Why Did You Become a Web Designer?

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You are probably one of those who chose web design because you are passionate about it; or not. You may have chosen it because your father owned a design company and he wanted to integrate you into it. Or because you started off as a content writer and after writing on design topics for two years you decided to give it a try. Regardless of where you come from, pretty much all of us head the same way: either work for a company or freelance – there is not that much else out there.

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ACTA: The Global Attempt At Anti-Piracy

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Today it is not a common occurrence to have powerful nations across the globe to act on a single issue, outside of war and relief for a tragedy stricken country of course. However, there seems to be a need to add countering counterfeiting goods and enforcing copyrights online of course. This past month there was nothing more popular Stateside on the net than SOPA and PIPA. These bills were of course met with a great backlash to the U.S. House and Senate, even more so for those that originally proposed them. However, it is quite troubling to find out that these bills are actually just a small fraction of the global government attempt at stopping online piracy. Well since the introduction is over, let’s put no more time rambling in the introduction. The point of the article is ACTA(Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), and by the end hopefully you will be more informed on this matter.

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Colorlabs Valentine’s WordPress Theme Promo – Over 70% Discount!

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It’s that time of the year again when lovers feel a significant increase on their emotions. But whether you feel like showering yourself with positive emotions or not, Colorlabs is here to provide you with over 70% discount on each of their two best themes! The regular price for each theme is $49 for the standard pack, and $99 for the developer pack. With the Super Cool Discount Coupon inside, provided by Colorlabs, you will get each for $14 for the standard pack and $28 for the developer pack. Wow! What are you waiting for? Immerse yourself with love from Colorlabs!

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Extensive Roundup of the Best WordPress Plugins You’ll Ever Need: Year 2012 Edition

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Besides being a beautiful, easy to use and powerful platform by itself, WordPress is also loved because of it’s high level of customization and optimization. Plugins are the best way to optimize and enrich your WordPress blog. And it’s not limited to performance only. The plugins WordPress offers range from page speed optimization, user engagement, advanced backup, full theme modification to social sharing and search engine optimization.

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Document Your 2012 With Style Using an Advent Calendar

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Advent calendars aren’t yet the trend in the blogging industry but there have been really good bloggers that have found a great use for them. One of the well-known advent calendar is 24 Ways.

They have done a good job with their advent calendar which has created a new meaning for it. I am not sure if 24 ways was the pioneer in the wave behind advent calendars for blogs but they surely have been the driving force. Today, we will try to show you some of the best advent calendars. We will discuss what makes these advent calendars stand out and how they can catch the attention of your website’s visitors.

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Punch Procrastination in the Face and Accomplish Your Goals

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Working from home or even an office as a freelancer can be very rewarding. Free time, creating your own schedule, the chance to be your own boss—the freelancing life is one that a lot of people envy.

Unfortunately, without a boss or supervisor breathing down your neck, the accountability starts to decrease and freelancers can become entangled in a web of distractions and procrastination without even realizing it.

Facebook, emails, Twitter, blog comments, your mother calling to gossip about the family —all of these and more vie for your attention.

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How to Stop Yourself from Stealing from Your Design Gurus

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what about when that flattery is taken too far? Take a look at any blog in our industry, there is a 100% chance that there is at least a few posts with nothing but different pieces readers can gain inspiration from. There is nothing wrong with this of course; inspiration posts do a great job of showcasing a designer’s hard work and giving someone some cool ideas from looking at them. However, too often this inspiration found from viewing can lead to something entirely different.

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How to Beat Designer’s Block Like a Kung Fu Master

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If you have ever written articles for a blog or publication, you’ve definitely experienced what we call a writer’s block. By definition, this is an undetermined period during which a writer feels there is no inspiration for him anymore. Writer’s block can easily be a designer’s block and all of us can encounter a block at some point in time – if you done this for a long time, you have most probably already encountered it.

This block is not something easy to get past and it can come around exactly when you need inspiration the most. It might be right before a deadline or just after you landed a huge project, most importantly is that if (more like when) it happens to you, you need to make an effort to get past it.

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Know Why Your Website’s Header Is Driving People Away

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Whichever website you visit, the first thing that you will notice is the header image of that website. Later on, scrolling down the page or admiring the header image is something that depends on the purpose of your visit. The point is that the header image (or, to be more generic, the header section) is a very important part of any website design. Header images have been an integral part of websites for a long time, but lately original designers have given a whole new life and excitement to header images. It is the header image that initiates the mission of any website and a dull header image might just kill the experience.

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Eenox: Design HTML5 Websites for Desktop and Mobile without Coding

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The death of Adobe Flash for mobile was not shocking news for the majority of its proponents, we all saw it coming. With that, HTML5 will definitely gain control of both mobile and desktop websites in a few years. Right now there are a lot of HTML5 template generators, making it easy for designers and developers to create an HTML5 website.

A French startup, Eenox, has developed a platform to help create dynamic HTML5 websites without writing a single line of code. If you are familiar with Wix, a Flash website builder with drag-and-drop features, it basically works the same.

Eenox is an application that you can use right in your browser. Designing an application/website is easy. It is literally a drag-and-drop, draw and place, kind of application.

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