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Where is the Future of Web Design?

By / Nov 2, 2010 / Tips

Everything seems to be moving at such a faster pace than it used to. We’re seeing instantaneous developments and access to information like never before through the likes of Google and Wikipedia. All of this information has me questioning where the future of web design is heading. Although it’s not so easy to read the…

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Giving Your Older Web Designs a Refresh

By / Oct 19, 2010 / Tips

Every once in a while it doesn’t hurt to give your website design a refresh. It helps to remove older blocks of code which were slowing load times and costing you pageviews. It can also help to re-evaluate what you’re trying to do with your site and how your audience should interact with each page…

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How to Identify a Font

By / Oct 15, 2010 / Tips

What is the font used for the title of Friends? How about the typeface of that old copy of Moby Dick you picked up at that garage sale? The back of your Starbucks pastry bag? And please tell me, how can you find the font on a worn out birthday card that your client wants…

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Increase Your Website’s Effectiveness with Confident Copy

By / Oct 12, 2010 / Tips

Want to increase your website’s effectiveness? To have a higher conversion rate: more of your website’s visitors become subscribers, customers, members? You can increase the likelihood of that happening by having your message be more clear and confident. In other words: increase your website’s effectiveness with confident copy. It might seem like forehead-slapping common sense,…

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Simple Flow: Minimalism in Web Design

By / Oct 5, 2010 / Tips

There are so many techniques when it comes to web design, it’s hard to get a full grasp on all of them. Minimalism is one of the few which stand out from the crowd in a seemingly ubiquitous flow. The trend follows the concept of keeping things simple and easy to work with. Removing clutter…

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Bing vs Google: A Usability Face-Off

By / Sep 30, 2010 / Tips

We all know Google and Bing, and probably use one or both of them on more or less a daily basis. Search results are generally the defining factor that makes us have a good experience, and I suspect most of us don’t give too much consideration to the usability of the services. However, with hundreds…

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Must Know Usability Tips for Web Designers

By / Sep 21, 2010 / Tips

The hot topic in design news is all about usability. Developers must concern themselves with properly functioning interfaces and applications via the web. However as designers we must tackle projects from a different angle, trying to design beautiful webpages which also run smoothly from a user’s standpoint. It’s not to say these ideas haven’t been…

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3 Simple Ways to Get Paid More by Clients

By / Sep 14, 2010 / Tips

As freelancers, we all want to make more money. But freelancing doesn’t scale, so there’s always a ceiling. There’s a limit as to how many clients you can take on, right? So how do you make more money, if you can’t or don’t want to take on more clients? Well, if you’re better than average…

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Designing Typography for the Modern Web

By / Sep 6, 2010 / Tips

As web designers, it is our job to grow with the trends of the Internet. As new technology emerges, it’s our position to jump on board and see where it can take us. This includes trends all over the web, typography being a major player. Many designers don’t consider type as a field of interest…

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How to Promote Your Design Business on the Cheap

By / Jul 29, 2010 / Tips

Ah … the life of a freelancer. It’s not enough that you’re creative and technically savvy. No, you have to be a clever businessperson as well. No matter how talented you are, when starting out you probably won’t get clients unless you pound the pavement for them. But you likely don’t have the time or…