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Website Usability Testing: Tips And Tricks From Experts

A website that isn’t usable is just a waste. For high performance, usability of the website plays a pivotal role. For new web designers, web developers, or even the website owners, it’s not easy to check whether a website stands good in terms of usability or not. It’s the job of experts, who know how …
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A Look Into CSS Units: Pixels, EM, and Percentage

Unit takes an important role for measuring and building things like a house, a bridge or a tower, and building a website is not an exception. There are a number of methods of measurements used on the Web, specifically in CSS, namely Pixel, EM and Percentage. In this post, we are going to run through …
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Why now is the right time to become a UX designer

In recent years, user experience design has become a popular topic in the web design community, with discussions focussing on successful examples of good UX design. With regard to websites, the term covers all aspects of a user’s experience within a particular site. In other words, the visual layout, information architecture, usability, graphics, user interaction: …
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Creating a Website Business Model Successfully

The advent of websites has for sure lowered the entry level barrier for small and large enterprises alike. Having a website not only makes the firm look credible but improves their brand quotient too. Having a website is like having authority with you, which is another reason why you should have a website. However, with …
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5 questions you must ask at the start of every project

Most my clients are focussed on print, so I was super stoked to get my first web design client in a long while. I had some techniques in mind that I wanted to try out. During the initial client meeting, my mind was racing with ideas on how I wanted the site to look and how …
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How to speed up responsive websites

Responsive web design is the buzzword of the decade already, and is ideal for the multi-screen connected world that we live in. However, the trade-off for this is in performance due to larger file sizes. This has prompted some experts to say that, like the early days of Flash, responsive design is something that we …
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Essentials For Creating A User-Friendly Interface

When people download an app, they usually look for things such as design, functionality, and efficiency. These fine qualities are never more present than in the app’s interface. You can create an app that is artfully designed and visually stunning, but if no one can figure out to how to move beyond the home screen, …
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A New Way Of Thinking About White Space

Ask any Web designer, and they’ll tell you about their personal views on white space. Scores of minimalism-loving designers have utilized it extensively in their Web design content. “Less is more,” they might insist, having been trained to eliminate everything that doesn’t immediately and purposefully add to the user experience.   Behind the scenes as …
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Infographic: UX 101 – What is User Experience?

Investing in the company website’s user experience has been proven to be a great advantage in user engagement, branding and customer acquisition. More companies today like IBM and Amazon  have improved profitability and cut support costs by creating a more user-friendly and useful website UX. The following infographic by our friends from Homestead explains to …
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Content Strategy and UX: A Modern Love Story

Content strategy has been around for a long time. Large corporations such as Disney, Wells Fargo, and Mayo Clinic have had functional content strategy teams for years. The mega-agency Razorfish has had dedicated content strategists on staff since 1998. But it’s really only been in the last two years that the larger UX community has started …
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Improve Your Web Design Projects with a Good Project Scope

The first few things you do after a potential client contacts you about a web design project are the most important. In fact, these initial steps can spell the difference between a good or bad project. There’s plenty of information out there on how to identify bad clients and manage difficult situations. You may even …
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The how and why of minimalism

If done correctly, minimalist design is one of the best and most effective approaches to creating beautiful websites. Not only is the target audience subjected to less clutter and noise, but you can use colors, textures, and fonts to create a very simple yet very memorable experience for the person viewing your site. Of course, …
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Convincing The Client – How To Win A Design Argument

As a freelance designer, you know your main goal is to keep the client happy. But what happens when the thing that makes your client happy is something that you as a designer know is a terrible idea? It may be impractical, too costly to implement, useless for the client’s business, or just plain ugly …
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How the touch screen revolution is impacting UX

The introduction of Windows 8 saw a massive overhaul of the Windows user interface in line with the Windows Phone interface in order to be more intuitive for people using touch screens, and Apple have subtly been adapting OSX over time, streamlining features that are becoming increasingly shared across their mobile and desktop operating systems. …
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Creating User-friendly Websites Based On Visitor Psychology

