Web Design Confidential


In Amanda Hackwith’s latest book Web Design Confidential, you’ll get expert advice and extensive industry insights based on the survey results from a study of over 5,400 web designers from all over the world, and several interviews with seasoned designers.

If you’re looking for the latest web design practices, words of wisdom from design veterans, or just a better understanding of your profession, then this is the book for you.

Hear From The Author

Hi, I’m Amanda, the author of Web Design Confidential. After writing my previous book, Freelance Confidential, I found myself thinking about another industry that means a lot to me: web design.

I’ve worked for ten years in the design industry, both as a freelancer and employee of large companies, and as the former manager of GraphicRiver, I had the opportunity to work with and get to know a countless number of designers from all over the world.

Like every designer, I spend a lot of my time trying to keep up on new practices. I’m always curious about what other designers are doing and how I can do my job better. Who wouldn’t want to peer over the shoulder of other designers and see what they’re doing? Who hasn’t wanted to pick the brains of some of the popular names in web design and get the inside scoop? How valuable would that be for your own career? So that’s what I did!

What’s Inside

In Web Design Confidential, we take a look at what over 5,000 global web designers had to say in the 2011 Web Design Survey hosted by Webdesigntuts+. We look at who we are, how we work, what we know, and our opinions on what exactly makes a top-notch web designer. Some of the results might surprise you.

For instance, did you know…

  • Finding ways to relate education to your work is the number one influence to being successful?
  • Only 9% of freelance designers charge a flat hourly rate?
  • Over three quarters of clients request a content management system?
  • More than a third of designers have no opinion on spec work?

We also get the experts to weigh in. You’ll hear from Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine, Sarah Parmenter of You Know Who Design, Veerle of Duoh!, top-selling ThemeForest template designers like Kreisi and Cudazi, and others. They’ve kindly shared advice that comes from years of experience and cuts to the chase about how to improve your design career.

During the process of digging through thousands of survey responses and chatting with the top names in our field, I’ve learned a lot about our industry. I think you will too.
Join me and get the confidential scoop from the web design industry.

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