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The 5 Most Common UX Mistakes

Many companies are heads-down in their product development process. It makes sense — building a great product takes not only hard work, but collaboration across teams, especially in larger organizations. Sometimes, companies make mistakes when building their products, especially when it comes to user experience. Here are a few UX mistakes we commonly see: 5 Common UX Mistakes Cram That…

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User Experience Trends for Admin Dashboards

The design techniques for admin dashboards are not as openly shared as website layouts. This is because you do not always find examples of admin designs open on the web. To gain access you would need a user/password combo, so designers are often left building with trends found in other examples. But the dashboard interface has grown very quickly as…

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The freelance pricing trap and how to get out of it

Freelancing is riddled with challenges. First, freelancers are left to figure out how to land new clients. They have to cold call potential leads, effectively display their portfolio, and expertly request for referrals to keep a steady stream of work coming in. Once that’s taken care of, they have to manage their time and their projects to get everything finished…

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Designers & developers, why can we not just get along?

Here’s a question that has been talked about many times, usually resulting in both sides coming away feeling angry and misunderstood. Why can’t developers and designers get along? Now, obviously this isn’t always the case, there are many examples of programmers and designers working together to create beautiful products. As a web designer and entrepreneur I work with programmers quite…

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Team Collaboration for Building with Open Source Code

Working together with other developers is the quickest and most efficient way to master backend programming. The art of developing websites in PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python, or any other language will take time and lots of practice. But studying with open source code provides the benefits of understanding common structures for setting templates, frameworks, databases, and other features. In…

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Streamlining The Front End Development Process With The Gumby Framework

Last month Digital Surgeons launched the latest version of their responsive front-end system, the Gumby Framework. Gumby 2 is a complete re-imagination of its version 1 counterpart. It adds a ton of new features and has been rewritten in Sass to allow for easier customization and maintainability. Many of it’s new features are incredibly helpful in streamlining the front-end development…

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Websites That Inspired a Generation

The period at the end of the last millenium was a heady mix of political change, economic optimism and for those working in the digital industries the phonemenon that was the dot.com boom and subsequent bust. I was very lucky to land my first job as a web designer during this time – armed with a working if basic knowledge…

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Designing for Drupal

In a perfect world, it wouldn’t matter to a designer what content management system a site uses. But for most of us, projects are actually a combination of design and site building. It’s with this last bit that things get tricky. Each content management system that we work with requires a significant investment of time to gain the expertise required…