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10 Signs You Need to Expand Your Team (and How to Do It)

10 Signs You Need to Expand Your Team (and How to Do It)

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
25 Beautifully Designed Web Agency Sites

25 Beautifully Designed Web Agency Sites

Getting noticed in an industry as competitive and overcrowded as web design is no mean feat. In order to stand out, first impressions need to be both targeted and executed to perfection.

To provide an insight into how it should be done, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of the most beautifully designed web agency sites. These amazing sites all have that “wow factor”, displaying cutting edge design alongside marketing savoir-faire. They are conscious of their target clientele, whether it’s large corporations or personal clients, presenting an understanding of their needs.

February 8th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
Creating a Well Designed Invoice: Step-by-Step

Creating a Well Designed Invoice: Step-by-Step

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
A Smashing Review of the Smashing Book

A Smashing Review of the Smashing Book

When Smashing Magazine first announced the release of their book, I have to confess that I was slightly sceptical. I enjoy their blog regularly, but didn’t really see how the concept would carry across to a book – or what topics it would cover.

I’ve spent a few hours reading through my review copy over the past week, and have been pleasantly surprised. Sven and Vitaly have managed to bring several talented writers on board to help put together a thoroughly interesting read.

This review will walk you through the book’s contents, and outline a few of the chapters I particularly enjoyed!

February 5th, 2010 Posted in Reviews
15 Design Tips to Learn From Apple

15 Design Tips to Learn From Apple

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
Winner Announced: Win a Copy of Five Simple Steps

Winner Announced: Win a Copy of Five Simple Steps

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
20+ Examples of Fantastic Fixed-Position Navigation

20+ Examples of Fantastic Fixed-Position Navigation

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
How to Make Money as a Freelance Designer

How to Make Money as a Freelance Designer

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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
In Depth With Adii: The Growth of a Rockstar

In Depth With Adii: The Growth of a Rockstar

Today we’re starting a new series of interviews, in which we’ll have an in-depth and fascinating conversion with various industry leading figures. We’re kicking things off with Adii Rockstar, a WordPress guru and the man behind WooThemes.

We’ll be discussing Adii’s early days as a designer, the rise and growth of WooThemes, a standard working day, his favourite hardware and software, and a number of new projects he’s beginning to get involved with this year.

January 28th, 2010 Posted in Interviews
15 Tips for Designing Terrific Tables

15 Tips for Designing Terrific Tables

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
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