How to Build a Web Design Portfolio & Grow Your Freelance Business

What makes a good web design portfolio? That’s the question that each and every web design freelancer has asked herself at one point in her career – especially when just starting out in the business. You want to stand out among your competition, express your skills, and gain the attention of your ideal clientele but you don’t have a lot of experience yet. How can you show what you’re capable of before you’ve had the chance to secure your own…...

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What Can Photography Teach Us About Web Design?

Photographers and web designers might seem like their jobs are 100% different. One is focused on traveling to locations, capturing moments, and working with humans and cameras while the other is focused on developing an online location, manipulating code and handling client demands. However, photographers and web designers aren’t that different. Both work creatively and technically to create something special and new, something that will tell a story for a business or a personal client. Both must be highly professional,…...

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How to Learn Photoshop if You’re New

Photoshop is one of those software treasures that everyone needs a little familiarity with. Whether you’re a business owner, a graphic designer, a web designer, a photographer or just a social media user, Photoshop could really upgrade your visual game. With the ever-evolving technology, designers have always wanted to create something appealing and unique to capture the attention of their followers and prospective clients. Photoshop is the tool to make that possible. It takes some bits of skill, resources, and…...

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Is My WordPress Theme Hurting My SEO?

A properly configured and designed WordPress site can be awesome for SEO. As a matter of fact, WordPress is one of the leading CMS options for both experienced and inexperienced website developers and administrators because it’s so user-friendly and SEO-ready. It has virtually all you would need your website to possess for SEO purposes and integrates well with any external system you might want to use for your search engine optimization efforts. However, there is a hidden problem that often…...

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6 Design Rules You Should Break This Year

Although graphic design has many principles and guidelines, some designers stick too closely to the rules. By limiting yourself to hard and fast rules of design, you could be limiting the expression of your work.  Outdated design rules have no place in a graphic designer's toolbox and today’s clients are looking for savvy and a chance to be bold. The ability to push boundaries is a respected quality. These are a few of the design rules you should break this…...

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5 Popular Brands With Arguably Bad Fonts/Typography

Graphic designers understand that typography is more than just simple text. In a digital age, the way you convey your messages needs to account for what you say in addition to how you say it. In order to stand out or stay consistent, you can’t overlook the significance of choosing a font that truly represents your brand and connects with your consumers. It can be easy to overthink as a graphic designer. As you’re looking to be creative, inventive and…...

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How to Hack a WP Theme for Maximum Customization

Due to its vast network of dedicated developers and support staff, WordPress is THE most popular content management system (CMS). Over the past 15 years, WordPress has put together a pool of themes, enhancements and plugins that make for simple installation within most hosting platforms and easy plug-and-go design work. This superior quality and dedication to providing great products and exceptional services is why WordPress dominates the internet with 60% control of all sites that utilize a CMS and 32%…...

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7 Reasons Why File Backups are a Web Designer’s Best Friend

If you are a web designer, then you can understand the frustration of not having enough space to back up your files. With a microcosm of different digital and external file storage options, which is the right one for you? The most notorious of all file backups is probably an external hard drive, but with all the bulk, is there a better option? Many web designers may think so, with access to unlimited storage on cloud backups such as Dropbox.…...

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DIY Website Design: Expectations vs. Reality

If you are considering creating your own website to save money, you’ll want to consider the various factors that can delay the launch of a new website and generate extra expenses. You’re time as a business owner is invaluable. Don’t take it for granted. Consider the truths behind DIY web design as you make your decision. Expectation: It’s not going to take that much time. You’ve seen the ads where people boast that they can create a website in under…...

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What We Can Learn About Website Design From Video Games

While websites and video games rarely have the same goal, there is a lot of takeaways that web designers, graphic designers, UX experts and digital agency managers can glean from the video game industry. From the introduction of Pong in 1972, video games have been captivating users for hours upon hours of engaging entertainment. From the way that video game players interact with games to how they feel while playing, video game designers and creators have a great grasp of…...

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