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How Should Freelance Designers Manage Time Effectively

How Should Freelance Designers Manage Time Effectively

Have you ever prayed for extra hours in a day as you feel 24 hours are less to complete your tasks at hand? If you are facing this problem then this calls for carefully scrutiny of your time to understand where your time is flying by. Time Management is said to be the most important element that speaks for your professional behaviour and helps maintain the balance between personal and professional life.

Hard work is undoubtedly the key to success but then it is always said that the one who values time is sure to succeed in life. Not only at the workplace instead at home too it is very important to follow a schedule and manage time efficiently. With each passing day, the number of people quitting their jobs and joining the queue of freelancers is increasing. Choosing freelancing as a career sounds tempting to everyone but then it comes with its own negative aspects which one needs to focus on and ask if they will be able to work the right way.

From making a an effective business plan, knowing about good habits that freelancer designers should inculcate to obvious mistakes freelance web designers make, and ways how not to disappoint your clients; we have been coming up with the tips to help you all the best possible way. I being a freelancer well understand how difficult it is to follow a particular schedule, manage your time productively. But then, if there is a problem there is a solution too.

In office, you know you are bound to give particular hours at your desk as there are your senior officials keeping a check on you but working as a freelancer asks you to schedule your time and stick to that. Well, if you are finding it difficult to manage your time well and your efficiency along with your personal life and professional life are being hampered then this article is for you.

1. Make a To-Do List

Ensure that you are organized. This can be done by writing down the to-do list. Making your to-do list doesn’t mean you have to include everything you are going to do but then the most important tasks. When you have done a particular task, put a cross to know how many tasks are left to be done for the day.


2. Plan for the Next Day

This is some what similar to making a to-do list but then anything that seeks your attention can strike you any moment. Planning your day asks for careful attention. Before you going to bed plan what you will be doing the next day; how many hours would you spare on a particular task and other things. Plan your work in order of most important to least important tasks.


3. Set Priorities

One needs to set priorities in almost every sphere of life; be it a personal life or the professional one. When you sit down to write your plans for next day or plan your day, you will have to ensure that you know which are the priority tasks. Choose the task that needs to be done first and is the most important of all the tasks and do it.


 4. Handle your Projects One at a Time

You might be working on different projects and meeting the deadlines can make you restless. You need to learn to do one project at a time that ensures you don’t spend extra hours completing it. If you get distracted and leave one project in the middle to pick the other one and work on it, you are sure to end up completing none. Learn to handle one project at a time.

 5. Set Deadline And Ensure You Stick to it

While starting a particular project you know not exact but approximate time it will take to be complete. When you begin a particular task ensure you set a deadline for yourself. Keep a control of your time. Be realistic when you set a deadline and make every effort to complete it by that time. This will keep you motivated and you will not end up feeling bad about sparing unnecessary hours on a particular task.


6. Avoid Distractions

With the ever-increasing craze of smartphones and other gadgets, it is easy to get distracted. With email popups, WhatsApp notifications, Facebook pings and other things, you are sure to get distracted. When sitting to work, simply focus on your work.

Avoid every possible distraction by having a strong control on yourself. If you see your cellphone and get tempted to check it often, keep it in another room. Tell your family and friends about your working hours so that they know when you are busy and when you will be free to talk.


 7. Avoid Multi-Tasking

If you think multi tasking will make you complete your projects soon then you are highly mistaken. Multi-tasking actually is kind of distraction. You are not able to handle even a single thing properly if you go for multi-tasking. Simply say no to multi-tasking. Remember our article entitled What Freelance Designers Should Learn from Dogs in which there was a point similar to this one.


8. Stick to Schedule

Make a schedule and stick to that. Having consistency in your work will help you manage your time effectively. Besides you will be able to take out time for yourself like hitting a gym, aerobics classes, meeting your friends and have leisure time. Make sure your plan includes some hours for yourself , friends and family members.


9. Break Down Big Projects into Parts

If you sit down thinking you will complete any large project in one go, it like expecting little too much from yourself. Breaking down big project into small portions and seeking immediate goals is achievable and wise idea.

10. Take a Break

Taking break increases productivity. This however doesn’t mean you go out for long hours leaving your work in between. Instead take out some minutes for breaks as these refresh you. Sipping tea/coffee can be relaxing, a small chit chat with a family member (not too long mind it), playing with your pet if you have any can help boost your productivity.


If you are the one who has a particular schedule and manages time well, you are free to share your views with us and leave a comment below incase you wish to give some suggestion to help all those who are struggling hard to manage their time well.

Flat Design vs Minimalism : Which One to Choose?

Flat Design vs Minimalism : Which One to Choose?

