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15 Free Icon Sets for your next web design project

November 20, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Web Icons are used to improve web design and make it easier for visitors to use websites. They can also improve the overall look of your website. Icon designs can be simple, with flat two-dimensional drawing or a black silhouette, or complex, presenting a combination of graphic design elements. Here we have collated the following 15 new icon sets for your next web design project, and best of all, they are all free for download.

Gesture Icons

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Freelancer’s guide to building credibility

November 14, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

When getting started as a freelancer the most important task initially is to build a portfolio. Whatever your select talents are from graphics design to writing or web development, clients will want to see good examples of past work. But how can you know which projects are worthy? How do you know which skills are the most impressive?

Featured Image - Black MacBook computer laptop pro OSX for freelancers

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14 Free PSD’s for designer’s

November 7, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Designers are always looking for new design elements to use in their projects, and that’s why it’s very important to have a good library to count on. To help you increase your resources, today we gathered 14 new free PSDs for you. From icons to UI controls, and buttons, there’s a lot of useful elements here. Enjoy.

50 Mini Icons (PSD)

New Freebies to Spice up your Library

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Designing For Device Orientation: From Portrait To Landscape

August 10, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

The accelerometer embedded in our smart devices is typically used to align the screen depending on the orientation of the device, i.e. when switching between portrait and landscape modes. This capability provides great opportunities to create better user experiences because it offers an additional layout with a simple turn of a device, and without pressing any buttons.

However, designing for device orientation brings various challenges and requires careful thinking. The experience must be as unobtrusive and transparent as possible, and we must understand the context of use for this functionality.

Nearly all mobile and tablet applications would benefit from being designed for device orientation. This article covers some of the basic concepts that designers and developers can use to add device orientation to their process. We’ll present some of the challenges when designing for device orientation, along with some solutions. Continue Reading →

DealPixel: The 101 Dos and Don’ts of a Successful Graphic Designer

August 8, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Many new graphic designers are lost when it comes to taking their love for design from a hobby to a career. They possess the technical skills, but aren’t sure how to approach getting paid. DealPixel is here to help. The latest deal is a comprehensive ebook that contains over 110 pages of dos and don’ts, including real life examples and practical advice for each one. You can get the The 101 Dos and Don’ts of a Successful Graphic Designer for only $14. That’s a 52% savings! Continue Reading →

Free Web Design Books

August 5, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Information about design, creativity, web and everything else that we can think of is available to everyone, you just need a fair amount of interest to look for it. Here at WDL we like to keep you inspired and updated with nice and interesting information. And that is why today we gathered 11 free online books to add to your library. From classics that you know to new presentations transformed in pdf files, we have 11 files for you. Choose the ones you like and read on.

Meet Your Type: A Field Guide to Typography

Why settle for casual flirtation when looking for a long-lasting relationship? Finding the perfect match is easy if you know the rules. Meet Your Type will help you overcome common obstacles, and keep your heart thumping for your one true love: typography.

11 Free Online Books

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15 Mobile Design Tutorials

July 29, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

In recent years there has been a massive increase in mobile web use, with the development of the iPhone and similar devices driving a huge demand for Internet access on the go. The changes in the way that we use the Internet presents fresh challenges and possibilities for web designers as sites must be compatible with both desktop and mobile platforms. This post brings together 15 tutorials for getting started in mobile site design, essential skills in the current landscape of web development.

 

1. Coding for the Mobile Web

In this tutorial, Chris Mills runs through the basics of designing websites that work across mobile and desktop browsers, along with some general hints and tips, perils and pitfalls of the mobile format and pointers to related resources.
Coding for the Mobile Web
Coding for the Mobile Web

8 Apps that are Pure Awesomness if you’re a web designer

July 25, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

It is always very important to know some apps that can help us saving time and money. So from deals to tracking data to managing social network content, here is a list of top notch apps you can always count on. Make sure to click on a few and give them a test drive.

 

DigMyData – The info you need to track the important facts and figures of your websites.

8 Top Notch Apps for Web Professionals that Save Time and Money

If you sell anything online then you know that there are dozens of data streams that you need to follow in order to get the best results. Where are the hits coming from, who’s buying, which promotions are working, etc. DigMyData puts all of that data into an easy to use, easy to see graphic that will keep you abreast of what’s working and what’s not, and help you make more sales. It has a learning curve, to be sure, but if you have multiple affiliate websites it could be a lifesaver.

Best Feature – Follow all of your data from one well put together graphic.

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How to effectively use LinkedIn in less than 30 minutes a day

July 17, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Whenever I present on the topic of LinkedIn marketing inevitably the question comes up: “How much time should I spend on LinkedIn?” While there is no black and white answer, in general, you should be able to effectively use LinkedIn about 15-30 minutes a day.

Now, there are caveats. If you’re a job seeker or recruiter, then obviously you should be spending more time. But, if you are using it to market your business, or to keep your personal and professional brand in the forefront of your LinkedIn network, then it’s a great start.

I have a system for using LinkedIn and most of the time I stick to it. You should be able to do the same thing, by following these steps:

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