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.

Web Designer vs Web Developer Infographic

Posted in Illustration, Showcase, Web Design5 hours ago • Written by 1 Comment

There are a lot of articles that differentiate web designers from web developers. Commonly, they talk about the difference of the two. Some, even encourage debates on whether designers should code and developers should design. Instead of reading a lengthy article on the difference of these two, why not checkout this cool web designer vs web developer infographic created by Rudolph Musngi for 1WD.

All of these data can sometimes make us feel confused about what the difference of developers and designers really is. So, we made an infographic (yay!)  to creatively illustrate how they differ and which profession your skill sets might belong. Let’s take a look at it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Designer vs Web Developer Infographic

10 Page Loading Effects That Catch Your Viewer’s Attention

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces1 day ago • Written by 1 Comment

Page loading time depends on several factors. Some of these factors involve either the Internet connection speed, the devices you use or the elements that compose the website people are visiting. Whatever the cause is, it is your job as a web designer to do your best to keep your viewers’ attention.

How long users willing to wait for a site to load before they abandon the page sometimes depends on how you can entertain them while they are waiting. A great way to have their attention while the page is loading is to present an eye-catching loading page.

Here are some ideas and inspiration of loading effects that you can apply on your web design.

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Collaboration Gone Wrong: Key Tips in Addressing and Preventing Conflicts

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, HowTos, Tips2 days ago • Written by Leave a comment

Two heads sure are better than one, but harmony will always be second to none.

Collaboration is a great way for freelance web designers to accomplish great things with less effort and time wasted. It has opened avenues for sharing ideas, mixing and matching creative juices and most of all, increasing earnings.

With collaboration, one web designer can work freelance without the burden of being alone. Work can be improved, new methods can be learned and more energy and money is saved.

All of these perks truly make collaboration an interesting plot to plow. More and more designers are shifting from working by their lonesome selves to pairing or grouping with other great minds.

Truly, two (or more) heads are better than one.

But is it really? What happens when collaboration gone wrong? What are the ways of preventing conflicts?

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Your Mobile Apps Look Bad and You Should Feel Bad

Posted in HowTos, Tips, Usability, Web Design, WordPress3 days ago • Written by Leave a comment

Mobile application design and development has been ‘the thing’ as of late. With the growing prominence of smartphones, more and more applications are developed. It’s like, we have an app for everything, right?

What makes it even more amazing is that this year, the projected number of smartphone users will be 1.75 billion. This staggering number resulted into 2.6 million apps in app-stores (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones combined).

If there is one thing certain about these huge statistics, it would be that mobile application development and design is a big and newly-discovered gold mine to plow. There are a lot of opportunities waiting for developers as mobile apps continue on growing as the age of smartphones conquer the market.

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Web Design Across the Globe

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Web Design4 days ago • Written by 2 Comments

Web design is perhaps one of the most universal forms of art in the modern times. Using the Internet as a giant canvas that continues to expand more and more, web designers try make something beautiful and useful to people.

With web design being labeled as art, we talk about how web designers, either they intend it or not, showcase their culture and backgrounds. Hence, the topic, web design across the globe.

That is what makes web design even wonderful. Though the look and overall layout of the web page is influenced by different cultures, it is still understood, appreciated and utilized by a very large and universal group of individuals.

But have you noticed the patterns at how web designers create pages? Have you identified how web designs are influenced by the designer’s and the target audience’s culture? Let’s take a look:

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Ace the Freelancing Race : How to Spell Freelance Success

Posted in Freelance, Web Design5 days ago • Written by 2 Comments

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, Tips1 week 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 Design1 week 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 Design1 week 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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