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You Design It, They Do It. Advertisement What if someone came to you and said, “I’ve designed this great website, but people don’t stay on it.

You Design It, They Do It

Why?” How would you respond? Would you ask them whether they have done extensive A/B testing? Would you recommend testing the usability of the website? The 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers. In the beginning, there was just you and your partners.

The 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. When the Photo Doesn’t Fit the Space: Tips and Tricks for Making It Work. You’ve been there a thousand times, staring at a big empty canvas that simply doesn’t seem to work with the photo that the client has provided.

When the Photo Doesn’t Fit the Space: Tips and Tricks for Making It Work

Best bits: Charity careers in social media. 10 tips for brilliant brochures. Know your purpose Start by asking clients why they think that they need a brochure, and to define their objectives.

10 tips for brilliant brochures

Sometimes they just want one because their last brochure didn’t work. Common portfolio mistakes (and how to fix them) Be sure to also check out our quiz on evaluating your portfolio site’s effectiveness.

Common portfolio mistakes (and how to fix them)

As the curator of Folyo, I see a lot of different portfolios go by. And I can’t help but notice the same patterns of bad design cropping up time and again. Being designers, we should be aware of how much look and feel can influence the way content is perceived. Five web design clichés to never use again. Establishing the Brand of YOU. You are a brand.

Establishing the Brand of YOU

What you put out as your persona creates perception from others of what you are to them, or, in other words your "perceived value". We choose friends that way, but more importantly for job seekers, companies seek the best employees by assessing your brand. Follow Steve Jobs' lead for a career that moves you. One day in 1984 I unplugged my beige-brown IBM Selectric typewriter, tucked the black plastic cover that never quite fit around its keys and thick edges and moved it to the corner of my office.

Follow Steve Jobs' lead for a career that moves you

I filled the empty space on my desk with a new beige Macintosh computer. I have been replacing and upgrading to the latest and greatest Mac ever since. Although my work had been transformed, at the time I didn't think that much about the person who had thought up this box on my desk with its screen and a slot for a thing called a disc. I just knew his company called Apple had created something that was the likes of which I had never seen. Since the death of this creator, Steve Jobs, I've been thinking about what made his career so special and whether the rest of us has it in us. How To UP YOUR GAME as a Web Designer. Posted on 16'11 Sep Posted on September 16, 2011 along with 16 JUST™ Creative Comments This is a guest article contributed by Richard Larson*.

How To UP YOUR GAME as a Web Designer

Tell your potential clients, not only do you design beautiful websites, you design websites that convert! Designers that make beautiful websites are everywhere. 8 Reasons Why Designers Should Blog. There are now a lot of blogs about graphic design and if you are a graphic designer who still isn’t blogging you could be missing out.

8 Reasons Why Designers Should Blog

There are a lot of reasons that designers should blog. If you want to set your own blog up you can download my free guide to setting up a WordPress blog (no email or sign up required) 1. Blogging Helps Designers Get Found in Google (SEO) What Makes Someone Leave A Website? The Infographic. The importance of keeping clients happy. 12 Tips To Jumpstart Your Next Brainstorming Session : Innovation. Try these tactics next time your team needs a burst of creative energy.

12 Tips To Jumpstart Your Next Brainstorming Session : Innovation

September 12, 2011 Have you ever had a brainstorming session that got stuck in low gear? We’ve all been there. Next time your team needs a jolt of energy, try one of these 12 tactics to stir things up. 1. Try solving the opposite problem. 2. Pen on whiteboard gets a little old. 3. Taking a cue from that favorite board game, have people draw their ideas instead of verbalizing them. 4. Six Solid Reasons Why You Should Use WordPress. If you think you know what WordPress is, and what is it used for, I still believe you need to give this article a read to get to know what WordPress is really capable of.

Wikipedia defines WordPress as ‘an open source blog tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL‘. And indeed you are correct if you think that WordPress is one of those inexpensive and relatively easy ways to start a blog site, but WordPress has come a long way since it was only a ‘Blogging Platform’. If you don’t already know, there are two websites and which is because it has now reached a new mature level where it doesn’t only support blogging ( but also can be used for other different website applications ( is actually a source it provides to those users who don’t want to use to host their blog and want to host it themselves.

But the story just doesn’t end there with the blog installation. Flexible Open Source Easy To Use. Which Suits You Better? Blogger or WordPress? The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine. Advertisement Editor’s Note: You might want to read Nathan Yau’s article The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design: Revisited1 here on Smashing Magazine which is a response to this article. Since the dawn of the Internet, the demand for good design has continued to skyrocket. From Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and beyond, designers have remained on their toes as they define the trends and expectations of our online universe. The Internet is a great designer’s playground, and online businesses are growing more and more appreciative of what can be gained from a bit of well-executed eye candy. Over the past two years, this fact has become the backbone of a growing trend in online marketing: the infographic.

Infographics are visual representations of information, or “data viz” as the cool kids call it these days. Of course, just as Web 2.0 changed 1.0, today’s infographics are far more eye-catching than simple pie charts and bar graphs. 9 Ways to Get Your Design Portfolio Seen - Web Design Blog – Get the FlatPix UI Kit for only $7 - Learn More or Buy Now Designers and developers are growing in numbers and plenty of these folks have outstanding portfolios. The common advantage of the Internet is that anybody from anywhere in the world can check out your projects during any time of the day! If you wish to land more freelance work then I would recommend taking a peek at your current portfolio to see if anything could be updated. And to help with building ideas for your own website, I have collected 200 various portfolios of graphics designers, developers, writers, and other digital creatives.

This is a massive showcase gallery full of design inspiration for unique portfolio layouts. Mathew Helme. 20 Ways to Motivate Yourself. How Metrics Can Make You A Better Designer - Smashing UX Design. Advertisement Metrics can be a touchy subject in design. When I say things like, “Designers should embrace A/B testing” or “Metrics can improve design,” I often hear concerns. Many designers tell me they feel that metrics displace creativity or create a paint-by-numbers scenario. Ten Productivity Tips To Increase Your Work Day. Managing your time and staying productive is a skill many designers and developers struggle with, sometimes it feels like there is not enough hours in the day to work on all the ideas that pop into your head throughout the day.

Planning your day and setting out work priorities is a skill that will increase your productivity and efficiency reducing your daily work hours. I noted down ten of my productivity tips to help you, I would be very interested to hear your productivity tips so leave a comment and I will add them to the list. 1) Organize the structure of your day I find when I organize my day into set tasks it allows me to focus my all my energy into the set task in hand, it sounds obvious but when I do not do this my focus is often spent thinking about other tasks I need to do whilst I should be focusing on the current job I am working on.

I find by doing this I can get these tasks done in half the time as I am more focused and not distracted. 2) Check emails at set times 4) Take note. The Keys to your creative career. Being in the creative field is often times a challenge; for designers, developers, copywriters, photographers and anything in-between. What Clients Look for in a Designer. With the increasing number of businesses these days, there is also an increased demand for designers who will make logos, billboards, magazines and others for them. These things are valuable for the success of a business whether it is online or offline. Hence, there are always available jobs for designers worldwide. These days, there are hundreds of designers online who apply for jobs every day.

Some had been in the field for a long time while others are just new in the industry. Tips in Designing a Great Brochure. Brochures or pamphlets are types of leaflet that is seen in racks or stands featuring various information. It is frequently used to give information to tourist, to advertise products, to give health advices and many others.