Flat is the in thing in the design world. All thanks to iOS7 that was the time when people got acquainted with flat design. Initially, people were bit baffled with the features it came endowed with but eventually everyone started loving it.

Its easy to maintain, clean, colorful, minimal, friendly, and comes with minimal distractions. Loaded with such cool features flat website design has really taken the web world by storm. There are many features like easy user interface, bold colors, sharp images, simple navigation, distinctive fonts, easy to read text that all together contribute in making flat design the choice of millions.

Designers are well aware of the fact that the flat design is two-dimensional, uses simple icons and has minimalistic approach that promises to make the website easy to manage.

Now that I have said much about flat design which is not the first time, previously we have published articles on Inspirational Collection of Creative Flat Web Designs and Flat Web Design : Pros and Cons. Many people out there might be confusing flat design with the minimalist design. Haven’t you heard anyone saying that flat design is nothing but minimal design? Of course, these two are quite different from each other for miscellaneous good reasons that many of you out there might not be aware of.

Today, I planned to write about the difference between the two and which one should designers go for while handling different design projects. In-fact, the very first point is related to flat design not being minimalist. Read on an decide for yourself which one would you want to go for.

What is Flat Design ?

Flat design over the recent few years has helped designers give facelift to the designs. Flat design is a visual aesthetic. Easy to maintain, clean, colorful, minimal, friendly, comes with minimal distractions, easy user interface. bold colors, sharp images, simple navigation, distinctive fonts are some of the outstanding features of flat design.


What is Minimal Design?

Minimalism is not recently introduced in the web world instead its been long ever since designers are focusing on minimalistic approach. Minimalism is where less is more, unnecessary things are not included, even the minutest detail counts, lesser number of colors are used, white space is given due importance, background patterns are subtle thereby resulting in visually appealing design.


Are Flat Designs and Minimal Designs Identical?

To know the difference or make your choice, one needs to understand the difference between the two and how different they are. Minimalism is one aspect of flat design but you cant assure that these fall in same category or can be called identical.

Pros and cons of Flat Design

Remember the pros and cons of flat design we listed in one of our articles? Well, if not here is a glimpse of the same and here’s the full article – Flat Web Designs : Pros and Cons!

Pros :

1. Flat Design is easier to design, maintain and update.

2.  It offers bold colors, visually appealing fonts and simple icons.

3. Flat design is soothing to eyes.

4. It has readable text.

5. There are minimal distractions in flat design.

Cons :

1. It conveys complex visuals.

2. In flat design, wrong spellings and other errors are easily noticeable.

3. There is limitation of creativity in flat designs.

4. It becomes difficlut for designers to match the color palettes.

Pros and Cons of Minimal Designs

Pros :

1. Minimalistic website has less code that ensures faster load times and increased site performance.

2. It improves the overall user experience.

3. In minimal design focus is on the content.

4. Minimal designs we all know are indeed visually appealing.

5. Minimalist web design focuses on the user-experience

Cons :

1. Designing a minimalistic website can take far more hours than designing a regular websites.

2.  Minimal design asks to put in extra efforts. If you are working on the time constrained projects, it is definitely not the best choice.

To wrap up, the main aim of this article is to make you all understand how both designing trends are different from each other and which one you should opt for. Hope this article helps you get to know more about flat and minimal designing trends. Have any other point which you think can add to the information provided? Do let us know!

How to Create an Awesome Website Footer

How to Create an Awesome Website Footer

While designing a website, designers need to focus on all the important aspects that work in favor and are important to be included in the design. There are three most important elements of any website design – the header, the content and the footer. Without them the design never gets completed making the website design appear amateur. Unfortunately, there are some designers that focus on the header and the content part and underestimate the power of footer that too plays an important role.

Gone are the days when footer just had a line of text reading the copyright and legal aspect. Today, website footer is a complete area that comprises of whole lot of information like comments, recent post, copyright and much more depending on the choice of an individual and demand of the area available incase one is using the WordPress themes or falls into similar situation. There are many things on which what information will be provided in the footer part depends.

A footer is useful and serves as an important tool for site navigation and providing important information to the user. One needs to understand that excess of everything is wrong. If you fill your footer with any and everything taking it to be a fre space available, you will not be doing justice with what footers are actually meant for.

A planned out footer designed simply to provide information can assist you in creating a long-lasting impression on the mind of your visitors. Well, if you are scratching your head wondering how can you make the footer of your website visually appealing and simple yet comprising of all the information you wish to include in your website design think no more and read on! Listed below are some really helpful tips to create an awesome website footer.

1. Provide Valuable Information

Make sure you don’t clutter your footer with unnecessary information instead focus on providing links that makes users to navigate your website. Include details like contact us, about, home, blog in the footer of your website.


