This may sound familiar:
You’re gathered around a computer with the project manager and two developers, evaluating and critiquing the current design work. However, everybody seems to have a different idea about what the outcome should be. The developers have some unrealistic vision about how the design should look while the project manager can’t stop comparing it to other products. After more than two hours of ideas ping ponging back and forth, you feel exhausted. Not only that, but you haven’t made any real progress.
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Your alarm goes off. 8AM. Your coffee maker is already brewing, and you head to the kitchen to grab a cup. You’re bleary-eyed, but ready to start your day the way you always do—by checking Twitter to see what’s going on in your world.
However, when you open the app on your phone, it looks completely different. They’ve added a new section to the menu bar and moved the “Tweet” button. Instantly, you feel hurt and betrayed. Why would the company designers do this? Millions of users were already comfortable with the previous layout. You send an angry tweet about it and see dozens of others doing the same thing.
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You’ve decided that you need a website for your business. Maybe you are building one ‘from scratch’ or maybe you are updating an existing one. It’s easy to get excited about the beautiful photos, the great layout and the fancy features of your new site. This stuff is great to fun to think about. But to build a great website, you have to start by identifying its purpose, the site’s goals and who the target audience is. All too often, these planning steps are skipped and you end up with a great looking website that doesn’t actually help your business or the people who visit.
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Many designers aspire to be a creative director at some point in their career. At some point, you’ll come into contact with some great creative directors, some bad creative directors, and some atrocious creative directors. The truth is, it’s genuinely hard to make that transition from designer to creative director. Heck, what if you don’t have any design experience, can you still be a great creative director. Probably not, but, the following points can help you ascertain that truly lofty goal.
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I wanted to do a quick follow-up to my previous blog “10 BEST WEBSITE BUILDERS FOR AGENCIES AND CREATIVES” that was geared totally for designers and other visually creative folks.
If you’re like me, you’re probably really busy working on client projects or passion projects of your own. It’s hard to complain about being busy but this often comes with various aspects of your personal brand or freelance business being neglected – like your website.
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Website builder platforms have come along ways in the last year. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine myself recommending website building platforms for serious businesses 2 – 3 years ago. They admittedly had issues with SEO and flexibility to create cutting edge websites. There were just more of a hassle then what they were worth.
Now, designers are building amazing sites using the website builder platforms I’ve listed here that don’t only look amazing but convert and provide some solutions for somewhat complex business goals.
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