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How to Get More Followers on Dribbble

How to Get More Followers on Dribbble


Just recently, we came up with an article in which we listed down best Dribbble freebies. While I was jotting those freebies, I was thinking how designers increase the number of followers. So, the idea of listing down the tips and tricks designers follow to increase the number of followers was conceived. Dribbble you all know is a platform for designers to showcase their designs, logo designs, icons, fonts and other artworks and get known by the people. Not only this, other designers who are onto some artwork, design, or graphic design give preference to Dribbble if they have to look for any such cool stuff that they can use if they want to use the same for their miscellaneous projects.

Being one of the platform, making optimum use of Dribbble to display artworks, designs and much more one has to be really creative, smart and know how to get known by increasing the number of followers. Now the question arises as to what’s the way out to get more Dribbble followers on one of the greatest communities for designers and developers?

Well, it asks you to do your work dedicatedly and creatively. The basic rule is that your designs should be unique, creative and engrossing enough to speak out for themselves. Your work speaks out but then in today’s cut throat competition where the number of options available is increasing day by day one needs to work hard to get known by directly increasing the followers. What are the tips and tricks that work in getting more followers and increase the experience? Let’s discuss on how to get more Dribbble followers.

How to Get More Followers on Dribbble

1. Good Work is the Key

Designing is one field in which creativity plays the major role. If your work is creative and really appreciable, it will speak for itself. Good work is critical if you want to get more followers. If your creative juices keep flowing, give shape to your ideas and post the end results on Dribbble. If your work is good, people would love following you.

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2. Plan Your Shots

If you are using Dribbble you should learn to plan your shots. What I mean to say here is that one should be as detail oriented as possible. Know what’s the best time of the day to post to Dribbble. Check out the shots on Dribbble and see what’s making them popular and implement the same while posting your designs. Also, before finally posting your design check how your shot will look by dropping it into a template. All this is the part of planning the shots and work in favor to get more followers.

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3. Understand The Power of Social Networking

Simply creating the superb design shots will not help you get the followers without letting people know about it. Once you are ready with the shots post it and spread it around by making optimum use of social networking sites. Its a wise idea to link up your profile on various social networking platforms. Also, you can put it in your signature on forums, blog (if you have one), on your portfolio. This way you can ask people to follow you on Dribbble.

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4. Tagging It Right

It is important to use appropriate tags for your posts which will help people find you while they are searching. If the shots you have posted match their search and thy like your work, they will certainly want to follow you. It is suggested to check the tags page to get familiar with the list of tags that may work for you.

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5. Creativity, Originality and Variance

You all will agree with me that the number of people becoming the part of design world is increasing day by day and the competition has increased a lot. To meet up the expectations of the people and to survive in the market, you have to be creative, original and have variety in your work. Don’t just stick to one type of designs. People love to check out variety of designs and if you offer them the same, you are certain to get more and more followers.

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6. Follow Other Designers

Its give and take profession. If you want people to follow you, you have to mutually get into it. Besides the tips mentioned above one thing that works in getting more followers is following others. Getting followers on Dribbble will make your work float to the top, thereby increasing your followers more. Start building your community by following other designers. If you like the designs of other designers make sure to follow them and there are good chances that they will follow you.

One more thing you can do is look for designers with the same interest as yours and follow them. Make sure to follow active designers, ones who haven’t posted for over an year are not considered to be active members and even if you follow them there are minimal chances that they will follow you. Follow the active members whose work you like and if they like your work, they will follow you too thereby increasing your followers.

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7. Interact With People

Last but not the least, this tip works not just in the field of designing instead in all spheres. If you don’t interact with people nobody will show more interest. If people or your fellow designers are dropping in comments and giving you feedback make sure to answer back. If you show interest and welcome the feedback and comment even if is critical, people will be interested in checking out your work and follow you on one of the greatest design community namely Dribbble.

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To end up, I would like to say that what Dribbble is doing by letting designers, artists and other creative genius is worth applauding. Its just the matter of using this superb platform the right way and get more and more Dribbble followers which will directly help you get known and appreciated for your work.

Try following the tips and trick listed above and see the changes in number of followers. If you have any other idea that will work in increasing the followers, do share with us.

Important Elements of Successful E-commerce Site

Important Elements of Successful E-commerce Site


Talk about what’s the secret mantra of making a website successful, and you will get hundreds and thousands of articles floating all over the web providing the tips and tricks that work in favor. Right? Superb design, useful content, great graphics and nice layout, easily readable text, right type of font usage, easy navigation and many more like these contribute in making a website successful. These are the attributes or what we call the essential elements of successful websites. Which one of these do you think is the part of an e-commerce website?

E-commerce, in the recent years has seen a boom as these days, as we are getting addicted to online shopping. The ease and comfort of picking up the articles of your choice has made e-commerce industry sweep in our lives in a very fast pace. Therefore, it has become important to focus on the essential elements of making e-commerce websites a success. User-friendliness you all know is the key attribute of any kind of website. So is the case with e-commerce websites.

Your website showcases the products and services you offer, so it is important to get the design and functionality right. There are few main characteristics of building a great e-commerce site. Let us take a look at the elements, traits, features or attributes or whatever you call them that contribute in making an e-commerce website a successful endeavour.