2. Easily Readable Typography

While designing a website footer, you need to work on utilizing the white space to ensure users  are able to understand. Besides, use good typography and keep the size different to make users make out what information you have provided., Use of right kind of typography, keeping letter spacing will help improve the clarity of links in the footer. You can also check our article How to Choose the Right Font for your Design Project will also help you to choose the right type of font in footer design.


3. Make It Engaging

It is important for designers to engage people using social networks and footer is where you can show your latest tweets or your social profile link so that visitors can follow your website.


4. Footer Color

How do you differentiate footer from the content part? Well, by using different color!  To make the footer prominent, you can use a color that is different from the entire background or use some illustrations or graphics. We know that choosing website color is always different, you can check out How to Choose Right Color Scheme for your Website that might help you in the process.


5. Layout of the Footer

Layout of the footer outlines the way in which information is provided to the user. You can divide the links in different categories with distinct column separated by leaving space between them.


6. Make Your Footer as Primary Navigation Tool

If executed properly footer can prove a good navigation tool. It can help enhance the overall user-experience by making it easier for user to navigate. I agree that generally headers are used as a navigation tool but walking out of the crowd and making footer as a primary navigation tool can be refreshingly different. We have also published one article in the past that provides Useful Tips to Create Better User Navigation.


7. Don’t Use Keywords in Footer

Thinking from business point of view, one gets tempted to stuff the website with keywords but its not the right way. Don’t use keywords in the footer for the fact that it can marr your entire effort. Footer is for providing important information to the user. Don’t misuse the space that you have decided for footer.

8. Consider Including Hierarchy.

We all know that all things in the footer is not of equal significance. Creating an element of hierarchy in the footer works in favor. Place the important things first and less important stuff in hierarchy.


9. Keep It Simple

This tip works in almost every field, sphere and arena. Keeping things simple always works in your favor : be it content, design or whatever simple things grabs the attention of the user thereby enhancing the user-experience.


That’s all for now! Do you have any point/tip that you think can be added to the list and help others to create awesome website footer? If yes, what’s the wait for; share it with us, we would love to add the same to our list. Leave your comments below.

A Freelance Designer’s Guide to Make Effective Business Plan

A Freelance Designer’s Guide to Make Effective Business Plan

Freelancing in one career that is magnetising lot many people these days for the advantages it offers like ease and comfort of work, flexibility of time and many more like these. Quitting the job is easy but planning to start your own freelancing business asks you to be smart and work wisely from the very initial phase that is planning.

The title of this article indicates that its specifically related to designers but then many points we are going to list down are general ones. To begin with I have a question for you. Are you the one who wants to start your own freelancer career and want to do it the right way then you need to do the proper homework first. Which means you got to spare hours doing the research work as to the do’s and dont’s of freelance design business.

Even if you have already started with the freelance design business, we suggest you to read on. Business planning is one important step that needs to be given due importance for the very fact that we can’t underestimate the ease it provides. Spend a small amount of time and go about making a nice business plan and make sure you don’t miss out any point that might prove to be important in your journey called freelance design business.

If you think that business plan is like a big book with don’t know how many pages of text with charts and all then you certainly got to sit back and read on. I assure you will love creating the business plan. Here we have listed down important points of business plan or you can say essentials of complete business plan. The points listed below are in the form of do’s and don’ts, question you should ask yourself before starting your business and likewise. The target is helping you make the business plan for your freelance design business.

Why Is It Important to Make a Business Plan?

1. Know your set objectives and how to make efforts in right direction
2. Know the pitfalls before they happen
3. Tracking the growth of the business
4. To know the financial aspects of your business
5. To set realistic goals

Do’s and Dont’s of Business Plan:

1. Use Simple and easy-to understand language
2. Don’t over-fill the pages
3. Make it concise. It is advisable to keep it short and to-the-point
4. Include all aspects of the business like marketing, finances, growth strategy and likewise
5. Don’t go haphazardly instead follow order of events

Main Elements of Business Plan

1. Cover Page

The cover page of any business plan must include company name, contact details like fax, email and contact number, company logo, synopsis of the plan, unique selling points. It should include the who, what, where, when, why and how of your business. Your cover page is the snapshot of what the entire plan is all about.

2. Content

Finances, sales and marketing strategy, assets, outsourcing, set objectives and all relevant details form the part of the content of business plan.

a) Finances

Smart business plan includes all financial aspects to make an estimate of expenses and income.

b) Charges

This section comes under the finance section. It is always good to pen down the important financial aspects as to how much you will be charging for your services, how much will you pay if you outsource and likewise.

c) Assets

Include the assets like machinery, laptops, external disks, printers and other stuff that you will require to ease the workflow. Initially, it is bit difficult to estimate the number of assets you will require but then its good for the near future as it will let you know about the initial expenses.

d) Outsource/In-House Team

While doing the brainstorming one can easily make out as to how many people will form the team. There may be changes in the long run but mentioning the outsourcing and in-house team aspect is important part of any business plan.

e) Set Objectives

To see the growth one needs to have the set objectives and follow the path to achieve them. So, it becomes necessary to pen down the set objectives as to where you see your business some years down the line.

