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Focus on What You Do Best and Outsource the Rest

2017-06-06T18:29:16+00:00

With consumer expectations growing year after year, high quality web design and development services are in top demand. If you want to be the one to deliver those high-end results, then you’ll need to focus on playing to your strengths and be comfortable entrusting everything else to others. Like many of us, you’re probably so [...]

Focus on What You Do Best and Outsource the Rest 2017-06-06T18:29:16+00:00

Widen Out: Using Your Blog to Attract New Clients

2017-06-06T18:36:12+00:00

Attracting future clients on autopilot—that’s the whole point of your website, right? Most freelancers accept the story that great work attracts leads, but I’m going to be straight with you: clients have no clue you exist. What usually tips the balance isn’t your portfolio—they see plenty of those. Not many people talk about failures they [...]

Widen Out: Using Your Blog to Attract New Clients 2017-06-06T18:36:12+00:00

Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design

2017-06-06T18:43:10+00:00

Understanding and using Grid is easier than you might expect. The day Grid support shipped in Firefox 52, I decided on the spur of the moment to convert the basic layout of my personal site to use Grid. And it was a fairly simple process—five minutes to write the grid styles, then 15-20 spent troubleshooting. [...]

Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design 2017-06-06T18:43:10+00:00

Practical Design Discovery

2017-06-06T18:51:22+00:00

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 3 of Dan Brown's new book, Practical Design Discovery, available now from A Book Apart.One of the hardest design problems I ever worked on was for a company that helps IT groups manage risk. Their product focused on open-source components—inexpensive and widely [...]

Practical Design Discovery 2017-06-06T18:51:22+00:00

Long-Term Design: Rewriting the Design Sales Pitch

2017-06-06T18:55:42+00:00

We run our client service businesses just like door-to-door salespeople hawking vacuum cleaners. That may seem unfair, but it’s exactly how we sell design. We’re focused on short-term wins—but we’re teaching clients to see our work as disposable. I want to believe we’re better than that. We spend our entire careers knocking on doors and [...]

Long-Term Design: Rewriting the Design Sales Pitch 2017-06-06T18:55:42+00:00

Big Data Visualization with Meaning

2017-06-06T18:59:33+00:00

The web is not the traditional home of data visualization. You might come across a bar chart here or there in your online journey on any given day, but they’ve never been an artifact of web history. It seems like that’s been changing. With the world becoming increasingly data-driven, we’re seeing more and more visualizations [...]

Big Data Visualization with Meaning 2017-06-06T18:59:33+00:00

This week's sponsor: Hotjar

2017-02-21T03:04:31+00:00

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This week's sponsor: Hotjar 2017-02-21T03:04:31+00:00

I Don’t Need Help

2017-06-06T19:11:46+00:00

We have no excuse…admit it. UX may brag about intuitive and pretty, but we sure suck at helping people—this one thing that most defines, most embodies great user experience. Throughout history, there’s one recurring theme: people need help. For all we know, the need for assistance might have triggered the development of communication. It could [...]

I Don’t Need Help 2017-06-06T19:11:46+00:00