When I first sat down to write this post my idea was to compile a list of the best business books for designers. However, as I found books claiming to fit this niche, I began to notice something that got me asking questions. It was the publishing dates. Some were 2009, others 2008, and others were dated as far back as 2003 or even older! I immediately thought to myself, “How could these books possibly be valid today?” I mean, Facebook and Twitter didn’t even exist then! When I’m searching for posts online, if I come across a blog post or news story from 2005 or 2006 I don’t even read it. It’s old news, outdated, irrelevant. But is that just the nature of internet content ? Have I somehow been programmed to disregard possibly helpful material just because of a date? (more…)
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, focusing too much on usability can compromise its searchability.
So how can your content walk the line between SEO and usability? Well, there are 5 easy tips you can follow when trying to walk your content down that fine line between SEO and usability. (more…)
Here’s a new set of vectors for our WDL Premium Members. This pack from Designious contains 16 high-quality floral flourish vectors. These are perfect for giving your design an ornate feel. The smooth, curly strains with large, wide open leaves will sure give your artwork a nice look. (more…)
Four months ago, we showcased 30 Examples of Big Backgrounds in Web Design, and we can say that the trend surrounding big images as backgrounds is still hot. As we noticed that a number of new websites were using big backgrounds, we decided to do a fresh round of examples to inspire you. Here you will see websites using big images as the focal point and you’ll also see sites using big images to enhance the content in creative ways. Keep in mind that using only a huge image as a background is a bit risky, since you might be driving attention away from content. So try to have something “in between those lines”. (more…)
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 client is) advertising on the Content Network and not using banner ads then you’re missing out on a really big and tasty piece of the pie. (more…)
Business cards are sadly often overlooked, resulting in dull and boring cards that are easily forgotten. At MOO we know business cards can give you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd, be unique, and say something about yourself and your brand. (more…)
For our WDL Premium Members, we have another excellent vector pack from our friends at Go Media. Stars and Hearts is a giant pack full of different varieties of vector stars and hearts (with a few flowers thrown in for fun). Stars and Hearts sounds pretty basic on the surface and there are only so many ways to draw a heart. Right? Well, this set has a ton of different ways in all kinds of arrangements from explosions of love to “4th of July extravaganza” starbursts. There’s a total of 100 vectors in this set.
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 writing, there is generally some form of legal contract you’ll need to create with your clients. Networking comes with the freelance territory, and within that is contracts and due dates for project completion. Below we’ll be considering some great tips for legal actions and pursuing your own career further in freelancing.
Restaurant and food related websites are always inspiring. Elegant layouts and beautiful images are pretty common to this kind of site. Last year we showcased 40 Tasty Restaurant Websites to Inspire You and since then, there have been plenty of good food related websites released. So we decided to gather a fresh list. Once again, you will be able to see beautiful photographs, colorful layouts, and elegant typography. From restaurants to bistros and catering, there are several tasty examples here to please your eyes. Enjoy! (more…)