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A weekly series for web designers who want to enhance their design, software, and general freelance business skills and streamline their workflow. Get a new tip every Thursday.
Learn which business structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC) is right for your web design business, and find out how it impacts licensing and permitting processes, taxes, and recordkeeping.
Learn how to define your success factors before you write your business plan, and build a design business that flourishes with your passion and purpose.
Learn how to use user-centered design techniques to set priorities and metrics for implementing your design.
Learn how to use GitHub to manage and collaborate on web projects.
Learn how to get fast, inexpensive, and early validation of your design ideas, using the simplest of materials: pen and paper.
See how to map user needs to your proposed UX design solution with scenarios and storyboards.
Generate more creative, more satisfactory solutions for your users using ideation techniques.
Make your development process more user centered. Learn about the importance of personas, how to create them, and how to use them in your user experience research and design.
A "plain English" guide to the technology and the terminology behind the web.
Learn how to gather user data through careful observation, and transform that data into actionable project ideas for a more user-centric design.
Learn about the benefits of user-centered design and the six techniques illustrated in the UX Design Techniques series.
Use the ancient art of logic to create better user experiences for your websites and other projects.
Speed up your CSS workflow. Extract CSS from an existing design comp automatically using Photoshop's Copy CSS feature.
Learn to employ AJAX and AHAH in your web projects and dynamically update pages without reloading—all with the streamlined capabilities in jQuery.
Learn how to install the JQuery UI plugin, use its prebuilt widgets on your existing web pages, and add interactivity with behaviors.
Learn how to use jQuery to add web form usability, animation, and other features like slideshow galleries to your existing webpages.
Reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Photoshop with navigation bars and buttons.
Introduces the concepts and benefits of usability testing, which can improve ROI by focusing your design improvements in areas that have the biggest impact.
Discover how semantics (the process of adding markup, microdata, and metadata to a page) makes websites more search engine friendly, more meaningful, and more future-proof.
Discover prototyping, the tool for quickly and inexpensively exploring multiple iterations of designs and testing their performance.
Find how your users think about the world, and transition those lessons to your product's navigation, content classification, and layout.
A hands-on approach to improving a website's navigation, screen layout, interactive content, and forms to create a more satisfying user experience.
Run your own basic usability study to find out just what your users need from your website, application, or device.
Learn to develop a content strategy to analyze and shape the tone, voice, and visual style for your brand.
Evolve your current workflow to incorporate responsive design and collaboration practices, without adding too much complexity or overhead.
Introduces the concepts behind responsive design, covering concepts like screen density, fluid grids, and responsive images, as well as actual design strategies that guide you from mock-up to testing.
Explains the nuts and bolts of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the programming language used to create web pages, and provides an introduction to HTML5 and CSS.
Create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups with the strong layout and color management tools in Adobe Illustrator.
Shows how to set up a site with a web host and perform common server tasks.
Shows how to create interfaces, systems, and devices revolved around user behavior.
Offers a high-level overview of Cascading Style Sheets.
Surveys the core principles and techniques essential to building web sites for mobile devices.
Choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, readable type, incorporating web fonts, CSS styles, and simple typographic rules.
Gives designers a deeper understanding of HTML5 and shows how to create richer, more meaningful web pages with structural tags and descriptive attributes.
Defines content management systems (CMSs) and explains their role in web site development.
Covers document structure, block and inline-level tags, floating images, controlling white space, and phrase and font markup.