Save Your Ideas for a Rainy Day

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For web designers, ideas are very important. If web designers don’t have fresh, trendy and almost-original ideas, they might as well stop designing because it is the fuel that drives their job. Without any ideas, there would be no design and no design means no money. That said, how should you save your ideas?

You can only create what you can imagine.

These words have been my driving force the past years. As a budding designer and an emerging writer, I have considered imagination is the mother of all artwork.

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Where are My Earphones? — The Music and Productivity Equation

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Music is definitely part of human life. Somehow, music gives us movement without making us leave our seats. It gives us motivation, advice and, most of all, solace when we most need it. We often view music as something that enhances our daily lives. We see it as a sort of escape from people.

Pop those earphones on and shazam! Instant isolation.

However, only a few people view music as more of an inspiration rather than a distraction. Some view music as something that increases their productivity and makes them work harder and better.

You may be listening to the slow strums of Ottis Redding, maybe even threading the waves with Nada Surf but one thing is for sure: subtly, your music pushes you to move, which leads one to think about the correlation of music and productivity.

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Is My Website Ready for Some Serious Hacks?

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The issue of website security has been a top priority for web designers and developers for a long time. In the course of Internet’s colorful history, a lot of methods and tools have been developed (and some are still at the brink of development) to ensure that websites will be hack-proof, or at least be ready for some serious hacks.

What drives all the motivation to lock-down websites is, of course, business. As we all know, websites drive income and leads for a lot of companies.

These companies thrive to target the new market. This market mainly resides in the digital world, to further increase their chances of conversion – and in the near future – income.

On the other hand, some websites prosper mainly from driving traffic and converting clicks into cash. Blogs are great examples. They mainly sell information, which can be used to create tangible and perceivable products.

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Money Saving Tips for Web Designers and Developers

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Freelancing has its perks, especially when we talk of freedom and flexibility. With all the liberty you have, you can do more projects and allot more rests. You also have the prerogative to work anywhere you want. Freelancing is a great career to step into but it has its drawbacks.

  •         You work alone most of the time.
  •         You deal directly with clients.
  •         You need to have a rich artistic bank.
  •         You are more prone to procrastination.
  •         Your budget is should always be planned.

Related post: How to Ace Your Freelancing Career

Of all these drawbacks, it’s the last one that hurts freelancers the most.  There are lots of articles on money saving tips. But which focuses entirely for web designers and developers?

When you freelance, you take matters into your own hands: getting clients, working on deals, doing the project, and everything you could ever think of.

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Your Mobile Apps Look Bad and You Should Feel Bad

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Mobile application design and development has been ‘the thing’ as of late. With the growing prominence of smartphones, more and more applications are developed. It’s like, we have an app for everything, right?

What makes it even more amazing is that this year, the projected number of smartphone users will be 1.75 billion. This staggering number resulted into 2.6 million apps in app-stores (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones combined).

If there is one thing certain about these huge statistics, it would be that mobile application development and design is a big and newly-discovered gold mine to plow. There are a lot of opportunities waiting for developers as mobile apps continue on growing as the age of smartphones conquer the market.

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Brain Drain, Anyone? Flush It Out

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Is there such an idea called BRAIN DRAIN?

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” ― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Generally, Investopedia defines it as “a slang term for a significant emigration of educated or talented individuals”.

But what is its literal meaning? The exhaustion of the brain because of too much thinking, how people get it and how to defend yourself from having it.

Too much thinking about something is the worst feeling you can have when you create, develop or write something.

I can compare this with a glass of water spilling, having no space anymore to occupy. The glass is the brain and the water is the information injected into the brain.

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Web Design Across the Globe

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Web design is perhaps one of the most universal forms of art in the modern times. Using the Internet as a giant canvas that continues to expand more and more, web designers try make something beautiful and useful to people.

With web design being labeled as art, we talk about how web designers, either they intend it or not, showcase their culture and backgrounds. Hence, the topic, web design across the globe.

That is what makes web design even wonderful. Though the look and overall layout of the web page is influenced by different cultures, it is still understood, appreciated and utilized by a very large and universal group of individuals.

But have you noticed the patterns at how web designers create pages? Have you identified how web designs are influenced by the designer’s and the target audience’s culture? Let’s take a look:

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Life Outside the World Wide Web: How to Make Non-Professional Relationships Last

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If you are to review your life for the past years and ask yourself what relationships have you forged, what could your answer be? How do you make non-professional relationships last?

Probably, your list would include clients, prospective clients, co-collaborators, web design colleagues and basically, professional relationships.

But are these the relationships you want to spend your life with?

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Important Photography Guidelines Designers Don’t Care About But Should

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You may think that photography is just for people with cameras, that it has nothing to do with web design at all. At times, you heavily rely on illustrations, or, if needed, run to the caring shoulders of stock photos.

But I’m telling you right now, photography and web design are closely related. In fact, most web designers ignore the fact that they need photography to make their work look better.

Many web designers are oblivious of the truth that some websites look better with photographs rather than illustrations.

Why would I want to care about this?

Knowing the difference between good and bad photography will help you make your design more appealing. Think of this: you are designing a website, some photos were given to you to choose from so you can attach one of them as a header image.

Because you just don’t care about photography guidelines, you just choose that poorly-shot photo out of the blue. The result? A poorly designed website.

Of course, you would want to make your design better. To do so, you have to be capable of identifying which photo should be used and which one is not going to make the cut.

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Reasons Why Minimalism Popularity Is Growing Steadily

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Minimalism popularity has grown steadily in the past years. Long before the emergence of Flat Design, minimalism has been playing a big role in influencing the designs of many artists: sculptors, theater directors, interior designers, graphic designers and of course, web designers.

In minimalism, the design is dissected and reduced in a way that only the most essential elements are left. Although difficult to master, minimalism is something you can learn easily. If you want to try out minimalism in any artistic endeavor, you have to strip the work to the barest that it can be. It’s about stripping it until the unnecessary is removed without going in the way of the purpose.

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