Custom Web Design and Development

Let's be real for a second

The web is easy. Oh, sure, depending on what you want, things could still get interesting. But, the bottom line is, getting your business online is easy. In fact, if all you're really wanting is a basic website, you can find plenty of "website tonight" templating engines at places like Go Daddy. You can register there, pick a template, fill in your content, and in the space of a couple of hours you can have your own presence on the web complete with standard pages, galleries, etc. If all you're wanting is a blog, check out or

So... why do you need Roughly Brilliant?

  1. You don't have time to figure it out yourself or you just don't want to.
    After all, you're too busy being successful and you want your website to reflect that level of success.
  2. You want quick, professional results.
    Have you ever done your own drywall? Painting? Plumbing? Car repairs? All these things can be done by anyone with the will power and time. Professionals have the tools and experience to do the job quickly and typically give better results.
  3. We follow all the web development blogs, security bulletins, usability research, and digital marketing trends.
    So you don't have to.

What we do best

  • Custom websites that walk the bleeding edge of design
  • Sites that are good looking and functional
  • Web-based applications (think cloud computing)
  • Content management systems so you can update your site on your own
  • Mobile web development and consulting
  • User experience insights gained from far more expensive thought leaders

The Web Developer's Prayer

Our pages, who are in cache,
Hello be thy name.
Thy external libs come.
Thy rendering be done
On IE as it is on Chrome.
Give us this day our daily JSON feed
and forgive us our syntax
as we forgive designers who have never coded.
Lead us not into frustration
but deliver us from pre-compilers.
For thine is the interface, the user experience, and the business logic
Looping forever and ever.

Responsive Design and jQuery Mobile

x7ian asks:
if there is a way to create a responsive website where jQuery Mobile loads only in the mobile versions. The problem is that if I load jQuery Mobile libraries, they will load even in the normal or wide displays...
This is something I struggled with as I was writing my book, Creating Mobile Apps with jQuery Mobile, and with a current client I’m working on now. Let's look at a few ways this can be handled...

What the iPad mini means for web developers

ipad miniThe release of the iPad mini validates an entire line of tablet sizes. Essentially, it’s another case of Apple coming along and leapfrogging another existing market. The Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and Samsung Galaxy Note have fit this small tablet bill for a while. Now that Apple has thrown its hat into the ring it will sell millions and come to dominate (as usual) our existence as web developers. But the iPad already accounted for 98% of all tablet web traffic. So how does the iPad mini really change anything?

The Big Question

In developer circles, UX conferences, Forrester industry conference calls, and even on my own blog, I’ve heard people asking a consistent question. “What are you guys doing about iPad?” There are, of course, some who are bothering to make native experiences and that is certainly a valid answer… for one manufacturer at a time. Web developers and designers who have been asked this question have always had the option of just using the standard desktop view and it was usually good enough. After playing with the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini for 24 hours I can tell you first hand, the game has changed. Read more...

3 reasons why Zuckerberg is wrong about HTML5 for startups

Mark ZuckerbergIn today's TechCrunch conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg blamed their focus on HTML5 for a failed mobile strategy saying, "The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 rather than native." He is wrong on this for several reasons that I will detail. The main thing to realize is that this is not a lesson for startups to take to heart.


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