This week in the Shop we’re all about contract agreements. We know as designers, you hardly have enough time to finish your work before the all-approaching-deadline, much less have time enough to write up a contract for each job. Enter these new contract templates! Outsourcing Agreement Contract Template All too often we take on multiple […]
As WordPress has improved and evolved over the past several years it has become a more viable option as a CMS for corporate websites. It’s no longer just an option for bloggers, as it is capable of doing everything that is needed by most business websites.
Part of the reason that WordPress has become a more popular option for powering corporate websites is the quantity and quality of available themes that have been created specifically for corporate websites. In this article we’ll showcase more than 50 themes that present great options for businesses that want to quickly have a professional-looking website at an affordable price.
It’s no myth that programmers are a highly sought after group in companies all over the globe. In her Forbes article on the Top Jobs for 2014, Jacquelin Smith analyzes an EMSI job study, which found that software developer (applications and systems software) is "the higher-paying occupation that has produced the most jobs post-recession". She also points out that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 30% increase in software developers between 2010 and 2020.
Joseph Mapua also points out in his article in SkilledUp that, according to the BLS, businesses are looking to hire IT and computer workers due to the high demand for implementing new technologies. Developing software, enhancing security, upgrading outdated systems are all areas for which organizations have a need for computer professionals.
US News Today came out with their list of top 100 jobs of 2014 recently as well. Software developer and computer systems analyst were the top two in the entire list! Within the list of tech jobs, the top 5 careers include these two plus web developer, information security analyst, and database administrator.
Photoshop has tons of potential for improving photos in one way or another. Even subtle improvements can make a big difference in the end result. Whether you are interested in touching up your own photos or doing professional photo editing for clients, Photoshop can allow you to get the job done.
This is a categorized collection of tutorials that will show you some new tricks for photo touch-ups. You’ll find tutorials for working with skin, eyes, teeth, nose, hair, body, colors, lighting, and more.
How to Touch Up Skin in Photoshop:
Hope everyone had a Happy St. Paddy’s Day! This week sure is flying by, so to slow it down a bit, let’s take a look at some of the new premium files added in the Shop this past week.
Blue Flash UI PSD Kit
UI kits are just about the all around, catch all, perfect resource for web designers, and this new Blue Flash UI PSD Kit is no exception. Download and see for yourself how simple creating user interfaces can be.
Typography is a critical aspect of web and graphic design, but finding the right font can often be a challenge. If you’re looking for a quality thin or light font, this post should be an excellent resource for you. Here you’ll find 35 free thin fonts.
These fonts can help you to create elegant, high-quality designs that feature beautiful typography. When you’re using them to design something for yourself or for a client, they can prove to be extremely useful. If you find yourself looking for fonts frequently, bookmark this page so you can reference it the next time you need to find a thin font.
Most of these fonts allow for commercial use, but as always when dealing with freebies, be sure to check the license before using it in your own work.
Do you feel like you are drowning in a sea of information?
Blog posts, articles, ebooks, videos, podcasts, images, and more.
Like most web designers and other freelancers, you’re probably flooded with information. You probably receive newsletters and blog posts in your email inbox every single day. You also check several important industry blogs and news sites daily. In addition, you have to keep up with what’s going on with your clients and in your personal sphere. Whew!
Don’t feel bad if you’re overwhelmed. That’s a natural response to information overload.
If you tried to absorb everything that was thrown at you, you probably wouldn’t be able to do it. Even if you spent the entire day reading and listening to podcasts.
In this post, I share a brief overview on information overload. I also share four tactics for overcoming it.
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As the use of HTML5 continues to become more common, you may be looking for resources to help you learn more about it. In this post we have gathered a number of resources that teach various aspects of HTML5, including tutorials, explanations and guides. With the help of these resources you should be able to learn more (or just brush up on your knowledge) about the specific aspects of HTML5 that are of interest to most designers and developers…
Ease of navigation is one of the biggest keys to the usability of a website. If visitors can easily find what they are looking for they will be more likely to stay on the website rather than leaving and going to some other site. Effective navigation can help to increase pageviews, improve the user experience, and even increase revenue and profit.
As more and more users are accessing sites via mobile devices, responsive web design has continued to increase in popularity. One of the challenges of designing and developing responsive websites is to create a user-friendly navigation menu that works equally well for visitors on all types of devices.
While a few years ago navigational menus were a primary visual element in almost every web design, many responsive websites are now opting for a navigation menu that is much less dominant visually. These sites typically use a familiar icon of 3 horizontal stripes to indicate that a menu will be opened on click. Of course, this is only one approach and other websites use totally different approaches.
In this post we’ll showcase 40 different navigation menus of responsive websites. This will showcase many different styles and approaches, and should provide some inspiration that can be put to good use in your own design and development work. The best way to experience these navigation menus is to click through and see how it works in the browser.
When was the last time you met in person with a client or prospect? That long, huh?
Like many freelancers, web designers understand the importance of networking. And in this digital age, most of us tend to do our networking online. It’s faster. It’s easier. But it’s not always the best choice.
The Internet is filled with advice on how to network online. There’s a good reason for that. There are at least half a dozen excellent social media tools available that can help you with networking. Each social site has its own set of rules and standards, so there’s room for plenty of articles offering advice.
In the rush to join the social networking crowd, many of us have neglected an old school networking technique that still works–face-to-face networking. If you rely only on virtual networking, you may be missing out on some great opportunities.
This post is for those freelance web designers who want more from networking. I’ll discuss the importance of face-to-face networking. I’ll even provide a few tips on how (and where) to get started with face-to-face networking.
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