Posts made in September, 2011

The First Priority of Every Web Designer!

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The First Priority of Every Web Designer!

Here is what most web designers think their first priorities are. 1. Having a kick-butt computer 2. Having every possible graphic and web development program 3. Creating THE best portfolio ever 4. Getting lots of traffic to their website 5. Setting up a good office space 6. Learning every possible cutting edge Photoshop or jQuery trick 7. Being the first ever to do ___________ in HTML5 and CSS3 And so on and so forth… So, which do you think is the right answer?  What is most important? The correct answer is… none of the above.  They are all dead wrong.  You can have a mediocre...

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Six Steps To Website Troubleshooting Bliss

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Six Steps To Website Troubleshooting Bliss

The life of any web designer or developer is a life of troubleshooting.  It is a daily struggle to wrestle CSS, Javascript, PHP or Ruby into submission.  Sharpening your troubleshooting skills is a sure way to reduce your frustration, increase the quality of your work, decrease turnover time and improve your overall quality of life! Troubleshooting and debugging a website is one of my strengths, and as such, much of this came naturally to me.  It wasn’t until I started training new web designers that I realized it wasn’t obvious to everyone. Here I have tried to take the steps that I...

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Web Design Projects Gone Wild: The Importance of Project Definition

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Web Design Projects Gone Wild: The Importance of Project Definition

Yesterday I had lunch with one of my best friends and all around stand-up guy, who also happens to be a web designer.  Like the complete geeks that we are, we spent the entire lunch discussing web design, a possible JV project, common pain points etc., but most of the conversation revolved around the difficulties with project definition and scope creep. I spend most of my days talking and working with web designers and developers, and  hands down this is THE most common problem that I hear across the board.  With that in mind, I thought the topic of defining the scope of a project would be...

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How to Work With Uncreative Customers

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How to Work With Uncreative Customers

It can be a catch-22 to work with uncreative customers.  They are the clients who need our help the most, yet they are often the hardest clients for us to help.  If you find the one in 20 clients who really is ready and willing to trust your recommendations and not second guess everything you suggest, then they can be great.  Usually, whatever you make looks amazing to them. However, the majority of clients with no imagination or creative sense, which let’s face it, is a substantial amount of clients in general, usually have some vague idea of what they want — yet defining it can...

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