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Sometimes, web stores get too artsy with their designs. Some use flash animations that can slow down the shopper’s browser, while others use color schemes that send the wrong signals to shoppers. There are many cases where experienced web...
The most obvious job for a web designer is working for a web design agency, but if you've never done that before... then how do you know what to expect? Is it even the right path for you? Setting foot in an agency for the first time can be daunting....
As designers, we need to be creative in order to be successful at our jobs. Coming up with ideas and creative solutions to problems is what we do on a daily basis. But that doesn't mean it's always easy to do so. Sometimes we get blocked creatively,...
In previous articles, we discussed seven types of designers and seven types of developers. Designers and developers form two parts of the design trinity: the client completes it. You can have the technology to build something and the design...
Almost every major web designer faces this dilemma at some point: either continue working with "mom-and-pop" style businesses, enjoying effortless marketing and relatively simple projects, or transition to working with larger businesses...
Being a designer is great. You get to spend all day being creative—that is, of course, if you have all day to spend and are feeling inspired. Unfortunately, sometimes you’re completely devoid of ideas, which can be demoralizing, especially...
We recently published an article covering 20 reasons not to become a freelancer. The idea was that there are already a ton of articles out there talking about how great it is to be a freelancer, and all the benefits, but there are very few posts...
How much time do you waste on the average day looking for things buried somewhere on your desk? Or getting up to get something on the other side of your office? Or otherwise retrieving the things you need to do your job? If you added up all those wasted...
We've all read countless articles on the reasons you should consider freelancing. They often make it out like anyone still working in the corporate world is just a schmuck with no ambition. But the truth is, there are plenty of reasons not to...
Most creative professionals have no problem coming up with ideas. In fact, too many ideas is more often the problem rather than too few. Where we usually run into issues, though, is in the follow-through. How do we take the brilliant ideas that...
Almost everyone out there knows someone who's a perfectionist, if they aren't one themselves. Some people are perfectionists in only one aspect of their life (such as school or work) while others apply their perfectionist tendencies to every...
Learning new information quickly is very important to both designers and developers. That being said, regardless of your profession and whether it's for school, work, or personal improvement, being able to retain the information without...
If you're like me, you graduated from art school and had dreams of working as an art director at a small agency. You envisioned having your own office on the top floor of a loft with 30-foot ceilings. Designers would play ping-pong below; people...
Ugly designs abound on the web, and behind each and every one of them is a "designer". In many of these cases the designers behind the sites are simply incompetent. They're often amateur designers or those who have little or no design training...