Elements of Successful E-commerce Site

1. Responsive Design

Flipkart advertisement that is running on television these days shows how a husband orders anniversary gift for his wife (a bag) easily through his mobile. In today’s hi-tech era where one can access websites, order stuff and much more right in the palms who would wait to go back to the desktop, laptops to open up a website and access various websites. Responsive designing is the latest trend that doesn’t seem to have a bad future in the coming years for the very simple reason that mobile phone are no more just for calling or answering the calls or messaging instead much more. We have talked in detail about the 6 Reasons to Go for Responsive Web Design in 2014 in one of our article.

E-commerce websites that have responsive design to ease the access from any gadget like mobile phones, tablets and likewise are getting excellent response and proving to be more successful than the ones that are not. Responsive design is one important element of successful e-commerce website building.

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2. Mobile and Tablet Compatibility

Pardon me for pointing this one out as it is somewhat similar to that responsive designing but is important element worth mentioning. Responsive designing is the way of future. In today’s competitive era, you need to focus on mobile and tablet compatibility. An increasing number of companies over the last few years that have designed website specifically for mobiles and tablets have seen their sales going up compared to those that did not.

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3. Clear Logo

Whether you are a startup or a branded store, a remarkable logo is like a business card that speaks a lot. When it comes to online shopping, a recognizable logo is an element of trust. So, a nice and clear logo design is of utmost importance.

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4. Deals, Free-Shipping And Offers

Being a big time shopaholic I can tell you how good it feels to get offers and good deals. When the online stores started charging for the shipping, it was such a bad feeling. Free-shipping, offers and various deals are genuinely attractive for online shopaholics. It might not be an important element on designing part but I felt it worth mentioning so included it in the list.

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5. Easy Navigation

Users tend to leave the website as soon as they find any website difficult to navigate. Your e-commerce website can be a success if you focus on navigation to make it easier for the viewer/customer to get what s(he) is looking for. For more tips on user navigation, check out useful tips to create better user navigation.

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6. Speedy Loading

We personally, hate waiting for any website to open and when it comes to online-shopping we just can’t resist checking out as many options (in terms of e-commerce websites). Users tend to abandon web pages that take more time to load which increases the bounce rate thereby leading to effecting the website badly.

If you ignore the loading time feature and don’t consider it to be important definitely it is going to leave a bad impression and people will leave the website not to come back again; who has time to wait for a particular website to load.

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7. E-Commerce Icons

There are innumerable e-commerce icons available on the web, choose wisely to suit your website design making it easier for the user to understand what a particular icon means. From payment icons to cart, deals, price tags and likewise should be chosen with extra care keeping the target audience in mind.

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8. Social Media Links

None of us today can ignore or underestimate the importance of social media, right? From Facebook, Twitter to other social media links, these are all consider to be the ideal source of increasing the sales. Many a times, I end up buying stuff not by going through the online store and checking out instead while surfing my Facebook account where I come across really attractive buys.

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9. Online Chat, Phone Numbers, E-mails

All the blogs and other websites have this contact us page and you know the reason. Incase of e-commerce websites, including the online chat option, customer care support, phone numbers and other means of communication make it easier for the consumers to  get the answers of their queries.

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10. Shopping Cart, Login, Register, Search Box

All these features should be included in an e-commerce website making it easier for the users to access and buy stuff from your online store.

11. Blog

This might sound a fuss to have a blog for your e-commerce website but is genuinely worth making the effort. E-commerce websites that blog have more indexed pages than those that do not have a blog. Blogging you all know helps with SEO enabling you to get traffic thereby increasing your leads.

Some people find it crazy to have a blog for the e-commerce websites but its definitely not. Blogs you can say are assets of e-commerce websites, its a place where you can provide your consumers with relevant research information about the products, read reviews and get all the relevant details they seek to get.

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12. Easy Payment

Definitely this is one of the most important element of a successful e-commerce website. We all love it if we get the ease of payment while buying the stuff online. Focus on this element too while building an e-commerce website.

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13. Trustmarks

No matter how small, these might appear to be but the trustmarks are a sign security, guarantee leaving the impression on the consumer that its safe to shop from your online store. Trustmarks that come from Network solutions, McAfee, Verisign, BBB, TRUSTe, GeoTrust can be included as these  are accreditation certificates that give customers a sense of security and gives them confidence in sharing their private information.

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To wrap up, apart from the elements listed above, clear design, convenient menus, detailed product descriptions and user reviews all play a vital role in making any e-commerce website a success. Have any other point that you think could be added (incase I missed out any)? Do share it with us.

6 Obvious Mistakes Every Freelance Designer Make

6 Obvious Mistakes Every Freelance Designer Make


If you are into freelancing for over the years, chances are that you have made mistakes or if you are new into the field you will make them sooner or later. No matter how many tutorials you go through, helpful tips and tricks you read about, you will not know till you are yourself handling the design projects yourself. But then, it is better to learn from others’ mistake than to commit them yourself and then learn. After all, we don’t have time to make them all, right?

We have talked about How You Should Not Disappoint Your Design Clients and What Freelance Designers Should Learn From Dogs in detail few days back. We hope you liked these articles. Today, we planned to come up with something that will add to your know-how on obvious mistakes that freelance designers tend to make and think freelancing is proving to be a failure without even realizing the mistakes they are making.

