5 Tips for Beating the Cycle of Perfectionism

by Sara Duane-Gladden

September 9, 2014 in Graphic Design

Have you ever met a designer or developer who wasn’t a perfectionist to some degree or another? It’s understandable that there are probably few of them, as the aim for perfection often differentiates the good designs from the great ones. Making sure that every element is “just so” can keep designers up at night, toiling away.

Being a perfectionist has its advantages. It can help you produce amazing works and dazzle clients. It can help you seal the deal with new customers. It can push you to new challenges and new creative heights.

Of course, perfectionism also has its drawbacks. While it’s a good thing to be somewhat of a perfectionist, too much of anything can be bad for you. Striving for perfection means you value quality, but the stress and fear of failing can be paralyzing, reducing your productivity and arresting your creative flow. Perfectionism is a time steeler, as hours can fly by while you’re immersed in the task at hand without even stopping to take a break. You can also feel frustrated, anxious or sad when you can’t reach the satisfaction that comes with a job well done – because you’re never done! Spending too much time in “perfectionist mode” can lead to depression, burnout and even illness, any one of which can cause you to make mistakes. Your productivity can also drop and you could miss deadlines, as you spend too much time on one project before you move on to the next.

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40 Examples of White Portfolio Web Designs for Inspiration

by Jake Rocheleau

September 8, 2014 in Web Design

Clean minimalist portfolios have been popular for years. Since the goal is to get people focused on your work, minimalism can remove distractions and keep attention where it belongs. Granted more aesthetic features can prove you to be a more competent designer – but they need to be elegant and complementary to the layout.

I’ve put together a series of white-colored portfolio websites ranging in theme from minimalist to fanciful. You can find dozens of examples in this post which elucidate the critical features of a great portfolio. Some examples are personal websites for a single designer while others are made for companies and creative studios. Overall you’re bound to find a few designs which catch your eye and provide some inspiration for future website projects.

Vadim Sherbakov

personal white portfolio made by vadim sherbakov

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15 Web Apps That Top Web Designers Are Using

by iulian

September 4, 2014 in design

How well does your small web design business or freelance fare? Being part of a fiercely competitive business world poses many challenges, and you need all the help you can get. Hence, you may want to turn your attention to a set of web apps that are engineered to help companies like yours. This is a list of 15 extremely useful apps that vouch to improve your overall project and time management, file sharing, data collection, prototype presentations, and e-mail marketing.

Invoicing and Financial Apps

Nutcache

nutcache

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Pixel-Perfect Design using Photoshop on a Retina Display

by Jake Rocheleau

September 2, 2014 in Photoshop

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro with the infamous retina screen display. Everything does look beautiful and there is a noticeable difference in comparison to non-retina icons. However I noticed a problem using Photoshop that others in the web design field have also likely noticed.

Every new document is shown at half-size while the document view claims to be 100%.

Anyone running CS5 or below should not find this to be much of a problem. But CS6 and CC have been updated to include retina-based icons and interfaces. This creates a pixel-dense display in Photoshop(and other Adobe programs) where new documents appear twice as small instead of “regular size”. Another way to put this is @1x images will appear tiny because retina Photoshop only uses @2x documents.

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