These are the important elements of business plan. We hope this article helps you prepare your business plan.

How to Choose Right Color Scheme for your Website

How to Choose Right Color Scheme for your Website

Designing might sound to be interesting which people love for one good reason that any project asks the designer to be cautious of few things to ensure the success in the endeavour. Easy navigation, right type of font, right color scheme and other factors contribute in making the website designing successful.

Recently, we talked about How to Choose the Right Font for your Next Design ProjectUseful Tips to Create Better User Navigation and today we are here with the tips to help our designer friends choose the right color scheme for website.

In our today’s article, we will provide you with information on the psychology of colors. Below we will mention certain tips to help you understand the latest color psychology trends in website design and pick the right color for any website design thereby provoking a strong psychological impact on people’s behavior

Now, the question arises as to why is it important to understand the psychology of colors and effectively use them. Firstly, it helps you send a positive message increase sales, improve your advertising and encourage customers to come back to your website by leaving an ever lasting impression. Read on!

How to pick the right color scheme for your web page is not the rocket science if you understand the selection process and the logic behind. For logo of your website you can go for one of the existing color within your logo, for title of the article you can pick the color from within the logo design which will gel well besides giving your website a professional look

Before you select the colors for your website design ask yourself few questions : 

Firstly, who are  your potential visitors ? Secondly, what are your products or services? And what are your site’s key objectives?

Things to consider while making color selection for your website : 

1. First of all does the website you are designing need to sync with an existing color scheme which might be according to the brand name, logo or anything related to the identity of the business.

2. Secondly, what’s the main aim of designing a website.

3. What will be the content of your website. The color scheme should match your images and content.

Number of Colors To Be Used ? 

See, the preferred number of colors that should be used in a website is three as it becomes easier to keep them in harmony. More the number colors picked more there will be complications in keeping them in harmony.

How to get Variety with three colors? 

Now that you know that it is good to pick three colors doesn’t mean you can play with them. You can actually go for shading them to differentiate them without disturbing the harmony of three color balance.

Free Tools To Choose The Right Color Scheme 

Luckily, there are good number of free color scheme tools that promise to help you choose the right color for your website, few of the ones that are worth trying are :

1. Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer is one cool tool that is worth trying out as it provides six models from which one can starting with a mono selection to the accented analogic model. After you have selected the model and primary color, you can easily take a look at the preview and bookmark the current Scheme ID after which you can check the lighter or darker page. Features like randomizing the palette, colorblind settings, export the scheme as an HTML+CSS table with style sheet make it the right pick to check the color that can be used.


2. Colors On The Web

The Color Wizard is one cool color matching application that lets users to create designs with great looking colors. Users can easily submit the base color and automatically returns the matching colors for the one you selected.


3. Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler is a flash-based library of professional color themes. You’ll need to register and get an Adobe account to use this tool but its free of cost. 


The list doesn’t end here, infact there are more and more good tools that promise to choose the right color scheme for your website. We have tried to list down all important tips along with 3 free color tools for designers to help you make the right color selection while designing your website. If you have any other point or suggestion that can be informative and helpful, drop in your comments. We would love to hear your say!

5 Reasons Why One Page Websites are Great

5 Reasons Why One Page Websites are Great

Designing like any other field asks designers to keep themselves updated with the latest trends and shun the trends of the days gone by. If designers don’t keep themselves updated with the latest trends and keep working at their pace without knowing what’s the in thing, they are sure to face the failure. Web designers are constantly trying to understand the psychology of the target audience and their demand along with making efforts to deliver the content the best way possible.

When we talk about one page websites some confuse it with the static websites but then its not the case instead one page websites have different scenario. Introduction of HTML5 and jQuery made it possible for designers to come up with a new way of presenting the text that is in a one page. Users don’t have to click on page numbers instead just keep scrolling to check out the second, third and further pages. one page websites are nice looking websites with nifty transitions and effects.

One page websites is quite an in thing these days that designers are keeping in mind while designing the websites. The concept is widely being adopted worldwide to provide users with fast and simple experience. We have plans to come up with some examples of one page websites in days to come but for now we have decided to talk in detail about how good are single page websites or the reasons why single page websites are being appreciated now a days and becoming the trend of the day.

