12 Powerpoint Slide Design Crimes and How To Solve Them

Powerpoint Slide Design Crimes and How To Solve Them

Although many over-sensitive designers may wince at the very mention of the words "Microsoft Powerpoint", the fact remains that many of my clients have to use it. Powerpoint is as ubiquitous as it is unpopular. Just because you are using what some consider to be an instrument of torture, doesn't mean that you can't be kind to your victims. Here are 12 of the most … [Read more...]

Comparing Photoshop and GIMP for Web Design

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The financial barriers to entry to most online pursuits are extremely low. It should never cost more than a few dollars to set up and maintain a website. Web design is the same – you can edit code, HTML and CSS using free text editors. However, there is one expense that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that's image editors. Photoshop has been the market … [Read more...]

My Biggest Web Design Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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I first designed websites back in 2005. I think I've made every possible mistake along the way. "If I could do it all again I wouldn't change a thing." Scratch that! That's rubbish! If I could do it all again I would cut out the bit when I was banging my head against a brick wall because I couldn't figure out what was wrong with a website. So here are all the mistakes … [Read more...]

Using Developer Tools To Change Your Website Design


There is a simple tool that exists on most computers that will help you understand web design. It's called Developer Tools. What I am about to explain will give you important insight into how your website works. Knowledge is power! What are Developer Tools? Every browser comes with Developer Tools. They allow you to see the nuts and bolts that make up a web page and … [Read more...]

Free Web Design Questionnaire (Online Form and Document Download)

Free Web Design Questionnaire (Online Form and Document Download)

The secret of running a successful web design business is communication. You could be the best web designer in the world but, if you can't easily find out what your clients want, then you won't go very far in this business. Above is a web form that you are free to use. It contains most of the questions I ask potential clients when they need a website. Of course, not … [Read more...]

Ideas into Pixels: Designing Websites For Clients


As web designers, we are regularly engaged in one of the most challenging practices: transforming ideas into pixels. The process starts with a conversation and ends up with a website but, how do we get there? Is it always via the same route? How can we avoid some of the pitfalls? The initial conversation with the client Communication with clients is huge. … [Read more...]

Make a Copy “Dev” WordPress Site for Redesign

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If you need to do a major redesign job on a WordPress site – either for a client or for yourself – it's best to copy the whole darn site and work on it in private. Once the site is copied and invisible to the rest of the world, you are free to go crazy on it. You can play around on the "dev" site's redesign and functionality while your live site remains the … [Read more...]

How To Be A Great Web Designer With Paul Jarvis

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I was absolutely sure that this Design and Marketing Podcast interview with Paul Jarvis was going to be excellent. And, I was right – don't you just love it when a plan comes together? http://youtu.be/B1EqcGHbFkU I knew that Paul was great in interviews because I'd heard him on Blogcast FM interviewed by Srini Rao. And, if you are into podcasts like I am, I can only … [Read more...]

DMP008: Travelling Graphic Designer Karen Mareš


This is my 8th podcast and interview with an independent graphic designer. In this episode I talk to Karen Mareš, née Karen McDade, about travelling, Photoshop, design, clients, websites and life! Click here to subscribe to my "Design and Marketing Podcast" on iTunes! Have laptop, iMac, Cintiq; will design It's probably misleading to describe Karen as a "travelling … [Read more...]

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