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At What Point Does Obsessing Over Design Become a Liability?

Focussing too much on the design of a project can be done to death – or at least to the detriment of a project. We outline a few situations where the process can get in the way.


Why You Should Explain Design Decisions to Your Clients

Have you ever found yourself totally in love with a design mockup you created, only to see your client pick it apart? Even worse is when they advocate for changes…


12 Free Smoke Brush Packs for Adobe Photoshop

Check out our collection of high-resolution and free smoke brush packs for Adobe Photoshop, and download and use them on your next project.


A Quick Guide to Website Photography

The inclusion of a great photo can turn a plain webpage into a visually-appealing one. But not just any old photograph will do. Deciding on the right image is something…


Staying in Touch with What Users Want

As web designers, we build sites for our clients based on our own expertise. And while there are tried-and-true techniques for placing items such as navigation and calls to action,…


The Case for Slowing Down the Design Process

It seems like rushing around in an effort to finish off projects is part of being a freelance designer. Clients have demands and it’s our job to meet them. And,…


The Idea Generation Process of Scribbling on a Napkin

Millions of us around the world eat at restaurants every day with our family, friends, co-workers, clients, parole officers…just kidding. Restaurants serve an important purpose in our lives – a…


Why Gutenberg Has Changed My Opinion of Page Builders

Ever since page building tools hit the market (particularly the WordPress market), I’ve been rather dismissive of them. A big reason why is that they made a bad first impression….


The Personal Process of Choosing the Right Design Tool

Every chef has their favorite tool. Mine happens to be a wooden spoon I’ve had since forever. I call it “Suzie” (because I’m a weirdo). Some people actually keep their…


Balancing Client Needs vs. Your Portfolio

The questions almost sound a bit silly. But, when you book a new project, who exactly are you designing for? Are you looking to satisfy your client or add another…


The Web Design Process Periodic Table [Infographic]

How many times have you had to placate your clients because they want to see their website live, and they want it NOW? Unfortunately too many of us have had…


Does the Computer Negatively Impact the Creative Process?