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Like many designers, you may have a side project. You may even be sure that your idea is a really good one. The trouble is, it will take money to really pursue your idea. That's the end of your really good idea and your side project. Or is it? There are many funding options for business startups including the bank, investors, and begging for money from friends and family. Thanks to the internet, there's now another source of funding for business startups. Crowdfunding made big news recently when open source developer, Ubuntu, got into the crowdfunding arena with their planned entry into the already crowded smartphone market. You'll find the Ubuntu Edge on the popular crowdfunding site, Indiegogo. Is crowdfunding a great way for designers (and others) with big ideas to get their ideas to market? Or is it just another fad? In this post, I'll examine crowdfunding in more detail. I'll also list a dozen crowdfunding sites. If you liked this post, you may also like How to Evaluate a Business Idea and What to Do Next.
I heard a friend say the other day that web designers measure time in deadlines. Maybe that is an overstatement, but time is of the essence. They need to get a high quality job done as fast as possible. For the most part, a designer’s working process involves the use of acceptable images, and I believe I’ve found a great resource for this purpose: Stockfresh, coming from the original founders of stock.xchng and Stockxpert. You can take your pick from a vast array of high-quality graphic images. Last time I checked, there was a handsome amount of 2.5 million images in their vaults, and it’s growing at a fast rate, so by the time this article is finished, their expert team of reviewers may have approved yet another few thousands, based on qualitative, legal, artistic and commercial criteria. Only the best submissions are admitted, so you need not fret over what kind of quality you’ll find. Now, this is the main concern with microstock agencies, and it simply does not stand here. In other words, you can get your supply of photos, graphics or vector illustrations in excellent resolution, and at a most convenient price.
WordPress is one of the easiest CMS to get started, with a lot of available plugins, themes and tutorials. But it’s also easy to get lost, write some bad code, and doing things that will certainly cost you a good time to fix in the future. WordPress has a simple guide on code formatting and our intention is not to just replicate that, therefore we’ll take it to the next level and learn a little bit of everything when it comes to code organizing, performance and optimization. One important thing also is to always use “future proof” solutions. WordPress code, themes and plugins are being updated all the time so you should make your code as easy as possible to debug and modify. So, here we are with a few tips that will make your “future you” much happier. Some may seem too simple, such as code indentation and spaces, but in fact all of them are simple to implement and you’ll notice how better your code will be after this makeover.
Whether you are a freelance designer or working as part of a team, there are going to be times where you need to lead the way. Not everybody enjoys being the leader and sometimes it is easier to follow directions working towards a greater goal. But I want to share a few ideas to help teams and individuals for managing their creative projects.
Confidence is a big piece of the process because you want the customer to understand what you are doing. Even if you may not have as much confidence in the work, keep this buried down and push through the workload. You may surprise yourself with what can be accomplished. A successful creative project requires open communication and a lot of pushing in the right direction. I do hope these tips may help other designers when building future ideas.