Top web design takeaways of 2011…and what they mean for us in 2012

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2011 was a defining year for technology. Smartphones went mostly mainstream, social media helped spark political revolutions, and Silicon Valley lost its default despot. Web designers have had, as a result, a series of interesting insights into the future of their profession. Before we get too settled into a new year, let’s pore over the biggest design takeaways of 2011 (and be sure to add yours to the list): Mobile Flash Finally Flops As predicted by the late Steve Jobs,

GDB Holiday Giveaway: Win one of 3 sets of Holiday Cards from MOO

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As many of you know, we don’t do giveaways very often at GDB, but when MOO contacted us, I was thrilled because I’ve always been a huge fan of their creative approach to printing. MOO has provided us with 3 sets of 25 MOO Holiday Cards for 3 of our readers. MOO’s unique printing technology ‘printfinity’ allows you to place a different image on each card in a pack! This is an excellent way to show off a portfolio, designs

Basic web design principles that will make or break any site

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Ten years ago, the common things we see on websites are frames, navigation bars (that we still need to scroll up and down, left and right), blinking graphics, moving texts, huge images as backgrounds, etc. Some of us who created websites in the past ten years will probably feel guilty as to why we neglected the principles of design and the user-friendliness of a web site. There are two very important things you have to consider when designing a website:

The Designer's Guide to a Successful Business Website

Every web site has a purpose. And when designing web sites that are meant to generate business and income for a company, it’s especially important to do it well. Today’s post will teach you all about how to design a successful business web site. If you have more to add, I’d love to see your thoughts in the comments. Purpose Before you even create a website, you need to think of what your purpose is. You need to figure out

The designer's guide to killing distractions and getting more done

A designer’s life nowadays is very hectic. We have to keep up with our clients, our finances, our personal life, our professional life, and generally anything on the internet. Our minds are constantly racing while we try to multi-task everything at once. However, keeping track of all of that will get in the way of the most important part of being a designer, designing. If you’re checking Facebook and your emails all the time, where can you fit in design?

The Phases of Professional Website Design

Research When starting a project, the most important key to success is research. With website design, you need know how your users will react based on their wants and needs. Before you start, ask your client questions about their business, their customers, and their competitors. This will give you a better idea of how to create a website the client and the customers will like, while also beating out the competition. You should also research a specific demographic that will

6 Elements of money-making blog design

Chances are at some time in your design career, you’ll be asked to design a blog. Or maybe you’ll want to design a blog for yourself or your design business. And designing blogs is fun. But there are also a lot of considerations to take into account when designing a blog – especially if you want it to make money for you. Below, you’ll find 6 elements of a money-making blog design. Whether you design a blog for yourself or

5 Ways to Keep Your Design Business Running During Burnout

Outsource Work Burnout is a designer’s worst nightmare. It will leave you feeling unmotivated and uncreative. In this mindset, you should consider outsourcing your client work. Taking on client work during burnout is generally a bad idea as you will not be able to provide your clients with the best solutions. If you outsource to designers you trust, you can still run your business and make money from it without your burnout interfering. If you don’t know where to find