How to Stay Ahead of Your Competitors and get More Offers as a Freelance Designer

Posted in Freelance, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

Every time I’m in need of design work and I visit my favorite freelancer portal I become really disappointed, not just because of the fact that it is usually difficult to get great talent but also because of how manipulated the system is.

I once tried to hire someone on one of these sites to help me design some graphics only to waste two precious days trying to explain what I wanted while at the same time ending up being disappointed. The problem isn’t with the fact that there aren’t great designers out there, it is because they are all relying on a system that is making it difficult for them to move forward.

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Web Development Tools, Elements and Techniques

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

When I was starting out as a web developer, I had to face some struggles when finding solutions to some of my problems. I had to learn and try new things but there weren’t as many tutorials as there are today. The best alternative was to learn and study from the work of others, analyzing their process and work methods.

These days, it seems like a new tutorial appears every minute, but personally I believe that looking at actual implemented solutions is still a powerful way to learn, and you also have many tools and methods at your disposal which can help you see and figure out how your favourite websites were built. Everything you need to know and learn is right in front of you and at your disposal.

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Things Web Designers Do That People Love

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

Web designers and web developers often wonder what kind of things they should do so that their audience will love them. Today we will talk about those little things that create a big impact on people throughout the internet.

As an avid internet user myself, I usually remember a website (even if it has a very difficult domain name) that gave an impact to me. Like the way how every elements are laid out in harmony, the simplicity or complexity (in a good way), and many more.

What are we waiting for? I’ll start with a few things and I hope you’ll add more in the comments!

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Save Time Using Photoshop Smart Objects

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

Those who are familiar with CSS and PHP know how good it is to only change one line and see all changes propagate through the elements you’ve changed.

Well, today we’ll see how to do something similar to this with Photoshop, so when your client asks you to change your background from 90% black to 92.37% black you can do it in no time.

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Ancient Web Design Practices that Beginners Should Avoid Part 2

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 19 Comments

Here comes part two of bad design practices that web designers should avoid. Part one mostly talked about the errors designers and developers make, here in part two we will also talk about the problem with what “webmasters” or website owners do to sully their names.

To all website owners out there who are wondering what’s wrong with their website, I suggest you read this (and part one) and learn from the grave mistakes of others. This is also good for people who are thinking of creating their own website. Be sure to read the comments because, very often, the gems are hidden there!

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The Best Of 2011: Trendy Web Designs From Deviantart

Posted in Inspiration, News, Web Design, Web Interfaces3 years ago • Written by 15 Comments

Year 2011 is rolling forward swiftly and the middle of summer is nearly here. Some of you might unwittingly note that the end of the summer is inevitable while for others that remaining month and half is enough to fully enjoy the benefits that summer offers. Here in the virtual world the time is running even faster and we can already see some of the changes this year has brought to us. Imperceptibly and subtly yet compelling the new web design trends are conquering the scene. Because of the immense traffic and user count Deviantart can definitely be considered to be a trendsetter.

This article takes a peek at thepast half-year and presents 50 splendid and trendy web designs from Deviantart spring and summer 2011. Can you spot the new potential trends? Are big headlines and patterned backgrounds still popular? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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10 Highly Used and Abused Twitter Trends that are Not Cool

Posted in Blogging, Social Media, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 50 Comments

Twitter is the next best thing since sliced bread. We get it. We know. Since sliced bread was pretty easy to figure out, you’d think Twitter would be too. After all, it’s only 140 characters, right? Wrong.

The amount of Twitter abuse going around the Twitterverse is mind-boggling! Some offenses are worse than others. While we can ignore a few of them, there are some that we just can’t.

Don’t get me wrong. Twitter isn’t a cutthroat place where you make one mistake and people unfollow you. But Twitter is not a nonsense place (despite the Justin Beiber craze you see there some times).

We realize that you may be new, that you may be finding your way around, or simply trying out the myriad of new Twitter services that crop up. But what you need to realize is that your Twitter followers need to be treated with respect. Don’t go filling their timeline with one-word tweets that read ‘Lol!’ It makes you look like a bit of an idiot to be honest. Like that person on the train who laughs out loud in the middle of the crowded train. No one’s going to ask, what’s so funny? They’re going to give you a look and then ignore you.

The above scenario is what’s happening to you on Twitter if you’re using and abusing the following Twitter trends.

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Ancient Website Design Practices That Beginners Should Avoid Part 1

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 51 Comments

This article is intended for beginners in the field of web designing and web development. It talks about old design practices that have died off several years ago, but up to now some are still being used. The goal is to discuss why these practices are bad and to instill in the minds of budding designers and developers that doing the right thing even if it’s hard to do and hard to learn will greatly pay off in the future.

For professionals and experts in the field, we need your knowledge and opinion here!

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4 Money Saving Tips That You Should Follow

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

I know that you are really good in your field. Design, development or anything you do, I know that it is good, and you’re always trying to get better and earn a higher paycheck.

Well, you know, you don’t have to be a finance expert, but money management is really important since if you don’t do it, it doesn’t matter how much you make, you’ll never have enough for tomorrow.

This is why we will be talking about money management. We’ll see 4 important tips and some concepts that will help you in your life about things that are even against common sense (like “Profit is not that important”).

So, let’s rock!

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23 Creative Book Cover Designs and Their Story

Posted in Inspiration, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

Even in a deep and text-based world like literature, you still have to think about art: book cover designs. Cover designs are probably the hardest thing for designers to design because it should show the heart and the soul of the book in one single image. At the same time, it should be visually striking and appealing. Readers are still visual people after all. And a creative book cover design needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. And this article is made to give them the justice. Enjoy the showcase of what we consider some creative book cover designs. These are just some of the amazing book cover designs that made us think, laugh, cry, smile, or contemplate about life.

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