15 Workflow tips that took my design business to the next level

As busy freelancers, time is one of your most valuable assets. The more time you can save, the more money you can make.However; you can’t just spend less time on your client work and let the quality suffer, so how do you save time?The key is workflow.The more efficient your workflow the more client work...

Why you’re getting responsive design all wrong (and 8 ways to rock mobile)

Remember those silly mobile themes that used to be popular a couple of years ago? You know what I’m talking about…Awful, ain’t it?This is beyond me … why would anyone put such a thing on their site? There’s no branding whatsoever, it’s ugly, and gives you no continuity across various platforms. In other words, if...

How to Keep Common Editing Goofs from Ruining Your Great Design

Oh no! How did you miss it? The client's name is misspelled on the design you turned in. How embarrassing. You spend a lot of time your designs. As a result, your designs look great. And your clients love them. There's something they won't love, though. That's an editing goof. Yet, probably because they're not...

Is Responsive Design Still King in Today’s Mobile Age?

Asking the question, "Is responsive design still king in today's mobile age?" requires some explanation. The first bit of information necessary for this question to make sense is the fact that mobile device use has increased exponentially in the last few years. According to an infographic from DigitalBuzzBlog, in May 2011 only 35% used a...

Factors to Consider When Choosing an E-Commerce Platform

Choosing the right e-commerce platform for your website is now easy task. There are hundreds of different options available with options in all different price ranges and with varying features. If you're overwhelmed at the process of choosing the right platform for your site, or for the site of a client, the decision usually becomes...

Top Design Tips for Improving Ecommerce Conversions

For three years now I have successfully avoided the Black Friday madness by shopping online on Cyber Monday instead of in stores. It seems that I'm not the only one either. This year many stores, such as Toys R Us, offered Black Friday deals online as well as in store fronts. This allowed me to...

How to Deal Effectively with Drastic Deadlines

Do you have a deadline problem? No matter how much time you have to do a project, do you always feel rushed? Do you frequently deal with deadlines that seem too drastic? Don’t worry. You’re not alone in your deadline struggles. Most freelancers have trouble with deadlines at some point in their freelancing career. Web...

The Interdisciplinary Design Approach

One of the latest buzzwords in the creative community seems to be interdisciplinary design. As I understand it, the need for graphic designers to wear many hats or take on a growing list of responsibilities has led to increased level of collaboration across design disciplines. While your professional title might be “illustrator,” your job description...

How to Keep Your Design Project Estimates from Being Guesses

Estimating design projects is a time-consuming process. But a good estimate can mean the difference between a profitable design project and a costly project failure. Creating an accurate estimate can be a lot of work, especially if you've never worked for that particular client before. Sadly, for many designers project estimates are little more than...

How to Take Back Your Time & Increase Your Productivity — Plus 11 Great Productivity Tools

Did you ever finish a day of hard work and feel like you got nothing done? Believe me, you're not the only one. Time management is a challenge for many professionals, and web designers are no exception. If you're also a freelancer, how well you manage your time may also affect how much you earn...

Why Designers and Content Strategists Need to Work Together

Content creation, content strategy, content marketing--these are all trendy terms right now, but nothing that web designers need to worry about, right? Wrong. Design and content are two sides of coin. They are both necessary for an effective website. Imagine yourself in a grocery store searching for a package of flour. On the shelf, side...

5 Excellent Options for Creating Proposals

A major part of being able to secure clients for design projects is the ability to present proposals and communicate with clients who are trying to decide which designer to hire. Having a professional-looking proposal that provides the right details for clients will help to increase your conversion rates and to land more work. There...

Top Wireframing Tools Every Designer Needs to Consider

As an ardent designer, I am sure you might have experienced the tedious task of gathering feedback on page layout and navigation. Web design requires proper planning and communication for completing the project fruitfully. To assist you throughout and to make your web designing process uncomplicated, you need a wireframing tool. Using a wireframing tool...