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7 Deadly Graphic Designer Sins (And 4 Ways to Atone) – Website Design Article

Not growing your design client list? Your personality is more likely to blame than your skill set. As a designer, you’ve probably wished you could know exactly what your clients were thinking at one point or another. Maybe it was when they were vaguely describing how they wanted their design to “pop”. Or maybe when they were trying to express exactly why the fifteenth revision still wasn’t quite right. Or maybe it was after they refused to do a customer…

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5 Non-design Skills Web Designers Need – Website Design Article

Being a great designer isn’t the only skill you need to grow your career over the next decade. Here, we take a look at the top five skills you need to cultivate to be successful in the 2020s. Whenever a company posts a job opening for a web design employee or freelancer, they typically include a set of hard and soft skills they’re looking for. Hard skills are design skills that are measurable and well-documented. For instance: A degree in…

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How to Handle Unfair Criticism of Your Work – Website Design Article

If you’re putting your creative work out there — be it design samples on Behance, a WordPress tutorial on your blog, or adding your two cents in a public forum — you can easily become the target of trolls if you hit the wrong nerve. Sadly, some clients can be just as sensitive, and triggered as online trolls; You recommend an update to a logo they designed themselves (even though you didn’t know that at the time); You disagree with…

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How Many Types of X Acronyms Are There? – Website Design Article

One of the problems with coining a term like “user experience” or its acronym counterpart “UX” is that it opens up the floodgates for other trendy experience-related acronyms to enter the web design lexicon. CX, DX, EX, HX, JX, PX, UX, (U)XD… Is all of this really necessary though? While I don’t think you need to go adding EX or JX to your vocabulary anytime soon, it’s still a good idea to educate yourself on what these X acronyms mean…

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Design from the Beach: How to Work and Travel – Website Design Article

Are you experiencing full wanderlust with a side order of burnout in the first week of the new year? Has the post-holiday gloom got you down? Are you starting a new decade in your office, wondering if you’ll make it to the next? Would you love to see a bit of the world before you’re too old to enjoy it? Here’s the good (great) news: one of the best things about being a web professional is that we can pretty…

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How Dark Mode Really Affects Us – Website Design Article

There are a lot of concerns about how the technology we use affects us physically and emotionally. Too much time at a computer can lead to eye strain, back problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Using smartphones, tablets, and other blue-light emitting screens can disrupt our sleep cycles. Even time spent on social media can lead to feelings of negative self-worth. Then there’s Dark Mode… Over the last few years, everyone’s been talking about Dark Mode. It’s said to boost productivity…

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5 Unexpected UX Design Skills to Level Up – Website Design Article

Trying to land a job in UX design? There’s expected to be huge growth in this space in the coming years (with some hiring managers saying they want to double their UX design workforce), so the market is primed for more designers to enter the space. Whenever a hiring boom like this happens, you have to consider how it could work against you. Sure, there are more job openings. However, that means that more UX designers (and designer wannabes) are…

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Is Emerging AI too Smart to Design for Me and You? – Website Design Article

The design world is increasingly looking to AI as the future, but are we too dumb for AI to design for us, or is AI too smart? Currently, the answer is a resounding, “What? No… why would you even ask?” But this article isn’t about current AIs. True artificial intelligence is a long, long way off; and frankly, if we run face-first into the singularity, I doubt that our digital progeny will be interested in building interfaces for us. Learning…

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Freelance to Agency: Hiring Your First Employee – Website Design Article

Many of you will eventually get to a point where it makes sense to hire an employee to join you. Just be careful, there’s much more to hiring an employee than just signing a contract and issuing payments; here are the thing you need to sort out before you hire your first employee. Which Roles Do You Need to Fill? This really depends on why you’re hiring someone as well as the direction you see your business going. Consider the…

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Does Your Choice of Web Host Affect Your Website? – Website Design Article

When you design a website for a client, you’re in charge for the most part. You’re the one that’s mastered the art of web design, who understands search engine optimization strategies, and so on. However, there may be cases where the decisions your clients make before hiring you end up adversely affecting how you design their website. Web hosting is a critical part of every website, whether you’re building on a self-hosted platform like WordPress or a hosted one like…

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It’s Time to Talk About Testimonials – Website Design Article

Word-of-mouth marketing is one of the best ways to get new business — and high-quality business at that. But unless you’re focused on a very small space where everyone knows each other, it can be hard to get your clients to refer you to others on their own. That’s why you need to be willing to ask clients for testimonials and online reviews. Look, consumers are smart. They know that anyone can build a website for their business and claim…

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Reputation Management 101 | Webdesigner Depot – Website Design Article

I really don’t need to explain how important your reputation is, do I? Short version: if people think you suck, either as a person or as a designer, they won’t hire you. It’s not a difficult concept, all things considered. Figuring out what other people think of us is much harder. Controlling what they think about you is next to impossible, as any attempt to “change your image” will probably backfire, unless you’re a consummate actor. And then… then there’s…

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Does Your Web Design Business Need a Rebrand? – Website Design Article

How long ago did you start your design business or side gig? Three months? Three years? And how long has it been since you evaluated your business since then? As a web designer, your job is to think critically and creatively for your clients, which is why you ask them probing questions like: How old is your business? What’s its mission? Who’s your target audience? What’s the personality of your brand? Where do you see your business in five years?…

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How to Sell Web Design Services – Website Design Article

It’s becoming easier to design websites, what with Wix, Squarespace, and even now WordPress providing DIY site builder tools. On the flipside of that, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to convince even the least technically-savvy business owner that they shouldn’t try to build their own website. Sadly, the rise of the site builder isn’t the only excuse prospects have for not wanting to work with web designers. In this post, I’m going to explain the most common reasons why prospects…

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7 Spring Cleaning Essentials for Web Designers – Website Design Article

It’s the first day of Spring! As you look to clean up other parts of your life (e.g. your home, your refrigerator, your yard) make the cleanup of your web design business a priority as well. If you’re anything like me, you set aside time later in the week or month, promising yourself that you’ll finally take care of “business stuff”. And if you’re also like me, you often have to postpone those business maintenance tasks because new paid work…

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Is Social Media Hurting Your Web Design Business? – Website Design Article

Social media is an interesting thing. As web design professionals, it can be a great opportunity to share your work and get in front of prospects who might otherwise never find you online. But for as much good as social media can do to propel your marketing efforts, it has the potential to be just as harmful to your business.   Social Media Mistakes That Can Harm Your Web Design Business CareerBuilder surveyed over 1,000 people involved in the hiring…

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The Journey to a 4-Hour Workweek: Work Less and Accomplish More – Website Design Article

I recently began reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and have been blown away by what I’ve learned so far. Regardless of what your ultimate career goal is—to actively build websites for clients or to turn your business into a thriving digital agency—there are ways in which you can work less and accomplish more. I’m about halfway through the book and I’ve already shaved an hour off of each workday just by using the tips in the book. Today,…

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