A Quick Guide to Website Photography

The inclusion of a great photo can turn a plain webpage into a visually-appealing one. But not just any old photograph will do. Deciding on the right image is something we should consider carefully.

Sometimes, however, designers don’t necessarily get to make that decision. For example, have you ever been handed a not-so-great image from a client? They may insist on using it, even if it takes away from the overall aesthetic of their website.A Quick Guide to Website PhotographyContinue reading

10 Modern Examples of Slide-Out Sidebars

There was a time when the only place for a navigation menu was on the top of the page. There was also a time when the menu lived within the left or right column (preferably the left one). Then, an era of slide-out sidebars came, and suddenly it all made sense. We have finally found the last piece of the puzzle.

Sidebars have become an integral part of website design. Along with the hamburger menu, they play an essential role in the formation of mobile-friendly interfaces without which we can’t survive these days.10 Modern Examples of Slide-Out SidebarsContinue reading

What to Do When Someone Wants to Partner with Your Design Business

Web designers seem to get a lot of unsolicited business offers. Over the years, I’ve received notes from people who wanted to either buy my business or partner with it in some way.

Truth be told, I disregard a lot of it as spam. It’s often fairly easy to figure out what’s legitimate and what’s not (if you spell my name wrong or mention a service I don’t actually provide, that’s a clue).What to Do When Someone Wants to Partner with Your Design BusinessContinue reading

Simple Ways to Customize WordPress Plugins

There are times when a WordPress plugin’s functionality gets you close to what you need – but not quite the whole way. In addition, there are also situations where you’ve committed to using a particular plugin and would like to build additional features around it.

These are prime examples of why you’d want to customize or extend an existing WordPress plugin. It’s one of the really cool aspects of how the CMS allows us to build highly-custom websites. We can take a plugin we’re already using on our site and integrate extra functionality or usability items that help us to do more.Simple Ways to Customize WordPress PluginsContinue reading

The Four Ways That Freelancers Are Often Mistreated

To many web professionals, freelancing means freedom. The freedom to work on what you please, when you please. It seems to be the perfect career path in this on-demand world we live in.

However, the fact that you’re out there on your own does have some downsides. Being a solo entrepreneur leaves you without a lot of the benefits and protections that an employee might have. And it is often those things that leave us at a disadvantage.The Four Ways That Freelancers Are Often MistreatedContinue reading

The Four Ways That Freelancers Are Often Mistreated

To many web professionals, freelancing means freedom. The freedom to work on what you please, when you please. It seems to be the perfect career path in this on-demand world we live in.

However, the fact that you’re out there on your own does have some downsides. Being a solo entrepreneur leaves you without a lot of the benefits and protections that an employee might have. And it is often those things that leave us at a disadvantage.The Four Ways That Freelancers Are Often MistreatedContinue reading

Exploring the Simple Beauty of Business Cards with Geometric Designs

When it comes to geometric designs, the first thing that comes to our mind is of course simplicity. It feels like it is one of the most primitive and easiest ways to create a design. All you need to do is to mix and match lines and shapes. However, things are not always what they seem. And artworks by Kazimir Malevich, a pioneer in abstract art, are clear proof of that.

Designs with geometric charm always stand out from the crowd. Although you can’t say that they are so real that you can feel emotions of their subjects, they make us think, encourage us to build our image of what’s happening and let us read between the lines.Exploring the Simple Beauty of Business Cards with Geometric DesignsContinue reading