Targeting Your Audience Effectively with Simple Web Design Tips

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 17 Comments

Targeting your audience with your design is not only possible, but also recommended. Some might not think it’s important, but I am sure all of you have some favourite websites that you visit from time to time, but because of their good design, you simply can’t stay away from them for long. Those kind of sites are what we are going to talk about today. Why? Because you can have one too if you really want to – all you need is a bit of marketing knowledge, a good strategy and some design skills and you’re pretty much there.

Today we will talk about how to spot your real target audience. This is the first major step in your strategy and the most important. If you fail at this, nothing else will fall into place. Today’s article will also be about usability and web interfaces, but we will get into details further down the road.

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5 Web Design Colours that Encourage Visitors to Click that Subscribe Button

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 79 Comments

People are still debating whether content is king or not.

If you ask me, I totally agree with it and my opinion is based on my own experience. Regardless, whether or not content is king, there is something that is just as important! What is it, you ask?

It is a book’s cover that counts too…

I know, I know, everyone likes to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but how else are you planning to grab someone’s attention other than with a fancy cover?

Obviously, once you have someone’s attention, you can leave the rest to content. It’s all about web design colours and how you manipulate them.

To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.

-Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

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Adaptive and Fluid Approach in Responsive Web Design

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 9 Comments

In our past articles on media queries and breakpoints, we’ve solely covered one of the two approaches in achieving a responsive site. This approach being Adaptive. Adaptive Web Design, in the responsive web design sense,  is the more rigid and structured approach because of how the elements of a website only change upon reaching declared breakpoints. This has benefits, mostly in there is less need to worry about how well the site will respond to less popular screen widths, since it will only change at specific points.

However, there are disadvantages to using this approach that are well worth considering. The main one being a benefit. This being the Adaptive approach’s inability to change in accordance to what widths are specified in the media queries used to create the breakpoints. If, say, a tech company somewhere builds a device that has an odd width of 520px, or just imagine a Blackberry. This is what I like to call the forgotten zone, which ranges from 766px to 490px. It gets its name from the majority of us tending to forget this area by only declaring mobile calls for 767px and lower. So with this in mind the Fluid approach wins out. Despite how easy this may sound, there is much more to them than this, and that is what we’ll be looking over.

Note: This article is referring to Adaptive and Fluid layouts.

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6 Daily Health Mistakes that will Eventually End your Web Design Career

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 76 Comments

I am quite sure it is safe to say that you, who are staring at a screen right now, are an awesome web designer or at least trying to do your best to become one.

Well, nothing wrong with that at all, in fact if I were standing next to you right now, I would definitely tap you on the shoulder and give you a cookie for all the effort you put into it.

But even though it all sounds just wonderful, I am here to tell you that there is a big, big problem. There is something massively wrong with the way people these days (yes, including you!) maintain the most important machine they own – their body and its health.

It’s not just about getting physical activity in your life,… Just because you’re doing 30 minutes of physical activity, what about the other 23.5 hours.

- Dr Peter T Katzmarzyk

Today you should feel very fortunate, because I myself am so, so passionate about having a healthy and active lifestyle that I decided to give you a little insight into very basic, yet important steps to avoid these every day health mistakes we make.

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5 Career-Threatening Mistakes Web Designers Make and How to Fix Them

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

Web designers are a great mystery and a source of awe for regular people. They appear to be great individuals who can create just about anything! But in reality, there are a lot of mistakes web designers make that could threaten their careers.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced web designer, a lot still fall on at least one of the five career-threatening mistakes.

Are you curious if you’re doing something wrong with your career?

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Web Designers, Does SEO Affect Your Creative Freedom?

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

Right now web design is closely tied to SEO. Mind you, when I say web design, I do not simply mean designing with the use of Adobe Photoshop. I mean the whole deal, from conception to presentation.

Is SEO a good thing for web design? Do you think minding SEO too much limits what designers can do?

Would you sacrifice your creativity for the sake of SEO?

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Overview of Breakpoints in Responsive Web Design

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Last time, we went over media queries. This is an important aspect to know of Responsive Web Design (RWD from now on) because it is this CSS declaration that allows for the different layouts to appear at different screen sizes.

Hmm, now what about different screen sizes? To make it easy to understand, lets look at this using an analogy. So, imagine that RWD is a blueprint for a wonderfully new house. The foundation, which the rest of the house depends on, would be media queries. After the foundation comes the first level of the house, which sets the tone for how the rest of the house will be built. In this house, the first floor would be break points.

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How Much Luck do you Need in Order to Make Money Online?

Posted in Blogging, Social Media, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Let’s take a quick break from web design and web development and talk about how people make money online. This is very relevant for designers, developers, and bloggers out there who want to earn online. But how?

I’ve already explained why web designers and web developers should learn more about online marketing. There is a lively discussion going on there and I suggest that you contribute as well.

The controversial question is this: how much sheer luck do you need in order to succeed online?

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3 Simple Points to Know in Order to Write a Great Tutorial

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Every week there are hundreds of web design and web development tutorials that are published online, but are they getting enough attention? You would see great tutorials having around fifty comments, and a couple of hundred likes, but is that it? Do people really follow these tutorials from start to finish or just lurk around and check out the demo?

I have seen hundreds of tutorials since I was studying in college, tutorials involving: Photoshop, Flash, Blender, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, and a dozen more. But here’s the thing, out of those several hundreds of tutorials I’ve seen, only a few stood out and stayed with me.

And they had all three qualities that made them great tutorials.

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40 Tutorials to Master the New Features of Photoshop CS6

Posted in 1WD Features, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Photoshop CS6 boasts many impressive and exciting features, like the introduction of vector layers, Content Aware Patch/Move tool, Adaptive Wide Angle filter, Crop tool, and so on. Adobe has not tried to replace Illustrator, but if you need creative, simple shapes for use in design projects, then Vector Layers of Photoshop CS6 can do a superb job without making you switch to other applications.

Today, we will take you through some of the exciting Photoshop CS6 tutorials that illustrate how to use these brand new tools, enhanced features as well as a few secret tips to put some of CS6′s great new additions to work. So, enjoy the tour!

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