Not only this many freelance designers reach the level of quitting and looking for other options to earn their living. Its better to learn from mistakes not just yours instead of others and avoid the same to enjoy freelancing. Admit it or not we all are bound to make mistakes no matter which field we are in and there is no such way that ensures you to avoid every single mistake but you can minimize the level.With the anticipation that you all will be able to avoid some mistakes if you are making any of them unintentionally here I begin discussing about the obvious mistakes freelance designers make.

The Obvious Mistakes Every Freelance Designer Make

1. Underestimating the Importance of Signing a Contract

In a job you are an employee and not in direct contact with the client. You don’t have to bother about payments and other important things, your boss does the needful. Being a freelance web designers is totally different. Here you are your own boss. You have to deal with the clients which asks you to be smart enough to handle them wisely.

Talking about signing a contract, it is an important thing to do before you finally take up a project. Even if you are a friend with your client and share a good rapport with them, it is important to sign the contract which is prepared very carefully.

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2. Not Knowing Your Worth

Not only those who are new in this field instead lot many designers out there don’t realize their worth and charge the clients randomly and later realize its a small amount for the hard work, time and skills you have put in. Ofcourse, I am not trying to tell you that your worth will determine the exact amount you should charge but then it is wise to determine your worth and charge accordingly for the services you provide. Don’t get stuck charging too little.

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3. Not Delivering in Parts

Remember when I last talked about delivering the project in parts? Yes, in my article about the smart ways to del with the non-paying clients. This is a mistake which designers tend to make until they end up meeting an irritating client. Why land up in such a situation? There is no point putting in the hard work and investing your valuable time to end the project and send it complete in all due respect to and just sit back waiting for the feedback and payment from the client.

Designing is one field in which there are more chances that client will not get impressed in the first go instead ask you to go back and forth and making changes. It is always better to create sub-deadlines and deliver different parts of the project regularly.

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4. Not Being Able To Make Out If Your Client Won’t Pay

There are many freelance web designers who are newbie and are not able to make out if the clients will turn out to be bad payers. Not that its the matter of time that determines if freelance web designers easily make out if the clients will pay or not instead many designers tend to get mistaken and land up in a situation where they don’t get paid for their hard work.

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5. Working Round The Clock

I don’t deny the fact that designers need to devote lots of time in front of their systems to complete the projects on given time period and try out lot many things to finally choose which font, theme, tool they will use but that doesn’t mean they have to work round the clock and get sleep deprived. Also, working in the monotonous routine lessens down the productivity and make you feel bored.

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6. Giving up Easily

Starting the online web design business is easy but on moving further many designers fail to cope up and with few downfalls tend to feel like a failure thereby loosing hope to make a career in the field of designing. In the field of deigning, one needs to be quite patient and just keep moving.

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These are the common mistakes designers tend to make and should be avoided at any cost to be successful freelance designer. Even if you are new in the field or have spent many years, you should focus on increasing your productivity and work the smart way by avoiding these above mentioned mistakes.

Important Tip : Don’t wait for making a mistake and learning from them instead learn from the mistakes of the others and avoid the same to become a successful freelance designer.

Do you Really Need to Follow Web Design Trends?

Do you Really Need to Follow Web Design Trends?


Time changes and so do trends. Some of the trends continue to be the part of the world but then there are many that were liked in the days gone by but won’t be followed in the coming days. Designing is one field in which trends need to be followed to ensure that you leave an everlasting impression on the viewers with the creative designs. We recently came up with the articles in which we talked in detail about the latest design trends that is flat web designs and responsive web designs respectively.

Trends keep changing and it is suggestive for web designers to keep following them. Now, topic of the day is that is how far is it important to follow the web design trends? There might be many contradictions. Some of you out there might ignore the importance of web design trends while many of you who would agree with me that the web design trends need to be strictly followed.

Checking out both sides of the coin that is worst and the best web design trends can make it easy to understand as to what is loved by the users and what all proves to be an eye-sore.

Following the web design trends and understanding what is good and what is irritating from the viewers’ point of view definitely works in favor. How about understanding this a bit more with few examples? Call them examples, tips tricks or whatever; the fact remains that the below listed points need to be clearly understood and kept in mind while handling any design project.

Do you Really Need to Follow Web Design Trends?

1. Not Befooling Clients With Clicks

There are lot many websites that have amazing number of links clicking which you land up on the page you never intend to open up. It is so irritating and distracting. I personally hate coming across such websites in which the owners try to act smart and get page views/clicks. This you can say is against web design trends at any stage or in any era. This was hated long back, is never appreciated as of now and will never prove to be a success in the future.

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2. Advertisements

Ads have since long been the part and parcel of any business. Obviously, one works hard to get the bread and butter on the table but it shouldn’t be at the cost of patience of customers. Anyone coming across a website with innumerable advertisement that over shadows the content for which the particular website was opened up  will feel be-fooled and irritated. Following the norms and placing the advertisements is the trend of all time and should be followed.

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3. Correct Use of Colors

Imagine opening up a website with flashy striking colors. What an eye-sore it will prove to be. Correct use of colors is essential part of web designing. All those bright colored boxes are so distracting.

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4. Responsive Design

Responsive designs are much appreciated trend of the day for the fact that people do not stick to just computers or laptops instead mobiles, tablets have taken over. If your designs are not responsive, they are certain to leave the viewers disappointed.

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5. Simple Designs

Keeping things simple rule applies in the designing field too. Don’t come up with designs that leave your viewers bewildered so much so that one closes down the tab after getting agitated with the confusion as to what actually you tried to do with the design.

