Our Entire Navigation Menu, Now on Mobile

The growth of mobile visits and purchases on Detailed Image has been amazing. One of the reasons that we launched our responsive design back in April of last year was that we saw this coming. We wanted to be ahead of the curve. One of the key tenets of our redesign was that we wanted the experience to be equally good regardless of device. The primary thing that was holding our mobile experience back in my opinion was the navigation. Here’s what it looked like… Continue reading

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10 Years Ago Today SportsLizard Launched

On July 15, 2004 I launched my first online business, SportsLizard.com. At the time it was a marketplace for buyers and sellers of sports cards/collectibles. I remember how excited I was to finally launch the site that I had dedicated my final summer in college to building. I remember the thrill of the first dollar made (a buddy of mine in the industry who posted a handful of listings). SportsLizard has become something entirely different and it’s no longer a substantial source of revenue for… Continue reading

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The Freedom of Flexibility

One of my most vivid memories from my one full year in corporate America was on a beautiful sunny summer day. My cubicle was right near a window so I could always see just how nice it was outside. It was the perfect day to go for a bike ride, play some basketball, or relax on the beach. Instead, I was in a cubicle wearing business-casual clothes. By the time I got out at 5, fought traffic on the way home, and ate dinner it… Continue reading

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Refining Our Product Search Engine

In early 2013 I wrote a post about some major improvements to Detailed Image’s product search. The relatively robust autosuggest, synonym system, speed improvements, and automated sorting of results by popularity were massive advancements for us. Overall I thought our search engine was one of the better product search engines out there. However, it still had plenty of weaknesses so a few weeks back I set out to make another round of improvements. There’s huge untapped opportunity with search. It’s very important – our stats… Continue reading

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DI Emails Have Gone Responsive

Responsive design aint just for web browsers. With users reading email on more and more devices, it has become increasingly important to send responsive email newsletters. The problem is that it’s a total pain in the ass. However difficult responsive web design is – and it is plenty difficult – email is many magnitudes harder. Think IE8 is hard? Try designing for Outlook. Each webmail client has it’s own list of things that it strips out and/or doesn’t support, and each looks slightly different in… Continue reading

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Settling In To My Home Office

There were only a few things I really wouldn’t budge on when home shopping, and #1 on the list was a good office space. Given that I’m working from home 3 – 4 days/week, I spend more time in my home office than I do anywhere else. I took a few quick photos that I posted above. The sun was blaring in so they’re not beautiful but they get the job done. The highlights for me are: Plenty of room for my standing desk setup…. Continue reading

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One Of Those Weeks

I think entrepreneurship blogs/magazines/books unintentionally focus too often on the extremes. They study the extreme successes and the events leading up to them. They do the same for the extreme failures. Rarely do we look at what’s normal, but what’s normal is usually the best indication of whether or not a business is successful, or a business owner is happy with their career choice. I myself am plenty guilty of this, posting about Cyber Monday successes or huge chargeback losses. I sometimes fall into the… Continue reading

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No Reply Necessary

As I’ve written about before, internal email can be challenging. The most ambiguous part of internal email – email sent within the company – is knowing when to reply and when not to. As I wrote in that post in 2012: Know when to respond and when not to. This is a tough one. I like to put myself in other people’s shoes. If I would want a response from them – even if it’s just “great idea!” or “keep me posted, I’m interested” –… Continue reading

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How Much Can I Actually Replace With a Galaxy Note 3?

Over the winter it was finally time to get a new phone. I had always told myself that all of my future phones would only be “pure Android” experiences. The Nexus 5 was the phone I had been clamoring for. As I started researching phones however, I began to ask myself a different question: how much of what I do could be accomplished with a phablet? The more I thought about it, the more curious I became. In much the same way that I have… Continue reading

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R.B.I. Baseball 14 And The Future of Sports Video Games

One of my hobbies ever since I can remember has been playing sports video games. Being born in the early ’80s I started off with a NES console and have purchased a console every generation since, although I haven’t picked up a PS4 or Xbox One…yet. Sure I play other games, but the main reason I’ve forked over thousands of dollars on consoles is sports games. As soon as I got my hand on an iPad a few years ago I started to wonder if… Continue reading

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