Principles of Design and David Kadavy’s Design for Hackers, Interview

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 3 Comments

E-books about principles of design, and specifically about web design, are getting more and more popular. Years ago these kind of information can only be found on universities, but now they’re everywhere and people are taking them in like hungry lions.

If you don’t know this, well, seriously, what rock have you been living under last year?

  • Sacha Greif wrote “Step by Step UI design”
  • Jarrod Drysdale wrote “Bootsrapping Design”
  • Nathan Barry wrote three e-books, “App Design Handbook”, “Designing Web Applications” and “Authority”.

When I saw David Kadavy’s “Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty” I was like:

Wait! This is a REAL book? Published by an actual PUBLISHER? And it hit #18 on Amazon? What is this?!

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How to Talk to Clients if You Want to Get Hired

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 50 Comments

The days when blogging was just a hobby of teenagers are gone; now, even entrepreneurs want to have their own blogs, but do you know how to talk to clients? What does this mean to freelance web designers?

It means that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to spend money on a custom design for their blogs. How can you impress these potential clients and get lucrative jobs?

Talk to your potential clients  about what is important to THEM!

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Homer Simpson’s Guide to Dealing With Difficult Clients

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 26 Comments

Experience is needed to avoid dealing with difficult clients, something that not many freelancers have. How would you deal with impossible clients, or con artists or scammers?

What would Homer do?

For every article about how fun it would be to be a freelance web designer or developer, there is about ten more articles saying the exact same thing. This creates a bubble that easily attracts new freelancers, and will have them crying in despair after realizing how much they let the ideas inside the bubble control their outlook on the industry. It’s time to break that!

So in this article we’re going to go over some of the things the less friendly side of freelancing has to offer newcomers.

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Why Bad Designers are Scarier than Dating Taylor Swift

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 83 Comments

Do you want to have a little fun and learn what mistakes some bad designers are making that you shouldn’t? This post is not for the faint of heart!

Web design has become a popular topic, there are a lot of guys changing careers or just starting out to as a web designer, and many of them are bad.

It sounds wonderful, why not? You would ask.

After all – more to choose from.

On the other hand, there is more competition.
Just like with every industry, web design industry does not develop as smoothly as we would like it to. It has its ups and downs, bumps and holes.

And one of them drives many people crazy, including me.

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Free Webinar: Proven 3-Step Formula on How to Get Clients

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 12 Comments

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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Get More Clients as a Web Designer with these Social Psychology Tips

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 15 Comments

Several years ago, I enrolled in a self-improvement course which taught me a concept I found pretty useful to get more clients for my freelancing career.

If you want to “hit” a goal, you need to focus on two things:

  • Trying to hit the goal as much as possible, called goal intensity.
  • Trying to increase your chances for each hit, called goal efficiency.

Let me explain with a simple example. Let’s say your goal is to get ten dates this month. How do you go about doing it? You could spend all your time at the gym, attending self-improvement courses and so on. These things won’t help you get dates directly, but when the time comes to ask a girl out, these things will indirectly help you increase the chances that she’ll say yes.

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Quick Guide on How to Earn Passive Income by Writing Tutorials

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 5 Comments

The freelancing lifestyle is defined by one word, uncertainty! As a freelance designer or developer you are building a company as a service provider, and that means you’ll experience times when no income is coming from your service. You aren’t going to have steady client work all the time. So how do you go about to prepare for this, CREATE SOURCES OF PASSIVE INCOME! And what better way to do that than creating tutorials?

Creating tutorials is great even outside passive income because it gives you a chance to grow your brand, showcase your talents to potential clients, and gets you active in the community. This is enough talking about doing, lets get to it!

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

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 13 Comments

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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Creating a CSS3 Dropdown Menu – Video Tutorial

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 7 Comments

We have talked a lot about about HTML5 and CSS3 in the past couple of months and today we continue the series of video tutorials with a new addition: creating a CSS3 dropdown menu from scratch. It is extremely easy to do, so don’t be scared.

The video is a bit longer, it runs for about 40 minutes, this is because I have gone into great detail explaining the process so that everyone will understand all of the properties. Once you are able to do it on your own, 10-15 minutes should be enough for you to go through the necessary coding and create this dropdown menu.

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An Analysis of Responsive Websites – What’s Hot and What’s Not

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 18 Comments

Let’s face it folks, everyone in the web design world is chirping away about responsive websites these days. People definitely carry strong views about it and whether you like it or not, you cannot deny the fact that responsive web design has gone mainstream and will continue to progress and expand in the future.

Every client on the web these days are looking for a website that will function just as good on mobile devices as it does on desktop browsers. And come to think of it, the need of today’s modern technological era is to have one working design that is compatible across multiple platforms and devices that includes Netbooks, Blackberry’s, iPhones, iPads, Kindle readers and other smartphones and tablets. It’s inevitable that over the next few years, new gadgets and devices will be unleashed in the market, all having their own respective screen sizes and resolutions.

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