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 Moneyarty.com, a blog dedicated to teaching people how to make money online.
The frailty of creatives is that they never get 100% content with their creation. As Leonardo Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” It resounds true to most designers. There’s always a little bit of regret when closing a project they’ve spent several hours to a couple of weeks refining to the pixel. Creatives seem to have a problem on how to embrace imperfection.
As a writer I understand this too. I paint pictures with words and there are literally hundreds of ways to project an image, but only a handful of them put together will give the “right feel”.
Here are some questions for you:
- When designing, do you trust intuition or reason?
- Do you simply know what will work perfectly together or do you have a set of checklist to follow?
This article may be a bit gnomic in nature, perfect with your morning coffee when you are about to start your day with a flair but terrible to act as an “emergency” advice.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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
Join Spence as he shows you How to Find More Clients and Strategies for closing the deal!Read More
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!Read More