See, when something is being introduced or becomes a trend, some people favor it while others don’t like it for miscellaneous reasons. There are definitely the pros and cons of everything but our topic this time is just to let you know the positives of one page websites that are enough to persuade us all to give it a thumbs up and adopt the same in our upcoming projects.

Unlike, the websites that we have been witnessing till date, one page websites that have recently become the choice of many designers and viewers too keep all the content on the site in one scrollable location. Listed below are the reasons that will make you fall in love with one page websites.

5 Reasons Why One Page Websites are Great

1. You Get Everything At One Place

The very first reason to opt for single page website design is that in a one page website things appear to be simple, well organized and neat as it limits you in a space. In the quest to make the visitor contended the owner of the website has to make sure to provide the data of vital importance at one place. It sometimes becomes quite a daunting task to open up different pages to get the content. One page websites are make things simple and easy to scan and go through the content. 


2. Its the Latest Trend

As already mentions, one page website design is quite an in thing. A smart designer is the one who along with hardwork has the knowledge of what’s the current trend before it passes.  Being the latest trend is one good reason to opt for one page website design and delight the viewers with the content and overall simple appeal it has.


3. It’s Like Telling a Story

An endless debate is going on whether story telling form is good way of delivering the content or not. Some people argue that it makes the user feel bored in between while some believe that its one interesting form of delivering the content. Single-page website tells a compelling story thereby gathering maximum users. It makes the content appealing and interesting.


4. It’s Responsive

We have already talked in detail about 6 Reasons to Go for Responsive Web Design in 2014 and this goes for one page website designs too as it makes it easy for the the users to check the website on mobile devices like cellphones and tablets thereby enhancing the overall user experience.


5. It Helps in Easy Navigation

We all know that easy navigation is the key element of any website design. Correct me if I am wrong! One page websites promote easy navigation. Users don’t have to struggle hard to navigate through the pages. Remember our article on Useful Tips to Create Better User Navigation. While there we listed some really useful tips for our designer friends to create better user navigation, single page websites themselves help in easy navigation.


Aren’t these enough reasons to opt for one page websites? I guess, enough is said in favor of such kind of website designs. Besides being simple and easy to use these claim to enhance the overall user experience. What’s your take on this? Do share it with us by leaving a comment below.

What Designers Should Know About Copyright Laws

What Designers Should Know About Copyright Laws

While the web world has given immense range of options for creative people give shape to ideas and earn their living, there are some issues involved too. If you can guess what issues I am talking about here is the stealing of your work and pass it on to others on their name.

In the quest to complete the projects we undertake and meet the deadline, one forgets to seal the designs created once we are done with the same. And one fine day, we are left wide mouth opened seeing our work published on some other’s name. That moment is an eye-opener! Why ignore such an important issue and land into such a situation when we have a smart way out namely copyright. Defined as an exclusive right to control the reproduction and exploitation of your work, copyright ensures your work remains yours and none is able to steal your work and is in the eyes of law.

This article revolves around what are copyright laws and how graphic designer can use them to protect their work. It is of prime importance to get your signature on your original designs. Also, don’t forget to properly cite borrowed graphics that you use to avoid any potential legal issue against you.

If you are aware of many renowned graphic institute these days offer the Adobe training to help designers learn how to cite your work. We do understand the value of time and the level of exhaustion one is into after the completion of one designing task but then leaving it open for copycats to steal is definitely not  nice idea. It is suggested to keep yourself aware of copyright laws before actually you begin your business but incase you are already into it, its not too late. Read out the understand what is copyright and how you can use the laws to keep your work protected.

What Designers Should Know About Copyright Laws

What is copyright?

Copyright is the right to stop other people from copying, publishing or adapting your work without your prior permission. You as the owner of the copyright in an original work has the exclusive right to copy it, publish it, display it, distribute it and no one else; not even your close ones.  

What can’t you copyright?

Designers can copyright their designs but then there are certain things like titles, names, slogan, symbols, coloring, lettering, listing, measurement charts, calendars, government or legal documents that can’t be copyrighted. You can protect these by trademarks. 

Read on to learn more about copyright laws :  

Register Your Copyright

If you want to be able to sue copycats and enjoy benefits like presumption of copyright ownership, right to claim statutory damages; it is mandatory to register your copyright but then it is not a requirement for enjoying copyright protection.

Define Infringement

Infringement is when somebody when others take a substantial part of your design without your authority. Standards vary from country to country on what is regarded as substantial but the rule is that the substance of your work is that part that gives it its originality. Your copyright can be infringed by someone else who distributes or makes infringing copies of your work that is available for sale knowing that your copyright has been infringed.

Is My Work My Copyright?

The answer is no incase you are designing for an employer who will own part of the copyright of your work. But then if you are working for yourself, the copyright will be yours.