Have you ever felt that after visiting certain websites that you want to leave the website immediately because you do not feel comfortable or because you feel that something is not right with the website even though you do not know exactly what makes you feel uncomfortable? Yes, it is not an uncommon experience that …
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10 ways to reduce interruptions and stay focused at work

Interruptions are a fact of life, but they don’t have to derail your work. These practical suggestions will help you maintain control of your day. While on a recent vacation, my wife pointed out an interesting paragraph in a book she was reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, …
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How to approach usability testing

In order to deliver a clean, fresh, and — more importantly — effective user interface, usability tests are required. It is very unlikely any designer, regardless of his reputation and skills, will be able to design a good product without doing some kind of research and testing. Usability testing is a technique used for evaluating …
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10 signs your staff is about to mutiny

You’ve always run a tight IT ship. But lately, well, things aren’t going so well. You’ve ramped up your clients, which dramatically increased your staff’s workload. And now your smooth-running operation is running off the rails. The likely endgame to continuously overworking your staff is a mutiny. Many times, it comes without warning. The big …
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A strategy to improve application development

Application development is rapidly changing so that mobile and Web-facing apps can meet the needs of outside customers. This means that IT has to adjust how it develops apps and also how it measures them for performance and for delivery of value to the end business. Here are 10 things IT should be doing NOW …
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Improve the image of your IT department

Sometimes the stereotypical image of your department keeps you from getting the job done. Learn how to fight this image to benefit your employees and the company as a whole. For those of us that have worked in the IT industry, we are well aware of the image of the IT department at most businesses. …
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You know what’s important about end-user training? The end user

Let’s talk about training a little bit. Training end-users is probably one of the most important aspects of successfully rolling out a new technology in an organization, yet it is also one of the most poorly executed tasks. I recently attended a training session on a new enterprise tool. I walked away thinking that that …
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10 keys to a successful corporate online training program

Some enterprises are building their own online training programs to ensure that employees have appropriate skills for the business. But it’s not easy. In many cases, they don’t have experience in developing online courses that map to corporate goals or in finding internal mentors and educational guides. Nevertheless, some organizations have done an extraordinary job …
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Stereotyping in the Web Design and Development Industry

Many clients and individuals have preconceived notions about web developers and designers. Some stereotypes have a basis in fact, while others are simply anomalies and are untrue. For example, people often think of web developers and designers as geeky, programmer-types who work in solitude until the wee hours of the morning. Many web designers and …
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7 Ways to Improve Your Responsive Web Design Approach

1. Why use Responsive Web Design? RWD is a cheap option; you can re-purpose your existing desktop layout to ensure it works well on a smaller mobile device. If you’re developing a new site, there are few reasons not to use RWD. However, are you considering RWD because it’s an inexpensive way to tick a …
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Common misconceptions about responsive design

I browse the internet everyday, on multiple devices. I use my Macbook Pro, iMac, PC, iPad, iPhone and yes even my television. So it really bothers me when I see websites that aren’t optimized for larger screen resolutions, or that take two minutes to load on my mobile device. We’ve all embraced the concept of …
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The Art of Designing User Driven Websites

I want you to envision a scenario wherein you enter a store because you are attracted by the products that you see in its display window. On entering the store, you immediately notice the products that you would like to buy, you also get the required information about them in terms of their features, functionalities …
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5 Common Types of Bosses (And How to Deal With Them)

My years of experience working for a financial company have led me to face many types of bosses. Some were very hard to deal with, but I was fortunate that I had mostly good ones to look after me. As I moved into sales and marketing, I noticed that bosses were particularly more inclined to …
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Design = emotions + usability

While fine art is a subjective field, graphic design is more formulaic in its fundamentals. An effective design should make people feel a certain way and take a certain action. In this article I’d like to share Gravity Switch’s web design principles and our thinking behind them. Those rules are: define goals first; focus on …
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Do’s and don’ts of typography

As so much of the content available on the web is text it’s essential for web designers to understand the basic principles of good typography. Having such knowledge allows designers to communicate more effectively, enabling them to create better designs and websites that are easier to use. For more experienced designers setting text may come …
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How I learned to be REALLY creative

As I grew up, being a “creative child,” which was the description my school psychologist used to explain why I didn’t care for school or the usual subjects like math and why I wasn’t like the other children, my mother would get frustrated and call me “bull-headed, just like your great grandfather!” There was little …
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Freelancers: Should You Abandon Low-Paying Clients / Jobs?

