Principles of Design and David Kadavy’s Design for Hackers, Interview

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E-books about principles of design, and specifically about web design, are getting more and more popular. Years ago these kind of information can only be found on universities, but now they’re everywhere and people are taking them in like hungry lions.

If you don’t know this, well, seriously, what rock have you been living under last year?

  • Sacha Greif wrote “Step by Step UI design”
  • Jarrod Drysdale wrote “Bootsrapping Design”
  • Nathan Barry wrote three e-books, “App Design Handbook”, “Designing Web Applications” and “Authority”.

When I saw David Kadavy’s “Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty” I was like:

Wait! This is a REAL book? Published by an actual PUBLISHER? And it hit #18 on Amazon? What is this?!

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How to Talk to Clients if You Want to Get Hired

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The days when blogging was just a hobby of teenagers are gone; now, even entrepreneurs want to have their own blogs, but do you know how to talk to clients? What does this mean to freelance web designers?

It means that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to spend money on a custom design for their blogs. How can you impress these potential clients and get lucrative jobs?

Talk to your potential clients  about what is important to THEM!

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Homer Simpson’s Guide to Dealing With Difficult Clients

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Experience is needed to avoid dealing with difficult clients, something that not many freelancers have. How would you deal with impossible clients, or con artists or scammers?

What would Homer do?

For every article about how fun it would be to be a freelance web designer or developer, there is about ten more articles saying the exact same thing. This creates a bubble that easily attracts new freelancers, and will have them crying in despair after realizing how much they let the ideas inside the bubble control their outlook on the industry. It’s time to break that!

So in this article we’re going to go over some of the things the less friendly side of freelancing has to offer newcomers.

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Why Bad Designers are Scarier than Dating Taylor Swift

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Do you want to have a little fun and learn what mistakes some bad designers are making that you shouldn’t? This post is not for the faint of heart!

Web design has become a popular topic, there are a lot of guys changing careers or just starting out to as a web designer, and many of them are bad.

It sounds wonderful, why not? You would ask.

After all – more to choose from.

On the other hand, there is more competition.
Just like with every industry, web design industry does not develop as smoothly as we would like it to. It has its ups and downs, bumps and holes.

And one of them drives many people crazy, including me.

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Design a Pricing Plan Using CSS3 in Under 15 Minutes – Downloadable

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Today we continue the series of tutorials on basic HTML5 and CSS3 coding and we jump even deeper into CSS3 with this video on how to design a pricing plan.

If you own a product which you sell only on a subscription basis, then you will probably need pricing tables in order to showcase your product and the purchase options better. This tutorial will teach you how to do that.

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 4/4: Settings Page

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Welcome to the final part of our tutorial series on WordPress Plugin Development for Designers. In the last three parts, we discussed the importance of plugins for you as designers and identified a basic structure for design based plugins while integrating a jQuery slider into WordPress.

Today we are going to complete the basic structure of a plugin by learning how to create a WordPress plugin settings page for our slider. Stay tuned as settings are an important part in customizing the functionality of a Plugin.

So let’s get started.

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Free Webinar: Proven 3-Step Formula on How to Get Clients

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Reading this post might be the best decision you will ever do for your entire career. New Free webinar about freelance web design on how to get started and how to earn your first $300 in just 3 days. What are you waiting for?

Our method has been proven and tested, and it even went beyond expectations. We offer a free introductory lesson and a course where people can enroll on, and people are achieving success through it!

Ok…couldn’t wait to get home and post this. I got my first $600 check today (installment 1 of 2) for a site and it was from using the SIMPLE steps in the bootcamp!!!! BOOYAH. I think this is going to be a simple project with a nice turn around time and I can’t wait to have the client tell her friends and customers how easy it is to work with me. Keep you all posted. Thanks again.

– Leon Clinch, 1WD Bootcamp participant

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How These 11 WordPress Scripts Will Stop North Korea And Improve Your Blog

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In this post you will get 11 WordPress scripts that will help improve your blog’s performance and that may or may not stop North Korea from terrorizing us.

Either way, you will find these little WordPress hacks very useful for your daily blogging needs, which can help you save lots of precious time!

If you’re eager to enhance or improve the functionality of your WordPress site, then below are powerful WordPress scripts that will definitely give you a great head start.

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Create a Contact Form in HTML5 and CSS3 for Dummies – Downloadable

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Today I will teach you how to create a simple contact form in HTML5 and CSS3 that you can download for free. Many WordPress plugins come with fully functional contact forms that can be installed and used right away, but we believe in beautiful design and in your right to style it however you choose. Therefore today’s video will focus on how to create, but mainly how to style, your contact form using CSS3.

There is not much HTML5 in this video tutorial, unfortunately, as the contact form is built with code available in previous versions of HTML, but you can use today’s tutorial as a way to reinforce many of the things we learned together in the previous tutorials. So without any further discussion, here it is:

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Get More Clients as a Web Designer with these Social Psychology Tips

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Several years ago, I enrolled in a self-improvement course which taught me a concept I found pretty useful to get more clients for my freelancing career.

If you want to “hit” a goal, you need to focus on two things:

  • Trying to hit the goal as much as possible, called goal intensity.
  • Trying to increase your chances for each hit, called goal efficiency.

Let me explain with a simple example. Let’s say your goal is to get ten dates this month. How do you go about doing it? You could spend all your time at the gym, attending self-improvement courses and so on. These things won’t help you get dates directly, but when the time comes to ask a girl out, these things will indirectly help you increase the chances that she’ll say yes.

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