What Do You Need To Sue

If copyright registration is not used, you need to keep records of the works you create. Besides proving that you are the owner of the copyright in the work, you must be able to show what’s the connection between your work and the copied version. If you can prove that the copycat had access to your work before the copied version was created, the ball is in your court but then if you are unable to prove it, and the other party shows that they didn’t have any access to your work, you will both have copyright.

Seeking Compensation

If you are able to prove that the person copied your design, then you can seek damages by filing for an injunction that firstly prevents any more distribution or copying of your work and claim compensation for the copies of your work that have already be used.

Creative Commons License

Creative commons is a way for designers to share their work with anyone online but once their work is up and licensed, they are allowed to guard that work within the boundaries of the license. If you have given the consent to anyone for using your work for any purpose you deemed fit with your license.

Digital Rights Management

Digital Rights Management widely known as DRM is a technology solution to the problem of copyright infringement. This helps in protecting artworks being hacked or circumvented.

Duration of Copyright Protection

Copyright laws vary from country to country but then it lasts until 50 years after the person’s death.

Copyright Protection In Other Countries

Designers can enjoy copyright protection for their designs in most of the other countries who are signatories to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. It ensures protection of your rights in all countries party like your own country.

Call them laws or tips, the above listed points are genuinely written with the aim to help all you graphic designers get aware of the creative laws and what are its limitations. Obviously one feels really bad when someone steals your work in which a lot of efforts, dedication and time is invested. Taking inspiration is entirely different from copying and using someone else’s work.

Now that you know about these copyright laws, I would personally suggested all you graphic designers to utilize them to their full extent whenever you can. What do you think of these copyright laws? Share your views with us.

Do you Really Need to Change your Site Design?

Do you Really Need to Change your Site Design?

Web site design plays the vital role in success or failure of any online business. If the design of any website is appealing, the other things can be given the leverage upto some extent content being an exception. While on the other hand if the design of the website is dull boring or striking, confusing and has all that could prove to be an eye-sore it is sure to be a failure.

What should be done to meet the expectations of the clients, customers, viewers or users? Ofcourse the answer is look at it from the user’s perspective. Consider yourself as a viewer and see if you like it, ask your friends, fellow designers for reviews and feedback. If you get the negative feedback, don’t be disheartened, take it as constructive criticism and improve upon it. Till you are sure that the design is user-friendly don’t release it.

Well, I guess I should directly come to the point although whatever mentioned above is not waste of words instead directly connected to the article of the day. We are here not to talk about tips to follow while making a website design or Web Design Mistakes you should Avoid. Instead the topic of the day as the title says is do you really need to change your website design?

If you have launched your website long back and wondering if you need to change the design of your website for miscellaneous good reasons but bewildered wether to do it or not, then go ahead and read on.

You all will agree with me that you don’t master the skills and understand the reactions from the users till you finally roll it out and come to know what all mistakes you made in the designing part. As far as other things like content, advertisements are concerned, the fact remains that you can make changes in between but changing the design of your website is not as easy to do and make users accept it easily.

The website needs to be carefully designed in the initial stage but when the point arises where you feel its time for a change (positive and much professional) then go ahead!

Here, I am listing down the traits which if you feel your website has at current stage then its time for a change! Give your website a makeover if you start getting the feeling that you website is

Do you Really Need to Change your Site Design?

1. Appearing to be dull or impersonal

Initially, we make lot of mistakes on the designing part though our efforts and time we put in are best but it is only after certain period of time when we realize what went wrong or on what part it needs improvement. If after sometime, you start feeling that your website is giving dull or impersonal feeling then go ahead with making the changes.


2. Content is not appearing as expected

Not till the time you finally launch and start putting content on your website you come to know if your content is appearing as you expected it to. If you start getting the feeling keeping in mind the reader’s perspective that your content is becoming non-readable or the design is over shadowing the content then go about making the changes in designing part.


3. Colors are appearing to be dull or striking

Ofcourse, I am not doubting your skills or passing any judgement but then there are chances that initially you felt the choice of colors was really good and in the current state you feel there is need to make some changes then you should go ahead with it. Choose the colors that you feel will prove to be soothing to the eyes of the viewers.


4. Overuse of White Space

If after careful observation and getting feedback from your fellow designers is making you feel that that you have used the every bit of white space making the content difficult to read and confusing then you got to make some changes.

5. Not Following The Latest Web Design Trends

Web design trends change with time. If at any particular time, you feel your website is not following the latest trend and you need to make changes, go ahead with it. Also, you can check out our article ‘Do you Really Need to Follow Web Design Trends‘ if you are considering changing your web design.

Words of caution :

1. Avoid the temptation of making big changes in the urls. If it has to be done it should be very minimal.

2. It always good to understand the impact of the site design and make sure to test the redesign before finally making it public.

