Rudolph Musngi

Role: Writer

Rudolph is a geek. He loves reading: books, blogs and even nutrition facts found at the back of products. 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.

Ace the Freelancing Race : How to Spell Freelance Success

Posted in Freelance, Web Design11 hours ago • Written by Leave a comment

Many freelancers have met success. Living with great freedom and flexibility in work schedules, workplaces and client management, freelancers have truly enjoyed the fruits of their success.

Yes, this may sound tempting but they haven’t gone where they sit (or stand) right now out of sheer luck. No. It wasn’t because of charm, either.

Then, what is the secret formula in becoming a successful freelancer? Or should how does one spell freelance success?

The secret formula in being a successful freelancer is nothing.

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Life Outside the World Wide Web: How to Make Non-Professional Relationships Last

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Tips3 days ago • Written by Leave a comment

If you are to review your life for the past years and ask yourself what relationships have you forged, what could your answer be? How do you make non-professional relationships last?

Probably, your list would include clients, prospective clients, co-collaborators, web design colleagues and basically, professional relationships.

But are these the relationships you want to spend your life with?

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Important Photography Guidelines Designers Don’t Care About But Should

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Web Design3 days ago • Written by 1 Comment

You may think that photography is just for people with cameras, that it has nothing to do with web design at all. At times, you heavily rely on illustrations, or, if needed, run to the caring shoulders of stock photos.

But I’m telling you right now, photography and web design are closely related. In fact, most web designers ignore the fact that they need photography to make their work look better.

Many web designers are oblivious of the truth that some websites look better with photographs rather than illustrations.

Why would I want to care about this?

Knowing the difference between good and bad photography will help you make your design more appealing. Think of this: you are designing a website, some photos were given to you to choose from so you can attach one of them as a header image.

Because you just don’t care about photography guidelines, you just choose that poorly-shot photo out of the blue. The result? A poorly designed website.

Of course, you would want to make your design better. To do so, you have to be capable of identifying which photo should be used and which one is not going to make the cut.

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Reasons Why Minimalism Popularity Is Growing Steadily

Posted in Tips, Web Design5 days ago • Written by 3 Comments

Minimalism popularity has grown steadily in the past years. Long before the emergence of Flat Design, minimalism has been playing a big role in influencing the designs of many artists: sculptors, theater directors, interior designers, graphic designers and of course, web designers.

In minimalism, the design is dissected and reduced in a way that only the most essential elements are left. Although difficult to master, minimalism is something you can learn easily. If you want to try out minimalism in any artistic endeavor, you have to strip the work to the barest that it can be. It’s about stripping it until the unnecessary is removed without going in the way of the purpose.

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Will Wearable Tech Mean Wearable Web Design?

Posted in Tools, Usability, Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by 6 Comments

It seems like yesterday when we went gaga over watches with calculator capabilities. Over the years, the possibility of actually having wearable technology is left for science fiction to be made possible.

Well, that’s until wearable technology was born. Will this mean wearable web design is within our grasp?

Nowadays, you can make calls, record videos, check your health and even buy a cup of espresso using a watch. (Talk about improvement, huh?) You can also do that now using glasses.

Over the previous years, wearable technology like the Google Glass and – in the near future –  the Apple iWatch, have been the talk of the technology town. Little do we know, the world of technology is changing rapidly. It’s a great possibility that, in the near future, gadgets will no longer be handheld. They’re going to be worn.

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Is Web 3.0 the Next Web Revolution?

Posted in News, Usability, Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by 2 Comments

Nowadays, people use the Internet in almost all aspects of their lives. Users gain benefits from Internet services that help them look for what they need.

Gone were the days when you have to be blind about a movie that you would want to watch, or a restaurant where you’d plan to eat. And heck, a lot of bad movies and bad food were wasted because of that.

But with evolution of the Web, you can now Google almost everything, be it a movie or restaurant review or everything else in between and find results. And before you even leave the house, you’ll have knowledge and preparedness for such recreation. What is the next web revolution, then?

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When Should You Quit Your Job? (and Begin Freelancing)

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by Leave a comment

One of the very sensitive questions a designer asks at least once in his life is: “Should I begin freelancing now?”

Unlike other fields of employment, web design is a common goldmine when we are talking about freelancers. Many designers want to branch out of their daily cubicle jobs and start freelancing because they realized the many benefits that hide behind it.

Some of them are the following:

  • Independence
  • Flexibility in schedule
  • Open opportunities to learn more
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Top 30 Free WordPress Themes 2014

Posted in Freebies, Themes, WordPress2 weeks ago • Written by 3 Comments

A lot of themes are now floating through the Web, some are free and others premium. Of course, most WordPress experts recommend premium themes because of its security and design advantages but that doesn’t mean that you should trump the free ones. Sometimes, the free themes are even more beautiful than the paid ones. Every year we collect themes for you. Checkout the free WordPress Themes 2014 below.

WordPress is the best blogging platform there is. Let’s accept it. More and more websites use WordPress to manage their content. This doesn’t only apply to blogging but can also extend to eCommerce and a lot more! With this growing market for WordPress, the growth of the WordPress theme market consequentially grows with it.

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Why You Should Take a Web Break and Explore The World

Posted in Inspiration, Tips2 weeks ago • Written by Leave a comment

  “Any place you don’t leave is prison.”

Professor Peter Hoberg might be right at some points in this statement. Often, we are too fed up with our routines, be it as freelance web designers or not: wake up, procrastinate a little, procrastinate a little more, work, rest, eat, work again, procrastinate and then take a good night rest. Very much so that you need to find reasons to explore the world.

Don’t take me wrong; a routine is a good way to organize your life. But any routine you don’t leave is prison too, and sometimes, taking a break is all that you need to burst free and soar high.

My point: At times, you have to pack your things, travel the world and get the heck out of anywhere you are right now.

Today, we will be talking about reasons why you need to take a web break. In this article, I will enlighten you with the following:

  • How traveling can help you become a better web designer
  • Travel tips to make your vacation unforgettable
  • Some great places to add to your list
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The Outsourcing Guide for Web Designers

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design3 weeks ago • Written by 2 Comments

There are times in the life of a freelance web designer when design projects come like rain falling from the sky. Those times are great and abundant to a point that the said freelancer’s bucket is too full that he can’t carry it.

Of course, he has options- either he carries the whole bucket and take on all projects or he asks someone to carry the bucket for him.

And that is where this outsourcing guide comes in.

Outsourcing is the act of reaching to a third-party entity to do a contract or business deal. It often involves transferring employees and assets to another.

In simple terms, outsourcing, in freelance web design, is the act of hiring another freelance web designer to do your projects. It is often done by experienced freelancers who have too many projects under their names.

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