Web design should be all about creativity, right? Free flow of ideas, designing what you want etc…While all of that is important, there are various ways to use objective data to get the most out of your design efforts. In this article, I’ll assume you’re a freelancer and working on someones else project. What steps … Continue Reading
Color is undoubtedly the essential means to touch the emotions of your website visitors. It is a non-verbal communication and creates a physical and emotional reaction of the viewers. Colors are able to set the right tone and carry a necessary message for visitors. Colors can calm or excite, arouse plenty of feelings and stimulate … Continue Reading
There’s a lot of advice out there on how to get ranked for some competitive keyword terms (like weight loss, credit cards and so on). What about first ranking for your websites name (if you have a new site)? If you create 2ndwebdesigner.com, for example, that doesn’t mean you’ll be #1 for ‘2ndwebdesigner’ or ‘2nd … Continue Reading
Are you working as a freelancer? Do you constantly feel the pressure and stress of running your own business? In this article we’ll have a look at how this stress can be made easier to handle for you by following a few simple tips. You probably know a few of these from before, but are … Continue Reading
Trend is a set of rules we somehow follow, not as something we designers obey. It is more like a guidance to help us set new ideas whenever we create a design. In the web design industry, we realized that the trend changes rapidly. Not only to accomplish the aesthetically feel, the user interface plays … Continue Reading
According to Wikipedia, a cognitive bias is: the human tendency to make systematic errors in certain circumstances based on cognitive factors rather than evidence There are certain things you can do as a web designer to make better decisions by recognizing and thinking twice about these cognitive biases. My attempt here will be to make … Continue Reading
Most of us treat our web design businesses not as a business but as a hobby. And hobbies are dealt with in a different way than businesses. Most of us don’t know the exact definition of a business; even Wikipedia says: “the exact definition of business, like much else in the philosophy of business, is … Continue Reading
Sitting in a chair working for most of the day is never healthy. If you’re a freelancer, it means you’re pretty much glued to your chair since there is no getting up and going over to a colleague’s desk to talk about a project, walk to a meeting, elevator or across the street for lunch.
The results are in, and we’ve got some really fantastic information on different aspects of usability for Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail and Gmail. Read on to find out just who won in this usability faceoff.
I recently, as many web designers and developers will have, became aware of a fantastic resource put together by web developer, Paul Irish, and Divya Manian. Html5 Boilerplate, as they have named it, is a powerful starting off point for any website or web application. As Paul Irish describes it; “It’s essentially a good starting … Continue Reading