11 Inspiring Lessons from Web Design Experts

Apr 13 2008 by Jacob Gube | 21 Comments

Web Design Confession Booth (vii) - Photo kindly provided by allaboutgeorge of flickr

A large part of being a capable web designer/developer is learning from people who’ve been acknowledged for their expertise and authority.

Finding and reading information about effective web design is part of being a web professional.

With this in mind, here’s just a few compellingly-sound advice and viewpoints from recognized personalities in the field of creating kick-ass websites.

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40 Excellent Resources for JavaScript Coders

Apr 10 2008 by Jacob Gube | 23 Comments

photo provided by Dmitry Baranovskiy - the JavaScript Code

Are you an advanced JavaScript coder looking for more sites to sharpen your coding prowess? Maybe you’re a web designer wanting to double as a developer (or at least know enough to add a bit of rich content into your designs). Either way, if you’re looking for more information on the topic of JavaScript, the following resources are worth a gander.

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35 Beautiful Bright, Colorful Web Designs

Apr 8 2008 by Jacob Gube | 38 Comments

Colors - photo provided by Thiru Murugan of flickr

Here’s 35 examples of bright, vibrant web designs to inspire you on your next project.

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20 Useful Web Design Books Worthy of Your Collection

Apr 6 2008 by Jacob Gube | 31 Comments

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If you’re in search of books on the topic of web design to expand or start up your book collection, here’s 20 web design books worth considering.

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15 Helpful WordPress Plugins for the Savvy User

Apr 2 2008 by Jacob Gube | 75 Comments

15 helpful WordPress plugins for advanced users - photo by  jimwhimpey of flickr

This article presents 15 WordPress plugins to help enhance and simplify the blogging experience of advanced users, especially web developers and designers. Most of the plugins were tested on a default installation of WordPress version 2.3.1 for basic functionality; relevant screenshots of the plugins in action are included.

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5 Unconventional Places to Scout for Web Work

Mar 27 2008 by Jacob Gube | 26 Comments

adrian on computer - photo by Bombardier from flickrIf you’re a freelancer or a full-timer looking for additional income, there’s a variety of places you can go to seek for project-based work.

There’s a ton of websites geared specifically for freelance workers, such as All Freelance Directory and Guru.com. Many of these sites do, however, charge you a subscription fee to access their job listings.

Typically, a lot of work comes from referrals, advertising in your local area, or through your website.

But if projects are running thin or you’re seeking to expand your project search, check out these 5 places you might not have considered before.

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How to Create an Effective Web Design Questionnaire

Mar 22 2008 by Jacob Gube | 22 Comments

lead image - Question! - by -bast-The internet has given the web professional a plethora of venues for seeking project-based work. With lots of places offering freelance gigs such as allfreelance.com, classified listing sites such as craigslist , and job boards on popular weblogs such as FreelanceSwitch and Smashing Magazine, the resourceful web builder can scout and find jobs that extends their geographical boundaries.

An effective creative questionnaire allows you to gain relevant, focused, and helpful design information without taking up a lot of the client’s time. I use the term “questionnaire” because it’s a familiar term, but as you’ll see, some examples aren’t questions.

This article is primarily about developing a one-way questionnaire where you aren’t there to explain or expound on the questions you’ve asked the respondent, though the same concepts apply whether you’re communicating via email or during a face-to-face meet.

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