January is here, which means it’s time to evaluate the year’s forecasted media trends. There have been many changes throughout the last year. Live video has grown, SEO kept changing, web design evolved even further, and User Experience continued to grow in importance....But what's next?
I recently put the question to the designer folk of Twitter: "Which software do you use on a daily basis, what's essential?" And what do you know? I got a response! Every designer has their secret arsenal of essential design apps, so I thought it would be useful to share some of them in a "best of" post. Feel free to add any I've missed in the comments. So in no particular order; here's the "Essential software for designers" list, 2014.
Going head-to-head with established freelancers can be a daunting prospect. How do you get clients to notice you and then choose you over a competitor? Regardless of your experience, a brand can help set you apart from the crowd, make you memorable and lend credibility. If it’s targeted at the right clients, it might just help land you that first freelance contract.
I recently had the displeasure of taking a trip to Ikea. I do my best to limit these trips to once or twice a year. It is not one of my favorite places, I loathe Ikea, truly.
It's hard to believe, but freelance designers make mistakes, mistakes of such epic proportions that they should be deemed "freelance sins", and I'm as guilty as the next. I'm not referring to those little mistakes, like a poor choice of colour or whether you're a PC or Mac, I'm referring to mistakes that affect our livelihood as freelance designers. Today I want to talk about five of those sins.