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How to Re-brand a website.

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Featured, Marketing, Web Design | 1 comment

How to Re-brand a website.

Re-branding is a serious and risky proposition with the sober possibility of killing your brand overall or reaping a big pay off.  In this article I will discuss why and how I went about re-branding. For the past year or so I have wanted to re-brand and re-design this site for a couple of reasons. First, the design is dated and not actually mine to begin with, it is a theme from Elegant themes that I have customized, but I have wanted to make something a little more personalized and simple to reflect my design tastes. Second, I want to...

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Good Habits of Great Web Designers

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Featured, MIndSet, Tips, Web Design | 1 comment

Good Habits of Great Web Designers

What habits should a web designer have? In my last two posts, I talked first about meta-habits, or how to create habits, and then about what bad habits to avoid, but I have yet to talk about what good habits web designers should have. In my post about meta-habits, the last meta-habit that I mention are identity habits. Developing identity habits means identifying the habits of the type of person that you want to become and adopting them as if you are that person already. So, instead of focusing on what you want to achieve, you focus on...

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Stop Sabotaging Your Web Design Career

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Featured, MIndSet, Web Design | 0 comments

Stop Sabotaging Your Web Design Career

Imagine:  How would you feel if you discovered that someone was purposefully sabotaging your business?  What if someone was causing you to work slower and secretly slipping time-wasting tasks into your workday?  What would you do if this same person started telling your clients bad things about you and that you shouldn’t be trusted? To top it off, this villain constantly tells you that your work isn’t good enough. No, this isn’t your competitor.  It is you.  Only instead of being intentional, it all happens without you...

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Meta-habits for Web Designers

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Basics, Featured, Tips, Web Design | 0 comments

Meta-habits for Web Designers

Habits are much more than chewing your fingernails or popping your knuckles without thinking about it. We are creatures of habit, and our daily lives are filled with habits that we don’t even realize we have, some bad but many which are not only good but essential to our sanity. In our web design career, it is important to be aware of our habits and consider which ones are beneficial and which ones are detrimental. Habits are like well-worn paths through the woods. They are easy to travel, and we can follow them without thinking....

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5 Web Design Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Basics, Featured, Project Management, Tips, Web Design | 0 comments

5 Web Design Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid

There are two ways to learn any skill. One is by experience and the other is by being taught from someone who already has that experience. As with any skill, there are common web design mistakes that nearly everyone makes early on. Here, I want to guide you through five of the most common rookie mistakes, so that you can learn from my mistakes rather than from the school of hard knocks. Here are 5 mistakes that every web design rookie makes that you should avoid! 1. Starting a project that isn’t fully defined Would you start making a...

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The Good News Is That The Problem Is Not Your Client…

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Customer Relations, Featured, Project Management, Web Design | 0 comments

The Good News Is That The Problem Is Not Your Client…

To be blunt, the real problem is NOT your client.  The real problem is YOU.  Yes, I know that is harsh, but it is actually very good news because you can’t do anything about how your clients are, but you can do quite a lot about you!  Clients are who they are, and they will never really change.  Some are great and some are not so great. All of your problems stem from two root issues, failed communication and failed leadership. Failed Communication Yes, this may seem obvious, of course there was failed communication, but surprisingly few...

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Have a Standout Job Interview

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Career Building, Featured | 2 comments

Have a Standout Job Interview

What I have learned from conducting hundreds of web design job interviews In my last article I talked about how to get a web design job interview.  Over the last six years I have conducted literally hundreds of job interviews, mostly for web design or development positions.  I wanted to take a moment and share some of the insights I have uncovered, mistakes I have seen, and what I am looking for when I conduct an interview.  If you follow the below advice you will standout from 90% of the other candidates. Be prepared Research There are...

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How To Get a Web Design Job Interview

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Career Building, Featured, Web Design | 2 comments

How To Get a Web Design Job Interview

Normally my focus on this blog is for freelance web design.  I know things are tough right now and there are very legitimate reasons to seek the security of working for a company or web design firm.  Over the last six years I have sifted through hundreds, maybe thousands of resume’s, mostly for web designers and developers and I have worked with three different recruiting agencies. With all of this experience, I wanted to first share in this article how to get a job interview as a web designer or developer, then in the next article, how to...

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5 Self-Motivation Techniques for Web Developers

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Featured, Time Management, Web Design | 3 comments

5 Self-Motivation Techniques for Web Developers

We all have our own little bi-polar ups and downs to one degree or another.  During the manic phase everything is interesting and motivation and energy are abundant.  The trick during these high points is to focus on one thing for more than a few minutes.  But for every mountain, there is a valley.  The valleys are dark and seem endless.  Gathering up the gumption to do anything productive can seem like a major feat. This article is for those low points.  Here, I want to give you five self-motivation techniques to help you get out of a...

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How to Charge by the Web Design Project

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Featured, Project Management, Web Design | 7 comments

How to Charge by the Web Design Project

I was very surprised by the last article I posted about how charging by the hour sucks. It received some heated comments on Reddit.com and some disagreement in the article comments. I feel it is important to clear up some of the misunderstanding and clarify some of the misplaced assumptions. Is charging by the project too rigid? First, it was assumed by many that what I was proposing was a rigid and set way of billing customers that didn’t leave room for changes. The argument was that if you are billing by the hour, you can easily just add...

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