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30 Tips to Learn Web Design in 30 Days

Business / 14 Jan 2022

30 Tips to Learn Web Design in 30 Days

Is learning the basics of web design still on your “someday” list? Why haven’t you got started yet? We’ve put together 30 tips and resources to help you start learning web design this month (and maybe even find yourself a new career path!)

Graphic designers, print designers, and creatives looking to learn something new or break into website need to quit procrastinating. Every day that you don’t take that first step leaves you one day further behind everyone else!

Follow these steps to begin learning how to create your first website, industry best practices, and much more—all in 30 days!

7 Tips for Automating Tasks as a Web Designer

Business / 13 Jan 2022

7 Tips for Automating Tasks as a Web Designer

You’ve heard the axiom “work smarter, not harder.” Automated tasks are the trick to taking some of the time-consuming elements out of web design so that you can do exactly that.

Automated tasks can include a variety of actions and elements. We’ll look at seven automated tasks here that will make your life a lot easier.

While all of these are particularly well suited to web designers, they’re also helpful tips for automating any aspect of your work (or personal!) live where you’d like to save a bit of time.

How to Design Social Proof (Without Social Media)

Business / 27 Dec 2021

How to Design Social Proof (Without Social Media)

Recommendations from friends and family can be one of the most reliable sources of information when you are looking to try something, make a purchase, or enroll in a new service. Whether you are doing it subconsciously because of your peer group or you are seeking out information, what people around you do can influence decision-making.

It’s also true online. An element of social proof can help turn a website browser into a lead conversion or buyer.

But you have to design it. Here’s a guide that will help you navigate different ways to design social proof.

Global Supply Chains and Design Considerations

Business / 29 Nov 2021

Global Supply Chains and Design Considerations

All the shortages and supply chain issues being faced by other industries are beginning to impact designers in a number of ways as well.

From paper shortages to out-of-stock graphics cards, to unstockable e-commerce, almost every designer is having to think about ways to design around (and through) global supply chain problems.

Whether or not these are affecting you yet, it makes sense to understand the situation and plan to get ahead.

Here’s a look at some of the issues popping up and ways to help mitigate the problems as best you can.

15 Tips for Boosting Your Local, Online Presence

Business / 22 Nov 2021

15 Tips for Boosting Your Local, Online Presence

Looking for more foot traffic in your local business? It might start online.

By boosting your local, online presence you can help more people find your shop, restaurant, studio, or office. Think about it, most visitors start with search engines when they are looking for a product or service. That includes local, especially if they are looking for directions to your business or an email address or phone number.

There are a few things you can do to help more people get access to your company when they are browsing online. Most of these are fairly easy steps that can help you connect with more potential customers online before they visit your local business.

How to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer in 2022: A 10 Step Plan

Business / 9 Nov 2021

How to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer in 2022: A 10 Step Plan

Do you have dreams of ditching your day job and becoming a full-time freelance graphic designer? Start putting your plan in motion.

Most freelancers start with graphic design as a side hustle, but with determination, business planning, and a solid work ethic, you can build as much business as you want to create a sustainable career.

Here are 10 steps to help you get started.

Trust me, I’ve tested them all in my decade as a freelancer!

Are QR Codes Making a Comeback? (+ How to Use Them Well)

Business / 14 Oct 2021

Are QR Codes Making a Comeback? (+ How to Use Them Well)

QR codes – once dead by all practical standards – are back in a major way. The little block of squares that link your mobile device to a website has become the new norm in the (post) pandemic world of “contactless” everything. Scan and buy. Scan and sign up. Scan to pay now.

So, what do you need to know to use QR codes well now that users are more readily accepting this web technology?

Let’s dive back into QR codes.

Conceptual Design: The Tool You Need to Ideate Like a Pro

Business / 4 Oct 2021

Conceptual Design: The Tool You Need to Ideate Like a Pro

How does the design process start for you? If you want to take ideation and creation to another level, conceptual design may be the place to start.

Conceptual design can actually help you better design an idea so that when you start the process of creation, it is more developed and functional. It’s a great starting point for any project, and can help you lay a solid foundation on which to build.

Here, we’ll walk through conceptual design and how you can use it to ideate and create more effectively.

What Is Universal Design? Everything You Need to Know

Business / 23 Sep 2021

What Is Universal Design? Everything You Need to Know

Universal Design is not new, but the conversations around it are reinvigorated in an effort to create more accessible and equitable design projects.

The concept isn’t specific to websites or printed creative work, it extends to every field of design.

Universal design is rooted in a set of core principles that – when used as a foundation for creative work – can help you design in a way that helps minimize the need for assistive technology and makes products more usable by everyone, not just people with disabilities.

Breaking Down the Costs of a New Website: Tips & Rules

Business / 7 Sep 2021

Breaking Down the Costs of a New Website: Tips & Rules

It’s a common question: What does a new website cost?

It might be for a new brand or company that’s never had a website before or for an existing organization looking for a website design refresh. And the answer is a bit complicated.

It all depends on the path you want to take and your timeline for getting a new website online. Here, we’re going to break down the options available to you and the costs associated with a new website.

Plus, a few tips and rules to follow as you begin the process.

How to Revamp Your Video Strategy for 2022

Business / 7 Jul 2021

How to Revamp Your Video Strategy for 2022

It can be hard to keep up with the latest trends in video marketing. Formats, apps, devices, platforms, and their features have moved lightyears ahead of where they were even a year or two ago. Sometimes it feels like the one thing that’s remained constant is the fact that including video as part of your strategy to increase your audience is crucial for every marketer. Video on mobile, laptop and tablet is only increasing year-on-year.

“The consumption of online video is growing rapidly,” asserts Jonathan Barnard, Head of Forecasting at the Zenith agency, “and the average person will spend half as much time viewing online video as they spend viewing conventional television this year.”

He may very well be right. And if he is, it means you’ll need to take a hard look at what your video strategy is, and consider giving it a major reboot, to ensure you’re getting the optimal chunk of viewers possible.

How Do You List Freelance Work on Your Resume? (We Have the Answer)

CV & Resume Templates / 16 Jun 2021

How Do You List Freelance Work on Your Resume? (We Have the Answer)

Congratulations, your freelance business is proving successful. But how do you handle talking about it or explaining freelance work to potential employers, or on your resume? It can be a hard subject to explain as a single entry on paper, and you don’t want freelance work to look like an employment gap.

There are some things you can do to on paper (and on LinkedIn) to help present freelance work in a way that is more understandable to others. The key for many freelancers – especially those working part-time – is remembering to include freelance work as part of your resume and design portfolio. Sometimes those jobs can be just the thing you need to help land the next big gig!