Design Insights

I write articles to report what’s new and true in web design, to show how to carry out tricky tasks and to share cool design inspiration finds in my day-to-day.
Scary Websites

Scary Websites

Scary Websites video transcript Hi. I’m Mary Maru. Owner and lead designer here at Mary Maru Design where I create marketing-smart WordPress websites that my small business clients love. Because it helps them establish credibility, starts more...

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Where to Find the Best Images for Your Website

Where to Find the Best Images for Your Website

I always tell my clients to use as much professional photography on their website as possible. It’s one of the most authentic ways you can establish your visual brand and will look like you invested a million bucks on your website. But for some small service...

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Does Your Website Suck: Key Web Discovery Questions

Does Your Website Suck: Key Web Discovery Questions

Meet Jill. She’s a public relations consultant to international artists. A year ago she hired me to redesign her website. She wanted a professional web presence to replace the tired old site that kept letting her down. For one thing, it wasn’t responsive, meaning,...

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Split Screen Design

Split Screen Design

Today I want to share some amazing examples of split screen design. I’ve been looking at web design trends and found some fabulous executions of home pages using a split screen approach to help solve a variety of problems. Marketing to Two Different Target Markets...

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3 Smart Reasons to Make Your Website Responsive

3 Smart Reasons to Make Your Website Responsive

Looking at internet user trends confirms what many of us already know—mobile device usage is growing fast. What we don't always talk about is that, for the foreseeable future, most internet users are going to be 'dual citizens' of the internet, using a combination of...

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Japanese Type & Textures

Japanese Type & Textures

I love traditional Japanese design and admired these beautiful typographic signs and textures when in Tokyo and Kyoto in late 2014. There's a beautiful simplicity and symmetry that I find incredibly inspiring. And the colors and textures can be both soothing and...

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How to Improve Productivity with Basecamp

How to Improve Productivity with Basecamp

I design and code WordPress websites. I also do a lot of project management and that means communicating with lots of different people. It can be hard to keep track of it all, especially when a lot of it comes in via email. And it's critical that I do because the...

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