Tag Archives: business

M3talinks for Jun 21st

Today’s M3talinks for Jun 21st

  • startuptools / FrontPage – # Start-ups are always short on time. Here are some tools (products/frameworks/etc) that might avoid you reinventing the wheel and save you some valuable time.<br />
    # We (Songkick) have found that the most useful tools are introduced to us by other start-ups. This wiki is an attempt to collect some of that knowledge and experience in one place so that companies getting started on new problems have a useful reference.<br />
    # This list is focused on technical tools to save development time. For business focused resources, Seedcamp have created a useful wiki here.<br />
    # With each tool, we've added a list of start-ups known to be using that tool, so there's a sense of how well tested they are by the community. If no start-up can vouch for the tool it doesn't make it onto the list.<br />
    # This list is maintained by Ian at Songkick but will be a lot better for your additions!
  • — NoNotes.com — Premium Edition – What is NoNotes?<br />
    NoNotes is a high quality low cost transcription and translation provider. We take your audio files and turn them in to text and we can translate any document to more than 80 languages.<br />
    <br />
    Who does it benefit?<br />
    Imagine being unable to attend a meeting or conference and having every word emailed to you for your review. Save time and money by having your meetings and conferences documented word-for-word.<br />
    <br />
    How NoNotes helps you.<br />
    Record your meeting, upload the file and we will provide you with a word-for-word record which can then be distributed, searched and stored for your records.
  • The Reliability, Efficiency, and Affordability of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Recently I had reason to get some audio transcribed using Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk service. The results have been impressive, and in this post I describe my experience and consider ways besides transcription that this service might be useful.
  • — NoNotes.com — Premium Edition – What is NoNotes?<br />
    NoNotes is a high quality low cost transcription and translation provider. We take your audio files and turn them in to text and we can translate any document to more than 80 languages.<br />
    <br />
    Who does it benefit?<br />
    Imagine being unable to attend a meeting or conference and having every word emailed to you for your review. Save time and money by having your meetings and conferences documented word-for-word.<br />
    <br />
    How NoNotes helps you.<br />
    Record your meeting, upload the file and we will provide you with a word-for-word record which can then be distributed, searched and stored for your records.
  • The Reliability, Efficiency, and Affordability of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Recently I had reason to get some audio transcribed using Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk service. The results have been impressive, and in this post I describe my experience and consider ways besides transcription that this service might be useful.
  • Transcription services: Audio, Video, CD/DVDs… CastingWords – * All transcription is done by people, not machines.<br />
    * High quality transcription — we catch the difficult words.<br />
    * You get an RSS feed rss icon from fineicons.com of all of your transcripts.<br />
    * Transcripts are delivered in plain text, HTML, and MS Word formats.<br />
    * We spend lots of time on quality control, all transcription is inspected many times, using multiple workers.<br />
    * Transcripts are emailed to you – and can be picked up here at the site.<br />
    * Order tracking so you always know what is happening with your transcript.<br />
    <br />
    Go to our Transcription Store to start your order. Or read more in our FAQ

linkHive For Mar 29th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 29th

  • Small Business Accounting | WorkingPoint – A Complete Solution<br />
    Don't juggle multiple software packages. WorkingPoint integrates tools for small business accounting, online invoicing and many other small business needs.<br />
    Easy To Use<br />
    — We designed WorkingPoint for business owners, not accounting professionals. It is simple and straight-forward to use.<br />
    High-Quality<br />
    — WorkingPoint is a high-quality, time-saving system you can depend on to manage your small business accounting and finances. It lets you focus on making your business successful.<br />
    Completely Secure<br />
    — We use the same Internet security technologies that banks do, so your critical business data is absolutely secure – far more than it would be on your own computer.<br />
    An Online System<br />
    — Don't waste time struggling with software upgrades, patches and system maintenance. Online invoicing helps you get paid faster. With WorkingPoint, there's nothing to install and no upgrades to download. And since you aren't tied to a single computer, you can manage your business wherever you are

