Robert Spangler

UI/UX designer & front-end developer


eCommerce Gallery Has Launched!

I’m pleased to announce that eCommerce Gallery has finally launched. This has been a side-project I’ve been working on for quite some time.

Random Tidbits of News

1. WordPress 2.5 is out, and looks great. Admin was redesigned by Happy Cog (Jefferey Zeldman’s Crew) 2. Magento just launched it’s first production build (v1.0) 3. Nathan Smith released a web design grid system for 960px wide designs. 4. This guy raps about SEO & Conversions (thanks Luke)

Is Gmail’s Spam Protection Too Good?

I’m a huge Google fan but I laughed a bit when I checked my spam folder today… In case you didn’t notice, Google put it’s own “Google Alert” in the spam folder.

Safari for Windows Released

This is a little bit dated now, but just in case you haven’t heard. Safari 3.1 is out for Windows! This is great news for web developers using a PC, as you no longer have to boot up your Mac to check out your site (though, you probably should as i doubt that they’re completely… Read more »

Usability / Accessibility Issues With Dropdowns

There’s still some debate as to whether or not it’s OK to use dropdowns in usable, accessible web design. I’ll definitely say that there are some dropdowns that are really well put together and are both accessible and usable. For example the Suckerfish dropdown seems to do pretty well (while not perfect).

New Domain Name, New Hosting!

Today I made two big changes to my site. First of all (as you may have noticed) my domain name is now That’s right my friends! no more confusion brought on by the dreadful m in I’m putting my 301 redirect lecture to the test for all of my URLs. New Hosting!… Read more »

The Importance of 301 Redirects

I was lucky enough to go to the IR Web Design ’08 conference in Miami early this month and do several website consultations for a wide variety of eCommerce websites (both large and small).

A lot of people were looking to do a complete redesign and/or change their eCommerce platform. Meaning most (if not all) of their URLs may be changing. I was blown away by the amount of companies that almost made that switch without being told about redirecting their pages using 301 redirects.

Welcome To Miami, ¡Buenvenidos a miami!

Well friends, I’m off to Miami for the “Internet Retailer 2008 Web Design Conference”: with the guys at work. We’ll be doing 1-on-1 website consultations with about 22 companies and running a booth. Should be a good time.

The Grunge Gallery

I have a theme for sale over on the Sitepoint Marketplace:

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Screenshot of the Design

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About Robert

I work with clients ranging from local small businesses and non-profits to large Fortune 500 companies.

If you think I'm the right guy for your project, please feel free to give me a shout.

I am a full-time freelance website designer and front-end developer from Baltimore, Maryland, currently living in Nairobi, Kenya.

I design and code for user experience on the web with special attention on mobile devices. I come from a background in eCommerce and lead generation, which I'm very good at. I spend most of my time personalizing and creating customized WordPress themes for clients. Other than designing websites I spend time with family, study, occasionally tweet, and rarely +.