In case that you have been stuck in a cave for the past few years, let me tell you this nice news: flat design is the current craze. We should now say goodbye to those intricate designs dominated by brushes, gradients, drop shadows and all those kinds of designs. I repeat, flat is the new trend.
The flat design is an emerging design style that uses flat shapes and icons. It basically revolves around the use of rectangles, circles, triangles and others shapes with the absence of other design elements like shadows, strokes and gradients. It was made popular by Microsoft in their computer systems, especially their new operating system they call Windows 8. Basically, the flat design style is rooted on two principles: simplicity and readability. These two principles guide the designers in formulating stylish web layouts, software designs, posters and many more.Read More
As of late we’ve been receiving emails from people asking us for tips on how to earn money online as a web designer or web developer. As a response, I’ve written a quick list of things that web designers and web developers can start doing RIGHT NOW to earn sweet money. This post is for designers and developers of any skill level.Read More
Want to learn HTML and CSS in order to become a great Web Designer or Web Developer?
Nah, that’s a very boring, ineffective AND time-consuming learning method! We have a better tool for you, something that will make you learn HTML, CSS, and even PHP at the same time, slash your learning time!
This article will answer two questions:
- What can you do with your current web design or web development skills?
- What is the best way to succeed as a web designer or web developer?
How can freelancers from developing nations charge more for their services that can be on par with their counterparts from developed nations?
In the world of entrepreneurship, it’s becoming more and more trendy to outsource to developing countries, since this way you can hire skilled people for a fraction of the cost. I always had mixed feelings about this: is it really okay to pay someone a slave-wage only because they are living in the Philippines or India? It seems that most entrepreneurs think that it’s justifiable, therefore I was pleasantly surprised to stumble on an article by Janet, a Filpina web designer from USA, who called BS on this whole thing.
I know that many of you guys are from developing countries, therefore I decided to interview Janet, and ask her to explain her take on this outsourcing trend and share how she went from working for low paying clients to working for high paying ones.Read More
Are you missing out on the benefits of content marketing? Most likely yes, you are.
Does it even actually work as good as everyone is saying it does?
No, content marketing works even better than what you have heard about it.
As long as you use it wisely and don’t shoot blind.
So here are four guys from the web and graphic design industry who will make your doubts disappear.
But before you scroll down.
Remember – content marketing is not your average marketing strategy.
No Pushing, No Forcing, No Arrogance and No Spammy Attitude.
Keep that in mind and there is no reason why you could not be included in a list of successful stories like this one.
E-books about principles of design, and specifically about web design, are getting more and more popular. Years ago these kind of information can only be found on universities, but now they’re everywhere and people are taking them in like hungry lions.
If you don’t know this, well, seriously, what rock have you been living under last year?
- Sacha Greif wrote “Step by Step UI design”
- Jarrod Drysdale wrote “Bootsrapping Design”
- Nathan Barry wrote three e-books, “App Design Handbook”, “Designing Web Applications” and “Authority”.
When I saw David Kadavy’s “Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty” I was like:
Wait! This is a REAL book? Published by an actual PUBLISHER? And it hit #18 on Amazon? What is this?!
The days when blogging was just a hobby of teenagers are gone; now, even entrepreneurs want to have their own blogs, but do you know how to talk to clients? What does this mean to freelance web designers?
It means that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to spend money on a custom design for their blogs. How can you impress these potential clients and get lucrative jobs?
Talk to your potential clients about what is important to THEM!Read More
Experience is needed to avoid dealing with difficult clients, something that not many freelancers have. How would you deal with impossible clients, or con artists or scammers?
What would Homer do?
For every article about how fun it would be to be a freelance web designer or developer, there is about ten more articles saying the exact same thing. This creates a bubble that easily attracts new freelancers, and will have them crying in despair after realizing how much they let the ideas inside the bubble control their outlook on the industry. It’s time to break that!
So in this article we’re going to go over some of the things the less friendly side of freelancing has to offer newcomers.Read More
Do you want to have a little fun and learn what mistakes some bad designers are making that you shouldn’t? This post is not for the faint of heart!
Web design has become a popular topic, there are a lot of guys changing careers or just starting out to as a web designer, and many of them are bad.
It sounds wonderful, why not? You would ask.
After all – more to choose from.
On the other hand, there is more competition.
Just like with every industry, web design industry does not develop as smoothly as we would like it to. It has its ups and downs, bumps and holes.
And one of them drives many people crazy, including me.Read More
Several years ago, I enrolled in a self-improvement course which taught me a concept I found pretty useful to get more clients for my freelancing career.
If you want to “hit” a goal, you need to focus on two things:
- Trying to hit the goal as much as possible, called goal intensity.
- Trying to increase your chances for each hit, called goal efficiency.
Let me explain with a simple example. Let’s say your goal is to get ten dates this month. How do you go about doing it? You could spend all your time at the gym, attending self-improvement courses and so on. These things won’t help you get dates directly, but when the time comes to ask a girl out, these things will indirectly help you increase the chances that she’ll say yes.Read More