As designers, we can often find ourselves on a bit of an island. Whether we are working independently or at an in-house position, there are times when we are left to fill many job roles that merit an entire design team.


10 New Twitter Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

Twitter continues to add a staggering amount of 460,000 users each day. In order to be fully equipped to stay on top of this popular web service, you can use Twitter tools to help. Here are 10 fresh, new Twitter tools that you can use to achieve greater productivity on Twitter-related tasks.


4 Steps to Building a Portfolio Website Using Drupal

If you’re building a website for a client or yourself that requires a number of images to be presented in a gallery format — for example, if you’re a web designer, photographer, sculptor, painter or graphic designer — Drupal has some out-of-the-box solutions to help you organize and present your information.

Professionals who work on a visual medium often need help presenting (and possibly monetizing) their work, and an online gallery is a great way to do this. Perhaps you could also make the images available as physical products or digital downloads in an online store as an added option.


From Nothing to Something: Story of a Self-Taught Designer

I teach at a middle school in the southeastern U.S. located in an area plagued with grinding poverty. The kids on the football team wear t-shirts with the slogan "From Nothing to Something," a brand that I find somewhat disturbing. Are these kids "nothing" before they join the football team, or before they come to our school?

But the slogan does apply to the idea of learning any new discipline or art: you start with "nothing" and after a time (hopefully) you achieve "something" — whether it is to become an accomplished web designer, web developer, a painter, or an auto mechanic.


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Why Making Web Apps with Rails Is Awesome

I’m fairly new to the Ruby on Rails web application framework. I just started learning it about eight months ago when I started developing my web app.

I’ll share a story with you about my experience with Rails, and maybe you’ll be intrigued enough to try it out for yourself.


Social Networking Strategies for Finding More Work

As a web designer or web developer, you probably have a firm grasp on the social media/social networking scene. What I’m finding, however, is that although many people in our industry understand how the Social Web works, surprisingly few of them are actually using it to their advantage for landing more gigs.

With that said, here are a few strategies to help you find new business, generate more leads, and make more sales through social media.