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Responsive Design 101

It wasn’t too long ago that designers didn’t really need to worry how websites looked on mobile phones and tablets. Phones weren’t yet really practical for web viewing, and before the iPad, tablets were more of a novelty than an essential. Obviously, all that has changed and most tech experts predict that in the next few years, likely sooner rather…

Reasons to Become a Freelancer

For me personally becoming a freelancer was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. Being a freelancer beats all jobs I have had in the past and maybe more that 99% of all potential jobs I could realistically expect to have. And I certainly can’t complain of lack of lucrative offers, even now, when I am off the market…

Footer Design Trends

The humble footer – long ignored by web designers – has become a site of a sudden burst of creative energy in the past few years, as designers realize the flexibility of the footer as more than a mere placeholder for contact and copyright info. Facilitating this change has been a gradual move away from a fold-centric design ethos, which…

CMS: Useful Wins Again

It’s been almost twenty years since the first branded Content Management Systems (CMSs) hit the market. They were an unbearable kluge back then, and didn’t work well; but hey, if you had a bajillion dollars to toss at MarchFirst or any one of hundreds of other pre-dot-bomb era consultancies, you could have a half-baked Web CMS, delivered by a team…

No to the Cookie Law

A newly launched site has dubbed the upcoming EU Cookie Law “ridiculous,” echoing the sentiments of a growing number of voices across the internet. As these protests grow louder, No Cookie Law aims to raise awareness of the EU cookie law and hopefully increase the chance of changes being made. No Cookie Law is the brainchild of the rising advocate…

Which license do you choose for your code?

The Berne Convention dictates that any code you write is automatically copyrighted. However, many programmers prefer to release their code to the public through open-source licenses, which allows their work to be modified and improved upon, even as they retain core rights to the original code. Distributing any work – a piece of code, a software program, or even markup…

Preparing for Disaster as a Freelancer

Imagine waking up one morning, booting up your system and realizing that your hard drive is dead. Or maybe you returned from vacation to see that your office has been flooded. These scenarios would be difficult for anyone. But, for a freelance designer, it could put you out of business.  That’s why you need to be prepared for the worst….

To Revamp or Not to Revamp?

I guess everybody can think of site revamps that went terribly wrong and of revamps that really improved a site. However, when you discuss somebody else’s site it is much easier than when you need to decide if your own site needs a revamp. There are times when you need to revamp your site and times when it is best…

The Usability of Resume Design

When we think resume design, “usability” typically isn’t one of the first things to spring to mind. An art director seeking a new position might create an 8-point typographic masterpiece that, while beautiful as a design, is not the best read of information. A developer may hammer out an exhaustive, experience-documenting, 4-page all-serif Word doc. While the ultimate opportunity you’re…