At the outset of my freelancing career, I would always fall into a dilemma while quoting my price for freelancing jobs. It was difficult for me, because on the one hand, I didn’t want to lose out on jobs by quoting too high a price; on the other hand, I would also prefer not to …
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Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Professional Website

Building a professional website is inherent to the growth and success of a business. Not only does it help enhance the online visibility of your business, but also add to create a customer base for sustainable growth. However, before we contemplate building a professional website, it is important for you to understand the purpose of …
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How Changing Your Mindset Can Help Your Web Design Goals

Imagine you had a child who just finished learning addition and subtraction. You gave him a math task at home to test his skills and he solved the task successfully! “Wow, you must be really sma Imagine you had a child who just finished learning addition and subtraction. You gave him a math task at …
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Research yourself first

Every time we begin a web design project, we do research. We research our clients, their customers, the website’s target audience, and the competition. Throughout our careers, we research new trends, techniques, tools, and other designers. We’re always on the lookout for that one new thing which will make us better at what we do, …
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Flat design sites that work

Whilst the term “flat design” might not be a phrase you’re yet familiar with, you will definitely have noticed the concept and the design features whilst browsing the internet. For those of you that have noticed an increase in the “drop shadow” trend in web design, the easiest way to describe flat design is to …
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A Scientific Perspective on Minimal Design

Designing for human limitations: a scientific perspective on minimal design. Quick, try to recall the last five seconds that just passed as accurately as you can. What’s that, you can’t? Well, that means that you are just like the rest of us: blissfully unaware of our limitations. Try and think of 12 items of any …
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Why should you become retina ready?

It’s a brand spanking new, shiny technological feature. And it probably helps that it’s being implemented by Apple products. A couple of great sites (like this one) have already started using it. What does it do? Will it be around forever? What does it mean and when or why should I try it? We’re talking …
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Three interview questions you need to be ready to answer

Employers are no longer relying on standard interview questions like “Where do you see yourself in five years?” To ace your interview, you need to be ready to answer a whole variety of new questions, including some rather odd ones, like “How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State …
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One of the most important questions you should ask in an interview

Any IT professional looking at an employment opportunity should ask one question during the interview process: “Is technology seen as a revenue generator or a cost center in this organization?” The answer to this question will tell you something important – if IT is enabled and valued at the organization. It’s terribly difficult to execute …
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The Responsive Web Design War Strategy

It seems like everyone is hailing Responsive Web Design (RWD) as the savior for the mobile site development in 2013. That’s reasonable too, since RWD is currently the only sounding approach that deals with any device resolution universally and effectively. It tries to unite this chaotic browser-based universe littered by the fragmentation resulted from hardware …
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How to develop a responsive workflow

Remember the good old days? You know which days I’m talking about; the days not so long ago when we used to design websites to fixed widths. Looking back now they seem like such a simpler time; a happier time; a time when I could recite every font that was available to use online without …
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Three leadership behaviors of successful project managers

A lot of project management articles focus on technical aspects of the work (e.g., the latest tool, template, or technique to help manage scope, schedules, and people), but it’s just as important to focus on the social and cultural aspects of project management. Leadership, teamwork, negotiation, problem solving, and politics also have a significant impact …
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Tips for online forms that create better user experience

Does this sound like a typical online interaction you’ve had in the past? I start filling out a payment form to submit my monthly bill, which is due for the a certain cable company, all the information is entered and then once I hit “Submit” it sits there chugging away…about five minutes later the page …
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Protecting Your Content from Theft

If there is a war that is as hard to win as the wars on drugs and terrorism, it must be the war against content theft. Content theft is so widespread that calling it an epidemic isn’t an exaggeration. Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to protect your content against theft in one form or another, …
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5 Characteristics “The Employee Of The Century” Has

