The Secret Designer: First Job Horror

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The Secret Designer: First Job Horror
This is a true story. The events described in this article took place at some point in the author’s career. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the clients, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred. When I graduated from art school, I didn’t have […]
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Stop Billing By the Hour, Right Now

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Stop Billing By the Hour, Right Now
If you are a web designer/developer who currently bills per hour, I hope I can persuade you to change your pricing method to value-based pricing. In this article, I will discuss both methods in detail and without the fluff so you can get to the nuggets and make an informed decision from there. If you […]
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How Gamification Improves UX | Themes Affair

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Creating products which respond to the user’s needs has become the de-facto standard approach for product design. In the attempt to create the best possible experience designers constantly search for new techniques that allow them to create better user experiences. One of the methods that recently became popular among many product designers is called gamification. […]
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The Secret to Site Traffic, and 7 Ways to Make it Happen

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The Secret to Site Traffic, and 7 Ways to Make it Happen
Whenever someone asks, “How can I increase traffic to my website?” the answer is invariably, “Regularly post new content.” You could be alone in the forest where the proverbial tree fell when you ask this question, and you’d probably get the same answer from a passing bear. The bear might even offer you a course […]
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3 Essential Design Trends, February 2018

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Sometimes design trends are tough to see, even when you are looking for them. This month is no exception with trends that include use of circles in design, split screen layouts, and dark backgrounds with light text. These elements might seem like common design tools but when used in similar ways across the board, distinct […]
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Popular design news of the week: January 22, 2018 – January 28, 2018

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Popular design news of the week: January 22, 2018 – January 28, 2018
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]
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A Constructive Guide to Up-Skilling in 2018

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For years now, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best way to go about investing in myself. As an individual focused and working professionally in the tech industry, up-skilling is part of the territory. In fact, it’s so essential to our careers that it’s very much a “survive or die” […]
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8 Contact Page Mistakes That Are Costing You Conversions

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Landing pages are probably one of the first pages you think about when it comes to creating conversions. But what about the contact page? It is after all the bridge between you and the outside world. As this page will probably be one of the most viewed pages on your site it is also one […]
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To Hell With Subtle Design

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To Hell With Subtle Design
Don’t try to be so damn subtle in web design. Okay, let me explain that… About a year or so ago, I made a terrible mistake: I tried to be funny; More specifically, I tried my hand at stand-up comedy. I sat down, wrote out a bunch of jokes that I found amusing; and collected […]
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5 Ways to Make Your Users Angry (And Productive)

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Now why on Earth would you want to make anyone angry? Angry people are unpleasant to deal with at the best of times. Getting users angry seems awfully counterproductive. Why did you even write this stu… Well, you don’t want them angry at you, of course. I wrote a whole article about that. Anger, temporary […]
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