linkHive For Mar 7th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 7th

  • Design View / Andy Rutledge – Design Questions – You may be surprised, but I never ask design-related questions in design project discovery meetings. Some might wonder at this, as it may seem counterintuitive. The reason I don’t ask design questions of the client is the same reason an architect doesn’t ask the client what PSI the building’s load-bearing foundational structures will need to endure.<br />
    <br />
    In either case, such issues are for the design/architect pros, not the client. The result had better serve the client’s needs and it just better damn-well work. That’s what the client and his customers care abou
  • I wish I would have known: Answers from 11 top freelancers | Guerrilla Freelancing – Today we’ve got an awesome article for any first time freelancers. I’ve rounded up a few of the top freelancers out there and had them answer the question “What do you wish you would have known starting out as a freelancer?”. Needless to say, this article is full of over 2 thousand words of wisdom. I hope you find use for this article and if you know someone who might benefit from it, I’d love if you shared it with your twitter followers and facebook friends. Thank you :)
  • The Future of Wireframes – Articles – MIX Online – As we move into the next decade of web design, it's time for us to reevaluate our understanding of wireframes—a tried and tested user experience staple.
  • Book: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig – The untold secrets of the elite JavaScript programmers distilled for intermediate JavaScript programmers, bringing them completely up to speed with the challenges of modern JavaScript development. Explores specific techniques, strategies, and solutions to developing robust, cross-browser, JavaScript code.
  • jQuery: Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie – jQuery: Novice to Ninja will show you how to unleash the amazing power of jQuery. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll master all the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers—within hours.<br />
    <br />
    jQuery has quickly become the JavaScript library of choice, and it’s easy to see why. This JavaScript framework dramatically improves how you add interactivity and animation to your website.
  • ‘Good’ Beats ‘Innovative’ Nearly Every Time – BusinessWeek – An obsession with innovation leads executives down the wrong path. Just trying to be good would be a smarter focus
  • Skyrocket Labs | Web site design, development, blogging, social media, XHTML/CSS templates, jQuery, PHP | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – CSS3 tricks have been pretty popular in the last while on various design blogs and with good reason. Like many of you, I've caught the CSS3 bug and this afternoon I took a stab at this nifty little method of adding hints to your form fields (as well as some fancy style enhancements) using CSS3. The cool part is you don't require Javascript for the form field hints. Here's a demo and run down of the code used.
  • How To Design a Clean and Professional Resume / CV Website | Voosh Themes – Earlier in the week I released a new HTML template called Jamba which is a single page resume and CV template. In this post I’d like to show you how I designed the template in Photoshop (check out the Jamba features page and the live demo).
  • Design View / Andy Rutledge – Design Questions – You may be surprised, but I never ask design-related questions in design project discovery meetings. Some might wonder at this, as it may seem counterintuitive. The reason I don’t ask design questions of the client is the same reason an architect doesn’t ask the client what PSI the building’s load-bearing foundational structures will need to endure.<br />
    <br />
    In either case, such issues are for the design/architect pros, not the client. The result had better serve the client’s needs and it just better damn-well work. That’s what the client and his customers care abou
  • I wish I would have known: Answers from 11 top freelancers | Guerrilla Freelancing – Today we’ve got an awesome article for any first time freelancers. I’ve rounded up a few of the top freelancers out there and had them answer the question “What do you wish you would have known starting out as a freelancer?”. Needless to say, this article is full of over 2 thousand words of wisdom. I hope you find use for this article and if you know someone who might benefit from it, I’d love if you shared it with your twitter followers and facebook friends. Thank you :)
  • The Future of Wireframes – Articles – MIX Online – As we move into the next decade of web design, it's time for us to reevaluate our understanding of wireframes—a tried and tested user experience staple.
  • Book: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig – The untold secrets of the elite JavaScript programmers distilled for intermediate JavaScript programmers, bringing them completely up to speed with the challenges of modern JavaScript development. Explores specific techniques, strategies, and solutions to developing robust, cross-browser, JavaScript code.
  • jQuery: Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie – jQuery: Novice to Ninja will show you how to unleash the amazing power of jQuery. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll master all the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers—within hours.<br />
    <br />
    jQuery has quickly become the JavaScript library of choice, and it’s easy to see why. This JavaScript framework dramatically improves how you add interactivity and animation to your website.
  • ‘Good’ Beats ‘Innovative’ Nearly Every Time – BusinessWeek – An obsession with innovation leads executives down the wrong path. Just trying to be good would be a smarter focus
  • Skyrocket Labs | Web site design, development, blogging, social media, XHTML/CSS templates, jQuery, PHP | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – CSS3 tricks have been pretty popular in the last while on various design blogs and with good reason. Like many of you, I've caught the CSS3 bug and this afternoon I took a stab at this nifty little method of adding hints to your form fields (as well as some fancy style enhancements) using CSS3. The cool part is you don't require Javascript for the form field hints. Here's a demo and run down of the code used.
  • How To Design a Clean and Professional Resume / CV Website | Voosh Themes – Earlier in the week I released a new HTML template called Jamba which is a single page resume and CV template. In this post I’d like to show you how I designed the template in Photoshop (check out the Jamba features page and the live demo).
  • Pure CSS speech bubbles – Nicolas Gallagher – The demo page for Progressive enhancement: pure CSS speech bubbles.<br />
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    For a detailed explanation view the CSS file. It is heavily commented.<br />
    <br />
    All examples use simple, semantic HTML. No empty elements, no unnecessary extra elements, no JavaScript, no images (apart from that Twitter logo). Have a look at the source code.

