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How creative freelancers can save some much-needed cash this winter

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As summer is winding down it seems our economy is doing the same, not a good thing for anybody, especially freelance designers. As prices rise and our standard of living falls it's time to take a hard look at what we can do to help ourselves weather...

Outrank Your Competitors Using Keyword Gap Analysis

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to online marketing your goal is to optimize your SEO to outrank your competitors and grow your customer base. The competition in the global marketplace is fierce. In such a down economy we designers need all the help we can get to...

37 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your UI Designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Designing can be a tough business. Let’s face it, being a designer is not for the faint of heart. Being creative day in and day out can take a toll on designers mentally. One day you realize you're in trouble when you're looking at design you have...

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How creative freelancers can save some much-needed cash this winter

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As summer is winding down it seems our economy is doing the same, not a good thing for anybody, especially freelance designers. As prices rise and our standard of living falls it's time to take a hard look at what we can do to help ourselves weather...

Outrank Your Competitors Using Keyword Gap Analysis

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to online marketing your goal is to optimize your SEO to outrank your competitors and grow your customer base. The competition in the global marketplace is fierce. In such a down economy we designers need all the help we can get to...

How creative freelancers can save some much-needed cash this winter

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As summer is winding down it seems our economy is doing the same, not a good thing for anybody, especially freelance designers. As prices rise and our standard of living falls it's time to take a hard look at what we can do to help ourselves weather...

Outrank Your Competitors Using Keyword Gap Analysis

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to online marketing your goal is to optimize your SEO to outrank your competitors and grow your customer base. The competition in the global marketplace is fierce. In such a down economy we designers need all the help we can get to...

37 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your UI Designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Designing can be a tough business. Let’s face it, being a designer is not for the faint of heart. Being creative day in and day out can take a toll on designers mentally. One day you realize you're in trouble when you're looking at design you have...

Rebranding is Expensive. Is it Worth It?

ATICLE SUMMARY: A brand is much more than a logo, It’s color, type, imagery and a whole lot of research. A brand is somebody’s life work, their invention, their message that needs to be communicated to the world. Branding is no small task, and to do it right it is...

What You Can Learn From Older Adults About Accessible Design

ARTICLE SUMMARY: We talk about accessibility a lot. It's the right conversation to have, especially in this digital age that has us all tied together in one form or another. There are guidelines for just about everything online including "accessibility", and that's a...

How To Solve The Right Problems

ARTICLE SUMMARY: I've said it before and I'll say it again, designers are problem solvers, that's what we do. In order to solve the problem we first have to make sure we are solving the right problem, simple, right? Wrong, we need a process that will help us find the...

When people say money is free or expensive, what do they mean?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Money is confusing. Unless you go to school for accounting or to become an economist most people don't know how money works other than we know how to spend or save it. It does not matter what your station in life is or who you are, money is a major...

Design debt is often a hidden killer of consistency. Here’s how to resolve it.

ARTICLE SUMMARY: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're designing, you wake up and realize you are now in design hell with a project that inconsistency has now become a major thorn in your side. With any project that has incredibly tight constraints designers...

A Primer on SEO Techniques: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

ARTICLE SUMMARY: The importance of your website SEO can not be understated. Like most things of great importance it comes with a fair amount of issues and things to think about in order to develop a winning strategy in your quest for the best SEO position possible....

Are you measuring customer value?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: A lot has been said lately about customer value and how important it is to be measuring it. With the over abundance of information sharing and all the data collection going on we need to know how to use all that data and put it to work for us. One of...

How creative freelancers can save some much-needed cash this winter

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As summer is winding down it seems our economy is doing the same, not a good thing for anybody, especially freelance designers. As prices rise and our standard of living falls it's time to take a hard look at what we can do to help ourselves weather...

Outrank Your Competitors Using Keyword Gap Analysis

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to online marketing your goal is to optimize your SEO to outrank your competitors and grow your customer base. The competition in the global marketplace is fierce. In such a down economy we designers need all the help we can get to...

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How creative freelancers can save some much-needed cash this winter

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As summer is winding down it seems our economy is doing the same, not a good thing for anybody, especially freelance designers. As prices rise and our standard of living falls it's time to take a hard look at what we can do to help ourselves weather...

When people say money is free or expensive, what do they mean?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Money is confusing. Unless you go to school for accounting or to become an economist most people don't know how money works other than we know how to spend or save it. It does not matter what your station in life is or who you are, money is a major...

Design debt is often a hidden killer of consistency. Here’s how to resolve it.

ARTICLE SUMMARY: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're designing, you wake up and realize you are now in design hell with a project that inconsistency has now become a major thorn in your side. With any project that has incredibly tight constraints designers...

100 Things a UX/UI Designer Should Know

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Architect Michael Sorkin recently died from coronavirus, and in a tribute to his beautiful piece "250 Things an Architect should know" Erik D. Kennedy has compiled a list of "100 Thinks a UX/UI Designer Should Know". This is a great list to have...