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See, what I have tried to say by listing the examples of trends that designers should follow not just today but always. Trends come, trends go but certain things remain constant. It is anyday suggestive to note down some key points, do a research as to what’s the in thing, what are the worst design trends  before finally starting to give shape to your ideas.

This article will prove to be half left and can be well understood by going through the articles on best web design trends and the worst web design trends. Ask me, I would say designers should always follow certain things, understand what irritates the viewer, what is most appreciated and what are the latest web design trends that one should follow.

Just randomly coming up with the idea to create a web design and without any brainstorming or research starting off would prove to be a failure. Instead follow the web design trends and if you are the one who thinks out of the box and feels can be a trend setter; you are most welcome!

I would love to hear what do you have to say on this topic. I have had my say and strongly believe that one must follow web design trends, now its your turn. Drop in your valuable comments below.

Flat Web Design : Pros and Cons

Flat Web Design : Pros and Cons


None of us can deny the fact that flat design is the latest trend in the world of design. Talk about what makes flat design the best is that its easy to maintain, clean, colorful, minimal, friendly, comes with minimal distractions and the list seems to continue. Endowed with all these cool features that it has in store for the users, flat website design has taken the web world by storm.

From easy user interface. bold colors, sharp images, simple navigation, distinctive fonts, easy to read text all together contribute in making flat design the choice of millions. Indeed, all you designers know that flat design is two-dimensional, uses simple icons and has minimalistic approach makes the website easy to manage.

Flat design has best attributes like friendly aesthetic, simple user interface, positive wire-framing effect, ease of use and maintenance and many more. While flat design is the in thing, designers these days have not just one challenge to face instead have to make sure that the design is responsive enough to provide the user the ease of access on other devices than just desktops. The question that arises is what’s the best way to make a website responsive and follow the latest design trend that is focusing on flat designing too. 

Well, the answer is knowing the pros and cons of a particular trend. Talking about the flat web design trends; there is indeed the two sides of the coins that each designer should know and shouldn’t just blindly follow the trend as its the in thing.

Here, I plan to list down the pros and cons of flat design to help you designer friends if you should go for the flat design for your next project or shun it. How about checking out a small table that gives the gist of pros and cons of flat design? Take a look.

Pros of Flat DesignCons of Flat Design
Easier to design, maintain and updateFlat design is bit too simple
Offers bold colors, visually appealing fonts, and simple iconsConveying complex visuals is not easy in flat design
Gives soothing appeal to eyesMisspellings and errors are easily noticeable in the text
Easily readable textLimitation on creativity and decoration
Minimal distractions is ensuredColor palettes matching is not easy

1. Flat Design is Popular Design Trend

Pro : We all know that flat design is sweeping all over the web and is the latest cool design trend on the chart. With fresh look, new cool features, ease of use which have been missing in the design trends previously, its all the more exciting thing to join the flat design bandwagon.

Con : Indeed, flat design is the hottest UI trend as of now but on the flip side of the trend equation is we actually don’t know for how long this trend will last and keep our imagination engaged. With the fast-evolving technology, we can expect changes in the design trends anytime soon.

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2. Simple User-Interface

Pro :  Opting for flat design makes it easier to put all the elements and visuals get the clean and bold look that enables users to enjoy the simplicity and ease of use. Simple user-interface with bold colour and typography choices, make it look all the more appealing and visually stunning. Here, I would like to mention the article on tips to create better user navigation.

Con : Some people complain of flat design being little too simple. It becomes difficult to convey a complicated visual message in flat design. Also, its simple user-interface tools contributes in getting it a thumbs down. From users’ point of view, too much simplicity in interface design is not accepted with open heart.

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3. Color Palettes

Pro : Bright color sets a mood. Bright and warm colour palette ensures to engage audiences. Flat design incorporates the use of several colours that evoke a sense of positivity making it appealing.

Con :  We know that in the traditional web design, one or two colors are used and while creating a flat design around five colors are used that make it difficult to match them correctly. Creating a colour palette with several colors, designers need to consider things like saturation quite carefully.

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4. Typography

Pro : We have discussed about typography being the positive factor in flat designing. With bright colors, bold and creative look, the overall typography looks stunning.

Con : To err is human but incase you opt for flat design, you need to be extra cautious as choosing the wrong typography can make the text appear bad and misspelling are not easy to hide and will become obvious which can ruin the design.

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5. Sharp and Clean Visuals

Pro : In a flat design, clean and sharp user interface is laid focus on. The icons, buttons, lines and shapes are all minimal which makes it look beautiful.  High-contrast features including color, type and boldness all together make lines clean and easy to follow.

Con : This feature while on one hand makes flat design look visually stunning on the other hand can look overly simple. It has the possibility to compromise mobile usability if not done correctly. Quite lot of users argue on minimal nature of flat design and  don’t find it comfortable thereby leading to a poor mobile UI experience.

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Conclusion

We all are aware of the fact that web design is evolving at a very fast pace and to opt for a particular trend to be followed designers need to evaluate the pros and cons of each approach.

We have tried to help designers by listing the pros and cons of flat design which surely is one of the more popular design concepts today but you need to make your pick depending upon the look, feel and tone you want to convey through your content. The choice is yours. Have your say. We would love to hear your viewpoint. 

