The Most Powerful Word Known to Mankind

Jul 22 2013 by Nathan Conyngham | 3 Comments

"Nathan," my boss says to me, "we need to get this feature in before we launch the product."

"Don’t worry, it’s fairly simple and shouldn’t take long," I reply.

The request had been lobbed at me out of nowhere. The request seemed pretty straightforward, and apparently it was mission-critical.

If only I’d realized it was actually a grenade threatening to destroy our product release plans.

You’ve probably been in that same narrative before.

These seemingly small and simple requests can quickly become complex, dangerous, and an absolute nightmare.

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How I Earned A Lot More on Projects by Changing My Pricing Strategy

Jul 19 2013 by Mike McDerment | 16 Comments

Before co-founding FreshBooks, I ran a small design agency. I felt like I was on a treadmill, billing by the hour, and not earning as much as I thought I was worth.

So I rethought everything.

The result was powerful: In 2004, I only worked 19 days, and made over $200,000.

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Your Clients Don’t Have to Like Your Work

Jul 17 2013 by Wes McDowell | 16 Comments

Your Clients Don't Have to Like Your Work

Whenever I meet with a new client for the first time, I always tell them this: It’s not important that you like the design I’m going to make for you.

It’s always humorous to see the client’s reaction to this statement. Most look inquisitive, others look downright baffled.

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How to Make Data Visualization Better with Gestalt Laws

Jul 15 2013 by Udhaya Padmanabhan, Shilpi Choudhury | No Comments

How to Make Data Visualization Better with Gestalt Laws

People love order. We love to make sense of the world around us.

The human mind’s affinity for making sense of the objects it sees can be explained in a theory called Gestalt psychology. Gestalt psychology, also referred to gestaltism, is a set of laws that accounts for how we perceive or intuit patterns and conclusions from the things we see.

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Designing the Perfect Hyperlink — It’s Not as Simple as You Think

Jul 12 2013 by John Macpherson | 18 Comments

Designing the Perfect Hyperlink — It's Not as Simple as You Think

Hyperlinks are the glue that holds the Web together. Without links, the Web would be a very different place, that’s if it would exist at all. Using a simple HTML element — the <a> element –you can create a bond with any other web page on the Internet. Hyperlinks are magical.

Hyperlinks are fundamental to the Web. They are always just there. Maybe that’s why many site owners and web designers don’t pay them the attention they deserve.

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Content is All That Matters on the Web

Jul 10 2013 by Wojciech Chojnacki | 2 Comments

Content is All That Matters on the Web

The widespread issue of website owners neglecting the value of their web content is a big problem.

We should talk about this problem because, if you think about it, when people go online their primary reason for doing so is to consume content.

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Improve Your Web Design Projects with a Good Project Scope

Jul 8 2013 by Dominic St-Pierre | 4 Comments

Improve Your Web Design Projects with a Good Project Scope

The first few things you do after a potential client contacts you about a web design project are the most important. In fact, these initial steps can spell the difference between a good or bad project.

There’s plenty of information out there on how to identify bad clients and manage difficult situations. You may even have your own client horror stories of your own.

While it’s true that bad client situations sometimes can’t be avoided — it’s an inherent part of working with other people, after all — many of these situations are just simply the result of lack of communication and understanding.

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