintain a consistent visual language throughout the life of the site.

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  • Posted to The Blunt Realities of Running Your Own Design Business, in reply to Jonathan Courtney , Feb 23, 2014

    That's awesome, Jonathan! What type of work do you guys focus on?

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  • Posted to Ask DN: As a freelancer, how do you accept payments from clients?, Feb 01, 2014

    We are largely the same as everyone else (Thanks, Kyle, for the tip on IPN, will check that out!). Our payment guidelines are loose and dependent on project: we always take a deposit, we always get paid on launch, and the stuff in-between varies. Sometimes it's milestone-based, sometimes it's the total amount divided by the months it'll take to complete (thus into monthly payments); whatever works.

    We use cheque, or sometimes email transfer if it's a smaller payment. In the same boat as others wherein I don't want to give PayPal 3% of our revenue for convenience.

    Sometimes cheques are slow, sometimes they're fast, but if you have a few projects going on at once we've found that it balances out pretty well, most often.

    But I do feel a bit like a Neanderthal, asking for cheques.

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