Are You Really Ready for Freelance Web Design after Graduation? Check Here First

by Laura Spencer
on May 16, 2014

in Business/Freelance

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You’re about to graduate. Or maybe next year will be your last year of school.

After graduation, you have your career all planned out. There’ll be no traditional 9-to-5 grind for you. Your future is in freelancing… or so you think.

I have one question for you. If you plan to become a freelance web designer after graduation, are you really ready?

You may think you are ready to begin freelancing right out of school, but chances are that you’re not.

Fortunately, there are some steps to take to prepare yourself for freelance web design even before you graduate. In fact, the earlier you start preparing yourself for freelancing, the better.

So, if you’ve still got another year of school, be glad. That gives you some extra time to get yourself ready for freelancing.

However, if you’re graduating this year, don’t panic. There are still some steps you can take to get ready for freelancing.

In this post, I list over ten ways that students can prepare themselves for a future in freelance web design before they finish school.

If you like this post, you may also like Freelancers, Use this 22-Point Checklist to Find Out How Professional You Are.

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Tips for Building Clean Website PSD Mockups in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 12, 2014

in Photoshop

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If you’re a web or graphics designer then you should know about that oh-so-adorable design suite Adobe Photoshop. Folks who have been using the software for years can vouch that it’s quite difficult to master. There are so many techniques for creating UI elements, website layouts, icons, and other digital graphics. It’s crucial that you learn how to organize these assets into a complete, unified design.

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In this article I’d like to cover methods of organizing PSD files in Photoshop. Whether you’re a one-man team or working in a large studio setting, it always helps to stay organized. These tips may appear like common-sense ideas but so many designers overlook this systematic and detailed approach.

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Five Great Wireframe Tools You Might Not Know About

by iulian
on May 8, 2014

in Wordpress

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It takes a lot of attention to details and impeccable organizing skills to work as a web designer or as a web developer, because any piece of information that is wrongly applied can lead to catastrophic consequences. Whether you start from a brand new idea or work on an existing product, it’s very important for every component of the project to be out in the open and perfectly understood by all who partake in it.

Think of when you develop an iPhone app. Every time a client issues a task for the development team, it usually comes in the shape of an idea, followed by the specification of what that app should do. At this point, the app is all schemes, descriptions, and in the best case scenario – flowcharts (Nota pt. Bogdan: /logical schemes). On first glance, it seems like a pleasant little story about how everything ought to work. Actually developing the app in this stage is quite difficult, impossible even, because there is no visual feedback: where does each component belong in the app? How’s the workflow within the app? What happens or what changes in the app when specific commands are entered by the user? You see, it’s just as if a builder was trying to raise a house without a blueprint. The result would be chaotic.

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Building a Mega-Navigation Menu with CSS3 and jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 5, 2014

in Tutorials

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Larger navigation menus will typically include separate dropdown lists to appear on hover. But for some websites it can be necessary to expand this dropdown across the entire page. Designers might call this a “mega navigation” for its influence over the whole menu.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate a method of creating one unified mega navigation menu. There are many different techniques you can use to achieve a similar effect. I’ll be using jQuery to embed sub-navigation content into a dropdown mega nav box. Take a look at my live demo to see the final design.

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