Rean John Uehara

Role: Chief of Cat Division

Rean is the editor of 1stwebdesigner. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development. Rean also writes at Knowledge Salad, a blog filled with weird and interesting facts. One of his goals is to teach people how to earn money online, to help them earn a living out of working from home, just like what he has been doing since 2010.

What is the Future of Online Education?

Posted in Freelance, News, Social Media, Web Design3 weeks ago • Written by 2 Comments

Think of the job you have now and imagine losing interest in it. I love writing, but for the sake of this example, let’s say, I’m already on the brink of giving up. I’m 24 years old, turning 25 in a couple of months, and I want to start fresh. Do something different. But at this age, enrolling in a college to earn a new degree is impractical, both money-wise and time-wise. That leads me to consider online education as part of my learning.

It’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Very few people talk about this issue for the sake of keeping appearances, but everyone will encounter it at one point. Including you, no matter how much you love your job right now.

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Crazy Egg Review: Is Your Website Hot Enough?

Posted in Usability, Web Design1 month ago • Written by 2 Comments

So, you have a website. Probably you are selling something or you want to collect people’s email addresses and it works. Or does it? As a marketer, are you satisfied with your current conversions? As a designer, do you feel like you made the right decision when you placed the search bar on the sidebar? But there is one tool that we at 1stwebdesigner.com is crazy about- Crazy Egg. Don’t search high and low about the Crazy Egg review when you can have that here!

There are many tracking tools out there that you can use to determine if your design works as intended. There are eye and mouse tracking tools out there, but they are expensive. Although admittedly, they work. Another thing that works just as well as these is click tracking with heatmap. Different processes, same results.

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105 Amazing Gifts for Web Designers Handpicked From All Over The Web

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design5 months ago • Written by 27 Comments

Christmas is coming and everyone is running around looking for gifts. Stop! You don’t have to worry! We collected 105 amazing gifts for web designers and for all other creatives, and just about anyone who has a geeky side in them. Best of all, the gifts are really affordable – mostly from $10 to $100!

If you have a friend who is a web designer or developer and you want to surprise them, you have come to the right place!

In fact, this collection is for any occasion. Birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just an ordinary day surprise to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Ready? Let’s start!

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5 Killer Tips that Will Get You Clients: Copywriting for Web Designers

Posted in Tips, Web Design5 months ago • Written by 15 Comments

Your portfolio sucks. It makes me cry. You are a great designer with a perfectly designed portfolio site, and yet, it’s still terrible at the same time. Even my cat, Sheldon, knows it, too. Good thing, you can still improve it.

Do you want to convert browsers into clients? I bet you do. That’s the purpose of your portfolio site, yes? To attract more clients. To make them want to get a bite out of the dish you are offering.

And it only takes one topping: copywriting.

I know, I know, you are a web designer, not a copywriter. But applying these tips to your portfolio won’t hurt one bit!

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60 High Quality and Free Responsive HTML Templates

Posted in Freebies, Templates5 months ago • Written by 34 Comments

Speed up your design process by taking inspiration from these free responsive HTML templates we gathered from around the web!

Everyone’s running around trying to hop on the newest trend: flat design, but before flat, there was responsive web design. It was the craze two years ago, and 8/10 websites you will visit today are responsive. This is in response (tee-hee) to the mobile web revolution, of course. It has become the standard, even if a web design client is not specifically looking for a responsive website, it’s already a given that you, as a web designer or developer, need to deliver responsive sites all of the time.

So, here are 60 responsive website templates to speed up your design/development process. Feel free to download and edit them!

Have fun!

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Free Webinar: Six Guaranteed Ways To “Close The Deal” With Tricky Freelance Clients

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 6 Comments

In case you didn’t know, we regularly hold webinars that teach people how to earn more money online by freelancing. Tomorrow, November 8, 2013, we will have another free webinar. In this webinar we will share six proven techniques to help you close any deal with your prospective clients – because we know that communicating with clients is really tough.

What: Six Guaranteed Ways to Close the Deal with Tricky Freelance Clients
When: 11/8/2013 at 11AM EDT

  • 8AM Pacific
  • 9AM Mountain
  • 10AM Central
  • 11AM Eastern

Where: Sign Up here!

Join Spence as he shows you How to Find More Clients and Strategies for closing the deal!

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[Giveaway] 3 Business Plans from Web Icon Set – 3 Years of Subscription [Ended]

Posted in Freebies, Icons6 months ago • Written by 29 Comments

Planning on redesigning your website or application? In need of a fresh icon sets for the new look? Well, well, well, look no further! Get a chance to win one of the 3 business plans from Web Icon Set, each worth $199 or 3 years worth of subscription!

Web Icon Set provides professional and quality royalty-free stock icons for designers. By being a member, you can have access to over 1,000+ premium icons including Pictograms, Stock Icons and Mini Icons with for a very affordable subscription fee. All of the icons are perfect for websites, web and mobile applications.

So, what are you waiting for?

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[Giveaway] PSD/HTML to WordPress Conversions Worth $1,000 by CodeInWP

Posted in Freebies6 months ago • Written by 57 Comments

Do you have an HTML site or a PSD template that you so eagerly want to convert to a WordPress theme but you either don’t have the time or you’re a bit behind with WordPress development? That was a mouthful! Anyway, how about you join this giveaway from CodeInWP and get a chance to win one of the ten vouchers worth a grand total of $1,000, and get your PSD/HTML converted to a working WordPress theme!

Or maybe you already have a theme, but you just can’t solve that bug no matter how many hours you pour in it? You can also use this voucher for a consultation!

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Free 90 Days of Moz’s PRO Marketing Toolset

Posted in Freebies7 months ago • Written by 6 Comments

Get your website noticed right now using the right tool, squeeze social media and search engines and get people to know that you’re worth looking at using Moz’s PRO Marketing toolset – 90 days free!

Staying at the top of the competition is not easy. Especially in the web design and development world where everyone is an athlete in their own right. Whether you’re looking at individuals or companies, it’s not hard to realize that they do not focus merely on design and development, but a large part of their time is spent on marketing. Out-performing your competitors through sheer skill alone is quite impossible, you need to get the word out that you exist.

Does the world know you exist?

Do you want to get noticed?

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Giveaway: 7 Copies of Flat UI Pro by DesignModo (PSD & HTML) [Ended]

Posted in Tools, Web Design7 months ago • Written by 128 Comments

Our friends at DesignModo are generous enough to give 1stwebdesigner readers a chance to win 7 copies of their Flat UI Pro ($69/copy)! If you’re a fan of flat design and you’re just itching to design as soon as you sit in front of your computer, then this is for you! As of late, flat design has taken the Internet by storm. Not only that, the same style has been seen on interfaces of games, operating systems, logos, and you name it! So, do you want to win this elegant kit?

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