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

5 Reasons Why it’s Good to Be a Beginner Designer

For many, it’s understandable to want to fast-forward through all the rookie mistakes and the fumbles at the beginning of our careers. We all want to be great designers and creatives right away. But there’s something to be said about being a beginner that you just can’t get when you have a few notches under your belt. Here’s why you should cherish being a beginner designer:

1) Beginner Gains

In weightlifting, there is a phenomenon that happens with beginners when they first start lifting weights called “beginner gains.”5 Reasons Why it’s Good to Be a Beginner DesignerContinue reading

4 Tips to Simplify Your Web Design

Simplicity can be a valuable asset, especially when it comes to web design. Simplicity makes websites look sleek, reduces navigation confusion, and it helps achieve the desired goals and results (i.e., more signups, subscribers, and sales) in the most efficient way possible.

But too often, simplicity eludes many of us designers in our attempts at a well-designed site, often giving in to feature creep or scope creep or just plain old whimsy. So what’s a website designer to do? Fret not, for we’ve put together a few starting points to get you on your way.4 Tips to Simplify Your Web DesignContinue reading