If there is ever an ‘Employee of the Century’ award, what will it take for one to earn it? First we should ask what qualities do employers look out for in an employee? Is it all about being dependable and reliable, as well as having high standards of integrity? Granted, these attributes of an employee …
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Designing Great Feedback Loops

The products we build are full of feedback loops, whether we know it or not. People who study human behavior agree that feedback loops play a critical role in what we do. From biofeedback to the quantified self, designers and psychologists alike are discovering the real power that these cyclical interactions play in shaping our …
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5 Reasons You Should Say No To Multitasking

A few days ago, my secretary went on leave. Before leaving, she was kind enough to ask me if I need a replacement for her as she will be off for two weeks. Initially, I liked the idea but then a thought struck me. Every now and then I see professional newsletters and weblogs crying …
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CSS Flexible Box Layout

Do you remember when tables were the only layout method for a website? At least until people realized that it’s a semantic nightmare to misuse something that’s actually reserved to display tabular data for the structure of an internet site. So a new “tool” needed to be found and soon floats and absolute positioning were …
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Learn From UX and Design Mistakes

As a UX designer, when you will start designing, you are bound to make Design mistakes. However, you should never lose heart if you are making mistakes since mistakes are definitely a great way to learn. Always keep one thing in mind; mistakes are inevitable and if you are a learner, you will opt to …
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How to fire a client

As I put the phone down, I was still shaking quietly. It was one of the hardest phone calls I’ve had to make. I had just told the client that I was tired of him messing me around, that the way he worked was making it impossible for me to produce good work, and I …
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User Experience (UX) Principles and Best Practices

In one of the simplest form possible, UX, is also know as user usability and user experience. This term describes how the most basic user will use an application, a website, a program or anything that can actually “be used”. User Experience is based on how the user behaves. It is different than what gaining …
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Is Photoshop dead?

I guess a more suitable title might be ‘is Photoshop still an appropriate tool for designing typography on the web?’ But that lacks the dramatic appeal of the above. Like many of you, I have always used Photoshop to create mock-up compositions of my designs. For as long as I can remember it has been …
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The Latest Rules Ruling Responsive Web

Responsive web design is the latest trend in the web world and you will hear almost everyone talking about it; and by everyone I mean those people too who are not tech savvy. In web world, when some trend is growing like anything, it has to become the talk of the town and this is …
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2013 and the New Job Market Paradigm

It’s 2013 and Happy New Year! It’s a time for partying and for celebration but also a great time for some reflection about our jobs and careers. Here’s a great article (“The Start-Up of You”) that summarizes the new job market paradigm in 2013 and beyond. ———- Thomas L. Friedman – Pulitzer Prize winner – …
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Web Design: 20 Hottest Trends To Watch Out For in 2013

All throughout 2012 there has been an enormous surge in new web design trends. Some of you may remember my earlier post on web design trends going into 2012. Now we can see many of these ideas have come to fruition, and even adopted further increasing levels of novelty. In this article I would like …
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Beginner’s Guide to Selling Your Unused Domain Names

Many individuals have the habit of collecting attractive domain names but never using them. If so, why not get rid of unused domain names and in the process, make some cash? It is important to understand the whole process of selling domain names. On the outside, the process may look very easy, but unless a …
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Copyright Protection and Infringement of Web Content

Copyright is a kind of protection that authors have for their original work. This includes works in the domain of literature, drama, music and other artistic and intellectual creations that are published or unpublished. It should be noted that copyright is only a protection of an expressed idea and not the idea itself. It gives …
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Review of Popular Web Design Trends from 2012

The year 2012 has seen an immense burst of creative energy. Many web designers & developers will notice this energy is still carrying us over into the new year. But what have we seen come to fruition over these past 12 months? Responsive Mobile Layouts How can we look back over this year without immediately …
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Web Design Trends for 2013

At the verge of 2013 there have been talks of what will be pertinent in terms of web design. Some things are disputable while others are undeniable – take web design that used to focus on media options a few years ago, now it’s the era of great usability and classy layout – no one …
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What To Do And What Not to Do During Interview:

