How to Find and Land Clients For Your Business

Family meetings are really fun for me. On my last meeting with the whole family, my ninety-two-year-old grandmother finally admitted, “I just don’t understand this job of yours.” This lead to several other questions including one that I’m asked quite frequently, how do I get clients? Here are some of my tips on how to find and land clients for your business as a designer. Word of Mouth Customer service is the number one most important thing when freelancing, your reputation…...

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5 News Sites For Your Design Inspiration

For many people, designing a content-based website is not unlike being the layout editor for a digital newspaper. It involves presenting headlines, stories, and images in a way that can cleanly convey a bigger picture and appeal to the reader – all while establishing a template suitable for constant updates and modifications. Not all websites are content-based, but any site that seeks to provide updated information and act as a sort of landing page functions similar to virtual newspaper websites.…...

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How to use checkboxes and radio buttons in Flash

When you are developing rich and interactive applications in flash, you need to provide the best communication between the user and the application. Flash has some very easy to implement UI components that you can use with your applications. These components will save you from the hassle of designing and programming the User Interface. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to implement the radio button and the checkbox component in your applications. It is important that…...

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Create a Full Page Background Image with CSS3

The other day we looked at 10 Awesome Websites With Full-Screen Background Images.  At the beginning of the article I had mentioned that there were a few ways of approaching this effect, some developers prefer to do it with jQuery, some with CSS, and others with Flash.  In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to achieve a full-screen background image with CSS. CSS3 allows us to choose between a few different values for the “background-size” property. …...

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Web Design Resources: Designer’s #1 TO-DO list (Choose the right domain, hosting, blog, SEO tips + much more)

In this to-do list, I will guide you on what you need to do as a web designer to be on the road to success. Note that this list starts at the very basics. This guide will take you from choosing the right domain name, to getting the most traffic and clients to your website. If you’re new to web design, you may be thinking "Where do I go now? What do I do now?" Even if you aren't new to web design,…...

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10 Tips On Organizing Your Client Records

The cornerstone of any successful business is organization, so it’s important to have a handle on all your documents. Keeping track of client records can be bothersome or difficult, but ultimately it’ll help you become more efficient and effective. Here are 10 tips for making sure you keep your client records organized. 1. Hardcopy Or Electronic Files? Decide whether you want to keep hardcopy files, electronic files, or both. Your decision should take into account how much room you have…...

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10 Easy Secrets to Quickly Become a Great Web Designer

There was a time, not so long ago, when business was good for designers. Jobs were plentiful, and being a “good” designer was good enough. Then the economy tanked, and the world was thrown into a nasty recession. Many businesses stopped hiring, many designers were laid-off, and competition for all jobs became fierce. In short, being a “good” designer was no longer good enough. [caption id="attachment_7562" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Be that 1 in a million designer[/caption] If you want to compete…...

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Christmas card design useful kit: showcase, tutorials, icon sets

Christmas and New Year are getting closer and all of us are deeply plunge into the preparation for these merry holidays! People buy presents, sweets and other pleasant trifles, they try to give their relatives, friends, beloved and colleagues every attention. Christmas is a good time to greet everybody and express gratitude to all your close people for their love and care. It's time to show your family and friends how much you appreciate them without asking anything in return.…...

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GIVEAWAY: CodeMyConcept $150 Gift Card – PSD TO HTML, ends Sept. 6 2010

***Congratulations to Kate for winning this giveaway. CodeMyConcept.com will get in touch with you shortly! To all who didn't win, don't worry we will have many more giveaways this year!*** You probably already know how much we care and love our loyal readers and that we love to give them something in return for all the time they spent on our site, for sharing our content and for their overall trust. This week we are running yet another cool giveaway…...

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Display icons using a single image and CSS “Sprites”

Recently, I have been working on a website that has numerous icons being displayed on a single page. One of the ways to reduce server requests is to store all of your icons in a single image and use CSS to display only the portion of the image you need for a particular location on your page. This technique is commonly used by designers to display icons from a single image. It is often termed CSS sprites. First, lets take…...

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