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The Process of Planning a Perfect Website

By / Mar 23, 2011 / Tips

As web designers it is very easy to get lost in our own heads. The process of a web design can be broken into many flavors and styles across the globe. Graphics artists and digital animators are just some of the people getting into building applications for the web. Although it’s bold to pop open…

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Growing as a Designer and Leader

By / Mar 18, 2011 / Tips

As a professional designer, it’s important to push ourselves daily to be the best that we can in order to create outstanding work. To be successful in our industry, we must continually grow and try new things that will enhance our design skills, and just as important, our leadership abilities. There are tons of ideas…

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Focus on Effective Coming Soon Pages

By / Mar 14, 2011 / Tips

When first launching your own website, it can be troubling deciding how to handle the first few weeks. This is generally a time when your website may not be ready to go live online but you own the domain name and branding rights. In these scenarios a properly designed coming soon page can affect the…

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5 Tips for SEO & User-Friendly Copy

By / Mar 10, 2011 / Tips

You hear it time and time again: content is king. It’s king because it’s what users want, and it’s king because of SEO – i.e. if you don’t have good content, you’re not going to rank. Of course, not all content is created equal. While over-optimizing content for search will make it less than user-friendly,…

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How to Design a Proper Banner – One That Actually Works

By / Mar 4, 2011 / Tips

Let’s address the big pink elephant in the room first. Banners are not dead. They’re not on life support either. They’re doing fine and they’re going to be around for a while. They’re doing fine mostly because of their new home – Google AdWords. Google Display/Content Network to be precise. If you are (or your…

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Legal Guidelines for Freelance Web Designers

By / Mar 1, 2011 / Tips

Handling the legal side of freelancing could possibly be one of the more annoying tasks required for the job. Having worked as a full-time freelancer I can attest the amount of legal paperwork and information can become overwhelming, especially for newbies entering the field. No matter what your practice, be it web design to freelance…

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HTML5 & CSS3: Take Your Design to Another Level

By / Feb 24, 2011 / Tips

While both languages for HTML5 and CSS3 aren’t fully complete yet, taking the time time to familiarize yourself with some of the pointers in this post can really help you achieve that clean look and feel for your site. Let’s take a deeper look at them.

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Font Size Measures: Options and Preferences

By / Feb 8, 2011 / Tips

What is the Most Important Element in Designing Your Website? When you begin to design that perfect website, what do you think is the very first thing that you should be concerned with? Color? Templates? Graphic design? No. The first thing on the agenda should be font size. “Font size,” you say? “Why should one…

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Key Elements in Designing a Product Landing Page

By / Jan 31, 2011 / Tips

Landing pages for product sales can be seen everywhere. Affiliate marketers are constantly examining some of the newer techniques to mastering digital e-commerce. When the situation involves just a small market segment, the rules for landing page design can change. Overall it takes a strong designer’s eye to create something extraordinary. Product landing pages offer…

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Three Reasons for Feeding Yourself Great Designs

By / Jan 18, 2011 / Tips

If you want to be a better designer, then you should feed yourself great designs. Forehead-slapping common sense, right? Yet some designers downplay the importance of consuming and getting inspired by great designs. Yet there are 3 reasons why you need to feed yourself great designs. Designers that think influence and constantly exposing yourself to…