linkHive For Feb 25th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 25th

  • WordPress Site Maintenance « WordPress Codex – To keep WordPress working like a the finely honed machine that it is, there is some site maintenance we recommend you do frequently. Consider it the lube job you need once every 1000 miles.

    Begin by creating a calendar of WordPress Maintenance procedures to remind yourself to get a lube job on your WordPress site on a regular basis.

    In the Codex article on WordPress Housekeeping, tips and resources are given to clean house in WordPress. These include cleaning out old plugins, cleaning template files and the theme's style sheet, upgrading WordPress, and other helpful tips for cleaning up and optimizing your WordPress Site.

    To ensure you keep your WordPress site up-to-date and working in prime condition, consider adding these Housekeeping steps to your calendar, typically every three to six months.

  • AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services — AIGA | the professional association for design – This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in May 2007, it is now modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.

    It does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it. When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the new focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.

  • Sample Web Design Contract, Budget, Timeline & Proposal – Nerdburn – Web application & graphic user interface design blog by Shawn Adrian – In my previous article I offered my thoughts on how to make it as a freelance web designer. One of the things I mentioned was the need for a solid contract and proposal so here I offer my contract and proposal templates, free for your use.
  • Freelance Contracts: Do’s And Don’ts – Smashing Magazine – In this post, we’ll help you identify the information that should be included in your contract and make sure you have a concrete agreement that leaves little chance of things getting out of hand… as can sometimes happen to those of us in the freelancing crowd.
  • WordPress Site Maintenance « WordPress Codex – To keep WordPress working like a the finely honed machine that it is, there is some site maintenance we recommend you do frequently. Consider it the lube job you need once every 1000 miles.

    Begin by creating a calendar of WordPress Maintenance procedures to remind yourself to get a lube job on your WordPress site on a regular basis.

    In the Codex article on WordPress Housekeeping, tips and resources are given to clean house in WordPress. These include cleaning out old plugins, cleaning template files and the theme's style sheet, upgrading WordPress, and other helpful tips for cleaning up and optimizing your WordPress Site.

    To ensure you keep your WordPress site up-to-date and working in prime condition, consider adding these Housekeeping steps to your calendar, typically every three to six months.

  • AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services — AIGA | the professional association for design – This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in May 2007, it is now modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.

    It does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it. When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the new focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.

