A Look at the Hourly Rates of Freelance Designers and Developers

Freelancers often struggle with how to price their services. There are many sites that offer salary data for full-time employees, but none that do so for freelancers.

We’ve managed to collect data about freelance hourly rates over at Bonsai, and we wanted to make it public, so we built Rate Explorer to make it easy for people to see our data on how much freelance designers and developers charge by the hour.A Look at the Hourly Rates of Freelance Designers and DevelopersContinue reading

12 Small CSS Frameworks To Use In Your Web Designs

You probably don’t need most of the features that come with large UI frameworks such as Bootstrap, especially when you’re working on small, straightforward projects that you just want to get up and running as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are smaller, simpler CSS frameworks out there that you can use instead.

Using a small CSS framework typically translates to a gentler learning curve for developers, non-dependency on JavaScript for functionality, and faster load times for your users.12 Small CSS Frameworks To Use In Your Web DesignsContinue reading

Which A/B Testing Tool Should You Use?

When visitors arrive on your company’s website, you want them to take action. Depending on your business, that “action” may be many different things, from filling out a contact form to making a purchase.

Regardless, you should improve your site to make converting as easy as possible for your visitors. The best way to do this is with conversion rate optimization.Which A/B Testing Tool Should You Use?Continue reading

10 Inspiring “Contact Us” Pages

Your company’s website serves many purposes, like explaining your services, highlighting your successes, and building your brand. But most important of all, it helps visitors become customers.

But in many cases, those visitors need to get in touch with you before making a purchase. And for that to happen, you’ll need a compelling “Contact Us” page.10 Inspiring “Contact Us” PagesContinue reading

5 Tips for Making More Money as a Freelance Designer

When I started out, I made about $1,680 a month (after taxes). Now I make that in less than two days. It’s crazy when I think about it.

For a lot of us (myself included) it’s never about the money. But what I have inevitably realized is that money brings freedom. The freedom to choose the work we take on. The freedom to work on meaningful projects. The freedom to have time to do what we want.5 Tips for Making More Money as a Freelance DesignerContinue reading

20 “Coming Soon” Pages for Inspiration

Even if your site is still months away from being ready for launch, you should put up a “coming soon” page as soon as possible. A “coming soon” page can help you collect user information, like email addresses and feedback/suggestions. It can therefore help you build buzz and a base of early adopters prior to your site’s launch.

For ideas and inspiration, check out these “coming soon” pages. (They used to be called “under construction” pages, an archaic term from the early days of web design.)20 “Coming Soon” Pages for InspirationContinue reading

6 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Icon Font

Although there are many icon font sets (such as Font Awesome and Iconic) that you can readily use in your UI designs, there are times when you might want to generate your own custom icon font. For instance, you might have icons that you have designed that you would like to convert into an icon font set, or perhaps you would like to combine icons from various icon font sets.

Fortunately, creating icon fontsis fairly simple.  Here are some free icon font generators that allow you to create your own icon fonts.6 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Icon FontContinue reading