Tag Archives: tricks

Quick Tip: Get more efficient with jQuery’s getScript!

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

So recently, I’ve been working on a project that uses a multitude of different jQuery plugins, but they’re not all needed on the same page, and it seemed not only unnecessary, but silly to be loading over 10 plugins when maybe only 2 are used on the current page. I sent myself on a mission to work out how to stop being a resource hog, and only load what was needed on the page I was on.

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Expert Tips on How to Build a Multicultural Website

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Let’s start with a truism: the web is global. Nothing particularly insightful about that statement, but for anyone undertaking any kind of creative endeavor in cyberspace, the proclamation that the ‘web is global’ should be an unspoken mantra that underpins any design consideration. For web designers, issues such as colour, layout, formatting and navigation are all key considerations throughout the design stage.

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30+ Things You Have to Know about being a Freelancer

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 67 Comments

Wanting to be a freelancer? – there are many things you need to be aware of. In this article I will list many things for you to think through and consider before jumping into the freelance business. I hope this list will be a valuable tool for you to evaluate the current situation and being prepared for possible challenges along the way.

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30+ Best Texture Tutorials for Photoshop

Posted in Tutorials4 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Making art or various designs will often require different textures. It can be that you need it for that extra grungy look or maybe you are trying to recreate a piece of denim for a logo. It can be very useful to be able to make your own textures in Photoshop. This way you get the exact effect you want, its customizable, no need to pay anyone for the use of it etc.
I’ve collected some of the best texture tutorials I know of and hope these will inspire! Enjoy! :)

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Client Handling:Finding your Client’s Pain Points

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

In my years of dealing with a variety of different clients, I have noticed one curious trend. It is amazing how many other Web designers have left a bad taste in people’s mouths from previous experiences they’ve had. I think this boils down to two things: lack of experience and lack of awareness.

I want to cover the second point today. As a Web designer/developer, you have an amazing opportunity to shape your clients’ perceptions of what the Internet and online technology can do for them and their business.

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15 Tips for Freelancers: What to Do in Slow Days and Dry Times

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 40 Comments

If you work as a freelancer you will most likely have quiet periods sometimes. During holidays or just occasionally there will be a dry period where the projects are fewer. But do not fret! Here is a collection of useful things you can do to take advantage of the extra time and get more things to do!

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Client Tactics: Freelance Contract Basics-Part 1

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

In the discussion for one of my other articles here on 1WD, someone asked about contracts and I thought this would be a good time to discuss them. So What’s the easiest way to get burned by a client? Not having a contract. Contracts are one of the most vital and misunderstood tools of the freelancers arsenal. Here in the fourth installment of the Client Tactics Series, we will look at contracts between a freelancer and his clients.

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Client Tactics: Maintaining Existing Clients

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

As designers and developers our clients are our business, so a key part of being successful is cultivating a healthy relationship with them. We are usually so caught up with the “project-in-project-out” mentality, we forget that one of our greatest assets as freelancers is a reoccurring client. In this 3rd article of Client Tactics series, we will discuss the reasons for managing existing clients. We will also see how to manage them effectively.

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22 Handy HTML5 & CSS3 Tools, Resources And Guides

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS4 years ago • Written by 30 Comments

HTML5 and CSS3 are bringing new features to us and in this article you’ll be able to find some great tools, cheat sheets and much more you could need to master these new features.

Maybe those new features aren’t yet supported fully, but it’s a very good thinking to learn new technologies now so you would be able to use them fully when they are supported. Be modern designer!

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Client Tactics: How to Spot a Deadbeat Client

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 56 Comments

Imagine if  freelancers have x-ray vision or suppose Apple approves a gadget that makes x-ray vision possible, (iVision). If this is possible then freelancers will not have any problem in discerning a potentially great client from a deadbeat one. Sadly freelancers don’t have x-ray vision but, learning how to identify a deadbeat client the old-fashioned way is an invaluable tool. So first things, first.

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