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Meta-habits for Web Designers

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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. Scientists have discovered that nearly 80% of what we do...

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5 Web Design Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid

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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 cake without a recipe? Would you start building a...

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Design Theory: Basic Principles of Page Organization

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Design Theory: Basic Principles of Page Organization

By mastering the rules below, you can create more effective web pages that are more helpful to visitors, keep them around longer, and increase conversions — which ultimately is what it is all about, right? One of the primary jobs of a designer is to create an immediate sense of what is important on a page.  This is referred to as visual hierarchy.  A designers toolbox for visual hierarchy consists of size, color, and placement.  These are your most basic tools for organizing the content of a website. Size is simple.  The larger an object is, the more importance the user will...

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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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6 Steps to Becoming a Web Designer (Part 3)

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6 Steps to Becoming a Web Designer (Part 3)

At this point you should have a firm grasp on the basics of HTML, CSS, FTP and Photoshop, you should have your own website and portfolio and you should have started some basic marketing through connections that you already have.  Hopefully you have created at least one website for a paying client.  If not please look at part 1 and part 2 of this series. In this final part of the 3 part series of how to become a web designer we will talk about marketing strategies to gain more clients and how to target your customers with a laser like focus. 5. Time to Start Marketing Yourself Go to any...

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6 Steps to Becoming a Web Designer (Part 2)

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6 Steps to Becoming a Web Designer (Part 2)

So at this point you should have a grasp of the basic elements of HTML, CSS, FTP, and Photoshop and you should have your own website.  If not, go back and read Part 1 in this series and work on that before going further here. Now you are ready to start doing some business.  Before visions of your mailbox or Pay Pal account being stuffed full of checks or direct deposits start dancing through your head, just remember this will take some time and you don’t actually have any customers yet.  Yes having paying customers is the pre-requisite of the aforementioned money stuffed mailbox.  ...

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