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A History Lesson on the Rise and Fall of Adobe Flash

The long history of Flash has proven to be an interesting journey. Mostly all Internet users are familiar with the Flash Player plugin which, along with Adobe Reader, is constantly pushing updates. Flash is the original multimedia platform for the web which spans all the way back into the 1990s. But where has Adobe brought Flash into the present day?…

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This clearly isn’t an Infographic…

We are well and truly in the age of the online infographic. Or are we? These colourful ‘data visualizations’ of information have flooded the internet in numbers; however, there’s many of them which just aren’t up to scratch. So, what makes an infographic an infographic? The original definition basically means the visualization of data. Over the years, though, that idea…

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Browser Wars 2.0: Bring it on!

The internet has witnessed umpteen developments in the evolution of social/professional networking, online gaming & entertainment, and e-commerce, but none matches the sheer scale, speed and impact of those in the browser arena. Whether or not you are an avid online networker, gamer or buyer, if you use the internet, you are inevitably affected by the browser wars. And, no…

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You (the Designer) and I (the Client), We Make a Team

It takes more than compelling content and intelligent coding to produce a great website. A successful relationship between a designer and a client is, perhaps, just as imperative. Take a look through your portfolio. Are there any projects in there that you weren’t quite happy with? If so, think back to your relationship with that client. Were both parties on…

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The Truth about Web Design

As a freelance web professional, designing websites is your livelihood and in some cases, your life. Your ability to create a website that does everything but make and pour coffee is commendable, but the sad truth is that other than yourself and other web designers, nobody cares about the design at all. What they care about is what it can…

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5 Essential Books for Learning to Read Code

Knowing how to read code is one of the founding pillars of programming. While writing and practice are intrinsic to learning any programming language, much can be gained from reading the code written by other, better programmers. Just as a reading of Tolstoy, Twain and Austen is essential to the education of any serious writer (with even a book devoted…

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What Bad Designers Know That You Don’t

Ever feel like you’re getting passed over constantly for new and exciting work by other designers who aren’t quite as, well, good as you are? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – and you’re not a bitter jerk for having those thoughts. It’s something that most designers will face at some point in their career, especially as they improve their skills…

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Useful Tips To Get New Web Design Clients

Many freelancers begin their careers without a formal marketing plan for their web design business. The truth is that sales and marketing is a crucial part of all businesses, and that is why your clients hire you. Today’s business owners know a great website is an important part of their marketing toolkit, and since this is your career you should…