Some Noticeable point’s needs to be kept in mind while appearing for interview are -
Always adopt a professional attitude and professional looking and wearing. Listen intently about interview questions. Use strong positive language while answering your questions. Ask the relevant questions and be specific to job related questions only. Wear a smile at all times …
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The Freelancers Guide to Successful Content Curation

Many social media pundits claim that content curation will prove to be the next biggest thing in the arena of online entrepreneurship and obviously, freelancers with specific skills to perform the job of content curation will gain a good fortune out of it. The biggest reason behind these predictions about the profitable expectations of content …
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Stop designing for screen width, design for content

320, 768 and 1024. Do these numbers mean anything to you? No, it’s not the Da Vinci code, they are the widths in pixels that many designers associate with mobile, tablet and desktop screen widths. The problem I have with this is that my mobile isn’t 320 pixels wide, my tablet isn’t 768 pixels wide …
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Importance of an Attractive Portfolio for Graphic Designers

Like any other field, a portfolio holds great importance for a website/graphics designer. An eye catching design has great benefits. It reflects your designing skills and attract your clients. Being a website/graphics designer myself, I have met a lot of designers that don’t even have a portfolio. When they get clients, they just send over …
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Becoming an Expert Proofreader

Very first thought – “What is Proofreading?” The word ‘proof’ is used to mean the final trial print that is used for making corrections before printing. Hence, a proofreader goes through the entire text with a fine toothcomb, trying to look for errors and glitches in the document. Proofreading involves detection of errors, such as …
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What makes a good logo designer?

As strange as this may sound for some, not every designer is a good logo designer. I’ve met many highly talented designers who are terrible at designing logos. Actually, some of the best designers I know are so aware of that, that they even prefer to not take on this type of project. The process …
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Stop chasing screen resolutions

We live in such an exciting time in the world of the web. Technology and standards are moving forward at a rate that’s perhaps both faster and more exciting than ever. As things change, so do our habits, and one area that I think has seen bigger changes than most would have to be the …
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Principles of Creating Effective Web Designs to Attract Visitors

Visual design is important however, the website’s fate depend more on the usability and its efficacy. While you are designing a website, make sure it is a user-centric design because users’ are the most important aspect behind any website’s success. If your website has a feature that is problematic or non-functional from users’ end, you …
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Generate Innovative Ideas – Make It Happen

Well, the title might bring a wave of thought into the minds of not-so-creative people and they will conclude instantly that being creative is not their cup of tea. A common notion is that you are born creative/innovative or else generating innovative ideas is something impossible for you. Well, I don’t agree with this at …
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How to make design decisions

This post examines an important part of the design process that, for some reason or other, is often omitted from community conversations. Its aim is to get the design community talking about the ‘whys’ — including why they are important. One advantage the design industry has going for it is its helpful, giving community, and …
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What’s the point of favicons?

When I start telling people about the importance of a favicon to their overall online branding strategy, they usually say the same thing: “Aren’t you taking this branding thing a little bit too far?” My answer usually goes: “Not if you’re serious about your own branding efforts!” It’s true, favicons are very little things, probably …
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What Your Support System Should Represent

The biggest weakness of the human being is that we are a social animal that needs emotional as well as material support to survive, and perform anything with excellence. This is a fact that runs from primitive age and no matter how advanced you are and how much time you can spend in silence, it …
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The Importance of a Logo

A logo is a symbol or emblem used by commercial enterprises, institutions, and organizations to promote public recognition. In simpler terms, a logo can be defined as the face or brand of a business. Because a logo carries so much significance, the task of designing one becomes that much more important. Logo designing, therefore, is …
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How to teach strategy to IT

IT’ers tend to be task-driven. This makes it hard for many to see the end business strategies and how their IT work fits in. But it’s vital for CIOs and key IT managers to incorporate business goals into daily technology work, because a better understanding of the business drivers produces better IT work. How do …
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25 Steps to Understanding Your Website Audience