How you Should Not Disappoint your Design Clients

How you Should Not Disappoint your Design Clients


One of the most difficult parts of being a freelancer and having your own online business is dealing directly with your clients. If they are disappointed, it’s your fault completely. You don’t have a company or colleagues to fall back on to help you deal with the clients.

Freelancing is not as easy as it is expected to be. Call it a negative aspect or the positive one, when you are into the job and you are offering services to some company, you don’t have to deal with the clients directly and if a client has some issue regarding your work, your boss has to deal with it. Whereas, in the case of freelance designers, they have to deal with the clients directly and have no scope of blaming others for not having met the expectations of the clients.

It is very demoralizing to hear your clients say something bad for you have disappointed them intentionally or unintentionally. If you keep falling short while handling any of your client it will accidentally disappoint your design clients.

With few intelligent ways you can cut out the disappointment on your clients’ end and be professional enough to be trusted that you will provide the best result maintaining the good rapport with the clients.

1. Don’t Over Commit

You certainly know which is a feasible demand from the client’s end and which is not. In the quest to impress the client, don’t go over the board and commit anything that is not feasible. Don’t commit on anything you can’t deliver.

Time span for example is entirely up to you to decide and let the client know because you know how much time you expect to take in handling a particular project. If you promise to deliver the project on a stipulated time period and don’t do the same, its entirely your mistake. Evaluate before hand and keep the margin before you promise.

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2. Design Trends and Techniques

If you are in this field for quite a few years and have been using same techniques and trend till now, its time to bring in the changes. Make use of new design techniques and follow the latest design trends. As a designer, its your responsibility to evaluate and implement new design techniques and technologies.

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3. Meeting Deadlines

When you have committed to deliver the project at a particular time, stick to it. Even if you have to work day and night to meet the deadline; do it but leave no stone unturned to finish the project on time. If for some reason you are unable to deliver it on time, do make sure to inform the client beforehand and apologize for the same besides letting the client know what you will be doing or offering as compensation.

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4. Listen to the Client

If you are a designer, develop the skills of listening.  This is one key tip to meet the expectations of the clients. Listen carefully to what exactly the client is expecting which doesn’t mean that you need to stay silent. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Also, make sure you take meticulous notes of important points.

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5. Be Accessible

Be as accessible at the time schedule you have given to your client so that s(he) might want to ask or convey some message. Tell the client about the mode of communication and time of your availability. Also, ask the same because you never know when the need arises while handling the project.

It is suggestive to stay in touch and be accessible even after you are over with the project. New opportunities might knock your doors. Also, it will help the client incase the need arises.

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6. Accept your Mistakes

To err is human. You can make mistakes while handling the project. Don’t blame your mistake on things and other people. If you have committed a mistake or you are unable to meet the deadline make sure to apologize. Take responsibility and avoid giving excuses.

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7. Don’t Complain on Additional Work

There are chances that the client might ask you to some additional work. Something might click his/her mind in between. It sounds irritating but you need to take it calmly. You can charge for the additional work and let client know about it before doing the needful.

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8. Don’t Respond Defensively to Complaints

Very few people take criticism positively. We all hate criticism of our work but give it a thought, if nobody is providing feedback how will you come to know that you have done the work correctly or not. It is not always that the client will like your design. He/she may complain and without going defensive take this criticism as constructive and work on that in a positive manner.

10. Invoicing at Right Time

Its pointless and highly unprofessional to invoice a client before you have even delivered a bit. When you have delivered what was discussed beforehand, wait for clients to have their say and know if they are satisfied with your work. After the client has approved the draft, you can send in the invoice and final design. Timing your invoices tactfully is the trick.

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Now, you know what all it takes to be professional designer and not disappoint clients. Keep these simple key points in mind while taking or handling any project. It is easy to choose freelancing as a career but asks you to be smart and professional to maintain your professionalism and meet the expectations of the clients.

Importance of Emotions in Design

Importance of Emotions in Design


What would be the topic of next write-up is what I keep thinking about when I am not writing. During the chit chat session with one of my friend an idea clicked my mind and here I am to talk about it. The title certainly says it all. When asked if there is any importance of emotions in design world in which people work 24×7 and are mostly seen sitting in front of their systems, doing brainstorming even in free hours what could be the expected answer.

Lets talk about it in detail. See, the point is anyone who is working online is doing it to earn the living by doing the work that makes them stand out and being noticed. One way we are working for ourselves that is to earn our livelihood and other way for our target audience. 

If we are not able to build strong relationship with our targeted audience, our efforts won’t pay off. Page views, mailing list, signups, product purchases and likewise are the result of this relationship which develops with time, trust (that authentic helpful stuff is being delivered), showing value and creating an emotional connection.

As a layman, one might not be able to differentiate between designs by a professional or an ameature designer but we know what looks good is what we love sharing and talking about. On the other hand if your website or the stuff you come up with doesn’t appeal the consumer, trust and value won’t be established and sales could be lost.

These days, lot many companies are focusing on building a personality which evokes an emotional reaction from a visitor thereby creating strong connection.  Not just big entrepreneurs instead even a single freelancer or shopkeeper is focusing much on building strong emotional relationship with the target audience.

Importance of Emotions in Design

Talking about design, if its good and visually appealing, it is sure to appeal consumer so much so that one will advertise about it. Designs that make target audience relate with them are sure to evoke emotions just like the advertisements and movies that make the viewers relate their lives to are much liked than the ones which are not easily understood and seem to be out of this world.

