Fonts Part 1: Choosing Web Friendly Fonts

When publishing work for users to read, be it online or in print, it is important to not only consider the contentbut also the designWhile colour, size, and layout obviously play a large role in design, a crucial but not always understood element to consider is font. In the next two posts I will show you which fonts are appropriate for use online and which are better suited for print. This week I will focus on Web Friendly Fonts. These fonts are ideal for blogs and websites for a number of reasons and it is important to keep them in mind. You may have great ideas to share but if your users can’t read your post then… Read more »


SEO Beginners Guide Part 1: What is SEO?

You might have the best looking site on the web today, but if you don’t employ some well-thought-out SEO basics, your creative web design may never be seen by anyone else ever again.

Why it matters

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is the process by which you can make your website more appealing to search engines and attract more visitors to your site. Today, it can be more of a science than anything else, but before we go into it in too much detail, it is important that you know how a search engine works. (more…)


5 Easy Steps to Effectively Optimize Images for Web

Starting a website is an incredibly fulfilling, but challenging experience depending on your web design needs.  While it’s easier to have a professional web designer do the job for you, many put matters into their own hands and build from scratch or have, at least, worked from a particular theme and then customized it to their needs. One problem for many is proper image optimization, an important aspect of web design. Optimizing images not only makes your web pages load faster, but also reduces your bandwidth consumption, which can translate to significant savings in your hosting bills. There are several tools available at your disposal to optimize images. For the purposes of this article we will be using Read more »


Creative Design For Your Facebook Fan Page

The Facebook Lowdown – Facebook is the second most visited website on the planet with 500 million active users. Fifty percent of those users will access their Facebook login on any given day. However you care to look those figures, that’s a lot of traffic. If you can tap into just a small part of it, your business will benefit in leaps and bounds, and quite possibly hyper jumps. If you’re already using Facebook for business, but are looking to reach out even more to potential customers and to drive more traffic to your website, a customized Facebook page is essential to help improve your visibility. Recent changes to Facebook mean that you now have much more control over the Read more »


Call to Action | A Guide to Increasing Customer Conversion Rate

Written by Guest Blogger Rob Edwards You have the perfect product. In fact, you’ve been told by industry experts that your business could revolutionize the field. So, why is it that you aren’t getting results in terms of lead generation and revenue?  It could be you just aren’t asking for it.  Let’s discuss call to action (often referred to as CTA) techniques – your final pitch to potential clients. (more…)


Win a Professional Custom Twitter Page Make-Over

Winter is gone, Spring has sprung, and change is in the air.  At Discotoast we couldn’t be happier and today we are excited to announce our (first ever) Spring Contest! Have you ever wanted a professionally created custom Twitter page design?  Now is your chance to win one compliments of Discotoast Inc.  We will create a custom background graphic (optimized for Twitter), customize your color palatte and even tweak your avatar! The best part?  The more people who enter, the more who WIN!! The contest starts TODAY and a winner will be chosen at random from eligible contestants on June 1st 2011 at 5:00pm (EST) see the official contest page at discotoast.com/discotoast-twitter-contest


Enter the Source Code (.ca)

Discotoast is happy to announce the official website launch of the Canadian release of the Sci-Fi hit Enter the Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal. You can see it in our creative web design portfolio by clicking on the screen shot below or click here to visit the web site. (more…)


Green Shift

Discotoast is proud to announce the launch of the new and improved GreenShift.ca! A company about profit with principles… about integrity… demanding higher standards… searching, screening, and providing healthier and safer alternatives. Green Shift had an existing web design which served the company well but over time started to show its age and at 4 years of age was due for some renovations! Expanding on the grassroots success of the Green Shift’s online identity within the framework of a Wordpress content management we were able to design a dynamic solution which could grow and change with them as a company. See this project and more in our portfolio Read more »


Virtual Space Hotel takes Flight

Discotoast is proud to announce the pre-flight launch of VirtualSpaceHotel.com! There are still a few minor tweaks and adjustments planned but with any ongoing project that is to be expected. This microsite, part of the WorldAstronauts.com Network, is the future home of the world’s premier Virtual Space Hotel!  As you can see from the design, this project was a lot of fun and drew on several design elements from custom 3D modelling, animated backgrounds and an exciting flash video to welcome the first of a series of network affiliated sites. See this project and more in our portfolio (more…)