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    Three Simple Steps to Higher Output and Greater CreativityMike thumb
    The beginning of a new year is filled with a massive amount of energy and resolve, people setting out to find new ways of thinking and working that can bring them closer in line with their goals. This post is going to give you, a web designer and developer, both practical steps and conceptual advice to help you reach a higher level of output and a more consistent flow of creativity.Read More…
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    How to Architect a Better Site-MapWebtuts sitemap retina
    The site-map is often the first point in a design process, when all the research and considerations start to form into something tangible; something you can put in front of your client and say “this is the plan”.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Pomodoro Technique to the Creative RescueTomato retina
    In some situations, we need to be creative quickly and effectively (we've all been in situations where there's a deadline looming in just a few hours). For example, perhaps a client wants last-minute changes, or a pitch is coming close and you want to make a great impression, but your presentation is still missing something.Read More…
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    Using Content Templates to Get Your Clients Thinking Content-FirstContent retina
    Late content causes project delays, and can ultimately stop you from getting paid on time.Read More…
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    Making the Most of Your Student YearsExploit potential retina
    For any aspiring designer or developer, your student years are a time full of opportunities to develop your professional life. Why should you wait until you have a degree to become more professional in what you do? In this article, we'll explore how you can use your student time to give you a great start in a professional career. Even though this article is aimed at students specifically, any designer or developer could pick up a thing or two to improve their (budding) career.Read More…
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    Dunked: Launched, but Hardly FinishedDunked preview
    I'm part of the team that has recently launched a web app called Dunked. Dunked is a free simple-to-use online portfolio for creative types. As of May 2013, we are in public beta; continuing to build out features as well as making incremental improvements based on user feedback. In this article, I am going to discuss some of the reasons I believe that a beta launch is important to the development of your product. I will also discuss how we, at Dunked, are going about the process of monitoring and gathering user feedback. Finally, I will discuss how were are going about implementing changes based on user feedback as we continue to build the product out.Read More…
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    A Web Designer’s Site Launch Checklist (Including Portable Formats)Checklist prev
    At FHOKE we’ve been through it all, from perfect launches to ones that have turned into complete nightmares! Through our experiences we’ve compiled a list, in no particular order, of a process we go through before we launch our sites. This won’t cover everything, but should give you a quick overview of what you could be doing or adding to your own checklist.Read More…
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    Take Control and Save Time When Designing for ClientsFhoke image 1
    At FHOKE we’ve managed hundreds of projects in many ways. With our team's industry experience, running, or working within studios, we’ve seen it all; ways that have worked and others that have failed. Over the years we’ve refined our process and found a great staged approach that works well for all our clients. It saves us time and puts more control in the designers' hands.Read More…
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    Tips for Designing in the BrowserBrowser preview
    It's often thought that designing in the browser is a modern approach to web design. In fact, before the advent of tools such as Photoshop, there was little other choice. Only in the last few years, since the dawn of responsive design, have designers gone back to their roots and started designing in the browser.Read More…
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    Weekend Presentation: The Science of ProductivityPreview
    Something a bit different for you this weekend - a scientific approach to increasing productivity. With all the best intentions in the world, you probably still find you're not working as effectively as you should be. Take a break from your procrastinating and prepare yourself for a productive 2013!Read More…
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    The Sparkbox Responsive Design ProcessPreview
    At Sparkbox our responsive design process is fluid and changing, just like the technology we build with. I thought it would be nice to visualize this with a flowchart to illustrate our process, the team, our tools and workflow.Read More…
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    Quick and Easy Interactive Wireframes with BootstrapPreview
    Web design is an evolving profession. While a keen eye for color, typography, and layout will always be important, these skills are being trumped by a need to understand user motivations. It isn't enough to build a site and wait for traffic to role in — sites must help users achieve their goals, with a minimum of cognitive friction. Bootstrap can help web professionals define these goals, and create a killer experience, too.Read More…
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