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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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There are many uses for jQuery. Using this for creating your drop down menu for connecting to various social Apps like Face book and Twitter is one which holds a lot of appeal. This works with an Icon finder but one may use it for any application which requires a drop down list. Start with your language You may use HTML 4.01 or XHTML for scripting your page. The appropriate headers such as “DOCTYPE html”, and “html lang= “en” ” are enclosed within the < at the beginning and closed with the > at the end. This way you should include your import statement for your style sheets in CSS also. Once you have done with the headers you should know how to label of …

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There is no fidelity in transition, non actual representation but for the idea. It is a kind of a path not the vehicle. This concept of the wireframe should be clearly understood.  These help in organizing the information and dealing with the functionality of the design. It is not as if you can remove the skin on the design and you will have a wireframe. Wrong! It is in fact one of the most important aspects of design which you should pay a lot of attention to. This is the place where you will be able to govern the direction and the functionality of the overall device. You will be able to make the small distinctions which make your design different form the next. Most …

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Web based career personnel seem to live on a different planet- both mentally and emotionally. For some reason, their attitude, ideas and their very nature is typical. They carry their jobs in their heads far beyond working hours. They have no qualms sitting down at their laptops as soon as they have finished their official work for the day. There are several reasons for this mutant career gene. One is of course that web related jobs can be continued at home too. Web based jobs can vary from web developers to web designers and all these have one thing in common: They all feel this tremendous passion for their work and love to be hands-on even when off working hours. Their project plays on their …

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These new features aim at enhancing the styling and typography effects that can be produced on a webpage and take the art of typography to a new level altogether. These features provided by jQuery are set out in a usable array format and make the job of intensive styling a much simpler one. Many web pages such as company signature pages or gaming web pages would need to use extensive typography tricks to make their pages look different and eye-catching. Flashing letters, re-sized text images and aesthetically designed font definitely add to the over all appeal of a web page and will inspire a reader to spend more time on that page. Reams of identical fonts will be a total put off to the casual …

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Launching your website using a coming soon page a few months or weeks in advance might be a great idea especially in some niches. Therefore, you need to know exactly how to use this powerful tool. Most of the times, you will need to advertise your coming soon page properly so you would not want to spend a lot of money on ineffective techniques. There are basically 4 elements that can make a coming soon page great. These elements are: memorability, vitality, desirability and data collection. Creating anticipation with a teaser is always a great idea. It does not matter what you are selling as long as you create a great teaser and let people know some bits of information about the product or service …

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