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30 Digital E-Books for Web Designers and Freelancers

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 28, 2014

in Freelance

Getting into the world of web design requires a keen intellect and lots of free time. I say this coming from experience after recognizing my slumps of creativity which directly affect my workflow. The more you can stay in tune with new skills and techniques, the more you can develop a passion for one specific area. Other designers are often willing to share techniques and tips related to dozens of topics from iconography to typography.

This rule applies even more so to freelancers who don’t always have new projects coming onto their desk from a studio. You need to keep your skills relevant and the following books are a great place to start. All of them are available for digital download while some also offer a print version. Take a look over these titles and see if anything catches your attention.

Hardboiled Web Design

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30 Tools and Online Guides for Modern Freelancers

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 16, 2014

in Freelance

Breaking into the freelance world is never easy. First you need to pinpoint your skillset and build a solid portfolio. Then it’s a matter of networking and locating clients who would pay for your creative services. How does somebody new to freelancing jump into the waters and hope for any success? With plenty of research and proper planning!

Get yourself in the mindset of a freelancer and learn how others got their foot in the door. This post includes 30 outstanding tools, articles, and webapps to help any modern freelancer. Whether you’re brand new or somewhat experienced these freelancing resources may prove to be surprisingly useful.

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Tips for Project Planning as a Web or Graphics Designer

by Jake Rocheleau
on February 7, 2014

in Freelance

Working as a freelancer or within a studio requires diligence and persistence. The job can get bland after a while begrudgingly performing the same tasks. But when spending time to plan out new projects the cycle may actually become fun again! You start to learn new techniques or find new design styles that you have never seen before.

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I recently just finished reading an excellent post on Medium which covers a typical design schedule. The idea behind this post is that many designers would rather dive head-first into a project because of time constraints. And quite honestly, you do have to work within a certain time limit benefitting the customer. But this requirement shouldn’t diverge into skipping the creative process altogether.

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