The Real Value of Research & Something We Don't Do Enough Of

Everyone is told to research before they put their plan into action. But we're rarely explained to, how to go about effectively researching a topic.

Research before starting a project, during a project and after a project is finished is not only important to learning, but knowing which is the best path to follow.

There is a lot of knowledge out there. Humans have built up a lot of the stuff. But we rarely take advantage of this massive build up. We make assumptions, ign...

1,000,000 Lines: 4 Ways to Be a Better Rounded Coder

I can write an application, and six months later I hate what I wrote. I see holes all over it. I don't like the techniques I've used and I see fifty things I could change.

The upside of all of this is that it's good to know I'm growing. When you come back to your code and there are a lot of things you'd like to change, you know you've learned.

The following four points are things I've learned over a few years of writing a lot of code and working on all kinds of projects...

6 Assets Every Web Designer Should Have

As far as assets go most of us are just worried about the near future. But whether you're young or old, you still need to think beyond the end of the year and build a plan for a better way of living and working.

Doing things like buying gold and silver to protect your hard earned savings and prepare for any crashes in the world markets is a good start. There is only so much you can do if the world goes up in smoke. I'm no expert in these fields, and while I'm learning, there are muc...

4 New CollabMango Features You'll Love

1. Task Descriptions

Before you could only add the task title. But what if you want to expand and give more information?

Introducing task descriptions!

Just click on any task, after the task window pops up, click the little description edit button to start adding your description.

2. Star tasks
It's very important to get clarity on your most important tasks. That's why I added the "star" task feature that allows you to prior...

3 Perfectly Good Reasons Not to Become a Freelance Web Designer

I've been supporting myself as a freelancer full time for almost two and a half years now. Part time, for at least five.

In the past few years I've learned a lot of things about freelancing that have prompted me to re-think what I call my career.

Let's look at a few areas I've found to be a problem in freelancing, or at least, reasons to stay with your web design job.

Reason #1. You have no prospects or connections
The first reason for not burning bri...

4 Things The World's Best Web/UI Designers Do Differently Than You

There is a 200%(201.5%?) difference between the best web designers and average web designers. What you get paid, the clients and jobs you land and the success of each project is determined by a few factors.

There is a world of difference, for instance, between the designers at Google and a 13 year old kid who starts a fan club website in his mom's basement.

In today's post we're going to look at 3 design elements that the industry's award winning designers do differentl...

7 Steps Guaranteed to Double Your Productivity This Month

Do you have too many projects on the go? Trying to balance too many deadlines? Does it seem like you just can't get ahead no matter how hard you try?

Productivity is not a special art. It's 100% skill. While some are more talented at it, you to can learn how to blast your deadlines out of the water and get ahead of your work.

No matter what industry you're in, you'll eventually need to reach a level of superior productivity.

No matter how hard you wo...

7 Blogging Personas You Can Use to Be a More Interesting Blogger

Blogs got the same reaction that Twitter get when they first started. People's first thought was "I'm not interested in reading about someone's daily life activities."

Incidentally, there are still a lot of people who hate and don't understand blogging, just like there are a lot of people who still hate Twitter.

Then, people started getting creative and thinking differently about how blogging could be used on many different levels.

The following are a few p...

Easy Z-index Fix For Sweet CSS3 Drop Shadows

So by now you've used the CSS3 box shadow effect for a lot of your designs. You probably use it every day like I do. I design a lot of websites and quite literally, I use drop shadows a few times a day.

I've been using this simple css trick as well as this enhanced CSS hack for Creating Different CSS3 Box Shadows Effects for a few of the sites I've worked on. It adds a really nice touch that you couldn't really accomplish before unless you were using Photoshop.

One prob...

How to Become a More Productive Web Designer in The Web 3.0 Age

Yup, we've been here in the web 3.0 age for a little while. Things are making more sense, HTML5 has finally taken a new leap, tons of new CSS3 tools and libraries are on the scene.

Heck, we have had SASS and LESS to make simple CSS even simpler. Those who stepped out in the last decade would come back with a whole new set of skills and a new mindset to learn. Yet being blown away by what web application design has become.

Web 3.0 is a strange new mix of social web techn...