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...]

WordPress Premium Portfolio Themes for Sophisticated Freelancers

I know a lot of freelancers who have put up very simple websites for their own portfolio. These are often plain white or black layouts with some links out to their Dribbble, Behance, Twitter, and other social networks. When you are just getting started this makes sense but why leave out so much information? There are plenty of great themes you can work with to get a WordPress-based portfolio running online … [Read more...]

Massive Discounts on Stock Photos

As freelancers, we need a constant stream of quality resources to help our work. Our friends at MightyDeals are currently featuring a great deal for stock photos which we think you will love. If you don't know about Depositphotos yet, it has become the fastest-growing microstock agency with a collection of more than 8 million images. They work with the best contributors, including Yuri Arcurs, Andres … [Read more...]

Plan a Marketing Strategy for your Freelance Career

Going the freelance route can be quite an exhilarating process. You drop the 9-to-5 workday in exchange for a whole lot more freedom and independence. But with this job track also comes the burden of management. Personal branding and marketing is a big part of growing your own freelance business. You need to get your name out there into the world and hopefully reel in a few clients. It can be difficult, but I … [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...]

Why Bear Grylls Would Make a Better Designer Than You

Bear Grylls, the star of the hit show Man vs. Wild, defines what every man really wants to be. For the frequent rock dwellers who don’t know Bear or haven’t been able to catch Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel, picture a man that you could drop out of a plane anywhere on the planet (literally anywhere) and he would survive. Now picture that man waiting for you when you got back to the airport, … [Read more...]

Can You Teach Yourself Web Design?

I recently received an email from someone who was interested in becoming a web designer. They wanted to know if they should go to school for it, or if it is possible to learn on your own. My answer, in short, was "Yes."  I am a completely self-taught web and graphic designer, so I know that it is possible to actually succeed in freelance web design from such humble roots. However, it has been quite an uphill … [Read more...]