12 Creative Design Ideas That Went Viral (And The Lessons You Can Learn)

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In this post I’ll feature some web designs that went viral on StumbleUpon/Digg/other social media sites and the lessons you can learn from them. As you browse the designs, I’m pretty sure you’ll find some common patterns I overlooked. If you see that, let me know in the comments :) For now, let’s get started.

One more thing before we start. The lessons I’ll share are just principles and observations that come from my 3+ experience in viral marketing and getting over a million people to my websites. Feel free to disagree with some of the principles and let me know why in the comments below. Now, let’s REALLY get started :)

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Why Collaborating with Other Freelancers Can be a Great Idea

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Being a freelancer is a great way to work for a lot of designers and creatives. To be able to give your clients the best possible package though, you may have to look at doing things a bit differently. By considering to collaborate with other freelancers, you’ll have an even better chance to offer something great, along with getting more social in a job that often is quite lonely. Here are some of the reasons why working with others can be a great idea!

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Things To consider before going International as a Freelancer

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Whether you’re a new freelancer, an employee considering to go freelance or an established freelancer in your country – this article can prove useful to you. Being a freelancer in your home region or native country is one thing. Succeeding internationally can give you many extra things to have to take care of. In this article you will get some tips on how to approach this.

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Use PHP Flat File Cache To Lighten Database Load

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We know how much fun it is to have to write the same query 12 different times and/or do a lot of LEFT, INNER, or explicit JOINs to the data that we need.  There are several different available methods of caching available depending on the environment we are developing in.  One that is very quick and simple is Flat File caching and it can also serve many different purposes.

These methods are slightly advanced and can be very helpful if you have built your own custom CMS for your website.  Later we will link to more basic practices that can lead you up to these methods.

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Getting Started With PHP and Dynamic Content

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If you have taken any basic HTML courses or look through tutorials you know how to build a website…. Well sort of. HTML is pretty much the first and main stepping stone of websites but it is merely the beginning. In this post I will show you a few techniques to get you stated in using PHP to make your sites more dynamic and much easier to manage.

Lets take for example you have an information site about carving spindles. Your site consists of a home page, an about us page, a contact us page, and a content page that has the instructions on creating the spindles. This is a small site and your knowledge currently is mostly only on HTML and CSS but you are tired of having to go and edit something on all 4 pages to simply make one change on the site.

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Conventions of Great Poster Design (Part 1) : Get Inspired

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Poster design is a medium often under-explored in the online design community, arguably because it is regarded as a largely print-based art. Poster design can be as rich and varied as any other art-form, as this will article will show by exploring the huge variety in style and form.

Like any art form poster design often adheres to certain conventions. This is not always the case of course, but more often than not successful poster design can be seen to fall into one or more of the categories discussed below.

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Functionality of Adobe Fireworks in your Design Workflow

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Many web designers work exclusively with the Adobe Creative Suite to get work done. Adobe Photoshop is the most common tool for graphics creation and manipulation along with Illustrator for freehand drawings. Fireworks doesn’t get as much of the attention, but this doesn’t mean the software is also useless.

In fact Fireworks can be used hand-in-hand with Photoshop to create seamless mockup designs, wireframes, interface icons and so much more. We’ll be taking a look into how you can incorporate Adobe Fireworks seamlessly into your design workflow.

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How to Design a Kick-Ass Facebook Fanpage

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While a personal profile can only get so much attention, a Facebook Fanpage allows you to expand your reach and your profile’s capabilities. While a business profile is ok, a fanpage for your company, business, service or product is the best approach on Facebook since a fanpage has significantly more options and is more flexible than a simple profile.

For this tutorial we’ll assume that you have a freelance service (and a product) which you want to advertise on Facebook. We won’t cover Facebook ads here, only the design and structure of a fanpage which will get people interested in your product and services.

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5 Advanced Google Tricks to Help You Become a Better Web Designer

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You can use some simple Google tools in very creative ways, as well as use some more advanced ones to:

  • find high-quality tutorials for any web design software tool, and find them easier and faster
  • find decent alternatives for the current web design software you’re using
  • search for what Spanish (or <insert your favorite nation here>) web designers are talking about

…and much more! You’ll learn all of this in the text below. I’ll use specific examples to illustrate my points, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your own examples when you understand the points. So let’s get started, shall we?

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How to Make a Successful Transition from Employee to Freelancer

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Taking the step from being a regular employee with a safe and stable income and to becoming a freelancer with all the challenges that come with it can be hard. In this article we’ll give you some tips on how to make the transition as painless as possible. There are many things you should consider doing to be prepared. Hopefully this can be of help to all those considering going freelance.

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