Freelance designer, writer and editor. Most of my writing focuses on design, marketing, technology. I love to tell stories about interesting people.
How to Get Web Design Clients: 10 Ideas to Try Today
Who was it that said working as a freelance web designer was easy? While the work might not be a problem, the business of finding new web design clients is another issue. It can be tough to keep a steady number of clients coming through so that you stay busy and maintain the right income level.
It can be challenging for new and seasoned freelancers. (Everyone has experienced at least one dry spell.) So what can you do?
How Much Does a Website Design Cost? (+ How to Think About Pricing)
It might be the most controversial question in the design business: how much does a website cost? I’ve had clients drop their jaws, balk and practically stomp their feet upon getting an estimate for website work. I’ve had other that couldn’t believe the deal they were getting. So what gives?
The price of a website design is a moving target and depends on a lot of factors.
Minimalist Graphic Design: 10 Examples & Tips
Minimalist design is simple. But it is not boring. Just because a minimal style design often lacks some of the embellishments or color palettes or crazy typefaces in other projects, doesn’t mean it isn’t great to look at. In fact, designs featuring minimalism can be some of the most beautiful and usable websites around.
And even though minimalism is a design style of itself, what types of elements show up in these projects and how they are used tend to change over time.
SVG vs PNG vs JPG: Image Format Pros & Cons
When it comes to creating images for the web and other digital purposes, what file formats will give you the best result? You have to think about speed versus image quality and scale. So what should you use: SVG vs PNG vs JPG?
There was a time when you just used a JPG sized to fit the space at 72 dpi and moved on. Not anymore. High-resolution screens, multiple viewports and a need to have a snappy website have made it a much more complex process.
8 Rules for Creating an Effective Responsive Website or App
Users are spending a lot of time interacting with websites on mobile devices, rather than desktops. And that number seems to be growing daily. According to eMarketer, adults in the U.S. spend an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes on their phones, and the amount of time engaging on these devices is expected to pass TV viewing next year.
10 Things Only a Designer Would Notice (And Why They Matter!)
Don’t think your poor design choices won’t be seen. Keen graphic designers are judging your shortcuts and rolling their eyes.
Just because these are things that only a designer would notice, it doesn’t mean they aren’t important. (Do you really want all that judgement from your peers?) Here’s a list of things that make my skin crawl… Make sure you’re not guilty of these design faux pas!
How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps
In addition to creating presentations, did you know you can use PowerPoint to design other elements such as posters? Today, we’re walking you through exactly how to make a poster in PowerPoint.
While not everyone thinks about making a poster design in PowerPoint, it’s actually pretty easy—and is a viable option if you need something quickly, or don’t have other design software available. (Posters made in PowerPoint are frequently used in academic settings for assignments and event promotion o...
Loving & Hating the Hamburger Icon
I love the hamburger menu. I hate the hamburger menu.
I am constantly contradicting myself about this tiny website element; whether I think it works beautifully…or just makes a mess.
And I’m not alone. While this icon has exploded in popularity, there’s still significant debate as to whether it is the right choice for tucking navigation menus into websites. It’s a debate I have with myself (and team) every time we approach a new project as well.
10 Ways to Design Your Website for Mobile Speed
Have you performed a mobile speed test lately? How does your website rank? A slow website can turn mobile users away. Ideally, you want your design to load just as quickly for 3G users on phones as it does for desktop users on Wi-Fi. (That’s a pretty big ask, but there are things you can go to make it happen.)
First, test your mobile speed. And then use these tips to improve your performance, and keep more users on your site longer.
Help! I Can’t Stop Wasting Time…
There are so many distractions when you are a freelancer. From kids coming into your home office or time sucks like Facebook, you need to focus and be more efficient. The key is arming yourself with the right tools for the job.
Here, we’ve gathered a list of online time savers (productivity tools for the win!) plus tips for managing distractions.
Your Guide to Enjoying the Outdoors in Colder Months
Article or Growing Up in the Valley magazine about things to do and activities that families can participate in outdoors in the winter months.
Find it on pages 52-53: https://issuu.com/growingupinthevalley/docs/november_2018_issuu2
Should Freelancers Join a Professional Network?
One of the biggest concerns that freelancers have is that they can be isolated from others in similar fields. So can a professional network offer the additional resources you need to succeed?
The answer is yes if you find the right group. Here are reasons why you should join a professional network and how to find one that’s right for you.
3 SEO “Hacks” to Boost Your Website Ranking
Looking to boost your search rankings?
While nothing can help you reach an audience better than great content, there are simple habits that can help you boost search ranking and provide valuable information for users. And it doesn’t require a complete website overhaul or hiring an SEO expert.
Here are three hacks to help you boost your website ranking and help more users find your website content.
10 Tips for Building a Visual Language
A visual language is just like any other form of communication.
Where “language” refers to spoken or written communication, visual language goes a step further to connect with a certain community. Elements from color to style to type of photos or illustrations establish what a brand or company is. These visual elements tie together a group in a structured and conventional way that people understand.
A visual language includes both the written and spoken elements of a website or brand, as well...
3 Essential Design Trends, December 2018
It can be hard to think about, and take on new design projects at this time of year. Maybe a little design inspiration is just the thing to pep you up and get you thinking about wrapping up those projects.
There’s a continued shift toward designs with more complex visual effects and these trends are no different with stacked text elements, glitchy video effects and artistic imagery.
Here’s what’s trending for the end of 2018:
1. Stacked Text
The days of the oversized, three-word homepage head...