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How To Spend Less Time With Social Media

August 17th, 2011
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How To Spend Less Time With Social Media

With Google+ hitting the scene, many in the design and development communities have had their productivity schedules thrown up in the air. This latest development in the social media networking waters has caused many to once more, begin losing themselves and their time to that old familiar interloper. So we have had...

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How To Sell Your Designs Without The Sales Pitch

July 21st, 2011
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How To Sell Your Designs Without The Sales Pitch

Let’s face it: sales make the world go round. But as a Web designer, you’re concerned more with fonts, color, hierarchy and images than with the sales process. Some believe that designs sell themselves; while this may be true for a few designers, it is certainly not the case for most.

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How to Grow as a Designer or Developer

June 22nd, 2011
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How to Grow as a Designer or Developer

For many of us in the design and development communities, when we first begin down this path, we tend to go in hungry searches for knowledge and like a sponge we soak up all we can find. However, at times we can come to a plateau where we comfortably set up our...

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Distraction Management: How To NOT Procrastinate or Get Distracted

May 20th, 2011
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Distraction Management: How To NOT Procrastinate or Get Distracted

Whenever we are working on a design, facing a deadline, it is of the utmost importance that we stay on track and power through til the end. Doing whatever is necessary to keep us walking with progress over stalling with digression.

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When You Freelance, How Do You Know You’ve Been Fired?

March 24th, 2011
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When You Freelance, How Do You Know You’ve Been Fired?

It’s easy to figure out you’ve been fired from a staff position. Either your boss or a human resources person has told you to your face, you are met at your desk and walked out, or security guards drag you out, one on each arm and leg. The hints are...

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How to Say ‘No’ to Other Designers and Developers

March 8th, 2011
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How to Say ‘No’ to Other Designers and Developers

We recently did a post on how to tell your clients “No” which broke down the multiple considerations that need to be weighed when you are approaching this ground under these varied circumstances. Along with this handy online flowchart, Should I Work For Free? has you pretty well covered on that end. Now we bring you the other side of that coin: how to...

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The Art of Saying “No”

February 22nd, 2011
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The Art of Saying “No”

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For the most part, working in the design and development communities can often leave you feeling like somewhat of a ‘Yes’ person. That person who stands behind the client, nodding in agreement and understanding as the path to the project unfolds before you. For in this business, it pays to wear this agreeable hat. It helps the client...

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Tips and Tricks On How To Become a Presentation Ninja

February 9th, 2011
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Tips and Tricks On How To Become a Presentation Ninja

Making a great presentation is not easy. It’s something that requires hard work, thought and practice. And did I mention practice? As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect!” So in other words: You won’t turn into Steve Jobs over night from reading this article. He has developed his amazing presentation skills over years and years of practice.

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The Price is Right: Breaking Down the Design Process

February 3rd, 2011
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The Price is Right: Breaking Down the Design Process

Like with most creative fields, there are those who operate outside them who do not necessarily understand all of the time and energy that goes into the design process, and as a result, they tend to undervalue our contributions and imaginative creations. The design community is not at all immune to this treatment as we regularly come across a client or potential client who...

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There is no ‘I’ in Team: The Basics of Teamwork

January 14th, 2011
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There is no ‘I’ in Team: The Basics of Teamwork

In the expansive and dynamic field of web design and development, there are often times when we find ourselves working as part of a team, rather than on a more isolated, lone wolf kind of project. So when we find ourselves playing under these circumstances, then we need to be at our best to ensure that we are in fact being a good team...

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Are Male and Female Designers Designed Differently?

December 9th, 2010
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Are Male and Female Designers Designed Differently?

After as far as we have come in equality of the sexes, it is still almost impossible to work with men/women. They are so strange and just don’t do things the way they should be done. They are moody, grumpy, too familiar, emotional, threatening and just plain men/women! Add the popular notion that all humans have these odd traits when interacting with other humans...

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Organizing Your Design Inspirations

December 7th, 2010
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Organizing Your Design Inspirations

Virtually every creative out there turns to designs and images created by others to get inspired now and then. Whether you use web design galleries or other sources of visual inspiration, you’ve probably had times when you’ve felt like you’re spending too much time looking for inspiration and not enough time actually using that inspiration.

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Freelancing Tools: Key Ideas to Better Time Management

November 25th, 2010
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Freelancing Tools: Key Ideas to Better Time Management

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The modern freelancer has a platter of tasks and responsibilities dumped onto their head every day. The masses assume the work-from-home lifestyle to be a refreshing break from the corporate office, though at times we see this is not the case. Freelancing shifts most power into the hands of designers...

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Tips for Fighting Freelance Burnout

November 24th, 2010
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Tips for Fighting Freelance Burnout

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Freelancers are somewhat of a singular breed according to some of the outside perceptions held about us. We hear it all the time from friends and family, even at times from near strangers, that they could never work for themselves from home and actually be productive. Without some predetermined...