Life insurance, baby products are such commercials that sell a feeling or an idea more so than an actual product. Emotional design that shows empathy for the audience, that puts the audience first, before the company or the business, serves the audience better, information it provides, appeals the viewer are the ones that are liked, shared and much talked about. Who would like to share a design that has all these missing in it or the ones that are proving to be an eye-sore?

1. Simple

No matter how trendy we go, deep inside our heart we still love simplicity. If your designs are simple, easily understood, not complicated they are sure to appeal the viewer and create an effective emotional bonding. Besides being aesthetically nice such designs are easier to trigger a single emotion response.

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2. Visually Appealing

Designs that strike the eyes prove to be an eye-sore. This is related to simplicity. Design that is simple and not confusing add to the visual appeal. While designing one should keep in mind the value of visual appeal that evoke the emotions of the viewers.

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3. Enjoyable

No matter how much you focus on simplicity and visual appeal while designing, the fact is that if your design is not interesting, viewers won’t like it and certainly won’t enjoy checking it out. This will add to the disappointment level thereby won’t be able to evoke emotions of the viewers.

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4. Memorable

There are times when we come across somethings or we read something, see someone that we remember for years. Designs that are simple, visually appealing, enjoyable, and nicely designed are certain to be loved by the viewers. When you are done with the drafting part, ask yourself if your design stands out? If the answer is no, try to understand what is it that’s missing and then go about making the changes to come up with more interesting and memorable design. 

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Designs that accompany the above listed features are certain to emotionally attract the viewers thereby getting you positive feedback. Emotional web design aren’t an afterthought or result of haphazard designing instead emotionally evoking features are kept in mind from the very beginning of the design process. 

Imagine opting up a website, an infographic, application, print ads and likewise that are not visually appealing ones that have striking colors, are confusing. Would you like to check it out again or share it with people? Ofcourse not! An emotionally attractive design makes people feel good. They get the feeling of belongingness with the design. During the entire process of designing if you keep the audience’s needs above your own it is sure to evoke the emotions of the viewers. Also, don’t forget to check our articles titled 6 Reasons to Go for Responsive Web Design in 2014, and Useful Tips to Create Better User Navigation that will help you in your designing. Make sure to keep these tips in mind while focusing on emotional factor in designing to make your designs stand apart.

Useful Tips to Create Better User Navigation

Useful Tips to Create Better User Navigation


Designing a good, user-friendly website is no rocket science unless you know the tips and tricks that are favourable making the user visit your website again and again. The key points of making your website design user-friendly include keeping it clean, simple, visually appealing, using right color tone, clarity, responsiveness, easy navigation (avoiding mystery meat navigation) and likewise. Acting smart or making weird choices while designing your website can contribute in making your website design an eye-sore.

To cut the long story short, I would say making your website easy to use and as user-friendly as possible is the master key that includes all the elements mentioned above. There is no shortage of websites that have the content similar to yours and if your website design fails to deliver what it promises in easy and user-friendly manner, users will be looking for other websites without wasting any time. So, it takes a good understanding of the important elements of user-friendly web designs.

Talking about navigation which is the topic of the day, it is one of the most important element of any web design.  A visitor is sure to leave immediately if you act smart with navigation or unintentionally ignore the importance of navigation in web designing. Studies show that on an average the typical view time when a visitor opens up the page for the first time is two to four seconds and if they fail to understand how to navigate the website, they leave the website. Poor navigation is undeniably one factor that contributes in making user leave the website  and abandon it.

Content we all know is the important part of the website for which the user is opening the website for but then if your website is not easy on the designing part which means navigation, use of colors, user interface and likewise then the visitor will no more be interested in checking out the content no matter how good it is.

Fortunately, there are people who keep coming up with tips and tricks of making website designing better ensuring to prevent abandonment. Read out the user navigation tips which listed below for your reference when creating website for your targeted audience.

Useful Tips to Create Better User Navigation

1. Keep User Perspective in Mind

Before implementation comes the planning stage. A good navigation is the result of good planning. Keeping the user perspective in mind is of prime importance. It is always good to understand how your users would like to navigate. Make sure, you don’t complicate things instead make it easy for the user to get to other pages without any time lag.

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2. Focus On Simple Navigation

Keeping things simple is the key to almost any kind of project you are handling. as far as navigation is concerned, there is no point making a long list of categories, Merging up is the smart way out else your navigation will look messy. Avoid long menu, disorganized sub categories and other things that can add to complications. Keep things as simple as possible.

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3. Clear and Prominent Navigation

Don’t make navigation clear and prominent on home page instead every page of your website should be easy on navigation. As certain that the location of your navigation is easily seen. If the users find it difficult to find the navigation, they will leave without any second thought. Place the primary links on top eliminating the need on the user’s end to look for the same by continuous scrolling down.

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4. Focus on Organized Linking

If your linking is disorganized user will get confused. Make sure that you have organized the links according to the order of importance. Related links for the posts also work in favor as the readers might be interested in reading more about the topic.

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5. Be Consistent

Placing navigation anywhere is simply not the right thing. Be consistent in placing it at the same spot and in the same order, color, design and font to make sure that the reader doesn’t get bewildered.

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6. Enable Visitors to Navigate Your Site from Any Page

Giving due importance to home page is good but you should never underestimate the value of other pages. It is recommended that you should add your site’s primary navigation scheme to every page and make sure users don’t have to visit the homepage in order to find their way. 

