Archive for the ‘Link’ Category

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!

Our Solar System in CSS3

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

via Veerle’s Design Bits

Now that is a great CSS3 experiment! Be sure to read about the experiment and how IE sees our universe as flat and boring ;)

Dave Rupert’s WP Dribbble Plugin

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Trent Walton seeded the idea and asked me to make a Dribbble plugin, so I created a plugin that by default mimic’d the wonderful UI created by Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett. After a couple emails with those gentlemen for their permission to use some assets and a day of coding, we got something we were proud of.

via Dribbble WordPress Plugin post by Dave Rupert

I can’t wait to try that out!

Why I Failed at Freelancing

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Unfortunately, my first attempt at freelancing left me unhappy, in debt and desperate. I took several full-time jobs between my last attempt at freelancing and this one to teach me some valuable lessons and make my way out of debt.

I made many mistakes the first time around and, like any good freelancer, I learned from them and now I am a better, stronger worker. In this post, I’ll share some of the mistakes that caused me to fail as a freelancer the first time around.

Read the full article: Why I Failed at Freelancing

This is a really good article on starting out in freelancing without the experience of working for others. Often people ask if they should start freelancing right after school thinking they know everything ’cause they’ve got a few sites under their belt. I’ve always told people not to do that. Go work for someone else, learn the ropes, learn how to DEAL with people; either easy clients or the pain-in-the-ass ones. There are ways of getting rid of those (See Adii’s great article on Pulling The Plug on Bad Customers) but if you’ve never had to be the Boss, it’s hard to show authority and deal with them.

So what’s different now that I’ve left my full-time job again and have been a successful freelancer for a few years?

Stop Launching Blogs, Start Contributing

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Today too many blogs are being created, I feel lost in the information and inspiration. There can only be so many different showcases featuring (insert number here) Examples of Brilliant Illustrations. I understand the internet has endless information, and we are just trying to showcase that. I would just like to go to a few destinations to get all the information.

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What I am trying to say is the blogosphere is being over saturated with design blogs. I am writing today to bring up a realistic solution.

Let’s contribute to already established blogs instead of creating new blogs.

Read the rest of the article: Stop Launching Blogs, Start Contributing

Another really good read.

Launching a really good web magazine takes a lot, and I mean A LOT, of work: getting authors to contribute, getting a steady stream of really good, relevant-not-outdated content, etc… It’s a steady job, not one you post to once, sit back and relax. If you decided to open up shop, you must know that you are competing against some really great ones out there.