The 7 Must Haves To Make That Homepage More Interesting

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to web design the importance of the homepage can not be understated. As the designer there is a lot of pressure on you to get the homepage right the first time, there is a lot riding on what you create. "The 7 Must Haves To Make That...

What is Flat Design and How to Use It: A Complete Guide

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In the early 2010s a new user interface (UI) design trend came on the scene: flat design. It was sleek, modern, and minimalist. It was new, bold and exciting. Something that design was in need of. Before flat...

How creative freelancers can save some much-needed cash this winter

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As summer is winding down it seems our economy is doing the same, not a good thing for anybody, especially freelance designers. As prices rise and our standard of living falls it's time to take a hard look at what we can do to help ourselves weather...

When people say money is free or expensive, what do they mean?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Money is confusing. Unless you go to school for accounting or to become an economist most people don't know how money works other than we know how to spend or save it. It does not matter what your station in life is or who you are, money is a major...

What Is Typography, And Why Is It Important? A Beginner’s Guide

ARTICLE SUMMARY: There are not many things that are NOT affected by typography in the world of design, but, our phones, books, street signs, websites and darn near everything else is. Reading is such a part of everyday life that the only time you actually realize...

Identifying Fonts: the Complete Guide

ARTICLE SuMMARY: There is no dispute, one of the top concerns in design is typography. When it comes to typography the choices made can either make or break your project. One of the problems with type is the amount of fonts that are out there, and let's face it,...

Learn the logic of great typography

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Every so often you come across something that is educational. Every so often you come across something that is fun. And on rare occasions you come across something that is both educational and fun, this is both. Design Hacks has posted "Learn the...

Test Your Digital Literacy with ‘The FBI Guide to Internet Slang’

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Governments and people love acronyms, it is the shorthand of the internet and since the birth of the internet the amount of them are substantial, and somehow still growing. It seems the accumulation of shorthand like “LOL” and “OMG” will never stop...

Outrank Your Competitors Using Keyword Gap Analysis

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to online marketing your goal is to optimize your SEO to outrank your competitors and grow your customer base. The competition in the global marketplace is fierce. In such a down economy we designers need all the help we can get to...

Rebranding is Expensive. Is it Worth It?

ATICLE SUMMARY: A brand is much more than a logo, It’s color, type, imagery and a whole lot of research. A brand is somebody’s life work, their invention, their message that needs to be communicated to the world. Branding is no small task, and to do it right it is...

When people say money is free or expensive, what do they mean?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Money is confusing. Unless you go to school for accounting or to become an economist most people don't know how money works other than we know how to spend or save it. It does not matter what your station in life is or who you are, money is a major...

A Primer on SEO Techniques: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

ARTICLE SUMMARY: The importance of your website SEO can not be understated. Like most things of great importance it comes with a fair amount of issues and things to think about in order to develop a winning strategy in your quest for the best SEO position possible....

Are you measuring customer value?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: A lot has been said lately about customer value and how important it is to be measuring it. With the over abundance of information sharing and all the data collection going on we need to know how to use all that data and put it to work for us. One of...

5 common UI design mistakes to avoid as a beginner

ARTICLE SUMMARY: UI design results are pretty straightforward, good design successful, poor design can send you to the poor house. There is a lot to learn when it comes to design, and the best way to learn is from other designers mistakes. Let's face it, nobody likes...

The Role Of Empathy In User Research and Interaction Design

ARTICLE SUMMARY: There are benefits to designing with empathy in mind. It dramatically increases our chances of meeting user needs and expectations by uncovering deeper insights.  In the 1990s companies realized customer feedback forms were not quite enough to...

10 Ways To Achieve Brand Leadership

ARTICLE SUMMARY: There is more to being a brand leader than meets the eye. There are several ways to distinguish a brand in the global market place, the hard part is deciding how you want to lead your brand and to know why your decision will work. "10 Ways To Achieve...

Brand Leadership Has A Courage Requirement

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As the title implies brand leadership is not for the faint of heart. Brand failure happens when those with insights fail to act on those insights. They refuse or lack the ability to overcome Fear of failureComplacency A chief of manufacturing who...

The Critical Link Between Brands And Feelings

ARICLE SUMMARY: It's amazing the things that people remember about other people, even more amazing is how you remember. When you look back at high school at some of your classmates what do you think, he was my best bud, she was always nice to me, that bunch made my...

Outrank Your Competitors Using Keyword Gap Analysis

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to online marketing your goal is to optimize your SEO to outrank your competitors and grow your customer base. The competition in the global marketplace is fierce. In such a down economy we designers need all the help we can get to...

Rebranding is Expensive. Is it Worth It?

ATICLE SUMMARY: A brand is much more than a logo, It’s color, type, imagery and a whole lot of research. A brand is somebody’s life work, their invention, their message that needs to be communicated to the world. Branding is no small task, and to do it right it is...

When people say money is free or expensive, what do they mean?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Money is confusing. Unless you go to school for accounting or to become an economist most people don't know how money works other than we know how to spend or save it. It does not matter what your station in life is or who you are, money is a major...