Launch Your Web Design Business

I know starting your web design business can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and changes in the industry come constantly. For over 10 years I have been helping web designers build their skill set and even launch their businesses. During that time, we have fine tuned our training to not only give beginning web designers the tools for success, but even better, we give you the edge on the … [Read more...]

How to Grow your Freelance Business with Shopify

Ben Crudo set up Ben Crudo Consulting Inc. in 2011. Within six months of starting his business, he already had the momentum to create enough work for a small team and was able to take on three full­time members. He's now looking for a fourth. Their speed of growth is impressive, so it might surprise you to learn that a massive ninety per cent ($100,000­ - 150,000 worth of sales) of their business comes via … [Read more...]

20% Off Zen Textures Complete Collection!

We're feeling festive today with the holidays coming. Because we are in the giving spirit we are offering $5 off of the Zen Textures Collection for the holidays. Simply enter code 5off at checkout to redeem your discount. You will receive 430 instant download high quality textures for $24! . $29 was already a deal! Don't miss out on this limited time offer. Get the Deal! … [Read more...]

10 New Guidelines for Web Designers for 2012

Web design has become a profitable niche for freelancers in the last few years, especially with the popularity of the WordPress platform. Tech blogs, e-commerce sites and general information sites all prefer to have a custom-designed blog to help sell their offerings worldwide. To capitalize on the earning potential of web design industry there has been surge in the number of custom service web design … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Get Web Content from Your Client on Time

It’s an all-too-common problem we designers face. You’ve laid out the brochure, or built the website, set up the database and integrated your CMS of choice, but you’re still faced with page after page of “Lorem ipsum…” where the client’s copy should be. This then impacts on your next project, since when the copy eventually does show up, you need to revisit a job you should have put to bed weeks ago. In … [Read more...]

6 Things to Do Before Sending a Site Design to a Developer

As web designers, sometimes it is far too easy to look at a completed design and think it is ready for production. But any developer will tell you that bringing a design to life in code takes more than just a pretty design. To expedite the coding process and ensure the product more closely reflects the design, make sure you do these six things before handing off your next design and your developer will love you … [Read more...]

Web Design Basics You May Have Forgotten

In the aftermath of the latest Panda update, the Google team has encouraged webmasters to focus on user experience rather than algorithms. As the battle for rankings in Google's search results is growing, many web designers are losing focus on the essence of being a designer. The path to achieving a design that would express beauty is now being put in second place to the path to good search engine … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Right Colors for Your (Personal) Brand

As a freelancer, your business image isn't just a reflection of your work, it's a statement of your personal identity. With every project you complete, a portion of your personal design beliefs, creative insights and unique identity is woven into the results. These ties should be reflected in the freelance identity portrayed to your clients. As such, when creating an identity for your freelance business, care … [Read more...]

8 Web Development Mistakes that Make Any Site Look Bad

Whether you're a developer, a designer or just an entrepreneur, a professional website is nearly impossible to do business without. While most people spend endless amounts of time to get the design of the site just right, most people don't even pay attention to what's behind that design. Unfortunately no matter how awesome your website looks in the front-end, bad development can ruin your visitors' experience … [Read more...]

15 Useful Google Chrome Extensions for Web Designers and Developers

I have only recently made the switch to using Google Chrome as my default browser, and at the same time I began using it for working on my freelance web design and development projects. Although I still find myself wandering back to Firefox every now and then because of my dependency on the Firebug extension that Chrome has yet to completely duplicate, I am thoroughly satisfied with the Chrome browser's speed, … [Read more...]