Darren

Executive editor of FinderMind magazine, a people search engine on helping you find long-lost friends.

How to Make Better Decisions (by Understanding Cognitive Biases)

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

According to Wikipedia, a cognitive bias is:

the human tendency to make systematic errors in certain circumstances based on cognitive factors rather than evidence

There are certain things you can do as a web designer to make better decisions by recognizing and thinking twice about these cognitive biases. My attempt here will be to make you familiar some of these common decision mistakes and offer suggestions on how you can avoid them.

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How to Start Treating Your Web Design Business as a BUSINESS

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 19 Comments

Most of us treat our web design businesses not as a business but as a hobby. And hobbies are dealt with in a different way than businesses. Most of us don’t know the exact definition of a business; even Wikipedia says: “the exact definition of business, like much else in the philosophy of business, is a matter of debate and complexity of meanings.” It definitely is.

In my opinion, as a small business owner, in order to start treating your web design business as a business you need to focus on 2 things.

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Freelancers: How to Get New Clients For Your Web Design Business

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

You know how important getting new clients is for your business. Getting a constant new stream of clients is often the #1 challenge for most freelancers. Unfortunately, most of the advice provided online on this topic is often filled with ambiguity and doesn’t give you clear tips and instructions you  can use to start getting web design clients NOW.

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35 Beautiful and Free WordPress 3.0 Ready Themes

Posted in WordPress4 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

This is a list of free and  beautiful WordPress 3.0 ready themes. They were harder to find than I thought, maybe because WordPress 3 is so new and theme developers need more time to catch up. There are some early adopters, however, and the best of them are in this list. To see the theme demo, just click on the theme picture.

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What Can Web Designers Learn from Business People?

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

The best way to learn how to run a business is to read the stories of successful businesses. So recently, I’ve been reading some books by Harvard Business Press (written by very successful VCs, CEOs or university professors) and learned A LOT of principles that can be taken from them and applied to your web design work.

In this article I am going to write about those hand picked points which I learnt from my study.

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Selling Your Blog: How To Transfer It to The New Owner

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

I’ve just finished the process of selling one of my sites. It was the first time I ever sold a website and, in the process of doing that, I’ve learned some very important lessons.

One of the hardest parts when you already found a buyer is transferring the website to the buyer with very small downtime. So far I haven’t encountered any article describing how to do this so I’ve decided to write one and share what I know.

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5 Simple, Yet Effective Online To-do Apps to Get Stuff Done

Posted in Tools, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 24 Comments

I’ve decided my primary focus this year to be on improving my productivity. Almost 4 months have passed. Lots of lessons learned. One of them was: do not make things complex if they can be kept simple. Same with to-do lists. Below you have 5 very simple, yet powerful online to-do tools you might find useful.

I’ve done my best to help you make an informed choice by listing and reviewing the best tools I found so far.

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7 Very Useful Websites to Get Practical Fireworks Tutorials

Posted in Tutorials4 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Fireworks is the best software around for editing vector and bitmap and vector graphic. It helps you to rapidly prototype websites and application interfaces. Compared to Photoshop, there aren’t any decent online alternatives for Fireworks. There are a lot of new features in fireworks like CSS export and style effects and you should must give it a try.

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5 Timeless Usability Principles for Website Designers

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 30 Comments

There are some usability principles which change very rarely. The reason for this is because they are deeply ingrained into our human nature. Even if they change, they change very slightly, the fundamentals remain the same.

We will try to cover some most important usability principles in the following article.

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