Elements of Design: How to Find the Right Composition for Your Web Design

Elements of Design

All elements of design – from typography to iconography – relate to the overall composition. Each full webpage offers an intimate feeling to visitors before they even notice smaller details. In this way, compositional design techniques are some of the most important things to learn regarding web design. To internalize composition, you’ll need to practice. A […]

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The Guide to Understanding Micro and Macro White Space in Web Design

Macro and Micro White Space

Digital interface design follows many of the same rules as print design. Composition refers to the overall layout and white space plays a big role. Many things help to define a composition, but white space is one of the most important concepts to understand.

Learning to use white space is more about hands-on practice and experience. But you can absorb plenty of great ideas by studying how other websites are put together. I’ve organized some tips and general ideas to clarify the overall picture of white space and how it defines composition for website layouts…

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40+ Beautiful Free Lightroom Presets to Enhance Your Photos

Free Lightroom Presets

Adobe Lightroom has been popular with photographers for several years, and in the past couple of years it has also increased in popularity with designers and hobbyist photographers. While Photoshop offers all kinds of possibilities for photo editing there are a few significant benefits of using Lightroom. Most significantly, Lightroom includes very useful features to help you keep your photos organized through its Library Module.

Professional photographers obviously have a large volume of photographs, so organization is critical. For designers and hobbyist photographers, its very easy to build up a large number of photos rather quickly. As you may have found, managing and organizing a growing number of photos can become quite cumbersome. Lightroom helps by allowing you to create catalogs and collections, use keywords, ratings, flags, and color labels to organize and sort your photos. While Lightroom’s Develop Module is where you are likely to spend the majority of your time, the Library Module is really what separates it from Photoshop and other alternatives…

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9 Crucial Tips To Help You Stop Procrastinating Now

Stop Procrastinating

The freelance designer has a job that many people envy. Being able to work from home or anywhere with an internet connection, having flexibility with working hours, avoiding a rush hour commute, and being able to wear whatever you want to work are some serious perks. However, working independently and working from home brings plenty of challenges as well. One of those challenges is procrastination.

In a typical job, you would have a boss that has a big influence on how you use your time and what you focus on. But when you are working on your own, it is up to you to stay on task, and procrastination can easily set in.

Sure, you have clients that you answer to, but they aren’t looking over your shoulder or able to see what you do with your time throughout the day. Without some discipline and a few tricks to beat procrastination, you can easily wind up missing deadlines and letting projects drag on for too long.

If you want to work more efficiently, get projects done faster, beat procrastination, and be more profitable, here are 9 tips to make it happen…

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4 Tips to Keep In Person Meetings from Sucking Away Your Precious Time

Tips for in person meetings

Do you network with local businesses face-to-face?

Good for you. Building a strong foundation of local businesses who use your freelance web design services can only help you grow. Even getting together for a simple cup of coffee can be a good way to grow your business.

But did you know that there’s a wrong way and a right way to go about scheduling meetings?

The wrong way will take tons of time and yield practically no paying clients. The right way will help you promote your design services for a steady flow of new clients. Do you know the difference?

In this post, I’ll explain why bad networking practices can hurt your freelance business. I’ll also give you four tips to help you keep in person meetings from draining your pocketbook and sucking away your time…

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55+ Outstanding WordPress Developer Tools & Resources for Developing Themes and Plugins

Web developer tools

WordPress is the most popular content management system, and there are countless designers and developers that are making a living working with WordPress. WordPress’s popularity provides plenty of options for working with clients as well as for creating and selling themes and plugins.

In this post, we’ll showcase more than 55 different Wordpress developer tools that can help you in one way or another. If you’re creating themes or plugins for WordPress, regardless of whether it is for clients or to sell, you’ll benefit by incorporating these resources into your workflow…

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30+ Outstanding Adobe Lightroom Tutorials & Tips

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an awesome tool for photographers, professionals and amateurs alike. One of the biggest benefits to using Lightroom is its ability to help you to organize and manage your photos effectively. If you photograph frequently, you’ll find that your hard drive quickly includes thousands of photos. The more photos you have, the more important it is to keep them well organized. Lightroom’s library module allows you to organize your photos so you can find them quickly when you are looking for something specific.

In addition to its organizational capabilities, Lightroom offers plenty of potential for editing photos in the develop module. Whether you work with RAW files or JPGs, Lightroom allows you to do just about everything you need in the editing process. Lightroom also integrates nicely with Photoshop, so if you want to use the two programs for editing your photos it can be done efficiently.

If you already have a Creative Cloud membership with Adobe, which many designers do, you have access to Lightroom.

In this post, we’ll showcase 30 tutorials and articles from a variety of different sources that will help you to learn more about Lightroom…

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5 Brilliant Minimal Design Websites with Webydo

Yoav Gurin

In the very beginning when Internet and websites were only taking off, the web was saturated with widgets, gadgets and other colorful distractions. As the industry progressed and technology evolved, web designers were allowed more creative freedom and the result is all telling: millions of beautifully designed sites that serve one common purpose–bring people to their websites and make them come back for more.

Today, minimalism coupled with subtle yet dynamic design rules the web. With new code-free design platforms such as Webydo, web designers are able to create new, clean, sleek designs. Consequently, designers are empowered to make pixel-perfect designs without having to know a single line of code.

The emphasis of modern web design is subtlety with impressive typography, eclectic color schemes, intuitive UX and UI, and many other elements that bring websites to life. In our incredibly interconnected world, modernity has many definitions. These definitions take many shapes on the canvases of super talented web designers.

As we know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this means that we need to succumb to the judgement of the people who visit websites. Therefore, we put together a list of list of 5 minimal design websites that were created with Webydo’s code-free web design platform. We hope these examples provide you with joy and inspire you to create your own websites…

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11 Handy Shortcuts for Customizing Any Selectable UI Element

Selectable UI Elements

Online forms are some of the most common interfaces for user interaction. Many web fields rely on user input from the keyboard, but others have pre-filled answers waiting to be selected. These may include checkboxes, file inputs, or even select dropdowns.

Although select menus are fantastic they can also be a little boring. All web design should be functional, but great web design incorporates pleasant aesthetics too.

The following ideas center around dropdown select menus for website layouts. Web designers often like to design their own custom fields which best-suit the project at hand. Select menus and similar inputs can be tricky to customize, but modern techniques make the process a whole lot easier. Check out these plugins and code snippets which can be perfect for customizing any form field…

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