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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…

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A Beginner’s Guide To Website Copywriting

By / Jul 20, 2010 / Tips

When writing for the Web, writers should always keep one analogy in mind: the Internet is a jungle and Web users are information foragers within it. Usability expert Jakob Nielsen championed this comparison based on his studies that found that the majority of Internet users only scan websites in their quest to find useful information…

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Five Goals to Strive for with Every Site You Design

By / Jun 23, 2010 / Tips

Goals are important to have in life. They are especially important for website design, because without any goals, you have nothing to shoot for in the end and nothing to measure your success by. Goals help designers focus on the important things and not lose sight of what you want in the end; goals are…

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How to Get More Web Design Sales by Painting Your Nose Red

By / Apr 27, 2010 / Tips

Walk into the next prospect meeting with your nose painted red and you are sure to attract a lot of attention. And why wouldn’t you? How many web designers do you think the prospect will consider that have red noses? Chances are – only one. You will certainly be memorable when its time to decide…

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How to Find Local Clients for Your Freelance Business

By / Apr 7, 2010 / Tips

Finding clients is one of the toughest things for most small businesses. Many people are looking for projects online these days with the widespread use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites that allow you to connect and chat about business opportunities. These are great ways to find new business across the country and…

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Personal Branding for Web Designers

By / Mar 25, 2010 / Tips

“It doesn’t matter how good you are. What matters is how good you are at showing it!” This statement represents the ABCs of personal branding, self marketing or whatever you prefer to name it. As a designer, you are so fortunate that your work is pure creativity. As a result, your self- branding strategies should…