It was super hard for me to find a job straight out of college—the places where I wanted to work weren’t hiring and many of the other jobs didn’t seem right for me. After months of searching and waiting by the phone, I decided to take the plunge. I had done some freelancing throughout high school and college and decided I would trek back home and freelance full time. I had a strategy
Navigation is one of the most important aspects of any website. Without good navigation, a site becomes useless to visitors. They can’t find the information they need, and then seek out competing sites instead. It’s vital that your sites be easy to navigate if you want to be a successful designer. iBut there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to navigation. What works
All freelance designers and developers eventually have to face these ultimate questions; “How much should I charge for my services? Should I charge by the hour, or by the project?“ And then, once that question is answered, of course, the question becomes, “How can I charge more?“ As opposed to a traditional job, in which you are paid a set rate based on what your boss, or your company, is willing to pay you, determining freelance pricing can be tricky. As services such as design and development are
As computers, phones and tablets have improved their designs, and as people have become used to apps being as beautiful and intuitive as they are functional, it’s become more and more important to fit in with the aesthetic. An app may be well built, and can do a job well, but if it’s icon looks anything less than stellar then it can let the user experience down. Beautiful,
There are dozens of great CMSs out there. Regardless of what type of site you’re building, there’s probably one perfectly-suited to it. The problem is that most designers and developers don’t want to spend time learning a bunch of different CMSs. They want to learn one, or maybe two, and use those for all of their sites. That means they need something that’s
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few moments, take a
Designer’s block is no joke and it always seems to come around when a project’s deadline is quickly approaching. You just can’t seem to create anything with enough power or spunk—heck, you may just be staring at your screen or sketchbook for hours straight. It’s truly no fun at all to feel stuck and helpless, especially when your work seems to keep piling
The mobile revolution has inspired major and minor websites alike to have a mobile version. Mobile versions can be created using themes, extensions, and other modifications. While developing mobile version, you may want to test it on two, three, or even five different mobile handsets. After development, you are not aware how it will appear in each mobile present on this Earth as you
[Editor's note: This is a sponsored review for Squarespace] Whether you want to create a blog, a brochure site, or something more involved, the platform you choose to create it on is important. There are a lot of blog and website building and hosting platforms out there, some free and some paid. There’s also a huge variation in the quality of the services these sites have to offer. Some are reminiscent of the old Angelfire and Geocities websites
Good call to action pages (including landing pages and sales pages) are an important part of any website that either sells or asks visitors to sign up for something. An effective call to action page can increase conversions and signups by a hundred percent or more (sometimes much more). As designers, we should know exactly what makes an effective call to action page, both in terms of
With the passing of Steve Jobs this month, designers around the world are creating tributes. Considering the impact Jobs had on the technology and design fields, it’s not surprising to see the number of creative designs created to pay homage to his legacy. A great collection of these tributes have been recently posted to Below, we’ve collected fifty of these designs,