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7. Pagination is Equally Important

Clearly showing the page numbers lets users know where they are and won’t leave them wondering. Simply using next and previous is not the right way instead make sure to have proper pagination.

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8. Minimize the Number of Clicks

Providing information to the user in easy and user-friendly way is the main aim of a website so, having simple navigation and minimizing the number of clicks becomes important. There shouldn’t be too many drop down menus, tables of content and anchor text which will help users navigate easily and stay for long.

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9. Include Search Tool In Your Website

It is suggestive to include search tool which is like providing assistance to the users.  It is easy for the users to check out what they are looking for in your website and eliminates the need of checking out each and every page which will take too much of their time. Users are definitely going to shun the process and look for the same on some other website. So, it is preferable to include search tool.

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10. User-Friendliness is the Key

Make it easy for the users to use your site by letting them know where they are going is certainly going to add to the user-friendliness. It is suggestive to use simple words to direct them.

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To wrap up, I would say that creating good user navigation certainly works in favour. While designing your website, keep the targeted audience in mind and see from the eyes of the user. If you like it as a user; others too will. Else rectify your mistakes. Hope these listed user navigation tips and tricks help you in creating better user navigation. If there is any point you wish to add to the list, drop in the comment below.

What Freelance Designers Should Learn from Dogs

What Freelance Designers Should Learn from Dogs


There are countless number of beautiful quotes related to dogs that actually make you drool over and each time you see a picture or read such quotes, you tend to fall more in love with them. Before I begin writing down, I would love to mention some of the beautiful quotes I just loved.

As put in by Josh Billing-“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself” and the one that is actually short but worth sharing is by Roger A. Caras- “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

Not just these but you will come across many of such nice quotes that you will love reading. Remember a nice thoughtful lines by John Grogan, Marley and Me : Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog? If not read on!

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”

Lovely lines I must say. Dogs are not just your best friends but then make you learn a lot. While each one of us is busy in our jobs, meeting deadlines, surviving the cut-throat competition and earn our living, we forget to take care of ourselves and notice our small gestures. Do you know how much stressful our lives have become?

Freelancing is a cool option that an ever increasing number of people are opting for to earn their living. Freelance designers to talk about, they just a laptop where ever  they are which they stick to for long hours to come up with best designs possible. Its not as easy job as it sounds to be. There is so much of stress of looking for a project, handling the clients on the own, meeting deadlines and what not.

The reason why I am talking in length and enjoying writing on this topic is that I own a dog (Labrador) with the name Angel who has actually made me learn a lot. I being a freelancer am glad to get to see my dog’s small gestures; the way she enters the room waving her tail, comes and sits besides me, stare at me continuously while I am having something. Ohh I just love each and every gesture of her.

Without further adieu I should begin with the topic of the day. ‘TheNeoDesign‘ is started with the aim to help designers and developers the best possible way. Here, we have chosen one of the best topic to talk about and help our freelance designers learn from their dogs. We can actually learn a lot from the canines about living each day with extreme enthusiasm and joy, staying focused and following our heart, no matter what. I am sure by the time you end reading the article you will be more in love with your dog if you have one and if you don’t have one you would end up making your mind to get one.

What Freelance Designers Learn from Dogs

1. Stick To A Schedule

Pets love the consistency of a routine and one should follow the same. Studies show that if you sleep and get up at the same time, you tend to sleep better. Sticking to a consistent schedule for bathing, dressing, eating helps improve the quality of sleep thereby helping you work with great concentration. Plan your days and follow a routine. If you stick to a schedule you will actually notice the difference in your productivity and efficiency.

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2. Be Persistent

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know that they’re really persistent. Angel, over the years has made me understand how to be persistent. She keeps asking for the food which smells nice to her, sits around making cute faces and at times tapping my legs to get the food.

Being persistent in what you want  and trying your level best is one important lesson which dogs make you learn. Don’t give up when no one hearing initially. Ask for the reason why the person on other end is saying no to hire you for project or whatever you are trying for. Try different angles and ways to get the desired outcome. Even if you don’t get that project or deal, you will at least know what went wrong and can improve upon.

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3. Say No To Multi-Tasking

I have seen my dog do the job with undivided attention. If we juggle work and try doing multi-tasking like checking e-mails, answering to the calls, web surfing trying to do multi tasking it will lead us nowhere. We tend to do so in the quest to complete all jobs soon but then it takes more time than doing one job at a time. Those who do multi tasking tend to make their attention and memory suffer compared to those who focus on one task at a time.
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4. Make the Most of Every Opportunity

Dogs never ever gives up! Angel knows who can give her something to eat and keeps moving around the person and in return many times gets something. When guests are at home, she knows that its time to make the most of the opportunity and get good stuff to eat. All you freelance designers should also make sure not to waste any opportunity. You never know things might work out if you grab the opportunities that knock your door.

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5. Do What You Love

No one can motivate Angel to do anything she doesn’t love to do. She will do it once or twice but will not continue for long and does everything she loves to do. This is one great lesson, we all can learn that is to do what we love and don’t do anything just for the heck of it. If you are getting a feeling that a particular project is not what you would want to, don’t do it instead be humble to say no and ask for something that you would love to do.

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6. Be Curious

Research shows that people who are curious tend to have a greater sense of meaning in life. Also, curiosity has been linked to psychological well-being and it tends to help expand the knowledge and skills.

