How to Not Suck at Typography Like a Designer-convert Doctor

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We probably would all  be savages if printing was not invented. The invention of the Gutenberg movable type has been a very great leap towards the spreading of information from one person to another and from generation to generation. After this momentous invention, greater finds have flourished and soon became what we know now as the software. Of course, without the invention of the movable type, printing would not be invented and all falls into oblivion, including one of the most reliable inventions man has ever made – the Internet.

Whether we admit it or not, the invention of printing is the unofficial father of all technology. Without it, technology would just be limited to mechanical modernization. Software would have probably not existed and the world would be a much gloomier place. Truly, the gallant invention of the Gutenberg movable type saved humanity from the decadence of ignorance.

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What Happened to HD Web Design?

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In this article, we will be sharing with you about how HD web design changed the world. Why do people love or hate it? Are web designers excited about it? Do people even notice? How did it change the workflow? What are the some tips and tricks that web designers can do to make their lives a bit easier when it comes to web designing for high resolution screens?

It is undeniable that Apple is a great influence and mover in technological innovations. These days the popularity of gadgets with retina displays changed the way designs are made. This new advancement requires increase in every bit of pixel used in a design. Mass production of high resolution screens, tablets and smartphones demands web designers to catch up.

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Basic Principles of Flat Design – And Resources to Get You Started!

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In case that you have been stuck in a cave for the past few years, let me tell you this nice news: flat design is the current craze. We should now say goodbye to those intricate designs dominated by brushes, gradients, drop shadows and all those kinds of designs. I repeat, flat is the new trend.

The flat design is an emerging design style that uses flat shapes and icons. It basically revolves around the use of rectangles, circles, triangles and others shapes with the absence of other design elements like shadows, strokes and gradients. It was made popular by Microsoft in their computer systems, especially their new operating system they call Windows 8. Basically, the flat design style is rooted on two principles: simplicity and readability. These two principles guide the designers in formulating stylish web layouts, software designs, posters and many more.

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30 High Quality and Most Influential Web Design Blogs of All Time

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I have spent some time browsing the Internet to find the highest quality and most influential web design blogs in industry. It turns out that it is really hard to find quality sources to trust. I was especially interested in the topics of web design, WordPress, UI, UX, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, responsive web, and mobile design.

I came to the conclusion that while you can easily spot the top players, but if you are talking about sub-niches and finding blogs that aren’t quite as established, sources can be quite challenging! That is the reason why I decided to create this huge goal- find the  most influential web design blogs in the industry. I am separating them into different categories and I have included my two cent’s why I think each site is included.

And I have also included influencer rankings: Google PageRank, Alexa Scores, Twitter, Facebook followers ( but I didn’t include RSS since it seems to be outdated already, but have included some interesting facts I found by accident).

With each blog I’ve included:

  • Description of what’s special about this site and what topics they cover the best;
  • What the site age is, influencer rankings, and traffic data. I also have interesting information about the person behind the site and community;
  • Three- four best articles I found in the site that have been published recently to give you an even better idea of what kind of content you can expect there; and,
  • Thumbnail to feed our visual satisfaction and memory!

Let’s get started shall we? Be prepared for total awesomeness.

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Ways to Earn Money Online for Web Designers and Web Developers

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As of late we’ve been receiving emails from people asking us for tips on how to earn money online as a web designer or web developer. As a response, I’ve written a quick list of things that web designers and web developers can start doing RIGHT NOW to earn sweet money. This post is for designers and developers of any skill level.

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Why Learn HTML Alone When You Can Do it with Our Recommended Tool?

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Want to learn HTML and CSS in order to become a great Web Designer or Web Developer?

Nah, that’s a very boring, ineffective AND time-consuming learning method! We have a better tool for you, something that will make you learn HTML, CSS, and even PHP at the same time, slash your learning time!

This article will answer two questions:

  1. What can you do with your current web design or web development skills?
  2. What is the best way to succeed as a web designer or web developer?
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Living a Full Life as a Freelance Web Designer with Brian Hoff

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There are many people out there who want to become freelance web designers. However, freelancing is not all rainbows and unicorns, since you have to promote yourself, get clients, manage those clients, and, of course, get things done.

That’s not even mentioning more subtle issues, such as finding the right life/work balance, which can be very tough when you work from home.

In this interview, Brian Hoff, an experienced freelance designer, will share his thoughts on the topic.

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How to Charge More as a Freelancer From a Developing Country [An Interview With Janet Brent]

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How can freelancers from developing nations charge more for their services that can be on par with their counterparts from developed nations?

In the world of entrepreneurship, it’s becoming more and more trendy to outsource to developing countries, since this way you can hire skilled people for a fraction of the cost. I always had mixed feelings about this: is it really okay to pay someone a slave-wage only because they are living in the Philippines or India? It seems that most entrepreneurs think that it’s justifiable, therefore I was pleasantly surprised to stumble on an article by Janet, a Filpina web designer from USA, who called BS on this whole thing.

I know that many of you guys are from developing countries, therefore I decided to interview Janet, and ask her to explain her take on this outsourcing trend and share how she went from working for low paying clients to working for high paying ones.

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How Content Marketing Helped the Businesses of Famous Web Designers

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Are you missing out on the benefits of content marketing? Most likely yes, you are.

Does it even actually work as good as everyone is saying it does?
No, content marketing works even better than what you have heard about it.

As long as you use it wisely and don’t shoot blind.

So here are four guys from the web and graphic design industry who will make your doubts disappear.

But before you scroll down.
Remember – content marketing is not your average marketing strategy.

No Pushing, No Forcing, No Arrogance and No Spammy Attitude.

Keep that in mind and there is no reason why you could not be included in a list of successful stories like this one.

Ready?

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

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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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