Foolproof Method from Beginning to End for Design Projects

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Just like there is a Scientific Method that scientists and researchers should follow, there is also a process for all designers to follow. This is called the ‘Design Thinking Process’, created to make the designer’s job a whole lot easier.

The Design Thinking Process has seven concrete steps wherein the problems are defined, ideas are created, and in the end, the best solution is chosen and implemented. The process isn’t exactly linear though, as the steps can occur simultaneously and can be repeated when needed. The whole intention of the 7 step process is to meet the client’s needs and maximize the designer’s precious time.

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Social Networking Sites and their Sidekicks

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Recently there has been a race between major social networks to acquire just about every widely used services such as Skype, Fridge, Tweetdeck, and Imeem. Be it the users they are after or the service itself, ordinary people like me are often taken by surprise by their decision. We’re talking about millions to billions of dollars per acquisition.

What’s inside:
• Google + and Fridge
• Facebook and Skype
• MySpace and Imeem
• Twitter and TweetDeck

What are you waiting for? Read on!

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Web Design History: From The Beginning

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The history of the Internet is short, but so much has changed within that time. It has radically changed how we live our lives. More importantly, the internet has created thousands of jobs that did not exist a decade ago. These include jobs in SEO marketing, online telemarketing, freelance writing, blogging and of course, in web design.

Although web design has only been with us in the past few decades, it has become a large part of our lives. We couldn’t imagine the internet without its animated graphics, fancy text, cool backgrounds, and background music. How did all these come to be?

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Why Google+ is the Social Network to Use for Connecting

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For a couple of weeks now Google+ is the talk of geeks and nerds on message boards, the mass reception was unexpected, as the Google+ team had to disable invites for a couple of days due to insane demand. In its second week, Google+ already has 10 million beta testers, and is still growing as I write this. Google+ is now in its third week.

The problem with social networks like Facebook and Twitter today is that the front page is always filled with buzz from people you barely even know. You can configure it to show only your close friends, but the process is somehow not appealing. How do you solve this jam-packed social network and transform it into a personal one?

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Graphic Design from Around the World 3: Developing Countries

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The third part of the series ‘Graphic Design from Around the World’ will feature graphic design from ‘developing countries’. There is no single definition to what a developing country is, and the list may vary greatly. Some developing countries may have high standards of living, while others vice versa. These countries are not as well represented in many aspects because of their so-called status–may it be politically, socially or culturally. Even in designs, most of the famous graphic designers hail from first world, or developed countries. There is much debate and criticism on the term ‘developing country’, but let us not discuss it in this article. The countries I will discuss here are from the list of the World Economic Outlook Report by the International Monetary Fund; and thus following the ‘Western model’ of economic development.

Part 1 | Part 2

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Call to Action Buttons: A Survey of Best Practices

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Call-to-Action buttons play a pivotal role in soliciting action from the user. To garner the requested action, buttons are placed on the website that allow the user to perform an action, such as buying something, or leading to another page for more information. Careful planning is necessary in the creation of your call to action, and in this article I will explain the best practices for creating effective call to action buttons. I will also present you with examples in action to give you a better understanding of what works.

In order for your Call-to-Actions to work successfully, you must first determine how they’ll fit into the overall scheme of your site. By laying the groundwork, or information architecture, you’ll begin to discover how the buttons work within the web interface. To survive in the market, you have to generate revenue. So, the successful website is that which leads the reader of web page to the desired end result (“Buy Now”…”Learn More”). Now the question arises, how can we make effective call to action buttons which work in the real world.

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4 Great Question and Answer Networks Analyzed

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Question and Answer networks are becoming increasing more popular, not only for people seeking answer, but more so for the people seeking to provide answers. Answering questions on these sites allow individuals to demonstrate their authority on a particular topic and promote themselves, their company, and their products or services in the right setting.

The question most people have when it comes to Q&A sites is which one is best? To help you decide the best network to choose, here’s a breakdown of three top Q&A networks in terms of statistics, features, and functionality.

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The Elements of Design in Modern Web Design

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The elements of design are pivotal in creating an eye-catching, harmonious design that speaks to your audience and shouldn’t be overlooked. They are the fundamental elements of design which can be called upon when you reach a tough part of the design process. Becoming familiar with these elements means you have the knowledge to make sound decisions in regards putting a design together.

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Why Images Are Important for Blog Posts and Content

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Remember how much you would have rather read a book with lots of pictures versus one with only text when you were a kid? The same applies, even now.

A picture speaks a thousand words, and when it comes to your content, that cannot be truer if your image is relevant. Images add richness to your content, and make readers more willing to read a long article. And they have great SEO value too!

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Science of a Good Headline

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Creating the title is the hardest and most agonizing part of the writing process. Whether you are writing a novel, a news article, an advertisement, a blog, or an e-book.

How do you cram the whole content of the book or article into a few words? How do you keep viewers interested enough to look a second time?

Coming up with a good headline is a task many writers take for granted. But good writers know that the title is just important as the whole book itself.

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