10 Commandments for Freelance Web Designers to Live By

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Do you ever compare your work to the work of other designers? Are you afraid to ask clients for money?

If you are a freelance web designer, you know how difficult this lifestyle can be. From scheduling, to dealing with crazy clients, to managing your own work/life balance—there is a lot to juggle!

So to simplify your life a little, I am letting you in on my 10 Commandments of Freelancing that have helped me through many tough times. I hope they help you too!

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Mastering CSS Gradients in Under an Hour

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Have you refrained from using CSS Gradients because either you didn’t understand them, or thought the browser support for them wasn’t good enough to consider using them in your projects?

Well, it’s time to kill those 1px wide images, my friend.

If you’re just curious about how to use CSS Gradients, this is the place for you. We’ll start with the basics of syntax to very advanced effects with lots of tips and examples.

Remember, learning about CSS gradients is really important since browsers are getting better and better every day. Mobile browsers have good CSS3 support by default.

So, let’s rock!

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Flyer Heroes Giveaway – 20 Winners of Amazing Flyer Templates

Posted in Freebies, Templates2 years ago • Written by 45 Comments

It is that time of the week again and we’re ready to present another giveaway. This time Flyer Heroes has come to save the day with their amazing Party Flyer Templates. Most of Flyer Heroes’ staff are authors on Graphicriver, selling their own print designs there. Now they have teamed up to provide people only the best flyer templates to people!

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Take Charge of Web Design Projects by Teaming Up with a Copywriter

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

The Problem: you just had a meeting with a new web design client. It went great. You asked all the right questions, and have a good sense of the client’s goals. Before wrapping up, you ask them where the content for the site will be coming from. “We’ll just write it ourselves and email it to you,” they say. Fantastic.

They sign the contract, which outlines a rough time estimate, including a deadline for when your client should send their site copy to you. You start designing (with dummy text,) and you’re just waiting for the copy to arrive.

The deadline comes and goes. No copy.

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Recreate Google+ Pages Using Adobe Photoshop

Posted in Tutorials, Web Interface2 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Google Plus fans out there all know that Google+ got a redesign that makes it prettier and simpler to navigate. We are going to recreate the whole design. Imitating  a design is a way to learn new things and apply it to future projects. What beginner’s will learn from this are how useful Direct Selection Tool(A), Pen Tool(P) and Shape Tool(U) can be in making a website design in Photoshop. If you haven’t added yet 1stwebdesigner into your Google+ circles add it now!.

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How Google Creates a New Era for SEO

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Google has been making substantial changes to its search engine algorithms. This has led many website owners to reconsider how they implement their SEO campaign. Over the last year, two major new algorithm changes are going to have a major impact on website owners.

Google Panda was enacted last year to help remove low quality content sites from the front page of its indexes. This update had a major impact on a number of websites, particularly content farms and low-level affiliates.

The other update has not been put into place yet and we know even less about it than Google Panda. Google chief engineer Matt Cutts had a discussion with Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land last month to discuss some of Google’s practices. In this discussion, Cutts let it slip that Google was working on a new algorithm change to penalize sites that have engaged in too much SEO.

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So You want to Learn how to Code?

Posted in Coding2 years ago • Written by 34 Comments

Everyone wants to be a programmer and design their own web based startups. 1WD is your one stop resource for web design, programming, inspiration and everything else that’s related. So, we thought why not compile a one stop article for those who are beginning to learn coding. Without further ado, let us all learn how to program.

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1WD’s Google+ Icon Set – Freebie!

Posted in Freebies, Icons2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

We have prepared a little gift for our loyal readers: Google+ Icon Set just for you! Download the PSD file now and learn how those popular G+ icons are created. This isn’t original work, just we are so  big fans of Google+ that we wanted to recreate this icon set! Mainly it is created you to check that PSD and see how such simple icons are created and maybe come up with something better than they did on Google! Enjoy!

We have released this icon set almost a week ago through our newsletter, so if you want to get instantly updated whenever a freebie and amazing giveaway is hosted just subscribe to our newsletter!

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The Power of Paper Prototyping

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

When planning the structure of a website or an app, I often begin by capturing my ideas on paper in the form of wireframes. I quickly sketch several possible layouts to see which form fits best: Should I use a two or three-column layout? What kind of navigation structure will the site have? How can I integrate a search bar? For exploring basic questions like these, nothing beats throwing together some quick-and-dirty paper prototypes. It’s a great way to get the creativity flowing, and when a sketch doesn’t work it’s always fun to crumple it up and play office basketball with the garbage can.

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40+ Creative uses of Ribbons in Web Design

Posted in Inspiration, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

You must have noticed the increasing trend of using ribbons in web design. By using ribbons in web design you can make the noteworthy objects of your website more appealing and prominent. More often than not, a ribbon is used as background for navigation. Here is a beautiful and inspiring showcase of some visually appealing web designs that feature ribbons.

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