Success on the Internet never comes out of thin air. Effective, successful websites are always a result of profound research and diligent, dedicated work. Although optimizing a web page may seem like a daunting task and real ordeal for many website owners, with numerous manuals and practical advice available for absolutely free on the Internet, …
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Jack Of All Trades Vs. Master Of One: A Designer’s Perspective

Every year, large batches of design students graduate and launch their careers in the market. Some of them land at proper places, which groom them professionally and set a solid career path for a successful future. Then there are designers who are not so lucky, who do not find the kind of professional approach they …
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Why Twitter is a Terrific Way to Market Your Business and Services

It’s not surprising that The New York Times called twitter “the fastest-growing phenomena on the Internet.” Twitter has quickly become a part of our everyday media and social culture. So how did we get to this point? Twitter began in August 2006 as a micro-blogging site with the sole purpose of answering (in 140 characters …
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A Thorough Guide to Domain Name Registration

The choice of a domain name is considered as one of the most important decisions that can help in establishing an online business or personal website. Every online entrepreneur prefers the top level domains for their website and in some cases; they prefer using special top level domains. General Top Level Domains (or gTLDs) include …
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7 Ways Freelancing Is Similar To A Corporate Job

When you ask a freelancer why he or she started freelancing, you’ll get answers like ‘I wanted to work for myself’, ‘I love being my own boss’, ‘I freelance for the flexibility it provides’ etc. At the heart of it, all those answers mean the same thing: they wanted to escape the cubicle nation. While …
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7 Tips for Successful Side Projects

Designers and developers have unlimited potential and opportunities when it comes to side projects. With your skills, knowledge, and experience you can do any number of different things aside from your full-time work to make a little extra money, or just for fun. Some of the possibilities include blogging, designing stock graphics for sale (like …
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How to Interview And Work With A Designer And What NOT To Say!

I usually write advice for designers based on my career experiences and horror stories but I thought it was time for an article for design clients to make their design needs a bit easier and more efficient. Dealing with creatives is not as easy as it sounds. The difference in those who think with the …
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Why Coding Style Matters

What’s A Style Anyway? Coding style is how your code looks, plain and simple. And by “your,” I actually mean you, the person who is reading this article. Coding style is extremely personal and everyone has their own preferred style. You can discover your own personal style by looking back over code that you’ve written …
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How to Overcome Negative Reviews

No one likes to hear anything bad about their company, but is unavoidable as an entrepreneur or even a as person doing business online. Your reputation online is almost like a form of currency because people will read about what other people have said before they work with you. If you have been around long …
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Responsive Web Design Tips

Designing a web in the past was very easy because you only had to design it for one device, the desktop computer. Today, with the great advancement of new technologies and devices, web designing has become tougher as compared to the past. With the increased use of smartphones and televisions, with small and wide screens, …
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HTML5 and SEO

Since the advent of the first web search engines, designers and developers have struggled with issues of how to increase their placement on a search engine results page. With the major search engines (Google, Bing, etc.) unwilling to reveal their ranking algorithms — protecting them from “black hat” search engine optimizers attempting to game the …
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Responsive Web Design as the Demand of Time

Now it’s difficult to find a single person over the web community who didn’t hear about Responsive Web Design (RWD). This relatively young technology captured the restless minds of enthusiastic developers, aiming to implement future innovations into our current life. The point became so urgent due to the mass invasion of portable devices into the …
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Successful Websites Make Sure Navigation is Intuitive

When it comes to building and managing a successful website there are a number of factors involved in defining that success. Things like the topic of your website, level of engagement, value provided, etc. are some of those elements of a website that you need to focus on if you want to own a successful …
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Why Don’t People Want To Pay For Good Design?

Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Addison Duvall, author of Food Identities, a blog that explores the crossroads of food, design, and culture. She’s written some things, designed other things, and eaten a whole lot of food. If you’ve ever come across a client (or 20) who refuses to pay you what you …
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Ideas: The Force Behind the Designer

We all know that most design clients are fairly predictable in tastes and not exactly thrilling to work for. I am sure you are not clapping your hands in excitement when designing another site for a wedding photographer or online marketing company that needs to be “conversion optimized.” Nothing about the project itself stirs the …
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Creating more purpose for content-light websites

Not every company or designer has a lot to say. There are people who believe in letting a product or service speak for itself, and there are some folks who just downright don’t talk much. Sometimes this can translate over to the web via sites that aren’t extremely heavy on content. The truth is, if …
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How to Deal with Creative Differences with Clients

For a techie, one of the not so nice aspects of being a freelancer is the fact that you have to work with clients. When you work for an agency, most of this is handled by the account executive and sometimes you don’t have to deal with the client at all. However, when you work …
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9 mistakes designers make when creating a logo

Every now and then I’m approached by design students and clients asking me to critique their logos. While I’m not particularly fond of critiquing anyone’s work, especially when it’s hard to find something positive to say, I’m happy to help students raise their game and charge a consultancy fee to any client looking for a …
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5 Freelancing Advice That Don’t Work (and What Does)

1. Don’t make your bedroom your office This is the first advice I heard when I started freelancing. No matter what you do, don’t have your office in your bedroom. Forget an office, I didn’t even have a desk when I started freelancing. I’d work in bed or on the dining table. When I did …
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How Responsive Web Design Could Become an Alternative for Mobile Websites?

The assumption that your web design is responsive can only be made true when the users using different operating systems and podiums to access the website, are able to do it successfully. The web design which is responsive is becoming more famous as it removes the need of constantly updating, or adding additional features to …
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How to deliver the perfect design

Working with clients can be tough. There can be a lot of back and forth communication and many requirements. Every client has their different level of standards and can make bouncing from project to project a bit difficult. One client’s idea of good is another’s idea of average and they’ll want more. Some of us …
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Mental Preparation: What To Do When You Lose Motivation

Sometimes, you just don’t want to do your work. It can be such a hassle to get up, start up the computer, fire up the software, and do what needs to be done. You feel tired and bored, having lost sight of why you chose a career in design in the first place, and you …
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CSS Benefits in Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Ranking your website and blog is very trending these days. Everyone is  searching for good SEO techniques and blog improvement methods to get higher rankings in search engine. This become more in consideration due to strictness of quality maintaining by Google search engine. Continuous coming giant Panda and Penguin updates increase the thirst fire of …
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Beyond Wireframing: The Real-Life UX Design Process

We all know basic tenets of user-centered design. We recognize different research methods, the prototyping stage, as well as the process of documenting techniques in our rich methodological environment. The question you probably often ask yourself, though, is how it all works in practice? What do real-life UX design processes actually look alike? Do we …
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Effective design principles for web designers: Proximity

This is the final segment in our four-part series on effective web design principles, concluding with the topic of proximity. The previous topics and segments in the effective web design principles series covered Contrast, Repetition, and Alignment. Guiding the user through your website with proper flow, effective use of white space, positioning similar content closer …
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The Ultimate Guide to Speed Up Your Website

A website can be well designed but if it is not fast enough, it is of no use. Today, in this article, we have decided to jot down some tips and techniques to reduce the website loading time as much as possible. Google is one good example of a fast website and all search engines …
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Creating Effective Web Design for Your Visitors

Websites can have many requirements. The purpose of your web page—that is, what you want to accomplish with your web page—is important to identify before any work is started. A web page is a kind of device that can offer many features. Your web page can be an informative web page, such as by starting …
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Five reasons business process improvement projects fail

Many CIOs have found or are looking for opportunities to elevate their departments to “business enabler” or “business multiplier” status, with all the rights and privileges therein.  These rights and privileges often include increased respect from business partners and, even if the IT budget doesn’t fully escape the axe, a better understanding for the potential …
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Effective design principles for web designers: Repetition

Repetition typically shows up on websites as repeated visual elements that appear throughout the pages on the site. Elements that can be repeated with effectiveness are colors, shapes, textures, fonts, typography, graphics, images, videos, spatial relationships, line thicknesses, headers, footers, navigation, sidebars, widgets, and on. Repeated elements in a consistent manner help to promote the …
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How to Get The Most Out of Your .htaccess File

