I still cannot believe how many freelance web designers take so much for granted.
Even something as important as first impression.
No, I’m not referring to looking good and impressing people when you go out.
First impression is when you interact with a potential client for the first time.
So many of you do not stress enough about it.
But you should.
You really should even wet your pants if that is what it takes.
Today I will give you another easily actionable step to get your gold client.Read More
Howdy, guys, it’s Mike here again and this is the second part of our “Basic Web Design Video Course”. This time we will talk about the tools needed before starting out with HTML and CSS, then we will learn the most commonly used HTML tags.
For this tutorial, we will only cover the tags that are very useful to beginners, we will cover more tags at a later time. Then, we will style the tags using basic CSS properties. No worries guys, in the next videos we will go more in-depth and learn together.
Have you seen the first part?
If you missed out the first chapter make sure to watch it!Read More
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. True or not, images are an important part of any website we create. Since it is so easy to embed an image in a website (even the process of creating your own images is very easy), most websites are filled with them. There are some very good examples out there on how to deal with images in a website from different points of view, but most of the websites do not showcase positive examples. And while this is not entirely dangerous for a design, it might decrease your chances to sell, in case you have a call-to-action page, or the chances to create good reading flow. It is more a matter of details than a matter of important principles, but dealing with images should be something designers understand and apply better.Read More
How many times do you think I have heard people say, “I’m a web designer” or even “I’m an expert web designer”?
How many times?
I can tell you – too many times. I’m sick of hearing people say “I’m a web designer.”
And you know why? Because it says absolutely nothing about you. Do you really think being one of millions of other “web designers” is something to be proud of?
No! It isn’t something to be proud of at all.
And today I will tell you exactly why.Read More
“Experiencing failure is to be living, and steering away from failure is simply to be alive. “
The quote above perfectly sums up the experience of a freelancer, and what makes many back away in terror. Face it people, we live in a world where only the successful ends of journeys are celebrated. In an industry where we are bombarded with success story after success story, it makes you wonder if those people were simply born winners? To answer this, THEY WEREN’T!
In this article three freelancers share their “failure to success” stories:
- Spencer Forman of LabSecrets and LabZip relates how Ning unplugged him and his partner and how he started all over.
- Dainis Graveris, founder of 1WD, tells us how 2.5 million monthly unique visitors dropped to 1.8 million, and a change of focus for our readers.
- My story of how the dawn of Facebook affected my early freelancing career and how it changed me for the better.
Hello everyone, this is Mike and welcome to my Basic Web Design Video Course.
In this course I will walk you through the very basic steps on what to do and what to learn before, and during, building a website.
You’ll learn all the steps I use including:
- using basic tools and panels in Photoshop
- basic HTML and CSS
- and after learning these we will apply our knowledge and create our very fist website from scratch.
One thing I often hear from people is: “If I am only more persistent I could do this or that.”
Persistence is a trait we all want to have more of. Yet, somehow, and for many things we want to accomplish, persistence simply isn’t there. I don’t want to admit it myself, but I’ve given up on many projects that, if I’ve stuck with for long enough, would probably bring me more money and happiness in the long run.
I’ve had enough!
I couldn’t stand watching myself giving up on so many goals I wanted to accomplish so I looked for some external help. Books.Read More
As a beginner who wants to become a better graphic designer or web designer we all start learning on our own by reading tutorials around the web. We search things that we like to learn, such as a button effect tutorial, typography, web layouts, illustration, and a lot more. Along the way we end up hopeless, thinking that we can’t be as good as already established designers and then just stop there. Have you been there? I’ve been at that point. And I’m telling you, don’t look down on your skills because every person who strives hard will eventually reach success.
Striving for success without hard work is like looking for fruit in places that you didn’t plant seeds! Useless!
As a freelance web designer or web developer you have probably already realized these two things:
- You have to take care of your own financial future, because as a freelancer, you don’t have any guarantees.
- Annoying things always happen when you least expect them: cars break, clients disappear, you get sick, etc.
This means that you have to put in extra effort to make yourself as financially secure as possible. However, you can only take a certain number of clients at any given time, assuming you don’t want to lose your sanity. What else can you do to make your life easier?Read More
2012 is long gone. The past month was slightly busy owing to happenings here at 1stWebDesigner (stay tuned, we got a lot coming your way!), and as February begins, I have decided to take a look at how 2012 was, as well as what 2013 has in store for WordPress!
Now, before I actually start ranting about how good or bad 2013 is going to be, let us spend some time taking a look at 2012.Read More