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2013 Color Trends on the Web

By / Apr 30, 2013 / Tips

Just like every other element of web design, color palettes follow fads that are constantly evolving. This year’s color trends are as diverse as they are compelling; brights and neons combine with greyscale to add some zing to clean, modern styles, while pastel palettes lend a softness to playful, cartoony designs. And from one end…

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Freelance vs. Agency – Which is Better at Selling Web Design?

By / Apr 24, 2013 / Tips

Prior to selling my web agency last year and starting uGurus, a new venture to help web professionals become more profitable, I pitched a lot of website projects. Unfortunately for a lot of freelancers, I was the “other company” that the customer decided to move forward with. Like Beatrix vs. Master Pai Mei, it wasn’t a…

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Good Web Design Is All About The User

By / Apr 2, 2013 / Tips

It’s easy to get caught up in the private world of web design, spending too much time playing with the latest CSS tricks, or flipping through the coolest design showcases. You start forgetting that your work isn’t all about being on the cutting edge and snagging a web design award or two. The reality is…

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The Benefits of Working on Freelance Projects

By / Mar 20, 2013 / Tips

I often read about designers who cannot stand freelancing yet continue to use this path for solid income. I suppose there is nothing wrong with hating your job, but some designers actually enjoy freelancing. It is not a career choice that many people would keep for decades. But it does offer a unique lifestyle of…

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Responsive Web Design Workflow Considerations

By / Mar 13, 2013 / Tips

Birthed in May 2010 in an article by Ethan Marcotte published on A List Apart called “Responsive Web Design“, this device-independent design philosophy has spread like wild fire amongst the design and development community. Evidence of the larger business community embracing responsive web design began in 2011 with notable redesigns of Starbucks, Time Magazine and…

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The Flexible Web

By / Mar 5, 2013 / Tips

Web design isn’t what it used to be. Web design used to be a fixed process. Except for some browser quirks here and there, and for the regular lockdown of creativity of course, it was a fairly straightforward operation. It used to be the defining of a canvas and as long as we kept the…

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16 Tips for a Better Website

By / Feb 20, 2013 / Tips

Want a better website and don’t know where to start? Or, do you think your website changes are out of your control? Many website owners think a better website means a complete overhaul – a brand new website. In some cases that may be true, but in my experience a couple tweaks can make the…

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17 Tutorials that will make your life Easier

By / Feb 13, 2013 / Tutorials

Since here at WDL we believe that designers need to be constantly learning new tricks and improving old ones, today we decided to gather a few tutorials that will make your life easier. From text effects to icons and object conversion, we will show you a lot of useful tutorials here.

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Tools and Tips on how to Optimize Images for the Web

By / Feb 7, 2013 / Tips

The time a page takes to load is something every designer worries about, or at least is something that every designer should worry about. It doesn’t matter if the layout is nice and beautiful if it doesn’t function properly. Since images can be pretty heavy, this is certainly an issue to keep an eye on….

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Creative Techniques for Single-Page Websites

By / Jan 24, 2013 / Tips

Over the past few years there has been an emergence of new custom trends in website design. A very popular idea is placing all your major content onto a single page and using dynamic scrolling animations to locate bits of content. These single-page layouts are popular among landing pages and mobile apps which only need…