How To Grow as a Designer by Building Your Own Network

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

Being part of a web design and development community offers you many possibilities and chances for self-development. Each one of us knows about these communities and, at some point in time or another, wished or even was part of one of them. Knowing other individuals in your industry is something I recommend to everybody, as you can get a lot of help from such experts. Communities are not only created around people, but also around offline web design agencies, which give you even a better set of possibilities and a different network that you can use during your career.

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How to Use Squidoo to Increase Your Website’s Traffic

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

Are you looking for new ways to increase traffic to your website? Have you ever considered creating a Squidoo Lens to help drive more traffic to your site? Squidoo is a really cool tool that’s been around for years, but it’s never really taken off, so a lot of folks have never heard of it.

That said, because it has built-in SEO tools, it’s an amazing tool for search engine optimization and for driving traffic to your website. In other words, it’s a great “top end of the funnel” tool for your website. In this article, we will explain what Squidoo is, the benefits of using it, how to build a Squidoo lens, the different types of Squidoo lenses out there, and finally how you can use it to increase your site’s traffic. If you’re ready, let’s dig in!

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Answering a Designer’s Question: Should I Choose Web or Print?

Posted in Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Print and web are both huge areas of design and mean a lot in today’s world. Print has been with us for more than 100 years and we know pretty much everything about it, while web is a new area of design that became mainstream about 10 years ago. Before this, web design was totally unknown and only experts and developers knew its potential and helped it grow to how we know it today. Both areas of design have advanced so much in the past 10-15 years that they started to cross each others paths and while this can be beneficial, it can also create problems. We will talk about the advantages and disadvantages in this article and also about how the two areas of design differ from a designer’s perspective.

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How to Avoid the 6 Clients that Could Hurt Your Business

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

As freelancers we have a love/hate relationship with our clients. Without them we would be penniless, but at times they can make our work unbearably difficult. How do we handle the clients who don’t pay us, take all our time, and make our job harder than it needs to be? In my career I have worked with hundreds of clients and thankfully most have been amicable. But, every once in a while, one will come along that takes the wind out of my sails and this can potentially hurt my business if I let it. Knowing how to handle these unmanageable clients has helped me avoid potentially toxic situations.

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A Handy Guide to Better User Experience

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

In simplest terms, UX, also known as user experience or user usability is the way most basic users feel about using an application, a program, a website or anything. User Experience is based on the reactions and responses the user performs and provides. While it can seem related to gaining feedback, it is actually not the same. User Experience is meant to understand and make the user reach the “final goal” which is defined by the owner of the product. Whether this goal is getting the person to subscribe to your newsletter, or make him buy  your new t-shirt, the main goal of the owner is to make the user’s way as easy and hassle free as possible. There are many factors which can influence a user’s experience with your system/product. The following are some of the most important factors.

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How Ruben Gamez Turned Bidsketch Into A Successful Online Business

Posted in Inspiration, Interviews, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Ruben Gamez is the solo founder of Bidsketch , an online proposal software website for web designers.  In only a year and a half, he managed to take Bidsketch from  a humble side project that he started while having a full-time job to a full-time business that allowed him to quit his job and enjoy the freedom he has always desired. How did he do that? Today, Ruben shares his story with 1WD readers.

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5 Easy Steps on How to Deal with Online Stealing

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Dealing with thieves in real life is bad, but meeting them online any better. Having the things you’ve been working on for a long time stolen — sucks. In this article we’re going to review some very effective ways how you can fight online stealing, mostly relating to websites. The things which have to be considered as stolen must be related to the website concept, layout, functionality and features. Content should also be considered, however it is much harder to prove that a custom post belongs to you — it should be identical (copied) in order to prove that the original content was posted on your website. For domain names, there is just a single way on how to show that you’re the only person who has the right to use a name in the domain — trademarking the domain! A great example is how Facebook has tried trademarking the “face” word in the online world, by this starting a “domination” on the internet.

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6 Must Read Tips Before Registering a Domain Name

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

There are many things a web designer has to think of when designing a website. Moreover, if he has full responsibility, he has to come up with a good domain name as well. Although many think it is not so important, the domain name is as important as your company name, the website or the Facebook page. Having a good domain name will many times not only bring you more traffic, but also make your webpage easier to remember – and this brings traffic too.

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Stop Designing User Experience! I Mean It!

Posted in Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

User Experience this! User Experience that! Stop it, will you? There’s plenty enough research done about User Experience . Now, can we please start designing? The problem with the Internet is that literally anything can go viral in no time. Same has happened with the keyword User Experience (UX as the nerds call it). Wasn’t aesthetically pleasing design the end goal for every designer? Then, from where did this term UX find place in our brains and how come it dominates our thoughts? Isn’t an aesthetically pleasing design that delights our user enough to keep them riveted?

Well, lots of questions there. I might be acting a bit extreme but I am a bit upset. I am upset with the trend that has forced an average designer to read tons of content about User Experience just to understand whatever it is. For me, UX is totally unrealistic. And whatever is unrealistic cannot be designed. Let me prove my point!

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Make Everyone Jealous with Green Themes, Palettes and Artworks

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Soon you’ll make everyone green with envy by showing off your newfound knowledge of this month’s colour! Read on for some interesting bits of trivia, tips, puns and finally, as always, a showcase with a little something for everybody. Enough beating around the bush, let’s get to it!

Other color of the month you might enjoy:

December - Colour Chronicles: Bold Brown
January - Colour Chronicles: Brilliant Blue
February - Set Your Website on Fire with Red Themes, Photos, and Palettes

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