65 Amazing WordPress Photography Themes on the Market This Month

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WordPress is an excellent content management system for photographers, in part because there are so many outstanding themes available, both free and premium. With so many quality themes/templates available either for free or for less than $100, most photographers can get a site that meets their needs without hiring a designer to create a custom theme. Whether you are looking for a minimalist theme that will allow your photos to stand out, a theme with a full-screen background photo to wow visitors, or a responsive theme that will provide a good user experience on any device, you’ll have some options when it comes to choosing a WordPress theme.

In this post we’ll showcase 65 themes created specifically for photographers that are the best of the best…

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5 Reasons Why Every Graphic Designer Should Also Be A Professional Photographer (And How to Get Started If You’re Not)

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Many web and graphic designers enjoy photography as a hobby, and some even offer both design and photography services to clients. If you haven’t yet taken much interest in photography or attempted to improve your understanding and appreciation for photography there are a number of ways that it can actually benefit your work as a designer.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the subject of photography from a designer’s perspective, as well as providing some tips for how you can get started. We’ll also cover some basic and essential principles of photography that can serve as foundational knowledge and allow you to experiment and learn as you go.

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7 Actionable Ways to Build a Strong Client List from Scratch

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You’ve undergone the army training on Codecademy, you’ve read every possible article there is on A List Apart, and there isn’t a single Photoshop brush that you haven’t tried already. You’ve excelled in graphic design, and you’re ready to take on some new clientele, possibly your first ever.

We read and we learn that selling something is as easy as sending out an email to multiple companies at the same time, or we get told that websites like 99designs is where the elite is residing and that, if we would like to make a lot of money and have great reviews, we should apply for every single job, because working hard is what it is all about.

In my experience, it has been more than sending out emails or reading blog posts on how to become a sales expert. It has been hard work combined with dedication and ultimately, the craving for achieving my goals as well as having fun while doing it. Lets dive into some starting points for designers who are looking to expand their horizon.

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Five Key Practices To Keep Your Creative Job Engaging and Avoid Burnout

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In a way, each one of us is creative, and many of us are fortunate enough to be able to have creative careers as well. We are writers, designers, programmers, and creative tactical workers, and we chose the careers we did because we grew attached to the particular form of creative work we discovered.

Now, if only we could be creative — and genuinely enjoy that creativity — all the time. That creative focus we get now and then doesn’t last forever, and it most certainly doesn’t have an ‘on’ switch. All creative jobs, even those that we are passionate about, eventually end up becoming boring.

So how can we continue to stay engaged in our work? How can we reignite that creative spark we miss when we’re feeling discontent?

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Designing a Responsive Navigation Your Users Will Love

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The process of creating a website should always start with general ideas. These turn into wireframes or low-fidelity mockups to give the designer a sense of direction. It’s fairly straightforward but the creative process requires a large visual library of existing layouts to understand which interfaces are usable and well-designed. Navigation is a huge part of web design and deserves a lot more coverage.

Responsive web design has slightly changed this creative process over recent years. Now designers are much more focused on grids and fluidity. Accessible responsive layouts should be flexible and naturally update to any screen size. Nav menus can be tricky because shortening a collection of links will often require completely revamping the UI.

In this post I’d like to cover some general tips and guidelines to help designers work with their own ideas for responsive navigation. The brainstorming stage is pivotal to every other stage which comes afterwards. Once you have a workable concept it becomes easier to envision the full design and composition of a responsive website…

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23 Interesting Twitter Redesign Concepts

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As one of the top social media networks in the world, Twitter’s design has to appeal to millions of users from multiple cultures, languages, and regions. So far, its design has worked well, especially its infinite scrolling feed with super convenient tweaks. For instance, Twitter allows users to view other users or a tweet in more detail and then exit back to the feed in the same exact spot in the list that they left off. This makes getting through a ton of tweets very quick and easy.

However, there are other areas of the design that are a bit more confusing. For instance, the arrangement of links to other pages and features simply is not intuitive. Plus, there are too many buttons, such as the Me button when you can already access your profile by clicking on your name in the left column. And, some may agree with me here, the look is a bit outdated. Twitter could really use some additional UX changes…

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12 Tips for Designers Using Pinterest to Drive More Traffic and Exposure to Your Website

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There are all kinds of social networks and websites where you can get involved, gain exposure for your work, and even send traffic back to your website or blog. Probably the most difficult part is deciding which social networks justify the time and effort, and managing to use those networks effectively without being tied to them for hours every day.

One social network that designers should consider is Pinterest. Pinterest is visually oriented, so it’s naturally a great fit for designers, photographers, and others in creative fields. The fact that Pinterest’s user base and popularity has grown so quickly provides plenty of potential for getting exposure to your work.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at Pinterest and how designers can use it effectively and efficiently.

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68 Easy Ways to Promote Your Design Services for a Steady Flow of New Clients

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With the huge amount of freelance designers, small studios, and agencies out there offering web and graphic design services it can be difficult to maintain a steady flow of new clients.

While it would be nice to have all the clients you need coming to you for work, the reality for most designers is that some type of promotion, marketing, or networking needs to take place in order to maintain a full work load.

The good news is that there are plenty of different ways you can go about promoting your own design services. Some are more aggressive than others. Some will require only a small amount of your time, and others will require more time and/or money.

In this article we’ll look at more than 65 different things you can do to promote your services. Of course, this is not a suggestion that you need to do all of these things, but if you are looking to pick up more client work browse through the list and find some options that are a good fit for you.

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How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop

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Much like building a website, mobile app design is a very detailed procedure. Although it may not be sociological rocket surgery(some might say otherwise) but even the best app designers will spend years studying the craft and still have a lot to learn. One of the earlier stages in both website & mobile app design is called wireframing.

This is a bare-bones template of the layout which includes the most important page elements. Content should be kept to a minimum used sparingly on an as-needed basis. Wireframing pushes a direct focus onto the experience – basically how a user will interact with the application. Many designers prefer to draw these by hand but there’s always an option to design wireframes using graphics software.

In this post I’d like to offer an introductory guide to wireframing for iOS apps, and specifically how this can be accomplished using Adobe Photoshop. Other programs like GIMP or Sketch also work just fine. The goal would be to create a layered wireframe which can be edited and rearranged to fit a working mobile app prototype.

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29 Best Podcasts for Freelance Graphic Designers

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As a freelancer, I don’t get many opportunities to surround myself with similar creative minds to keep me sharp. While attending meet-ups and co-working can be great ways to engage with others, it can often be time consuming and expensive since I usually work from home.

Lately I’ve started listening to a variety of different podcasts for graphic designers while I’m doing tasks that don’t require as much concentration.

The great thing about podcasts is that I can keep my eyes on the task in front of me. And it’s a much more efficient use of my time, since I’m keeping up with industry news, learning about new apps, and learning new skills. Watching the latest season of my favorite TV show is, of course, more fun but arguably much more distracting.

So, in my search for podcasts over the past few months, the following 29 podcasts are the best ones I found in the freelance and graphic/web design industry. Some are specifically related to business topics that I find useful, while others are more for industry news or design skills. I also added a few of my favorites that are geared toward web development for those of you who enjoy coding more than designing.

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