Debra Lanning

Meet Debra Lanning

Founder / Creative Director

Bringing big visions to life comes naturally to founder and creative director Debra Lanning. She delivers creative solutions and fully integrated brand plans. Debra’s keen sense of the tools that developers use helps her create designs tailored to the client’s unique system. Her web-based design work now represents clients across the country.

In 2014, Debra launched LaLa Projects a creative agency that focuses on web design and development. Backed by a degree in fine arts and nearly a decade of experience in web design and project management, Debra hit the ground running. Today, Debra specializes in WordPress and Advanced Custom Fields. She uses the latest project management tools and design technology, such as Sketch and Invision, to bring fresh ideas to life.

Her love of travel and adventure motivated her to start a business that supports the digital nomad lifestyle. She is rooted in Northern Michigan for the warm months, exploring the warmer climates in the winter. The last couple of winters have been spent in the Valley of the Sun in Arizona. With the Covid Pandemic looming she will be hunkering down up north until it is safe to resume travels.

Her connection to Northern Michigan lends a sense of real authenticity to locally produced projects. Debra followed her entrepreneurial spirit to Traverse City back in 2004—because home is where the heart is. Small town charm and the great outdoors keep her rooted Up North where competitive sail racing, hiking, and being at the lake are always close.

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written by Debra

How & Why to Log into the Google Chrome Browser

Categories: Google, How To
By: on November 16, 2020

How to log into the Google Chrome Browser Assuming you have the Google Chrome browser installed on your computer.  Launch the browser, find the circle located in the far upper right corner, then login to your Google/Gmail account. Browser Breakdown If you are on you will see two similar circles in the upper right-hand […]

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How to Manage passwords

Categories: Security
By: on October 14, 2020

The Epic Battle of Password Management For most people, the struggle is real! Managing all your passwords for business, family, and personal accounts can be an epic battle. No one wants to spend their time thinking or dealing with how to manage passwords; it is tedious. Even worse than staying organized, is not staying organized, […]

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NINC Workshop for Authors

Categories: Authors
By: on September 23, 2020

Debra Lanning, founder and creative director of LaLa Projects will be hosting a virtual workshop Optimizing your author website for search engines and users at the annual NINC Conference.  The workshop is scheduled for Friday, September 25th at 10am (EST).  It will be streamed via Zoom to the in-person participates.  Virtual participants are welcome to […]

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Debra's Library

The Hero and The Out Law

Author: Margaret Mark & Carol Pearson

“The Hero and The Outlaw” is an eye-opening read for people interested in building brands. Archetypes are deeply rooted personas that are intrinsically part of our collective psyche. When you identify your company’s archetype it can help you better communicate your product or service and it can help you develop your company culture.

WordPress: The Missing Manual

Author: Matthew MacDonald

I really like the book series called ‘The Missing Manual’, they provide easy-to-understand helpful information.  They are also great reference books if you have an occasional how-to question.  If you are a LaLa client looking for a deeper understanding of WordPress.  The  WordPress: The Missing Manual may be a good fit for you.

The second edition only covers up the WP 3.9.  I don’t believe they have released the third edition on WP 5.0 and the Gutenberg Editor yet, but I bet they are working on it. Other than the Gutenberg Editor the WordPress core functionality has stayed the same, so the second edition is still chock full of useful information.

Lost Horizon

Author: James Hilton

The story of mythical Shangri-La is a quick and pleasant read that leaves you wondering was it a dream.  Though a great read and indeed a classic, one of the most interesting facts about this book is that is was the very FIRST paperback book.  Out of the 10 books originally released in paperback, this was known as pocketbook #1.  If you are interested in learning more about this, there is a section in the back of the book called ‘About the Book’ it tells the entire story.