3. It is suggested to back up your site before changing its design.

Any change that is for good and if your gut feeling says it will prove to be in your favor, go about implementing it. There is no harm in giving your design a facelift. Changes are good at times but if you tend to do it often it will not be favorable on your part. Make sure you have a good reason for the change and the efforts on your part will make your website more user-friendly, accessible and more search engine friendly.

To wrap up, all I would say is that change is the law of nature and its good to see changes once in a while. I vouch for this statement and suggest to give your website a makeover not often however. Tastes change, as do web dynamics. What’s your say?

The Good Habits of a Successful Web Designer

The Good Habits of a Successful Web Designer

We at “TheNeoDesign” focus on talking in length about tips and tricks of entering, and surviving the filed of web designing. Today’s article revolves around ‘What habits should a web designer have’. Designers just can’t randomly choose to enter the world of designing and just start about. This is one creative field that asks for lot of time devotion and dedication to give shape to your ideas.  I won’t be wrong in saying that one has to developing identity habits  to become a successful designer.

The world of designing is such that while you think you have learnt it all, you come across new design trends, tools, techniques and innovative ideas that leave you wondering. It’s a never-ending brainstorm session that professionals are getting into to leave the newbies and lot many others in the field of designing overwhelmed.

You really need to embrace it all and get fully immersed into it to keep your creative skills ignited and keep yourself updated with the latest happenings in the designing world.  Below are good habits that a highly successful web designer would inculcate.

The Good Habits of a Successful Web Designer

1. Never Stop Learning

Designing is one field that is full of surprises. ‘I Know it all’ is a thought that never seems to be right. There are innumerable creative people who are working hard to come up with new tools, techniques and other things to keep the world of designing interesting.

If you are into this field never think that you have learnt it all. Even if you know everything there is more to know about web design. Its a never-ending process. One should be always ready to learn new things, tools, techniques, trends and much more.


2. Find Solutions

While handling various projects designers come across various problems. Getting stuck is part of handling things and a good designer looks for the solutions not just alternatives. If you are a designer always make sure if you face any problem you look for the solution.

Be curious to know the answers to the questions and solutions to the problems. Leaving the problem and looking for the alternative to complete the project is not the good  habit of a successful web designer.  Its good to quickly find answers rather than memorizing the solutions to every single possible problem is simply not done.


 3. Be Persistent

Being passionate about what you do is the key to success. If you are the one who gives up easy designing is not the field to choose. To find success, you need to develop a passion for the web, technology for creating usable designs and be fully committed. If you are not persistent, you won’t make much progress and get stuck where you loose interest in what you do and if you do it just for the heck of doing it.


4. Work Without Distractions

Making it a habit of setting aside distractions like email or any social media notifications, putting your phone on silent mode and removing all distractions, to completely get engaged in your work does wonders. Dedicate yourself to your work makes you more productive, creative, and raise the quality of your work. If you work in this manner, trust me at the end of the day, you will find yourself more satisfied and content with having actually produced high quality creative work.


5. Know the Importance of Time

Knowing the importance of time is somewhat connected to the one listed above.  This is one good habit of a successful web designer. Scheduling various tasks and dividing the time for various tasks will keep you motivated and you will see the difference in your work style, time you get spare to learn extra things, blog or whatever you want to.


6. No Multi-Tasking

Doing one thing at a time will help you do the work in the right way and dedicating time on the individual projects one at a time will ensure the work is done in right way. Multi-tasking is highly mistaken to be resulting in efficiency but in the world of deigning its the other way round. Multi-tasking doesn’t help here because you may get distracted and the end result would not be what you might have expected.


7. Take No Shortcuts

Successful designers certainly take help of various tools, plugins, applications, softwares and other stuff but then they make sure they don’t get tempted to shortcuts. Shortcuts might work once in a while but not always. Remember what we learnt in school days that there is not short cut to success.


8. Follow Up

Following up with clients is not just good infact an essential habit of any successful designer too. Waiting for people to get back to you will only just leave you disappointed. If you have completed a project for a particular client, you can once in a while ping them to let them know that you would love to work for them but that doesn’t mean you start hounding your clients. Following up makes you look professional while hounding makes you look desperate.


9. Prioritization

Successful designers know how to prioritize their work . Which task needs to be done first should be taken as priority task. I would like to include a point that one should not procrastinate the tasks that need to be done on priority. Learning to prioritize is one good habit of a successful designer.


10. Ability to Work Well Under Pressure

Designing is one deadline oriented business and you should be able to work will under pressure.You just can’t sit back and laze around leaving the project to be completed sometime later without bothering about deadline. Designers like pressure and challenges!


