Posts Tagged ‘Web Design’

Why you should never present more than one mockup to a client

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

You should have final decision based on your expertise. If you show a client two mockups and one has navigation down the left and one along the top and ask “which is your favourite?” you’re degrading your expertise. You should know what the best option is and be able to back up your design decisions.

From Lee MunroeWhy you should never present more than one mockup to a client

Hear, Hear!

Is John The Client Dense or Are You Failing Him?

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Before giving John his quote, you ask a little more about the project. After chatting for a few minutes, you ask him about his budget. A fair question, you think. After all, you could approach the project in so many ways. Without knowing the budget, knowing where to begin is impossible. In your mind, building a website is like building a house. Without knowing the budget, you can’t possibly know how many rooms the client can afford or what materials you should use to build.

John, on the other hand, is instantly suspicious. Why would you want to know about his budget? The only reason he can think of is that you want to make sure you don’t charge him less than what he is willing to give. Besides, he doesn’t really know his budget. How the heck is he supposed to know how much a website costs?

Read the rest of this really good article: Is John The Client Dense or Are You Failing Him?

Finally an article that’s not about lists and crap other sites have already discussed! Great article for both the new freelancer and the old. Speak English to your clients! They don’t give a crap about accessibility or web standards. Just give them the site they need.

One for improving your design skills

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I wrote an article for The Web Squeeze yesterday and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. The inspiration for it came all so quickly.

designing-great-sites

Our forum is such a great place to get inspiration for writing. That’s where that one came from. A few members getting critiques on their portfolios or sites and utterly discouraged when the end response is always “It could be loads better”. It’s not fun to hear that but thankfully they don’t quit ;)

You must learn to walk before you crawl

I hope this article will help them see that everyone started off like they are starting off now. That how it goes.

From PSD to WordPress – A tutorial series

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Last Friday, we finally got Part I of our “From PSD to WordPress” series out. From Photoshop to WordPress – Part I – Design took quite a long time in coming and I was very happy to see it finally go live. I actually started writing this Part I back in August!

So what took me so long? I would reply the usual “lack of time” but a lot of it was mostly “lack of interest”. Just a few weeks after I started writing this tutorial, there came an influx of similar articles and tutorials so it really bummed me out (for a lack of a better word). I was wondering if I was doing the right thing. Then, I came to the realization that we needed this article on The Web Squeeze. We didn’t have one and that meant our public had to go elsewhere for the help.

We have quite a few knowledgeable members in the TWS forum for WP help so this article could hopefully bring a few of the WP beginners to the forum. WordPress is by far the most popular blogging CMS. There is so many things/plugins/etc… that you can do/add that these types of tutorials, no matter how many there are, are all helpful in my opinion.

Even tho they all have a common goal, these tutorials are all done by different writers, therefore are all different. Techniques used, designs, ways to achieve the same results. The more techniques you know, the better you can create something more useful for your client.

So stay tuned for Part II – HTML/CSS coding to come sometime in the next month.

Some Tips & Tricks

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Just wrote a few Tips and Tricks over at The Web Squeeze. ID’s and Classes in CSS was posted last week and today, Extending the background around two floating div’s just went live. Obviously, these are intended for newcomers to the CSS game. Hopefully these 2 will help some of you out there.