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Communication skills are absolutely critical to designers, and really to any type of client work. Regardless of how skilled you are as a designer you will need to be able to communicate effectively with clients in order to do the best job possible with their projects. And if you are a freelancer or an independent designer, communication is of the utmost importance to the success of your business. In this [...]

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The 2011 Future of Web Design Conference was recently held in NYC and I was fortunate enough to attend the two days of talks. Below is the summary of Day 2. The Day 1 FOWD summary can be found here. As a disclaimer, these notes were quickly jotted down & summarised and may not be understood out of context but I’ve done what I could from my notes. Below are [...]

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Three years ago, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority looked lost, and so did many of its riders. Those who hadn’t memorized Metro’s schedules had to employ its persnickety Trip Planner, a clunky Web form that not only won’t let you click on a map to specify your location but also chokes on cities, states, Zip codes and even commas if you add them to a street address. Meanwhile, other [...]

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There are many tools and resources out there for designers and developers, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing 7 Excellent HTML5 Tools And Resources. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best. You are welcome if you want to share more html5 tools and resources that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want [...]

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I just added “The Big Three” sharing buttons to articles on this site: Twitter, Google Plus, and Facebook. I’ve shared my thoughts on sharing buttons like this in the past. I essentially decided that I didn’t like them for this site. So before anybody skewers me for hypocrisy, I thought I’d go back through my old thoughts and refute myself. Regarding Traffic Every website owner in the world wants more [...]

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A weeks ago, we created a contest at instantShift called Win a Free Copy of Excellent WordPress Themes from Themefuse had announced the 5 winners of standard theme licenses from Themefuse to InstantShift readers. We’ve got more than 100 response comments. After voiding spam and non-legit comments we have left with more than 76 valid comments. It’s really good to see that how we can able to help in our [...]

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Among creative freelancers, Steve Pressfield is well-known for a book called The War Of Art. A nice title to wave in the face of someone who thinks that we enjoy an easy life. Now he’s back with another tough-talking title: Do the Work. With the subtitle “Overcome Resistance and get out of your own way,” you can pretty well guess that this book isn’t about what’s out there. Nope. It’s [...]

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The holiday season should be a time of happiness and joy, but for many freelancers the holiday season brings with it some freelancing dilemmas. If you’ve freelanced through a holiday season before, you may already be asking yourself, “what am I going to do about the holidays this year?” That’s right. It’s that time of the year! We’ve reached another year-end. (I hope your freelancing business did well this year.) [...]

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste. For a designer, it would seem that not a single brain cell goes to waste. Like a scrapbooker, the mind of a designer is constantly storing little pieces of information for future use. A person may wonder if they have the makings of a “designer mind“. There are many determining factors. First, what is a designer? Dictionary.com defines a designer as “a [...]

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Yelp, the popular local reviews service, has filed for a 2012 IPO that could raise approximately $100 million for the company. Yelp has been preparing for its IPO for a while now, ever since it rejected a $500 million acquisition offer from Google in early 2010. The IPO could value the company north of $2 billion. According to the company’s SEC filing, Yelp has more than 22 million reviews, 61 [...]

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