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[VIDEO] A Glimpse into the Life of a Freelancer

A truly fantastic representation of how us freelancers feel when a client tries to take the cheap way out. It’s undermining to the individual and to the web industry. This video depicts various scenarios that all send the same message to each and every industry out there. Whether one runs a freelance business, an upscale dining venue or a music store, no one should have to expect to pay or earn less than the true value of a product or service.

Sexy & Functional Designer Desk

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Can we say SOLD?! I’m so digging this designer’s workstation, called the “Novanta Designers Workstation” by Luke Riggall. It’s full of functional features, including:

  • Speakers
  • USB and Audio Hub
  • Monitor Stand
  • iPod Dock
  • Power Strip
  • Cable Channelling
  • K/B & Mouse
  • Drawing Utensil Drawer
  • Electrical Equipment Drawer
  • Laptop/A3 Paper Drawer

Check it out at YankoDesign.

How to be a Rockstar Freelancer

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Has anyone read “How to be a Rockstar Freelancer,” the Official book of FreelanceSwitch? If so, what are your thoughts? Is it worth checking out?

Check out the book at Rockablepress.com.

Hot or Not? of the web design world

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It’s called CommandShift3 and it’s quite possibly one of my new favorite websites. You know websites out there that ask you to rate a person? Well, instead of people, this site rates any two website designs side-by-side. You can even upload your own design and see how people are rating it. What’s great is that you don’t have to log in to vote!

Check out the site: http://commandshift3.com/

Announcing launch of Refined Designer

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On Sunday, February 15th, 2009, Refined Designer was launched. The website features a collection of web design projects that I have completed for clients over the years.

You can check it out at: http://www.refineddesigner.com.

Students pay big bucks for internships

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University of Dreams is an all-inclusive summer internship program for college students worldwide. Work, live, and play in the city of your choice. Walk away with professional experience and numerous networking contacts. Visit University of Dreams on the web.

read & watch more | digg story

The Evolution of Apple Design Between 1977-2008

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Apple III from 1980

30" Apple Cinema Display from 2004-Current

30" Apple Cinema Display from 2004-Current

With the 25th anniversary of the first Macintosh computer coming up on January 24th, 2009, we’re taking a look back in time at the evolution of Apple products from 1977 to 2008.

read more | digg story

Can You Design This for Me?

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Client: “Can you design this for me, please?”

Me: “Sure, I accept payment via PayPal based on milestone completion.”

Client: “Actually, I’m not sure what kind of design I want. I was hoping you could just come up with a new look and feel for my website. I have a few others doing the same, then I’ll pick the best and we’ll go from there.”

Me: “Uhm. No. I do not endorse spec work.”

What’s spec work? “Basically, its any kind of creative work rendered and submitted, either partial or completed, by a designer to a prospective client/employer before taking steps to secure both their work and an equitable fee.” –NO!SPEC Campaign

A Day in the Life of a Web Designer

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Your friend tells you that he or she is a web designer. You think to yourself, “Oh, that means he or she is a designer.” Wrong. It’s much more than that. Design barely graces the surface of the title, “web designer.” So just what does a web designer do? I can’t answer for all web designers, but I can tell you what it’s like for me. My routine consists of me juggling a number of tasks, which include:

  • Emails. I’m constantly checking work emails for new web design projects (who isn’t?).
  • Work. I am 100% passionate about my job, so when I work, I work hard. Projects usually involve creating multiple design comps, which can be quite time-consuming.
  • Field trips. As a government contractor, it’s all about pleasing the client. Even if it involves field trips, such as running errands at the Pentagon.
  • Twitter. I love using TweetDeck, a Twitter interface for my desktop, to read the latest hot finds that other web gurus have posted. You can follow my tweets at @kristinandrews.
  • Other Blogs. I like to keep up with others in the industry, so during downtime, I scan my favorite blogs for today’s posts. My favorites: Smashing Magazine (by the way, they wrote a great post on 2009 Web Trends), Web Designer Depot, You the Designer, Just Creative Design, Outlaw Design Blog, and ILoveTypography. Occasionally I’ll drop by Cameron Moll or Jeffrey Zeldman’s place on the web.
  • My Blog. When I feel inspired, I zip over here and craft up a post or two for the day.
  • Tutorials. It’s imperative to practice design, so I like to work with Photoshop tutorials on the web.
  • Code. A true web designer is a hybrid of web design and web development. A good web designer will take the time to write clean code. As for me, I can always use more hands-on time figuring out XHTML/CSS/Javascript examples.
  • Play. When you work hard, you play hard. Web designers like to play, too. It’s not unusual to fire nerf gun darts and foam hand grenades at coworkers around the office.

Overall, good web designers do a lot to keep up with the industry. They eat, breathe, sleep web design. Oftentimes, many have a freelance business on the side or as their primary source of income. Either way, it’s a fun industry to keep up with. While I’m no expert, I am passionate about what I do and love to spread the word about great finds.

I’m always open to answering questions, so fire away!



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