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Some people collect stamps, others spot trains; I have become obsessed with wireframing software. I have tried and fallen in love with countless applications, from Balsamiq to Mockingbird to FlairBuilder. Although each has felt like true...
“ … One of the roles of design is to bring humanity, intelligence and beauty to the world of business, and indeed to everyday life.” – Michael Beirut Is design losing its humanity? No one would suggest that computers are as adept as talented...
As web designers, we all seem obsessed by HTML5 and CSS3 at the moment. Endless posts, tutorials and discussion about them dominate the blogosphere. But how much are we learning that can be applied today? Don’t get me wrong. We all need to understand...
You don’t get to 600 million friends without doing something spectacular. Mark Zuckerberg knows this more than anyone. But I wonder: do we have any hope of achieving similar success? Facebook's story begins, like most businesses, with...
I don’t believe that the $3000 client is the lost cause we often think they are. Sure, for most agencies, a $3000 website is laughable; but I would argue that these clients present tremendous opportunities. In particular, I think web designers...
Optimizing websites for the mobile web is a chore. And optimizing e-commerce websites for the mobile web is a beast that designers and developers have only begun to tame. Not surprisingly, larger companies are embracing the medium first,...
Life as a web designer can be insanely busy. We have multiple clients, each making numerous demands on our time. We work in a fast-moving sector in which we have to constantly relearn our skills. We also read endless posts that encourage us to...
The world is surrounded by people who are willing to sell you inspiration. And you know what? Chances are high that you are buying into it. Even worse is that it might be destroying your potential to do and create great things. Go to any bookstore...
Web designers and developers sacrifice countless hours and sleep sorting out clients’ objectives, audiences’ needs, brand continuity, page layouts, information architecture, navigation, functionality, cross-browser compatibility,...
In a highly competitive business environment, good communication is the engine of success. As a designer, your grasp of the art and science of social bonding is just as important as your ability to put pixels together. With social media so ubiquitous,...
There are a number of basic parts that any good design brief includes. Getting your clients to include each of these in their brief makes your job as a designer that much easier. A comprehensive, detailed brief becomes the guiding document for...
There's a phenomenal focus on generating traffic in the online marketing world. Businesses fight for clicks, stage immensely competitive bidding wars and spend thousands of hours pushing their websites to the top of search pages. Top-ranking...
It is assumed in the online business, especially in the design field, that most big clients are international. But that doesn't mean that all lucrative projects are with international clients. As companies such as the controversial BlitzLocal...
Every profession has its own set of ethical guidelines most of its members adhere to. And while the design industry's code of ethics might not be as crucial as, say, the medical industry, there are still some important ethical considerations...