What to Do When Your Client Asks You to Do Something Stupid

Sooner or later, it’s bound to happen.

If you’re a freelance designer, eventually a client will ask you to do something stupid. Something that you know won’t work.

I’m not talking about moral issues here, but rather about practical design issues. The client has asked you to design something that simply won’t be effective. (I would hope that you already know what to do about moral issues.)

If you enjoy this post, you may also like What to Do When the Client Is Wrong.

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Business/Freelance, Site News

1 Sweet Deal From Our Network!

Recently, acquired all the intellectual property rights to As part of this acquisition we have decided to put the entire Zen Collection in your hands for only $29. That is right, $29 for over 450 high resolution textures! Get the Deal!

Every day we have people emailing us from Lost and Taken asking if there is any way to download a giant collection of textures instead of working through them one at a time. Here’s your chance.

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Tips for Building Great Startups with a Small Team

Not all startups will require a large team to get a product online and scale quickly. There are examples of single technical founders or even a team of 2-3 people building the initial frameworks for rapidly advancing Internet startups. You will see this type of startup more commonly in mobile app stores where the barrier to entry and profit margins are very high. But even websites and other startups can thrive in an environment with very few team members.

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In this article I’d like to delve into the concept of a startup and how to adjust the mindset of your team. It will require dedication from every person and long hours are commonplace in startup environments. But success is all about how you work and your willingness to change what isn’t working. The efficiency of your team will depend on everybody’s ability to communicate and share ideas with each other.

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Business/Freelance, Resources

The Web Design Platform You Need to Know

Did you know WordPress powers 14.7% of the top million websites in the
world? WordPress is now considered a state-of-the-art website platform
– and, best of all, it’s free to use.

It’s so great that 22 out of every 100 new, active domains in the US
are running WordPress.

And, it’s only going to keep growing as web designers learn WordPress
allows you to build sites faster and easier. Plus, now clients are
specifically asking for content management systems, like WordPress.

As the word spreads, so will the demand. That’s why it’s so important
to get started now and be at the front of
this trend.

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The Fastest Way to Become a Web Designer

If I said you could start today and be a full blown web designer – making $125 per hour or more – in just 8 weeks, would you be interested?

If you’re a regular reader of, the answer is most likely, “You bet!”

People, like you, who visit this site are looking for expert advice on making a living as a web designer or increasing their web design income.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about and how they can help you achieve those goals, but what you may not realize is has developed the fastest, surest way for you to become a successful web designer.

It’s their WordPress Bootcamp and they’ve successfully trained hundreds of students through this course over the past year.

In just 8 weeks, you’ll learn how to build websites … in less than 10 hours … and make over $2,000 per website. You’ll even learn how to attract clients…

But seats are very limited.

If you have any interest in becoming a successful web designer, I urge you to check out this WordPress Bootcamp today.

Just click here.

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12 Forums for Web Designers, Developers, and Other Web Professionals

Are you overlooking something important that you could use to advance your design career?

If you’re not participating in online forums, you may be missing out.There are a significant number of benefits to being part of a high quality online design forum.

In this post, I’ll share the benefits of taking part in online design forums and I’ll explain how to find a good one. I’ll also list 12 popular online design forums for you to consider.

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Building Website Projects with a Fast-Paced Startup Mentality

If you’ve heard the term “startup” before then you are likely familiar with the idea of rapid work progression. Internet/tech startups often focus on building one single project and quickly scaling out new features over time. This mindset can be pushed onto projects for the web related to design & development.

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In this article I’d like to share some ideas behind working with a startup mentality. You can easily accomplish an incredible amount of work each day if you know where to focus your energy. It’s difficult to shift your attention span after being ingrained with your own schedule for so long. But follow these trends and you may find yourself completing more project work than ever.

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