Design Tips for Building an Exquisite Portfolio

Any successful web design agency, studio, or independent freelancer has started from the beginning at step #1. It’s not an easy road to build up your own skills and develop websites from scratch. But in doing so you can learn powerful lessons about development & project management, not to mention working in a team setting while juggling other various tasks.

To get anywhere in such a booming industry you’ll need to have some credentials behind your name. I want to share a few ideas for building a stunning portfolio website where you can showcase talented works. These could be web projects or other digital graphics. But really your website should be designed around your own personal traits and characteristics. There is plenty you can learn by studying the techniques of other top-notch designers.

Social Media Techniques for Building Viral Marketing

Every website needs some form of marketing to initially garner a responsive audience. You want participating users on your website to offer feedback, utilize all your services, and put your website to good use. But there are so many techniques inside the umbrella of Internet marketing – which ones produce the best results?

I have found that social media is one method which offers a gateway directly into people’s desktops. Everybody uses at least some popular Internet figure whether it’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or any other brand name website. These networks are also marketing tools for gauging the popularity of your content. In this article I want to share a few techniques you can use to push your website viral on many of these larger social media outlets.

Introducing LESS

LESS is a CSS pre-processor, which means that it composes styles in a dynamic fashion. By allowing you to create a library of variables, functions and other effects, LESS makes CSS writing more efficient by making it easier and faster.

How does the Float Property Work

Float property is, in fact, a very useful property that in a way is an alternative method to manipulating the way elements are displayed. It is a highly valued asset within a developer’s toolkit as it makes stylizing simpler. However, it also has its downfalls as it can cause some serious issues if you don’t know how to go about using this property.

Getting the Hang of CSS3 Columns

A while back CSS3 introduced a new set of properties, which are responsible for creating columns within your layout. You simply apply these to one of your elements in order to divide it up, automatically and hassle-free, into a multi-column setup. This property is very easy to comprehend, set up and manipulate.

There is not much you can do with columns as the concept itself is very elementary but there are a bunch of properties that support the column creation by allowing you to manipulate different variables from column count to size, you know the basics you’d need to manipulate to get the best out of this sweet property.

What is a Box Model?

Well, when it comes to CSS, understanding the box model is very important. This is why you have this short, sweet and simple post at your disposal. It basically means that every HTML element is actually a box which consists of width, height, padding, borders, and margins. Now let’s discuss what this means exactly.

Reclaim Your Productivity with Flexible Time Blocks

For many freelancers, the inability to keep some semblance of a regular schedule in the midst of a chaotic existence is a constant source of anxiety and lack of productivity. Insomnia, sudden and frequent interruptions, visiting family, travelling for weddings, and the average sick day (or series of sick days) – all of these occurrences (and many others) can cause the delicate balance of a freelancer’s schedule to careen off course. This can unfortunately result in missing deadlines, losing clients, and other not-so-awesome consequences.

Which is why in today’s post I’m going to show you a method I developed during a prolonged bout of insomnia that has helped me stay on task no matter how random my day becomes. Its all about breaking your ideal work day down into flexible time blocks so that you can rearrange them at a moment’s notice.

Mobile App User Interfaces for Simpler Navigation

The mobile iOS App Store has seen a tremendous influx in publishers over the past year. 2012 has been a phenomenal time for app developers with new creative and unique interfaces. From this small burst of creativity we can find dozens of examples for cleaner, more intuitive user navigation menus.

As such I’d like to dedicate this article looking into some newer trends for simpler mobile app navigation. iOS designers & developers are working together blending ideas with practical functionality and programming. There are also plenty of examples for mobile apps exclusive to the Android platform. But I feel that Apple developers are always ahead of the curve, which leads to a more polished and refined user experience within the App Store.