Rudolph Musngi

Role: Word Wizard

Rudolph is a geek. He loves reading: books, blogs and even nutrition facts found at the back of products. He also loves basketball. Since joining 1stwebdesigner last year, Rudolph has written several articles that concerns Typography, Wordpress, Freelance Lifehacks, Graphic Design and Showcase of Beautiful Web Designs. He also write poems, movie reviews and he puts them in his blog together with rants and some daily life updates.

How to Create SVG Loading Animations using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Edge Animate CC

Posted in Tutorials, Web Interface5 days ago • Written by Leave a comment

Keeping your viewers glued to your webpage while it loads is like trying to stop a time bomb, except that it doesn’t blow people into tiny bits. Some web designers give special attention by providing users with some entertainment while the all the information they want to see are still waiting to be fully loaded like this tutorial on how to create SVG loading animations using Illustrator and Adobe Edge Animate CC.

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The Hiring Guide for Freelancer Clients

Posted in Blogging, Inspiration, Quick Tips1 week ago • Written by Leave a comment

I have been writing about freelancing and web design for over a year now, and I honestly haven’t stumbled upon a hiring guide that teaches clients to hire great freelancers.

Everybody wants to find good clients. Often, freelancers read tips from experts and blogs like these to successfully dig the gold out their freelancing mines.

You always see how-tos ranging from building portfolios to even firing clients.

I am a freelancer, why should I read this?

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How to Create a Music Player UI Using Adobe Illustrator

Posted in Tutorials, Web Interface, Web Interfaces1 week ago • Written by Leave a comment

There have been a lot of UI kits swarming around the market lately. Some include complete sets of User Interface elements and, some, focus on just one element. These kits often serve as a basis and template for web designers in creating wonderful web pages.

Because of these kits, web designers, now, don’t have to worry about running out of ideas. They can copy and use these UI kits and make them better.

Today, you will be learning how to create a Music Player UI using Adobe Illustrator. This trendy UI was built using the minimalist and flat design foundations.

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Telltale Signs That You Might Be a Bad Boss

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by 1 Comment

Bosses  can be pretty infuriating at times. But do you know what can really ruin your day? A bad boss.

In your web design career, you surely have experienced being administered by the boss. You take orders and requests, do and finish them and earn money at paydays.

If this is not the case, you might be the boss. You are the one who sends payments, administers people, and sanctions them if they do something wrong.

This can be very difficult at times, especially when you think of the times when you were still at the bottom of the chain. Everyone saw you as a friend more than a foe back then.  One moment, you still enjoy having coffee with your co-workers in the pantry. The day you were promoted, people looked at you with angry gazes.

Is this perfectly normal? What would you do? How did all this happen?

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Waste Time Productively with These Blogs

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by 3 Comments

It seems paradoxical to say that you can waste time productively. Productivity and procrastination are often conceived as two opposing forces that affect the lives of freelancers.

However, there is a slight glitch in this system. Given fair thought and immense amount of dedication, you can actually waste their time productively.

For web designers like you, there are some things you can do while you goof around your free time. You can:

  • Create freebies that could boost your portfolio
  • Look for more clients
  • Read more blogs that could actually help you in the future
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What To Do When the Internet Connection had Blacked Out?

Posted in Inspiration, Quick Tips, Tips3 weeks ago • Written by 3 Comments

Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, 1stwebdesigner. Not too long ago, these four websites loaded together in each tab in harmony. Then everything changed when the Internet got down. Only the service provider can fix this, but then, that service provider vanished.

What will you do now that the Internet Is Down?

I know nothing can really be as infuriating than a down Internet connection. As a web designer, this is very frustrating because most of your tasks are online and you will not get anything done until the connection goes back.

Most of the times, you’ll be pictured as the person who observes his router like a hunter observing a gazelle. Sometimes, you are seen pressing F5 every single minute, hoping it would soon load properly. Other times, you try and debate with your ISP over the phone and realize that there is no hope. Heck, you even plan on making rituals for the Internet gods to bring your connection back.

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Best Laptop Computers You Would Die For Besides Apple

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Tools3 weeks ago • Written by 13 Comments

The dazzling 13-15-inch screen of Apple’s MacBook Pro, one of the best laptop computers, topped up with amazing technical specifications can surely make your eyes pop for a while. I mean, it’s Apple! Everybody loves the quality of company’s products. You’re assured of top notch items. But seeing the price tag that goes along with them, it will surely make your eyes pop too, but for another reason.

Now, I’m not starting a PC vs. Mac debate here but not all people can afford to buy a Mac; for newbie freelancers, buying a $2000 laptop computer may not be a good decision, especially if you can’t afford it. For me, if you’re starting from scratch, you should invest on the things you need first.

Hence, this article. I tried looking around for great MacBook Pro alternatives. Know the best laptops other than MacBook here:

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5 Best Remote Collaboration Tools for Teams

Posted in Freelance, Tools, Web Design3 weeks ago • Written by 14 Comments

Collaboration is a great way to get more projects done in the shortest span of time. In freelance web designing, collaborating with others seems to be a very wise decision since you can get more projects but work in less effort.

However, being in a freelance web design team doesn’t necessarily mean you work together physically. That is one of the many joys of freelancing. You can work alone, while working together.

However, this is never easy as remote collaboration tools for teams can lead to miscommunication and lack of monitoring. You need tools where you can easily keep track and manage the projects and clients you get. You also need something to set and monitor deadlines, a melting pot of all finished products, invoices and many more.

For this article, we have collected some freelance collaboration tools which will surely make working with a remote team easier and more convenient.

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Save Your Ideas for a Rainy Day

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design4 weeks ago • Written by 1 Comment

For web designers, ideas are very important. If web designers don’t have fresh, trendy and almost-original ideas, they might as well stop designing because it is the fuel that drives their job. Without any ideas, there would be no design and no design means no money. That said, how should you save your ideas?

You can only create what you can imagine.

These words have been my driving force the past years. As a budding designer and an emerging writer, I have considered imagination is the mother of all artwork.

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30 Android Apps Worth Downloading This Year

Posted in Tools, Web Design4 weeks ago • Written by 4 Comments

Android is becoming really popular. As more smartphone companies use the Android operating system, users grow the same number too. That just means that more and more Android apps are being developed as the operating system picks up popularity, which is why it becomes really difficult to choose the best apps for your phone.

You can’t really try every single application just to find the perfect fit. That would entail a lot of time, and we don’t have a lot of that. That is why, we looked into a lot of Android applications and picked 30 apps that you shouldn’t miss. These were selected according to how useful they will be to you, either you’re a web designer or just a mere android user.

Here they are!

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