Note: This is a guest post from Tyler Fitzgerald, a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, currently training at England’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst I love my job.  I haven’t met many people who enjoy their job as much as I do on a day-to-day basis (except for my brother Brad, of course).  Nonetheless, there… Read More

For the past few months the Gold’s Gyms of the Wenatchee Valley have been doing a great job of connecting to their members in a variety of ways, and not only while they are at the gym working out. The Gold’s Gyms have been updating their blog often with great fitness and nutrition tips, as… Read More

Sweet-ness.  Apt Design was nominated for Douglas County Business of the Year from the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Other nominees include Merrill Orthodontics and the Wenatchee Valley Mall, some pretty big players!  But one-person businesses are certainly a trend in the new workplace, and I’m happy to be representing (really) small business. I’m thrilled… Read More

original image by drewbsaunders Recently at my house we’ve made a few small changes: rearranged the couches in the living room, moved a light in a bedroom. Little things really, but it made the whole house seem new and different. We have plans for some bigger changes on the way, but for now just those… Read More

When I started Apt Design there was a local writing conference that was starting around the same time.  Write on the River became one of my first, favorite, and most longstanding clients.  I’m excited to announce that this year I will be a presenting speaker at the conference!  After talking with some members of the… Read More

Just a note to let you know that I have some upcoming times when I’ll be unavailable. My whole family is coming into town this year for Christmas (drawn to what I wonder?) and like many of you I’ll be taking off work to spend time with family.  For that I’ll be unavailable from December… Read More

Now, when you buy an Apple product you get a little bit of a warrantee, but if you want extended coverage and help that’s worth anything you have to pay for it.  Is it worth paying a premium for something you may never use?  Let’s see… A Broken Mac A few weeks ago my Apple… Read More

Is it time to burn your company?  No, I’m not talking about setting fire to your building like in Office Space, and this post has nothing to do with getting insurance money for some fast cash. I’m talking about a controlled burn. Controlled burns are used in forestry as a method to “reduce fuel buildup… Read More

Its all about the fundamentals.  No matter what sport you play, no matter what level you play at, you are drilled endlessly on the fundamentals.  Athletes know everything builds on the basic knowledge and skills of their sport. When I was a wee child of only 7 my dad started me on keyboarding lessons.  He… Read More

I’m currently swamped with work right now, so I thought I’d turn the “blogable” file upside down and see what falls out.  Here are some great links which, though they may not be the newest thing on the internet, are still especially amazing. Robot calligraphy A robot that does calligraphy?  Affirmative.  This robot is rewriting… Read More

Don’t read this post. Instead, think of the closest access you have to outside and get there as quickly as possible. Winter is approaching quickly so now is your chance to get out before dark.  Take a break from work and get outside! Read More

It seems like in this crazy modern world we have more and more time-saving devices but less and less time.  While there are a myriad of factors causing this problem I want to propose one way to help – get more time by cutting back. I first heard about the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20… Read More

My first child was born Monday, October 12th at 1:50am.  She gave Mom about 30 hours of labor, but Sunny Jane Fitzgerald finally showed up and clocked in at 8 lbs 6 oz and 20.5 inches.  It has been a wonderful first few days getting to share life with my new daughter.  I’m very thankful… Read More

Often we can get new ideas by looking at things from another angle.  In this article we’re examining some aspects of outstanding basketball teams and players and applying those strategies to running a business. Build a Great Team Professional teams don’t just happen by coincidence.  They are built over years of trading, drafting, and recruiting. … Read More

We all have times when we hate our job.  Sometimes it can be tough to tell where the problem is – you or the job.  Well, ok.  Maybe its your job.  But even great jobs are not always perfect, there will always be something that will get frustrating.  One great option is simply to quit… Read More

The enormously popular FreelanceSwitch is one of my favorite blogs/websites.  I’ve always loved reading it as it continually offers the best advice for bloggers, writers, designers, developers, photographers, and more.  The site is dedicated to helping freelancers (or really small businesses) become more efficient, attract more clients, and do better work.  When I started my… Read More

I’ve recently started cleaning up my Mac.  One thing that I did was to clear out a bunch of my old backgrounds that cycled quickly by on my desktop.  I replaced them with some simple black and white photos like this: It was an easy change that made a pretty great impact.  The new images… Read More

Avatars on the internet are pretty cool.  They let you provide a small picture to tell more about yourself on a certain blog, forum, or community website.  But it can be a hassle to have to upload a new photo for each site that you want an image to appear.  That’s where Gravatars come in. … Read More

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. – Hannah More When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. – Bernard Meltzer Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of… Read More

Over the years WordPress has made significant improvements in all aspects of its code and user-interface.  It has become one of the greatest CMS platform not only for blogging but for creating full-featured websites for companies of all sizes.  It now easily allows you to do one thing all of my clients want to be… Read More

When I first got a Wacom tablet for working on design, I was in love.  After just a few hours of getting used to using it I was working so much faster and easier.  When I started Apt Design I knew I didn’t want one for my new office, I needed it.  The price tag… Read More

The first graphic novel I ever got was Art Spiegelman’s Maus.  It was great book, opening a new genre to me and showing me my love for comics could continue after middle school.  In college I was reading a graphic design magazine and learned of a new graphic novel called Blankets that was getting some… Read More

As I spend time (ie – all day) on the web I come across quite a few interesting and amazing things.  Instead of trying to write an entire post about each one I thought I’d throw a bunch at you all at once.  Check out some greatness and let me know your favorite! Stapleton (via… Read More

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain Honesty solves a lot of problems by never letting them show up in the first place.  And its just as important in business as it is in your personal life.  Here are a few places to think about your honesty: Be Honest… Read More

Last week my hard drive on my iMac crashed. Died. Done. When I called to tell my wife the news she said, “You sound much more calm than I thought you would.” That’s because the night before the crash my automated weekly backup (via the very nice iDrive) ran and all my client files were… Read More

Well, its just about summer again, which always has me wondering for a few minutes if I should have been a teacher so that I could take the next 3 months off.  Then I remember what teachers have to do for the rest of the year and I’m content with my job. But I do… Read More

Remember when i said that people notice when you’re bad?  But that people notice when you’re good too? Well, some people have been noticing Apt’s new websites are pretty good.  The new site I finished up for Leavenworth Summer Theater has been featured on some showcases of great web design, including: We Love WP CSS… Read More

Why be good? Why be good at what you do?  One reason is because people notice when you’re bad. I was reading this article about Design Drop-Down menus and thought about how horrible it would be to have your website listed in the section of “Poorly Constructed Menus.”  Or, even worse, to have your logo… Read More

On April 9th Apt Design is co-sponsoring an event hosted by the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, the 90-Minute Marketing Seminar.  The presenters are Bill Hoke & Patty Graf-Hoke from Washington State.  They will be talking about how businesses and non-profits can continue to market in a continuing hard economy by using cost-effective techniques. From… Read More

You know your town is hitting it big when Google finally sends one of its street view vans through.  Wenatchee was previously just a blink along Highway 2 on Google Maps, now we have a few streets photographed.  Try a drive around Wenatchee on a brilliantly sunny day. Unfortunately it was before my new sign… Read More