Jamal

I code, write, and stuff at Five Alarm Interactive. Tweet me: @5alarmint.

Save the Internet: Learn About Net Neutrality

Neutrality is a philosophy where vested interest, or favoring of sides, is absent from a situation. As one of the original guiding principles of the Internet, net neutrality gives people all around the globe a platform for sharing and appreciating ideas with respect for their fellow person. However, would that be the case if your … Continue Reading

Homer Simpson’s Guide to Dealing With Difficult Clients

Experience is needed to avoid dealing with difficult clients, something that not many freelancers have. How would you deal with impossible clients, or con artists or scammers? What would Homer do? For every article about how fun it would be to be a freelance web designer or developer, there is about ten more articles saying … Continue Reading

Quick Guide on How to Earn Passive Income by Writing Tutorials

The freelancing lifestyle is defined by one word, uncertainty! As a freelance designer or developer you are building a company as a service provider, and that means you’ll experience times when no income is coming from your service. You aren’t going to have steady client work all the time. So how do you go about … Continue Reading

How to Write a Freelance Pitch That Gets Clients

At some point in every freelancer’s career there comes a time when you’re going to write a freelance pitch for a client’s project. If the thought of being a salesman isn’t intimidating enough,this at least doubles after realizing how many other freelancers pitching and hoping for the project. All those different screaming freelancers saying, “Pick … Continue Reading

Overview of Breakpoints in Responsive Web Design

Last time, we went over media queries. This is an important aspect to know of Responsive Web Design (RWD from now on) because it is this CSS declaration that allows for the different layouts to appear at different screen sizes. Hmm, now what about different screen sizes? To make it easy to understand, lets look … Continue Reading

Breaking Down Media Queries for Responsive Web Design

The core of any Responsive Web Design framework is the media query. Media queries are what enable your website to call different style declarations from your stylesheets based on the current window width of the viewing device. Many of those new to Responsive Web Design, RWD, don’t spend time getting familiar with them. When there … Continue Reading

Using Character Development for Better Website Design

The ability to add true personality to the design of a website is the attribute that separates professionals from hobbyists. Since the aim of the majority of websites is to persuade a visitor into an action, and the best persuasion comes when there is a personal attachment, this is a vital ability for a lasting career. The use … Continue Reading

10 Things to Consider Before Starting a Freelancing Career

There are a lot of great reasons why one would want to venture into freelancing, all of which have been talked to death, but there are also those that should make one take a second guess. It is the latter what we’ll be discussing in this article, and once we are done, hopefully you’ll know if freelancing … Continue Reading

Is Responsive Web Design the Right Path to Minimalism?

It is necessary to first point out that by NO MEANS is minimalism a trend! In actuality, it is a design style that emerges to prominent use in accordance when society’s common desire shifts towards excessive wants. If that is the case, what could this guy be talking about? Well, in recent years the web community has been strongly … Continue Reading