Recently we discussed how to find work as a designer, today we’re going to discuss what to do if that search is a little too successful.February 9th, 2010 Posted in Business
Boring paperwork is one of the necessary evils of being a freelance designer.
There’s simply no way around it, if you want to track and manage payments from clients, you’re going to have to setup an invoicing system. It’s not all bad news though; the fun part is that you actually get to design a custom invoice.
Today we’ll walk through designing an invoice from scratch. I’ll be as in-depth as possible and include everything you need to know from the absolute basics to advanced features and even a little design theory.February 6th, 2010 Posted in Business
There is no shortage of companies that follow popular design trends to appeal to a mass market. Much more rare is the breed of company that actually sets design trends. Today we’ll examine the techniques of a company that occupies the top of the design food chain: Apple.
Below you’ll find 15 practical ways to follow Apple’s example in creating beautiful interfaces.February 4th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Marc DeCarli. We hope you enjoy the book and want to thank everyone who entered. We’ll have another competition coming soon!
That’s right, it’s time for another amazing giveaway. Are you excited? I hope so.
Read on to find out how you can win a copy of the the excellent book Five Simple Steps: A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web by Mark Boulton.February 3rd, 2010 Posted in Competitions
A site with fixed-position navigation is one that never allows the user to lose site of the directory links as they scroll.
This simple trick makes for a site that is incredibly easy to navigate and is ideally suited for specific types of content. Below we’ll take a look at both the most common and the most unique uses of fixed navigation in web design.February 2nd, 2010 Posted in Inspiration
So you want to be a freelancer, now what?
Despite the glamorous reputation, freelance design is no walk in the park. It takes an incredible work ethic, significant entrepreneurial prowess, and a little bit of insanity to pull it off effectively. This article will discuss how to effectively make a living as a freelancer (designer or otherwise). Since we are in fact a design blog, I’ll scatter in some well-designed freelancer sites along the way for inspiration.January 31st, 2010 Posted in Business
Tables of information are boring.
In a sense, they’re meant to be that way. A good table communicates a lot of information in a concise, easy to understand way. Because the emphasis really should be on the information, over-designing a table can kill the effectiveness. However, in the right hands, clever design can not only make a table more attractive, but can actually increase readability.
Today we’ll take a look at several ways you can improve the functionality and aesthetics of your tables. One of the most common places we currently find tables online is on a web app’s pricing page so most of our examples will take this form, just keep in mind that these principles can apply to any type of informative grid (whether or not it’s actually a <table>).January 26th, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML, Inspiration, Layouts
Like every good designer, I’m a complete Mac addict.
Ok, that’s probably going to get me into trouble, not every good designer uses a Mac. But honestly, you should. The strong emphasis on beautiful design in Mac apps is hard to overlook and is in fact a necessity for anything that makes its way into my applications folder.
There is a never ending sea of amazing Mac applications available online. Here’s a list 20, undoubtedly incredible apps that will make your life as a designer a lot easier. When possible, I’ve included both high quality professional apps as well as their free alternatives.January 25th, 2010 Posted in Business
E-commerce sites are notoriously busy and overcrowded.
Today we’ll be examining a ton of online stores that break this trend by being both functional and attractive. Each of the examples below has a unique lesson to teach us about good e-commerce design. Let’s get started!January 21st, 2010 Posted in Business, Graphics, Inspiration, Layouts, Reviews
When it comes to winning new clients, “confidence is key.”
Forgive the trite expression, but in this case it couldn’t be more true. Potential clients will judge the quality and professionalism of both you and your work based on their first contact. Screwing this up could mean spending months reshaping that individual’s image of you or even result in losing the client altogether.
Today we’ll go over some tips and techniques you can use to make a positive, lasting first impression with your clients.January 20th, 2010 Posted in Business