11. Adapt the Changes

Designing is the field where changes occur every now and the. What’s a hit trend in the current time may not be in the list of best web design trends in the future. It is suggestive for designers to become adaptable to changes. Being able to do this can keep you ahead of the pack and add to the good habits.


12.  Strive to Improve

Successful designers are those who are always ready to learn and strive to improve and enhance their skills. Its as simple as that; the more you know, the more you’re worth. Enhancing your skills and excelling will ensure success in the field of designing.


13. Love What you do

Last but not the least, the mantra of success not just in the field of designing but then in all spheres of life is loving what you do. If you don’t like your work you will never be able to put in your 100 % . Deisgning is the field in which your creative skills get you success and one should love it. Highly professional designers love being the part of the designing world and they love what they do!


To sum up, being a successful designer isn’t rocket science. No one is perfect but then if you inculcate the set of habits of professional and successful designers, you are sure to succeed. There’s no room for excuses!

What do you think are the qualities? Have any other great quality which you think well deserve to be mentioned? Do let us know.

How to Choose the Right Font for your Next Design Project

How to Choose the Right Font for your Next Design Project

Typography you all know is one of the most important elements of any design piece. The choice of typography on the designer’s end can make or break the design piece. Therefore, it is very important for a designer to have an eye and pick the apt typography for different projects. One type of font can’t go with all other projects. So, it becomes essential to pick the right typography for design projects.

Choosing the right typeface for your various design projects can be one daunting project if you don’t understand what’s the correct way and what needs to be kept in mind while looking for the right type of typography. With over thousands of typefaces already available and more being created every day, one actually feels bewildered as to where to begin from.

Take an example of type of dress you wear for a particular occasion. Imagine someone wearing a suit or sari for the workout class or a work out dress in a wedding. How awkward it will looks? Obviously, it doesn’t gel well and the right pick for the particular occasion. Just as choosing the right type of outfit for a particular day, occasion is important so is the case with typography. Typography choices are often overlooked by many designers which is actually not the right way to prepare any design piece.

There are few important things that need to be kept in mind while choosing the right font for your designs. What are they?Lets talk about them. Before that, do not forget to check our latest free fonts and 6 free tools to create your own fonts.

How to Choose the Right Font

1. Who is the Target Audience

First and the foremost thing that needs to be kept while looking for the right type of typography to suit your need is who is the target audience, for which company you are preparing the design for. Different fonts need to be picked for bank, a financial company, technology company or likewise. You need to be really selective in choosing the right type of font for your design. Focus on your target audience while picking up the typography for your design.


2. Focus on Readability

Readability in designs is relatively quite important. Be sure to choose the font that is legible. Obviously, in today’s era, we all tend to lay focus on the cool looks and visual appeal but then readability very important. This however doesn’t mean that you should ignore the visual appeal. There are innumerable fonts available today one needs to understand the importance of font being easily readable and understood.


3. Narrow Down Your Choices

It is important to plan ahead as to what’s the tone you wish to present.  There is one thumb rule that works for all type of designs. Always select three typefaces for a design piece, one for the heading, one for the body text and one for accent. It will make your design look sophisticating, visually nice and easy to understand.


4. Word Setting and Spacing

Correct word setting and right spacing will make your design appear professional, easily readable and understood without leaving the viewer baffled as to what message you have tried to convey through your design. The typeface you choose should have allow proper word setting and spacing to make the text easily readable.


5. Professional Look

Even if you are a newbie make sure your designs don’t let viewers know. What i mean to say here is no whatever stage of designing you are at, no matter how long you have been in the field of designing; never underestimate the choice of fonts. While picking up any font for your design piece ask yourself if the font will make your design give the professional look and if the answer is no then leave that font and look for the one you feel will do the needful.


 6. Seek Help

Seeking help from your fellow designers doesn’t indicate that you are not confident or you doubt your skills and any such thing instead its a good idea to ask a professional designer if the font you have chosen for the particular project is right or not.

Its a wise idea to ask for the feedback at the initial stage, what’s the point putting in the hard work and valuable time and later realizing or asking your fellow designers. Don’t hesitate to contact a professional designer who you think would give the right suggestion.


7. Research Well

There are innumerable articles and books on typography, go about reading them which definitely will help you make the right pick. Sparing out time reading books and articles might appear to be difficult for we ll are so engrossed in our daily chore tasks but then its one fruitful activity to follow.


To warp up, all I would like to say is that keep these key points in mind before you begin any of your designing project and wondering which font would suit your design. The correct use of type can make or break your design, so ensure you spare out some time and look for the different options.

Anticipating that these points will help you make your pick of right type of font, I would love to hear your say. Would you like to add any point to the list? Do let us know.