Archive for October, 2010


How to Deal With Nightmare Clients, Projects Gone Wrong and Public Business Disputes

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Regardless of how smoothly your business may operate, no one is completely immune to criticism and controversy. With BP’s disastrous oil spill continuing to dominate the headlines almost three months after it took place, it’s becoming alarmingly clear that even the world’s most powerful and formerly respected brands can take a hit online.

But what if you’re not a major brand – just a small online service provider? While failed projects and disastrous clients are unlikely to spread the word as far, they’re just as likely to cause a great deal of damage to your business. From minor fallouts to projects that didn’t quite go as planned, there are hundreds of reasons for formerly solid client relationships to turn sour.

We’ve prepared this guide to help you respond to such situations. With Google’s dynamic search results pushing “scam” terms to the top of the ranks and speculation-friendly social media outlets giving almost any disgruntled client an outlet, monitoring your online buzz is more important than ever. These five strategies can help you keep your name under control, and keep your clients from turning against you. (more…)

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Showcase of 60 Brilliant Call to Action Usage

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

In this new web 2.0, it has become essential for website to implement certain tactics that makes the user to click their designated spot. One of the newest trend of web design is call to action. Call to action is where the user is attracted to a certain part of the page or a button and makes them want to do something.

You can see that call to action makes a lot of difference in the user’s decision.

You can see that call to action makes a lot of difference in the user's decision.

If you want to use some of the best CSS3 call to action buttons, my favorite one is BonBon buttons. They are probably the best buttons I have seen. It is free to use them on your site. So, if you are interested, check them out. The preview of some of the possibilities with the BonBon buttons are shown below. (more…)

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Writing Great Titles and Headlines for Your Website

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Whether you’re writing informative content for a business blog or the latest update for your personal website, writing eye-catching headlines that make sense is an important skill you shouldn’t take for granted if you want your website to get noticed.  Just as the subject line is the email’s first impression, the title or headline also poses as the key to driving people to read your blog post, article, or web page from top to bottom.

For this post, I’m going to share with you a couple of tips on how to write great headlines that not only pokes the curious cat in you but that makes a lot of sense when you use it.

1. Practice Writing Short Headlines and Titles


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A Humble Collection of Amazing Icon Inspiration

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

We all use icons in our designs, some create there own and some browse for stock icons or free icons. Creating your own icons is very time consuming and not all web designer have the time or the knowhow to create them.

Another point could be that the project budget isn’t that high or the client simply doesn’t want to pay you for creating custom icons and is happy with you using stock icons or free icons. And not to be disrespectful but we all know that many web designers aren’t capable of creating these pixel perfect icons, it’s a profession on it’s own. And therefore we all should be very thankful that they share them with us.

And here’s a nice collection of free, amazing and ready to use icons for your next project. Before using any of these icons please read the license agreements, just to be sure. (more…)

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Move aside Flash, here comes HTML5

Friday, October 8th, 2010

So there has been a lot of talk about HTML5 recently. Many people even started comparing it to Adobe’s Flash. Although Flash can be rather extensive it is not without it’s bugs and does tend to crash computers a fair bit when it’s not developed the way it should be.

With Apple supporting HTML5, the markup language has definitely got a great deal of support with some beautiful work being demonstrated. Here for you today, I have collected the finest demos from around the web, enjoy. (more…)

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How to Find Offline Clients and Local Design Contracts

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

There’s been a distinct focus on large companies in the design world. While freelancers and small design firms often work extensively with small companies and local businesses, the large majority of designers seem to aspire to work with major corporations and international companies. It makes sense from an income perspective – after all, the money is better with bigger companies, right?

Not always. As tempting as those six-figure design budgets and large projects may be, the majority of big business design contracts tend to fall into the hands of an in-house design team. With a huge number of designers desperate for work, mega-corporations and once lucrative sources of work just aren’t that interested in working with another firm anymore, preferring to manage design internally. (more…)

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