6 Tips for Budding Designers to Earn While Building a Portfolio

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Design is one of the more unusual industries to work in because it’s one of the few that often involves working for free, especially for those who are just starting out in a design career. Working for free is starting to become more and more commonplace for those new to particular industries – as this article from The Guardian shows – but for designers, who actually create something, it doesn’t need to be this way. The dangers of spec work are well-known, and this post in particular does a brilliant job of explaining why it’s harmful. The premise is that a client offers money for designers to compete with each other. One designer gets paid, the other designers don’t. It’s not fair, and it’s not rewarding.

But when you’re just starting out in a career in design, you may be tempted to work for free in order to build your portfolio. You know that you can design but you need to get clients on board, you need a good portfolio to show people and, when your portfolio is on the small side, clients may ask you to work for free with the benefit being that you get to showcase the work that you do on your site.

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40 Artistic Hand-Drawn Websites for Your Inspiration

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Inspiration is an unlimited power and it is a never-ending process, this is especially true for anyone involved in the arts. With the right inspiration, you truly can accomplish anything. Here, we will showcase some very beautiful hand-drawn websites for your inspiration. Hand-drawn sketches are always in demand because of their magnificence and visual appeal. Here you will find 40 excellently hand-drawn websites that will simply surprise you.

Hand-drawn images in website designs is, and has been, a trend over the last couple of years. Reason being the creative and personal touch of hand-drawn images that not only enthuse the onlookers but will also a visual appeal to the overall design.

Browse through our collection and get inspired!

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How to Get the Most out of Your Design Degree

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Studying design might not be the hardest thing a person can do on Earth. Studying design is actually quite easy – it’s very practice-oriented, every piece of theory is applied and there is no wrong answer. If you have good reasons for everything you do, there is no way somebody will be able to tell you that you are wrong. Hey, it might actually be one of the funniest degrees possible.

However, getting the most out of your education is something not many are good at, and especially in our business where everybody thinks they know something, finishing high and then getting a good job is something only a handful of people from each class manage to do throughout their life. So you might ask yourself how do others manage to get that dream job of theirs when they have the same education as you – the same degree that hasn’t landed you anything more than poorly paid jobs and difficult clients to handle.

Like any other business, you only hear about the successful ones, but the majority of people in the web industry are the ones who don’t really make it anywhere. Focusing on education is the only way to avoid being one of them and to have a successful design career.

There are two kinds of education in the industry: a traditional one and a practice-oriented one.

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How to Create a Multi-Step Form Using RhinoSlider

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How do you feel when you see a long Sign Up form for a website or service? Generally, people get bored when the Sign Up form is too long. Ideally, you should keep the form as simple as possible with minimum fields, and if that is not possible, try using a multi-step form.

The reason why Facebook Connect and Sign In with Twitter has become so popular these days is because of their simplicity, since users can sign up just by logging into their Facebook or Twitter account.

If you are using normal Sign Up forms and still require a lot of data from your users, a multi-step form is the best solution. So the form is broken into small sections and the user only sees one section at a time. Also, multi-step forms reduces the space you need on the page.

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Create a Pricing Table using Photoshop in about 20 Minutes

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We are used to presenting data using different graphics, modules and tables so that the information is easier to understand. Pricing tables have been, and still are, used by a lot of companies and individuals to display their available plans. It’s pointless to use a pricing table if you only have one plan to offer. But if you have more, then it is a very useful and attractive way of displaying information about each of your plans. We’ll be using Adobe Photoshop to create a pricing table which will only take about 20-30 minutes.

Are you ready?

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How to Create a Responsive Website in about 15 Minutes

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The buzz around responsive websites has been going on for several months now, and a lot of websites are already responsive, or underway. You know what that means? Today I will teach you how to create a responsive website.

If you follow 1WD on Facebook or Twitter, then you already know that we’re already preparing for an explosive design, which includes being responsive. Watch out for it!

  • Tutorial Level: Beginner
  • Skills Required: Basic knowledge in HTML and CSS
  • Completion Time: Approximately 15 minutes
  • Warning: This tutorial is targeted towards beginners, but it can also be for designers and developers who want to have fun!

By the end of this quick tutorial about responsive design, you will already be on your way to web stardom, and by that, I mean, you’ll be ready to convert and create responsive websites!

Are you ready? Show me your war faces! Roaaar!

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Create an All-Purpose Advertisement Banner in Photoshop

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create an advertisement banner in a few easy steps. We’ll take you through the process of creating a banner from scratch in a few minutes. We’ll do our best to make it for general purpose so you could use it to advertise almost any project of yours.

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50 Stunning Examples of Infrared Photography for Your Inspiration

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Infrared photography can generate some truly awesome and splendid photographs. Infrared photography does not vary extensively from normal photography, the only difference in infrared photography is that the image sensor is sensitive to infrared light which lies between the visible and microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Therefore, infrared light sensors allow the camera to catch any light which is not visible to human eye.

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How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS – Part 2

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This is the second part of my tutorial on How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS where we shall be customizing the Twitter Bootstrap-based web page using SASS. Just to set the context right, we will be starting out where we left off in the previous tutorial. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out and work through it. There you will learn how to setup your system for TBS, Ruby, and Compass.

In this tutorial we will be furnishing our webpage from the last tutorial using SASS. By the end of this tutorial you will be at the next level of developing beautiful websites and applications!

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Responsive Web’s Message to Mobile Website Creators: “Rest in Peace”

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If I were to begin this article by telling you that the mobile web has arrived, and it has taken our world by a storm, and it will most likely change the way we create and use websites, it’ll probably be a waste of time and effort. We all know that the future of the internet lies in mobile – if your website does not cater to mobile solutions or devices and focuses entirely on desktops, you are sure to lose a good deal of visitors. Whether or not we decide to give up our desktops and laptops, at some point of time in our daily routine, we do surf the internet via our smartphones and tablets, and trust me, nothing is more annoying than having to browse a non-mobile friendly website on a cramped screen.

One may ask, if mobile is the future of the internet, mobile website creation software must be selling like hot-cakes, right?

Actually, no.

There used to be a time when mobile website creation tools were very popular. In fact, a lot of premium software for mobile website creation had become synonymous with web design itself. However, as of late, they have fallen out of favor.

Why?

Well, this is what we shall be exploring in this article.

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