1WD Foundation: In Order To Speed Up, You Need To Slow Down

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 76 Comments

Do you know that in order to speed up, you need to take things slow? That’s right, before running, it is smart to warm up and prepare –  check the map, put on the right running gear, and put a drink in your backpack!

You don’t just start coding a website right off the bat, right? Before you create a website for a client you probably send them a questionnaire, discuss the details and draft a contract outlining what you agreed too, right?

Even if you design a website for yourself, don’t you write down what the end result will look like?

Don’t you sketch or create a wireframe before you start coding?

Well, you can choose to skip the preparation stage in the hopes of getting your project finished sooner, but you will likely waste a lot of time if you don’t have clarity and run into creative blocks!

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Jumpstart Your WordPress Career – Your Essential WordPress Toolkit [Video]

Posted in Tips, Tools, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 39 Comments

The Business of WordPress Design using WordPress – Video Three

Hi Gang! In this video we’re going to put together the five essential tools you need to succeed using WordPress.

Fortunately, they are all free or of little cost, so you don’t have to have much money to get started.

The important thing to remember when assembling your own toolkit is the fact that there are no “proper” tools. Rather, much like craftsmen of old, you may have a unique preference for certain tools than other designers or freelancers. That’s OK!

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3-Step Action Plan to Get the Best Work Environment [+VIDEO]

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 42 Comments

Work environment for web designers? Yes, I know, I know it all sounds totally boring. But come on guys, we all have been there before.

We have all felt exhausted. We have all felt irritated. We have all felt that we just ran out of inspiration. And after all, we ended up leaving the project halfway done.

It all happens even if you have the maddest web design skills. Even if you have decades of experience. Even if you have great amount of knowledge and even if you have the most unique talent.

All of that means nothing, absolutely nothing at all.

If there is something that could kill it all at once.

And today I will talk exactly about that.

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The Secret On How To Reach Your Freelance Long Term Financial Goals

Posted in Freelance, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 29 Comments

Hi gang! To get you pumped up to start 2013 the right way, please watch this short video (6 minutes) and begin thinking about where you see yourself in 12 months as far as freelance design income is concerned.

Before we go farther in our journey to monetize your freelance design skills, we need to start from this destination, and then work our way back to today. This will provide us with both a roadmap, as well as the focal points we need, to ensure your long term financial success along the way.

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[Infographic] The State of WordPress Themes: Current Trends And Classifications

Posted in Themes, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 49 Comments

WordPress is the most popular CMS out there. It powers a good number of websites and blogs, and owing to its popularity, the number of extensions and themes that are available for WordPress surpasses those of any other CMS by a mile.

Speaking of WordPress themes, the market is filled with options. You have free themes, premium themes, themes created by design agencies, themes created by casual designers just to kill time, themes created with passion and, sadly, themes containing spam and shady links. However you look at it, I guess the point is clear:

WordPress themes = way too many!

In this article, we shall be taking a look at the current state of WordPress themes. 

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The Secret Of Learning Web Design And Getting Paid While Doing So

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 139 Comments

Are you a Web Designer or a person who wants to learn Web Design?

I would like to know why you want to learn Web Design!

Some people like to create great designs and become popular while others will choose it as their career and method of income.

What is yours?

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Build Your Freelance Web Design Business Using WordPress – My Story And Lessons Learned

Posted in Freelance, HowTos, Tips, Web Design, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 114 Comments

Take a few minutes with this video so that we can get to know each other. :-)

It is my goal in 2013 to teach you the Business of Freelance Design. That is to say, how you can make your passion into your livelihood.

Specifically, I’m going to share with you my six years of online experience, helping thousands of customers to monetize their talents and turn their dreams into reality. Freelancers such as yourself are incredibly gifted in design and are very creative, but notoriously weak at maximizing the return on their time invested. We will change that together.

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Learn Web Design The Right Way: Quit College And Start Sucking Blood [+VIDEO]

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 264 Comments

Enough is enough, guys!

Let me set this straight once and for all.

So you have decided to become a web designer, right?
That is just AMAZING!

But did someone recommend you to go to college to do that?
That is just HORRIBLE!

Whoever said it deserves a slap on the wrist!

Because college is where you get taught stuff, right?
RIGHT!

So, this is where it all gets horribly wrong.

And now let me explain to you why…

+VIDEO At The End

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How Fluid Grids Work in Responsive Web Design

Posted in Coding, Tutorials, Web Interface2 years ago • Written by 59 Comments

Responsive design is the process of arranging the layout in a way that all the important information is presented in a user readable way in any kind of device or screen size. Most designers will choose a grid based layout since it’s easier to handle grid based layouts in different kind of devices.

It’s your decision to choose between a fixed or fluid grid to design the layout. Throughout this tutorial we are going to focus on fluid grids and their importance in responsive design.

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