“Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.” This quote is from William Edwards Deming, the man who almost single-handedly shaped the business and manufacturing culture of Japan into the powerhouse that it is today. Some might argue he knows something about making profit. When starting out it’s straight forward that the goal is to get customers, but it’s undeniable that the lifeblood of a sustainable business is return
The web is changing day in and day out at an incredibly fast pace. What I found that matters most to me when using new tools is that the switching cost needs to be as low as possible. The less “lock-in” and learning an app requires, the more likely I am going to be to try it out. So here is a list of tools I have started to mess around with. They are super intuitive to use and save me a
Illustration is an incredibly versatile tool that can find many different uses in design. And when it comes to web design we can find an extremely wide variety of implementations. Today I want to dig into some key ways that this tool has been put to work so we can draw new ideas to inspire and challenge the designs we produce. Let’s begin someplace I seldom do, with a basic definition:
New WordPress themes are released constantly, some free, some premium. And some better than others. Free themes, especially, tend to have a greater disparity in quality from one another, with some being just as great as the best premium themes, and others being poorly designed or poorly coded (or both). Below, we’ve collected more than sixty of the best themes released since
There are a lot of articles that will try to tell you what you are doing wrong and how to fix things, but the truth is the majority of them aren’t super honest. They want to get you to sign up for something to sell your work, and that’s supposed to put you on your way. Not necessarily true. This time around we’re going to explore some of the real issues many of us freelance designers aren’t
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
Your RSS Feed is sometimes the only way your visitors experience what you have to offer on a regular basis. It serves to inform and entertain, but is also an essential tool for driving traffic back to your website and improving your overall search-engine ranking. If all your feed does is show a poorly formatted excerpt of your posts, the hundreds of visitors who are not hitting your main
We’ve talked a lot about responsive design here on Webdesigner Depot, and shared a lot of valuable resources. Today we’re sharing another valuable resource: at the end of this article are details for getting a discount on Chris Converse’s responsive design course on MightyDeals. CSS3 media queries allow us to dynamically alter the design and layout of a web page in order to deliver an optimal user experience from a single set of HTML and CSS markup. The techniques in this article explain how we can leverage this powerful capability of CSS to also change imagery, alter the navigation on hand-held devices, and set up default CSS for compatibility older browsers.
When you start working with clients you have to understand that the work you produce is not just about how good or bad a design is. It has a lot to do with the way the design fits into the wider spectrum of things. Does this design fall in line with the overall theme of the company? Does this design ‘say’ what the company tries to say? In some instances and with some clients, you
Google+ unveiled itself to the public amidst a chorus of praise and adulation from techies all over the globe. Unfortunately, it also earned a good amount of scorn from individuals who were not ready to grasp the unique philosophy Google+ was promoting. That philosophy is one of openness. Unlike Facebook, Google+ is designed to connect strangers, and inspire collaboration and contribution.
Webfont embedding is so widely supported by modern browsers at this point that there’s really no excuse not to incorporate them when appropriate in your designs. There are hundreds of free fonts available for embedding, as well as plenty of paid services that allow you to include commercial fonts in your designs. A lot of designers, it seems, are intimidated by the idea of @font-face