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7. Give Your Best Shot

Be it getting her favourite cookie, getting us out of our seat to take her to the loo or making us know if she smells the rat, she will make every possible effort she can to convey the message. If we are not paying attention, she will bark non-stop, make sound (which makes us know what she is asking for), go and sit at the door time and again asking to take her out as she has to get fresh, she doesn’t give up and gives her best shot. This is one important lesson which dogs make us learn if we understand.

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8. Work Comes First

Over the years, I have noticed, if Angel has her food right in front of her and she is having it at the same time, if the door bell rings, she will go straight to the door to see who is it, then come back and have her food. Seeing her at this time makes me learn no matter how tempted I am to watch television, talk to a friend over the phone, sleep or do anything but work, I should not go for it when I am working. Duty comes first is the lesson which I have learnt from Angel.


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9. Speak For Yourself

No one comes to know what you want till you speak up. Dogs are smart and know how to get what they want. They don’t have tongue as we have then also they know how to speak for themselves (if you understand). We all have the same tendency. For example, if you are waiting for the payment to be done by the client and its not being done, there is no harm in asking in a subtle manner. Similarly, if you have some problem in handling any project tell the clients directly. Likewise there are many cases which ask us to speak for ourselves.

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10. Stay Focused

This is a key tip for each one of us. Whatever we do, we should have a clear aim and should be focused. Hold a cookie in your hand and keep moving your hand here and there, your dog will not move from there till he gets that cookie which he knows is for him. I love the focus which Angel has to get what she desires and her efforts be it jumping or getting up on the bed to get it makes me think how unfocused we human beings are. We know what we desire and wish to achieve our goal but fail to stay focused till we get it.

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To wrap up, all I would say is that animals do make us learn a lot about life and make us realise our mistakes; all we need to do is observe them carefully. Have any key tip which you think we freelancers can get to learn from our dogs? Do share with us. We planned to come up with an article in which we will talk about how dogs help us learn to stay healthy while performing our day to day tasks. Stay tuned!

6 Reasons to Go for Responsive Web Design in 2014

6 Reasons to Go for Responsive Web Design in 2014


With the ever increasing craze of different gadgets like mobile phones, tablets we all know that the mobile internet usage has been skyrocketing and is anticipated to see a boom in the coming days. It is for this reason that clients are demanding designers to come up with designs that besides offering the best user-experience are highly responsive.

By responsive, we mean that the websites are not just designed keeping in mind computers and laptops instead provide the best user-experience to the one who is accessing the websites through mobiles and tablets.

Talk about designers, keeping updated with the latest trends and following them is of vital importance and responsive web designing, web applications, mobile applications are the trend of the day. In the web design industry, we all know that the responsive design is all set to change the way designers create websites and how people are using websites.

For users, there is much more to look forward to and for designers, with changing trends, there’s a lot of work to be done keeping the target audience in mind. We won’t be wrong in saying that responsive designing is the future of  web design world. But then, not all designers are aware of the fact that how not following this latest trend will make their entire effort go down the drain.

Today, I have compiled a list of top reason which are in favor of responsive web designing stating why designers should focus on responsive web designing as soon as today.

6 Reasons to Go for Responsive Web Design in 2014

1. Google Strongly Recommends Responsive Web Designing

What other reason one needs to go for the responsive web designing now. Remember two years back Google strongly recommended the use of responsive web design and continues to do so. If you all know, responsive websites have one URL and the same HTML which enables Google to easily crawl and index your website content.

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2. Easy Accessibility

Mobile phones and tablets promise to provide users with the information anytime anywhere as it is not possible to carry laptops every where. With mobile devices in your hands, you can easily checkout almost anything from blog posts to newspapers, magazines, emails, mobile apps easily. Responsive web design is a bridge for websites to adapt and display the content easily.

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3. Responsive Web Designing is Preferred For SEO

If your website design is not responsive, you will have to manage two separate SEO campaigns for your main website and mobile site while on the other hand responsive web design helps you put all your SEO efforts into a single website which will eliminate the need of promoting individual websites for your desktop and mobile.

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4. Minimizes Bounce Rate

More and more people are using their mobile phones to access various websites and if the design of your website is not responsive and users doesn’t like it, they are sure to leave immediately which is definitely not the favorable thing. It is anticipated that the usage of mobile phones to access websites will see a skyrocketing boom in the years to come.

So guys, what are you waiting for? Responsive design assures to cut down the bounce rate for the simple reason that CSS values keep changing with different devices. Switch to responsive web designing now.

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5. Responsive Design Is Low On Maintenance

There are lot many business owners that are relying on a mobile web site only which is high on maintenance as it comes with many issues attached and needs to be updated and maintained quite frequently. What a bad idea though! On the other hand responsive web design if adopted is low on maintenance and has a longer life.

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6. Responsive Web Design Boosts Up Business

Businesses that reach out to customers see the speedy success as people these days are spending more time on their mobile devices than laptops and desktops. Responsive web design is one convenient, simple, easy, and effective way to reach out to customers.

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Conclusion

From the reasons listed above, it is clear that responsive web design is indeed the future of web design and one needs no more reasons to say yes to the responsive web designs. Designers should make sure to follow this trend. What’s your take on responsive web design as a vital part of the design industry? Have your say by dropping in the comments below.