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Generalizing Your Skills Will Never Make You a Design Specialist

I’m going to talk about something controversial today. Everyone strap in and brace yourselves. Design freelancers like to encourage newbies entering the industry to learn as many skills as they can to make themselves attractive as a job candidate. This is well-meaning advice that undoubtedly comes from a good place. But generally speaking, these ‘generalists’ who try to design, code,…

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Designing for Readability

Due to the rise of web fonts and the big improvements in display technology we should all take a short break. Yes, it’s you I am talking to. Designers, developers, actually anybody building stuff for screens. Mobile as well as desktop. We nearly missed the moment that it happened. We now (yes, now!) have the control and quality at our…

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Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer

Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer has been written to help both those who are thinking of a freelance career and those who already have one. It’s a collection of easy-to-understand concepts and honest advice. Everything you read in the book comes directly from my 14+ years of experience as a freelance designer/developer. Frankly, when I started my…

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The Impact of Simple Design

Simple design isn’t the act of removing design elements until something ‘looks’ pretty. It definitely isn’t dumbing down a product until the complex elements no longer clutter the interface. To create a truly simple design, whether it’s a product, webpage, or interface, takes more work than to create something that isn’t found as simple. What is Simple? To begin, we…

50 Clean and Modern Ecommerce Sites

Smaller ecommerce sites have the luxury of not having to follow the pre-defined design styles that many larger corporate stores need to use. They really don’t need to have a content-heavy landing page, a mega-menu with hundreds of categories, or even a section for suggested or alternative products. All smaller stores need for their prized products is a great designer…

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The Difference Between Visual Art and Graphic Design

The fine line that separates visual art and graphic design is something that’s been debated for a very long time. While both artists and designers compose visuals and have a shared toolkit and knowledge base, there’s a distinct difference between the two. Pinpointing exactly what the difference is, that’s where things gets tricky. [Image Source] Many designers would consider themselves…

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Should You Write An Ebook?

Gone are the days when publishing houses were the gate keepers of the book industry. We are in the midst of a revolution. The book industry is being turned upside down. If you have a message to convey to the world, the time has never been better to do so. The Internet has provided everybody with a stage and a…