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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...
Newspapers around the world are struggling to survive while competing with websites that offer comparable news more quickly and without a subscription fee. Many newspapers have embraced the Internet and use their own websites to post news,...
Accounting for every aspect of a new website isn’t easy, especially at the last minute. The problems aren’t the details themselves, but rather the process of making sure that seemingly minor details don’t add up to sloppy work. The best...
No matter what your personal work style, an uncluttered and attractive workspace will improve the quality and efficiency of your work. Getting rid of paper, digitizing your business cards, minimizing your office supplies are just some of...
If any assumption is safe, it’s that six months after launching a website (or sooner?), its owners will have a list of things they want to change, from minor typos to entirely new functionality. Is it possible to accept feature creep as a natural...