  • Sample Web Design Contract, Budget, Timeline & Proposal – Nerdburn – Web application & graphic user interface design blog by Shawn Adrian – In my previous article I offered my thoughts on how to make it as a freelance web designer. One of the things I mentioned was the need for a solid contract and proposal so here I offer my contract and proposal templates, free for your use.
  • Freelance Contracts: Do’s And Don’ts – Smashing Magazine – In this post, we’ll help you identify the information that should be included in your contract and make sure you have a concrete agreement that leaves little chance of things getting out of hand… as can sometimes happen to those of us in the freelancing crowd.
  • 24 ways: Contract Killer – If you are writing a contract between you and your customers it doesn’t have to conform to the seemingly standard format of jargon and complicated legalese. You can be creative. A killer contract will clarify what is expected of both sides and it can also help you to communicate your approach to doing business. It will back-up your brand values and help you to build a great relationship between you and your customers. In other words, a creative contract can be a killer contract.
  • Jon Combe | Code | HTML clocks using JavaScript and CSS rotation – The two clocks below are pure HTML. There are no Adobe Flash files or my beloved <canvas> going on, just regular <div> and <img> tags. The way it works is by taking those images in an { overflow: hidden } <div> and rotating them, via JavaScript, using the proposed CSS transform property.
  • Jon Combe | Code | HTML clocks using JavaScript and CSS rotation – The two clocks below are pure HTML. There are no Adobe Flash files or my beloved <canvas> going on, just regular <div> and <img> tags. The way it works is by taking those images in an { overflow: hidden } <div> and rotating them, via JavaScript, using the proposed CSS transform property.
  • Home :: IPInfoDB – Are you looking for the geographical location of an IP address? You are at the right place.

    We offer a wide range of free services based on our IP address geolocation database :

    * Web based IP geolocation lookup
    * IP geolocation API (XML, JSON and CSV format)
    * API that generate IP CIDR by country for iptables or htaccess blocklist
    * E-commerce fraud detection API
    * Free version of our SQL database updated monthly!

linkHive For Feb 8th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 8th

  • Forget About Photoshop: 5 More Ways to Stop Using Images in Your Designs – Cherrysave – Images increase download time for end-users and workload for web designers, slowing down the time it takes to fully develop a concept for clients. Furthermore, images can add unneeded clutter and increase search-engine blindness, detracting from the principle of simple web design.
  • Knowledge Games – How to apply game thinking to your business challenges
  • Understanding CSS – Padding, Positioning and CSS3 « CreativityDen – With the release of CSS3, which is now being used more frequently, I’ve put this little article together for more of a beginner. However you never know, there may be a few tricks you don’t know.

    I’m also going to be giving advice on such things as Padding, Margin, Borders and Background Colors, and how to us them effectively.

  • Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist, Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist : FindMeByIP : what browser am I using, how modern is my web browser, and what’s my IP address? – The table below displays browser support for HTML5 (including Web Forms 2.0) and CSS3 (including CSS3 selectors).

    It relies partly on the excellent Modernizr javascript library and browser testing information is supplied via the ever useful LitmusApp browser testing application.

    Updated every Friday: follow @deepbluetweets.

  • Strategizing Web Content – Writing for the Web | letscounthedays – When it comes to designing a website, content is often overlooked, but why? Very rarely do users browse the web looking for a good design or decent experience. Users come for the content. Not giving them what they want with poorly written content will frustrate users. Not only does it waste their time, but your time as well.
  • 0x1fff: 35 Google open-source projects that you probably don’t know – Google is one of the biggest companies supporting OpenSource movement, they released more than 500 open source projects(most of them are samples showing how to use their API). In this article I will try to write about most interesting and free releases from Google, some of them might be abandoned.
  • 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits, Resources and Source Files – Smashing Magazine – Planning and communication are two key elements in the development of any successful website or application. And that is exactly what the wireframing process offers: a quick and simple method to plan the layout and a cost-effective, time-saving tool to easily communicate your ideas to others. A wireframe typically has the basic elements of a Web page: header, footer, sidebar, maybe even some generated content, which gives you, your clients and colleagues a simple visually oriented layout that illustrates what the structure of the website will be by the end of the project and that serves as the foundation for any future alterations.

    This article focuses on actual wireframing tools and standalone applications, as well as resources that you’ll need to build your own wireframe: wireframing kits, browser windows, form elements, grids, Mac OS X elements, mobile elements, which you’ll use in any typical graphics editor such as Photoshop or Illustrator. …Or you could use pen and paper.

