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Michael’s Movember 2011 Roundup – More Moustache Memoirs

By now you must all be aware of Movember – it’s been hard to ignore this year, thanks to a great marketing campaign, fantastic use of social media to increase involvement, and all the dodgy moustaches you’ve been seeing for the last month!

In case you’ve been living under a rock though, Movember is an annual charity challenge, whereby men grow a moustache in order to raise money for Prostate Cancer.

We don’t like to scream and shout about it, but Top Left Design turned 5 years old this August!

To celebrate, we have just sent out our latest newsletter, which you can view here

While you might not have heard much from us recently, we’ve been anything but quiet here at TLD Towers – our heads have been firmly down, working on plenty more lovely website designs for our wonderful clients!

It’s also a good idea not to attract attention to yourself when there’s a riot happening outside – Michael reports from the scene in our newsletter this month, as he lives in Tottenham, the eye of the storm.

We also had a visit from TLD veteran Amy, who flew over from South Africa for a visit, and to meet our new TLD team members!

You can see our latest site launches, which include Rochdale Spears, Anne Sebba, A Business Innovation, Alicia Cowan, and Helicopter Mum – that should be enough to get your mouth watering..

When it comes to making websites look good, there are a plethora of ways to set a design apart from the rest, without needing to delve into the pit of cliché doom.

A strong design does not need gimmicks, just as it does not need uninspired generic content. The tricky part is finding the balance!

Here are some common culprits, steer clear of these or you might end giving people a migrane – or worse – they might steer clear of your site completely…

You’ve probably guessed by now that we love blogging. The very fact that you’re reading this blog post, which is about our latest newsletter, that heavily features blogging, blogs, and how to be a better blogger, (breath) proves this to any doubters.

Aside from our blog seminar, the newsletter is a source for all sorts of information – we’ve provided links to valuable resources which should help you out on your quest to be the best blogger in the wild wild west – along with some of our latest website launches.

Take a look here – if you think you can handle the sheer amount of blogging related content found within.

Today, March 20th, is ‘Holi’ – a spring religious festival celebrated by Hindus. Traditionally, Holi is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other – certainly a beautiful way to express yourself!

Rangapanchami occurs a few days later on a Panchami (fifth day of the full moon), marking the end of festivities involving colours.

Of course, we LOVE colours at Top Left Design!

Happy Holi today if you are celebrating!

“At one point, 50% of the CD’s produced worldwide had an AOL logo on it.”

Ahhh those were the days… Remember when an AOL CD came free with everything from a newspaper to a loaf of bread? You wouldn’t be able to get out of your house in the morning due to the pile of pointless shiny discs underneath your letterbox. On occasion, you had to take days off school or work whilst digging your way out. Our postman would feed us Mars bars through the letterbox. Digital snow days were such a nuisance in the 90s.

I think everyone knows what I’m talking about. It cost over $300 million to produce these CDs, and to what end? There were the obvious “green” issues, which are hard to ignore when you’re wasting that amount of plastic (and card packaging). I can honestly say that I never once actually used an AOL CD for it’s intended purpose – and I wasn’t alone – gaze upon the AOL Throne, or these alternate 61 uses for the spam CDs.

Which browser do you use? (Poll)

Here at Top Left Design, we need to keep on top of many different browsers – websites can look different depending on which one you use!

While the less tech-savvy Windows users amongst you may still be using Internet Explorer (*ahem*), most of you will have no doubt experimented with different browsers.

With so many available, which one do you prefer to use?

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The Expendables Poster

On the 9th of August, the Top Left Design team (and guests, but sadly minus Amy) were privileged enough to attend the red carpet Premiere of the new Blockbuster film “The Expendables“, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the voice of Justin Bieber. Ok well maybe not that last one, but pretty much every big action movie star of the last 20 years!

How you might ask? Well Keren’s (@topleftdesign’s) father just happens to be Avi Lerner, Producer of the movie. He has also produced such Hollywood hits as Rambo IV (Stallone), Righteous Kill (Pacino / De Niro), and The Black Dahlia (Hartnett / Johansson).

8 Ways To Increase Your Browser Productivity

We all know that web browsers are getting faster. So what can you do to keep up with them?

There used to be a time when you might have waited 3 minutes for a webpage to open.

Then we got broadband.

Then we only had to wait an average 10 seconds for a page to load.

Then we got Firefox.

Now our new browsers such as Google’s ‘Chrome’ not only load the page in a split-second, but the programs themselves open almost instantaneously. Plus they can handle a metric ton of ‘tabs’ and not slow your computer down in the process!

Here’s 8 tips to give your web-surfing a steroid boost