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Contributed by Perth-based verbal designer and brand architect Bernadette Jiwa . You help people to tell their brand stories every day. Designers give people a visual language with which to communicate to their audience.
When you're trying to set a fair price for a Web design project, there are a number of factors you need to keep in mind in order to get the client to agree to the price.
We all know the importance of fact-finding before starting any web design project.
In our recent study on Typographic Design Patterns and Best Practices , we asked our readers about case studies they would like us to conduct. One of the most popular suggestions was a detailed case study of portfolio websites. Following the requests of our readers, we have carefully selected 55 design agencies and Web development agencies, analyzed their porfolio websites and identified popular design patterns. The main goal of the study was to provide freelancers and design agencies with useful pointers for designing their own portfolio. We have brainstormed on the most important design issues and asked designers across the globe what design decisions they often have to make when designing a portfolio website.
You’d like to improve the link popularity of your site. Or maybe to keep track on the latest web buzz. It would be nice to inform your readers about it the minute the news occured. Or maybe you just want to monitor the activities of your users and be able to find the best topics they might be interested in – quickly and efficiently. In these cases tracking tools can be extremely useful and improve your search enormously.
Running an e-commerce website is a never-ending task , from trying to squeeze that extra bit of conversion rate out of the check-out page to figuring out which referrers give you the best traffic. There’s also a plethora of tools out there to help you achieve your goals. But which ones do what, and why should you use some of them?
Content strategy is a beast with many heads, names and trajectories.
The thing that makes navigation difficult to work with in Web design is that it can be so versatile.
Why wouldn’t you want to make some money on the side while you’re building your freelance business? Got your attention yet?
Editor’s Note : Last Friday, we published an article on the Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design written by Amy Balliett which raised quite a discussion within the design community.
Productivity is a crucial asset of professional Web designers and developers.
Whether you bill clients hourly or on a per project basis, a necessary step of all projects is estimating the time it will take. Not only does the client want to have an idea of how much money they will be spending, but they also need to plan around an estimated timeline. And you need to be able to ensure you have the time and resources necessary to complete the project.
Becoming a freelance web designer is a common dream among many designers, although it takes quite a bit of talent, business savvy, committment, and time. With all there is to consider when becoming self-employed, one can become overwhelmed — enough to deter themselves from trying at all. Realizing many Smashing readers probably already have a head-start into the world of professional and freelance web design, this post is meant to act as not only a step-by-step guide, but also as a checklist for those who have already started their career .
As many people who work in a creative field like design and development may already know, sometimes our clients just do not understand what it is that we are trying to achieve.
I read somewhere that showing your client the full range of your creative ideas during a project is important, the rationale being that the client is entitled to see the ideas coming from the creative professional who they have hired and invested in. While this approach has some benefits, in some cases showing too many ideas is counter-productive to the natural flow of a project. Proof of how imaginative you are can be shown in other ways. Spoilt For Choice Scenario 1