  • A List Apart: Articles: Unwebbable – It’s time we came to grips with the fact that not every “document” can be a “web page.” Some forms of writing just cannot be expressed in HTML—or they need to be bent and distorted to do so. But for once, XML might actually help.

linkHive For Jan 15th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveJan 15th

  • 10 Completely Free Wireframe and Mockup Applications : Speckyboy Design Magazine – Every web designer and developer should have a good and reliable wireframe (mockup or prototype) tool at there disposal. The importance of such a tool differentiates amongst web designers and developers, some use them, some don’t. Personally, I use them. It is in this initial stage of development that makes web design enjoyable, the coming together of the clients needs and your own creative ideas onto a blank canvas, allowing you to plan effectively the visual arrangement of the sites content.

    The downside is that a good and reliable wireframe application can come at a heavy price, have you seen the cost of a good wireframe application? Prices can vary from as low as $100 all the way up to over $4000. Who has this kind of mine to throw around? Certainly no freelancer developer I know.

    So, what options do you have? The Ten Best FREE Wirefame/Mockup/Prototype applications for designers and developers.

  • 20+ Must have documents for Designers and Developers | Creative Repository – In this post, you would find a list of over 20 free PDF files covering aspects of Web Development as well as Graphic design. These include cheat sheet for web developers, client questionnaires for Graphic and Web design, helpful checklists as well as some useful resources for designers and developers. All of these are available in PDF format as they are easy to print. I have a number of them hanging around in my work area and find them quite useful. It would be great if you have any helpful documents to share.

linkHive For Jan 11th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveJan 11th

  • Aesthetically Written » It’s Type O’clock! – One of the key qualities of a good information designer is attention to details and since typography is the new cool trend we now seem to care more than ever about presenting text online correctly. The following article is based on my personal experience, yet there’s great probability that much of the following has already been said by somebody else. What you’ll find here is a few tricks for setting type on web I’ve learned over the past few months some of which, amazingly enough, I hardly ever see being used.
  • Aesthetically Written » It’s Type O’clock! – One of the key qualities of a good information designer is attention to details and since typography is the new cool trend we now seem to care more than ever about presenting text online correctly. The following article is based on my personal experience, yet there’s great probability that much of the following has already been said by somebody else. What you’ll find here is a few tricks for setting type on web I’ve learned over the past few months some of which, amazingly enough, I hardly ever see being used.
  • 30 Must See Web Generator for Lazy Webmasters – Smart webmasters do not work everything out from scratch; instead, we make good use of the free tools available online. There are tons of brilliant web tools available online – it’s a waste not to leverage these tools and save some working time (or, to have more time for beer). In this article, I’m going to share my must-have list of 30 web design tools, I hope you’ll find them useful. On the other hand, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the developers who had done some much and made our world better.
  • Slides from Accessibility Camp DC
  • Sketchy Wireframes – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design – When it comes to user interface documentation, wireframes have long been the tool of choice. However, using traditional diagramming tools like Visio, OmniGraffle, and InDesign, most wireframes today look the same as their ancestors did from a decade ago – assembled with rigid, computer-drawn boxes, lines and text. While these artifacts have served us well, they can also be slow to produce, burdened with unnecessary detail and give a false impression of “completion.”

    To compensate for the drawbacks of traditional wireframes, many practitioners put aside the computer in favor of simple pencil sketches or whiteboard drawings. This speeds up the ideation process, but doesn’t always produce presentable or maintainable documentation.

    There is a growing popularity toward something in the middle: Computer-based sketchy wireframes. These allow computer wireframes to look more like quick, hand-drawn sketches while retaining the reusability and polish that we expect from digital artifacts.

  • 4 Design Elements Behind a Good Call to Action | letscounthedays – It is not uncommon for companies to sink large amounts of money into obtaining traffic to their websites in an attempt to increase conversions. Some of their money might go towards search engine optimization and some might go towards pay per click or search engine marketing. Little do they know their problem might not be about getting more traffic. The real problem could be that they have a poor call to action.
  • List of Really Useful Tools for CSS Developers | W3Avenue – This is not an attempt to create a mega list of tools for CSS developers; only few but really useful tools have been selected and placed under appropriate categories. If you see that a really useful tool has been missed, please feel free to share the link in comments.

    Note that for a tool to be really useful, it also needs to provide easy to follow instructions and user friendly interface; unless it is really straight forward. Unfortunately several tools listed in this list may not fulfill this criteria. If you are aware of another tool that is more user friendly and feature rich, please let us know and we may replace it with an existing tool.

