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To live is to die, and to die is to live, need we an apple to fall on our heads to remind us the way home? Or do we wonder who is it that is throwing the apple on our head? Steve Jobs may have passed on to higher things, life ordered and obeyed, is now an apparition, a meaningless discussion for those who are still searching for Newton’s nemesis. Rich tributes like rivers flow and the Apple still seeks it tree, of knowledge, from whence it came, and stay the thoughts of a hundred aspirations which are wrapped in one tiny bite. The applications, the viewpoints which one thought were impossible were now an open street, a new a way of life. Surely, they …

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Websites cannot remain stagnant for many reasons. Evolving information, better design features, the client’s own developing business or the nature of his products all contribute to evolving websites. Feature creep refers to having to alter or make changes to the website. This unenviable job usually falls to the lot of the designer. There is no straight way to sort this out. The solution is situational. You have to identify the core issue based on your experience. Then decide how you should handle it. The changes could be related to simple syntax changes to basic functionality changes. A change in market sales figures or the introduction of fresh content will all necessitate amendments to the website. Feature creep handling a lot to do with the communication …

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Web copy very simply refers to the content you choose to put up on your website. This content could be text or images or video- just about anything but what web builders need to remember is that this content can either attract a visitor enough for him make follow up visits to the website or drive him away in about 15 seconds in desperation. Several websites suffer from this kind of malady. Web copy is the face of your product or company to your customers. The focus of that website should be on the client’s need and how you or your product can fulfill it. Most web copy emphasis is pointed the other way- at themselves. You have chosen to build a website in order …

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A design brief like preparing a document that has everything about the design that you are going to prepare for the client. Preparing a detailed brief will ease the interface between you and the client. The project will advance at a decent pace instead of facing incessant hiccups with back and forth clarifications, cancellations and modifications. Essentially, a detailed brief endorses a professional communication channel between the designer and the client by bringing clarity to the relationship. Tips to preparing a useful brief: •    Clarify the aim of the design project. The project may be a reworking of an old website or else it could be an entirely new one. The ideas used in the concept could be the old ones or the client could …

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Web design is a creative field which requires imagination as well as a technical dimension to make it complete. Some particular fields including that of design is a continuously evolving one and designers need to seek avenues to continually improve at their craft and develop their skills. This kind of attention to self improvement has several benefits. It helps to fine-tune your craft, prevents stagnation, it keeps your interest alive and it keeps you ahead of the pack. Remember most designers will not bother to keep up with new developments continually, so this is good news for those few who will persevere sincerely in their pursuit of improvement. This list will provide a run through of those factors which will stoke your interest in growing …

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If it’s important to know what makes a professional successful in his chosen field, it is equally important to understand what makes him fail. The word ‘fail’ does not refer only to financial failure. On the contrary, the obsessed pursuit of financial gains can make a web designer fall short in his commitment to his art. This article will explain how a designer can fail despite probably being a professional success. 1.    The lure of the lucre: If you have given the nod to several projects just because it means more money, take a step back. You may have: •    Accepted work from an unethical client. •    Accepted more work than you can handle comfortably which means quality will necessarily take a back seat. •   …

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Pro Bono is a shortened form of Pro Bono Publico, which is a Latin term for doing public good.  Pro Bono work is done without expectation of money and differs from general voluntary services in that the volunteer uses his special skills (for which he would normally charge) for charitable purposes. Doing Pro Bono work has a two pronged advantage. The first is of course that it allows you, as a designer, a chance to serve an organization that is working for non-profit. Secondly, it provides you with a chance to work and gain experience. The primary aim of doing Pro Bono work The primary focus of doing Pro Bono work is or should be the fact that you are able to help out a …

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Every website aims to increase traffic by improving visibility of their websites. But this does not naturally imply that the revenue for the website has increased. An apt analogy may be found in a shopping scenario. The shop may receive plenty of visitors but how many of them actually buy things is dependent on what the shop has to offer. But the first step to getting subscribers is to ensure a steady stream of visitors. Thereafter optimize your website to convert them into regular subscribers. Meanwhile these are a few tips to help your website become successful in netting improved revenue levels: 1.    Make your website user friendly. This may done in the following ways: •    Make sure you include a phone number or address …

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Search optimization has become an internet marketing mantra for website promotion. The entire concept revolves around the idea that SEO can make or break your website and that if you don’t use SEO, your website will never see enough traffic. SEO companies have mushroomed all over the place and many of them will create countless links and bogus posts by using ‘key words’ or ‘key phrases’ from your website to maximize the chances of your website being brought up during a search. SEO might be successful in doing this but does that mean your website will attract more subscribers? Types of SEO techniques There are two techniques of SEO that are popular: The black hat and the white hat SEO. Black hat SEO refers to …

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Designers and coding are like cats and mice. Designers live with their heads locked in a globe of creativity where computer coding is anathema to them. Coding belongs to geeks and nerds who thrive on it to get their highs. Designers and coders live in their own separate worlds with almost no overlap. But website designing has changed that equation to a large extent. Designers cannot be isolated from codes. Most designers do know basic HTML coding but it stops there. There are several ways that coding works for designers: 1.    Improved coding capabilities: Every website is written in basic HTML coding. A deeper knowledge of how to code will help to unite your designs better with the website on which it is going to …

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