If you’ve been a web designer for any length of time, chances are you’ve run across the mysterious “.htacess” file at one point or another. Others may ask, what’s an “ht” and why do I need access to it? Whether a beginner or pro, though, knowing what the htaccess file does and can do for …
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Important Considerations for Estimating Your Next Website Design Project

When it comes to pricing a service, website design and development is one of the trickiest (in my opinion) services to estimate. There are a few reasons why this is the case, which we will get into a little later, but for Website Designers and Website Developers who make their living building websites for clients …
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The Benefits of Teamwork in a Startup Environment

Working to build a startup from the very beginning requires dedication and seemingly endless weeks of hard work. There are very few success stories revolving around a single entrepreneur, as most great innovations require teamwork. There are different associations between the size and focus of any team division. But it’s crucial to understand that each …
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Has Social Media Created the Ideal Opportunity for You?

The purpose of the media, simply put, is to disseminate information and in the process entertain, communicate, and—most importantly—form opinions and change society’s attitude. Information can be conveyed in any form (e.g., voice, document, picture, video). Today’s generation can look back and definitely realize the path that media has travelled and the transformations it has …
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Key Elements for a Successful Mobile User Experience

Many graphics designers are moving towards the popular trend in mobile apps. You can design some incredible native applications and mobile web interfaces by working with well-deserved techniques. The best mobile experience should function as quickly and effortlessly as possible. In this article I want to introduce some important elements for any mobile design. You’ll …
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What is .htaccess?

One of the most common files found on most web hosting servers also happens to be one of the least understood, especially for a large number of novice web hosting clients and website administrators. That file, called “.htaccess,” is used to determine any number of important settings, from the 404 Error page that is displayed …
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The psychology of logo design

The psychology of logo design is one of the most oversimplified aspects behind the process of creating a logo. It’s usually associated exclusively with the choice of colors but is actually much more than that. While “logo design” refers to the activity of creating a logo, and the term “logo” is used to refer to …
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Holidays Provide a Great Opportunity to Increase Website Traffic

Website Designers and Website Developers who use content marketing to generate awareness for their services and increase traffic to their website should write blog articles during the holidays. Holidays provide a great opportunity to attract new visitors to your website if you create holiday-related content and optimize it with holiday-related keywords. There are a number …
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Modern Design Trends for Landing Pages

Product landing pages can have a very different feeling based on what you’re selling. Internet marketers are always studying the best design tips for gaining traction and increasing sales numbers. But unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem. Instead you have to consider which modern design trends are working for other people in …
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How to be More Productive as a Freelance Web Developer

Web development has blossomed into a full-profit enterprise over the past two decades with the rise and continued rapid growth of the internet. Getting information out there as quickly as possible, attracting viewership and clients, and doing it more creatively and efficiently than the competition has turned into a big money maker throughout the global …
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The Truth about Web Design

As a freelance web professional, designing websites is your livelihood and in some cases, your life. Your ability to create a website that does everything but make and pour coffee is commendable, but the sad truth is that other than yourself and other web designers, nobody cares about the design at all. What they care …
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How I Became a Web Designer: Following My Passion

Web designing is one of the most popular and well-paid jobs today. Just a few years ago, parents pushed their children to become doctors, engineers, and scientists; today parents push them to become web designers as well. Those who are most passionate about web designing can make it really big. Web designing is part of …
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21 Interesting Myths about SEO

Like several other fields of this world, SEO consists of hundreds of myths, which have made this field quite confusing. In the starting days of SEO, everything was easy and direct. The techniques were not that complex and it doesn’t require a lot of time to make someone aware of its techniques. However, as time …
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How to Get Your Clients to Stop Comparing Rates

Have you ever had the experience of spending a couple of days consulting with a potential client, gave him everything he wanted, only to lose him to another provider simply because of price? Yet you know competing on price is a losing strategy. For one, you only have 24 hours in a day – how …
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UI vs UX: what’s the difference?

UI is the saddle, the stirrups, and the reigns. UX is the feeling you get being able to ride the horse, and rope your cattle. At least that’s what they used to say in the olden days. Rather, that is what I wished they’d say. Despite how simple that may have sounded, there are many …
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