Learn Flat Web Design from Scratch – Complete Course + Contest

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Flat web design could be considered many things – a new trend, style, fad, movement, way of thinking, etc. There is no single and complete definition yet, what we can do is try to acknowledge the postulates, philosophy, and history that stands behind the term.

Here at 1stwebdesigner we are very passionate about flat web design. Not because everyone is talking about it so we simply can’t ignore it – no, we are actually proponents of how flat is reshaping the way we think, talk, and do web design.

LIVE – Build Flat Responsive Website from Scratch – Complete Course. Leave a comment below and get the course for free!

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105 Amazing Gifts for Web Designers Handpicked From All Over The Web

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Christmas is coming and everyone is running around looking for gifts. Stop! You don’t have to worry! We collected 105 amazing gifts for web designers and for all other creatives, and just about anyone who has a geeky side in them. Best of all, the gifts are really affordable – mostly from $10 to $100!

If you have a friend who is a web designer or developer and you want to surprise them, you have come to the right place!

In fact, this collection is for any occasion. Birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just an ordinary day surprise to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Ready? Let’s start!

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Free Webinar: Six Guaranteed Ways To “Close The Deal” With Tricky Freelance Clients

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In case you didn’t know, we regularly hold webinars that teach people how to earn more money online by freelancing. Tomorrow, November 8, 2013, we will have another free webinar. In this webinar we will share six proven techniques to help you close any deal with your prospective clients – because we know that communicating with clients is really tough.

What: Six Guaranteed Ways to Close the Deal with Tricky Freelance Clients
When: 11/8/2013 at 11AM EDT

  • 8AM Pacific
  • 9AM Mountain
  • 10AM Central
  • 11AM Eastern

Where: Sign Up here!

Join Spence as he shows you How to Find More Clients and Strategies for closing the deal!

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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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*Special* LIVE Webinar Training: Learn 5 Step Formula How To Get Clients

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Get ready for the FIRST live webinar at 1stwebdesigner! Check out video inside!

Are you struggling to get your very first client? Worrying about getting more clients in your freelance career? 

I got my very first client when I understood how to look at everything through his eyes! I became a marketer, not only a web designer, and I never had to worry about not having enough work!

Using a super-simple 5-Step System, I am about to show you exactly how to become an expert freelancer and land well paying freelance gigs anytime you want! 

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

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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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40 Free Photoshop Actions For Vintage Effect

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By using Photoshop Actions, designers can easily replicate repeating steps and save their time. Furthermore, with the help of Photoshop Actions one can easily edit photographs and create beautiful artwork.

In this round up, we have put together a useful collection of some time saving and free Photoshop Actions for creating visually appealing vintage effects. We hope that you will find these Actions useful for your work.

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40 Tutorials to Master the New Features of Photoshop CS6

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Photoshop CS6 boasts many impressive and exciting features, like the introduction of vector layers, Content Aware Patch/Move tool, Adaptive Wide Angle filter, Crop tool, and so on. Adobe has not tried to replace Illustrator, but if you need creative, simple shapes for use in design projects, then Vector Layers of Photoshop CS6 can do a superb job without making you switch to other applications.

Today, we will take you through some of the exciting Photoshop CS6 tutorials that illustrate how to use these brand new tools, enhanced features as well as a few secret tips to put some of CS6’s great new additions to work. So, enjoy the tour!

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Why It Is Good Idea To Learn jQuery in Year 2013?

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If you have anything to do with web development, you probably have heard the term ‘jQuery’ over a million times already. Believe it or not, jQuery has risen to popularity in a short span of time and today it stands as one of the most well-loved and popular entities when it comes to developing for the internet.

In this article, we shall be taking a look at jQuery in detail — its origins, advantages, disadvantages, and anything else that matters.

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20 Addictive HTML5 Games For You To Enjoy

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HTML5 game development is a trending topic that developers and designers often talk about these days. It is slowly but surely replacing Flash with its support for animations and game development in combination with JavaScript. You will see that more and more HTML5 games are created everyday with awesome graphics and cool effects. In this round-up, we are going to provide you with a list of addictive HTML5 games.

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