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,

Why designers are terrible at communicating with clients (and how to fix it)

Viewing in an email or RSS? Watch the video here. Just admit it, there’s been one time or another that you’ve been terrible at communicating with your design clients. I know there have been times when communication between us is outrageously horrific. An ephiphany But recently, I realized what the big problem is. The insight came while reading a book titled Made to Stick (which recently made my top-six business books you should read in 2012 list). The problem? Something

Don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs

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If you’ve followed the blog for very long, you know that I used to exclusively work as a freelance designer until about a year ago when I got a full-time job working in marketing. Since that time, I’ve had a lot of people who have wondered what advice I can offer since I’m not a “real freelancer.” Today, I advocate an anti-hate campaign for all you freelancers out there who also have full-time jobs. Guess what: I love my full-time

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:

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 10: Commit to make a change!

This post is part 10 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 5: Missing deadlines Common mistakes designers make with clients

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 9: Saying "yes"

This post is part 9 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 5: Missing deadlines Common mistakes designers make with clients

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 5: Missing deadlines

This post is part 5 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family There are a small number of things you can do that will completely ruin your relationship with

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family

This post is part 4 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges Today I’d like to talk about a common mistake designers make with clients that almost all new designers fall prey to: working with family. Why is this such a