Graphic Design Basics Part 1: Elements

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Graphic design is a very wide domain and getting a job as a graphic designer is not an easy task. Besides the many skills you will have to learn, getting a job on the web also requires personal attributes such as resistance to stress, creativity and self-motivation. But before your personal skills will be evaluated, the practical ones are the first to be looked at; and the most important, obviously. Therefore today we start a short series of articles in which I will talk about the basics of graphic design. Today we review the most popular elements of the industry.

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20 Mac Apps For Everyone To Help Increase Productivity

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

Every hardworking employed or self-employed individual strives to be more productive at work. However, a resolution to be more productive is easier said and done. There are plenty of temptations in the office, especially for home-based workers. Sleep, idling around and even playing games are just a few clicks away. Of course, being less efficient at work will result in less quality output and in turn a smaller paycheck.

Thankfully, there are plenty of Mac apps out there to keep you in check. Here are our top 20–to do lists, documents, spreadsheets, task management and other productive office applications. The Macbook is a great innovation (thanks to Apple and the late Steve Jobs, bless him). Many of these applications aren’t free though, but we know that good things are never free these days although these apps are worth more than what you pay for.

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Part 2: Creating Your Own Architecture, Content, And Design Document

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

In Part 1 of the ‘Website Planning’ series we discussed the importance of creating a website blueprint and the 5 keys to developing a successful website. Before undertaking the website build individuals and/or businesses should set clear goals for their website, identify the target audience with whom they want to communicate, set a call-to-action to ensure website visitors take the action you want them to, think through site navigation to ensure visitors know where to go and how to get there, and establish a list of keywords to help with SEO. By following these 5 steps you will have all that you need for developing your own website blueprint.

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7 Things Clients Should Know About A Web Designer’s Job

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Clients always have a lot of questions, don’t they? They ask a lot of questions because they just don’t know how things work on this “Internet thing”. They just want their pretty site online and with Comics Sans, please.

So, guess who will have to tell them the bad news, and teach them the basics? Yeah, I’m looking at you.

We, at 1stwebdesigner, are nice guys so we’ll help you with a few common things that clients don’t understand, but they really need to, because when they do, everything will be much easier and more pleasant to do.

So, let’s rock.

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10 Things You Should Know About Being A Web Designer

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Web design is not the most noble job in the world. We don’t save lives or build houses for the poor kids of Africa. We create visual experiences on the internet. Our job has its own ups and downs and rules that not everybody agrees with and there are obviously things you should know about this career if you plan on getting serious about it. You can find here a list of things you might want to know about being a web designer that will help on easing you in the business.

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Knowing The Ways Of The Google Panda Update

Posted in Blogging, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

When one hears about Google Panda, its a wild and angry Panda’s picture that comes to everyone’s mind. One that kicks webmaster’s butt and is doing the damage world across, hitting websites on websites with Google Penalty.

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. And Google Panda is not really inspired from the “Panda” you know. Learn more.

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Part 1: Website Planning & Developing Your Website Blueprint

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

Building a website is a BIG undertaking for any person and/or business. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a 4-5 page website or a 15-20 page website, you want to make sure you put the time in to make the site the best it can possibly be. I liken a website to my online real estate. It’s your personal web property. When building a house it’s important to plan things out before you start hammering any nails. The same is true when building your website. This article is going to cover the importance of website planning and developing your very own website blueprint.

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5 Ways to Make Readers Give You Their Sweet Comments

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Websites like Cracked and Listverse get more reaction from their audience than any other website on the internet. And why is that? Let’s face it, we all enjoy reading interesting and weird stuff about anything. While websites focused on designing and development, as compared to the most commented websites, are a little dry when it comes to discussions. Why?

1. Because articles about design and development rarely lack intrigue. People love intriguing things.
2. Most of the time it’s spoon-feeding. It’s like reading a book where everything is already in place.

It’s an unfair world. There are niches that just don’t get much discussion even though they’re noticed. But there are several things you can do to increase the likelihood of people to engage in discussions. How? By creating a discussion, of course!

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Useful Tips on How to Design a Great Magazine Cover

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Designing a magazine cover is not any different from any other type of design. It has its own challenges (and trust me, there are lots of them), tips, tricks, tools of trade and well done examples. You can find them all over the internet, however I’ve decided to bring together in this article the best tips for designing a magazine cover I could find. Without further introduction, here are the winners.

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