  • Adding Grey Boxing To Our Web Workflow | Chalkboard Blog | Web Design, Marketing, Business and Charleston SC – I recently read a blog post by Jason Santa Maria talking about grey box modeling. Grey box modeling is basically the in-between I was looking for. It is essentially designing with spacial relationships and identifying your grid on the computer without getting hung up on colors, textures and other design elements. Grey Box modeling has added a layer of detail to my designs that I wasn’t previously achieving.
  • The CSS3 border-radius property « Blogging CSS – One of the CSS3 properties designers have been longing the most for is undoubtedly the border-radius property. With CSS3 border-radius property it’s possible to create the so popular rectangles with rounded corners exclusively via CSS – no images needed.
  • A jQuery Plugin for Zoomable, Interactive Maps – New Media Campaigns – We wanted the experience to be engaging as possible but also easily updatable in the future. We settled on jQuery as the interface technology to use as it made it simple to build, display and animate the map. I did a longer writeup on the detailed mechanics of how this worked two weeks ago in one of our most popular posts. Due to the great feedback we got on it, this is a follow-up with a revised version of the code as a jQuery plugin which should make it easier to integrate into other projects.
  • 11 Ways to Influence People Online and Make Them Take Action – Influence can be defined as the power exerted over the minds and behavior of others. A power that can affect, persuade and cause changes to someone or something. In order to influence people, you first need to discover what is already influencing them. What makes them tick? What do they care about? We need some leverage to work with when we’re trying to change how people think and behave.
  • 30 Must See Web Generator for Lazy Webmasters – Smart webmasters do not work everything out from scratch; instead, we make good use of the free tools available online. There are tons of brilliant web tools available online – it’s a waste not to leverage these tools and save some working time (or, to have more time for beer). In this article, I’m going to share my must-have list of 30 web design tools, I hope you’ll find them useful. On the other hand, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the developers who had done some much and made our world better.
  • Slides from Accessibility Camp DC
  • Sketchy Wireframes – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design – When it comes to user interface documentation, wireframes have long been the tool of choice. However, using traditional diagramming tools like Visio, OmniGraffle, and InDesign, most wireframes today look the same as their ancestors did from a decade ago – assembled with rigid, computer-drawn boxes, lines and text. While these artifacts have served us well, they can also be slow to produce, burdened with unnecessary detail and give a false impression of “completion.”

    To compensate for the drawbacks of traditional wireframes, many practitioners put aside the computer in favor of simple pencil sketches or whiteboard drawings. This speeds up the ideation process, but doesn’t always produce presentable or maintainable documentation.

    There is a growing popularity toward something in the middle: Computer-based sketchy wireframes. These allow computer wireframes to look more like quick, hand-drawn sketches while retaining the reusability and polish that we expect from digital artifacts.

  • 4 Design Elements Behind a Good Call to Action | letscounthedays – It is not uncommon for companies to sink large amounts of money into obtaining traffic to their websites in an attempt to increase conversions. Some of their money might go towards search engine optimization and some might go towards pay per click or search engine marketing. Little do they know their problem might not be about getting more traffic. The real problem could be that they have a poor call to action.
  • List of Really Useful Tools for CSS Developers | W3Avenue – This is not an attempt to create a mega list of tools for CSS developers; only few but really useful tools have been selected and placed under appropriate categories. If you see that a really useful tool has been missed, please feel free to share the link in comments.

    Note that for a tool to be really useful, it also needs to provide easy to follow instructions and user friendly interface; unless it is really straight forward. Unfortunately several tools listed in this list may not fulfill this criteria. If you are aware of another tool that is more user friendly and feature rich, please let us know and we may replace it with an existing tool.

  • Foundations of Customer Service for Freelance Designers – DesignM.ag – There are a lot of factors that play a role in determining the success of a freelance web designer. Obviously, design ability and technical skills are needed, but other factors like customer service, marketing, networking, and work ethic will have a significant influence. In this article we’ll take a look at customer service as it applies to freelance designers.

    Providing high-quality customer service can at times be frustrating for freelancers, but taking good care of your clients is critical for client retention and for encouraging word-of-mouth referrals. Here we will look at 10 aspects that should be considered by freelancers who aspire to provide a high level of customer service.