9 pro tips for creating a strong web design portfolio website
3 tips for designers to improve communication with clients
How to use CSS3 transitions and transforms to create animations
  • 9 pro tips for creating a strong web design portfolio website

    March 23, 2017 by Joanne Amos

    As a creative professional, your portfolio can be the making, or failing, of your business. So you need to ensure it represents the full range of your skills and experience, and that it demonstrates how your work will be a valuable asset to your visitors’ businesses. The best way to do this is to create…

  • 3 tips for designers to improve communication with clients

    March 22, 2017 by Emily Belden

    Listening to your clients is one of those things that’s easier said than done. Sure they write the checks, which means you should be all ears. But then again, they rely on you as the design expert, so it’s also your job to speak up and sound off. In this post, we’ll summarize three of…

  • How to use CSS3 transitions and transforms to create animations

    March 21, 2017 by Abbey Fitzgerald

    Interesting animations can be created with CSS3 by using transforms and transitions. Transforms are used to make an element change from one state to another. Examples would be rotating, moving, skewing, and scaling elements. Without a transition, an element being transformed would change abruptly from one state to another. To prevent this, a transition can…

  • 7 ways to break out of a creative rut and generate new ideas

    March 20, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    So…how’s your creativity flowing these days? You might be feeling awesome! But maybe you aren’t. This is for those of you who could use a little creativity boost today. Whether you’re bogged down, bored, or just plain stuck, there’s no getting around the fact that creative ruts exist and are real…and they aren’t always easy…

  • 6 tips for integrating your brand identity throughout your business

    March 16, 2017 by Joanne Amos

    Your brand identity is one of the most important aspects of your business. It’s how you distinguish yourself from your main competitors. Once upon a time, the only branding required by most businesses was a sign on the shop front. But times have changed. While your marketing efforts and paid ads and listings drive traffic…

  • 5 free invoice generators for designers on a budget

    March 15, 2017 by Lisa Tanner

    Getting paid is an essential part of freelancing or running a small design business. You don’t want to work for free, so you’ll need a plan for invoicing your clients and following up to ensure you actually get the money you’ve earned. While you could just whip up an invoice template on your computer, there…

  • The dangers of lorem ipsum (and what to use instead)

    March 14, 2017 by Ashley Gainer

    Do you love the lorem? Or do you loathe the ipsum? I’m asking, of course, about dummy text. A long-used form of placeholder text in design mockups and more, the standard use of dummy text has come under fire in recent years as web design grows (and the internet makes the spread of opinions much…

  • How to regroup and rebound after losing a major client

    March 13, 2017 by Lauren Bonk

    How many times a week does a freelancer hear or read the phrase “feast or famine?” Other than “do what you love,” it’s probably the most commonly-uttered cliche out there in our line of work, whether you’re a designer, a developer, a writer, or a freelance basket weaver. We all know the cliche about cliches,…

  • The best productivity apps for freelancers and web designers in 2017

    March 9, 2017 by Joanne Amos

    Whether you’re a freelance web designer or you work remotely as part of a team, staying on track can be one of the most challenging aspects of your working day. The freedom and flexibility that made you choose this lifestyle can also be your downfall. Thankfully there’s a multitude of productivity apps available to help…

  • 8 freelance designers share the secrets behind their websites

    March 8, 2017 by Sophia Dagnon

    As a freelance designer, your website is an indispensable marketing tool. It’s your own piece of digital land where you can send prospects, show off your work, and list your services. It’s a virtual office where people can stop by, flick through the pages, and decide if they want what you are offering. But, how…

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