The 6 Dangers of Building a Website from Scratchby Bianca Board on 24 September 2013
As a web designer, I’ve heard all the pros and cons of using templates or layouts over building a website from scratch.
If you’re a creative genius, I don’t blame you for finding the idea of building a website from scratch appealing. It certainly appealed to me when I was a young designer who was still wet behind the ears!
Building a website from scratch every time sounds good on paper. BUT but in practise, building a unique website for every one of your clients can be time consuming, expensive and keyboard destroyingly frustrating.
How To Jump Ship From Print to Web Designby Bianca Board on 7 October 2013
OK, the first thing is: DON'T PANIC!! The second thing is... are you ready? Print design isn’t what it used to be.
But then, you probably know that already. You can see it in the closed print businesses around town, and you can see it when your phone doesn't ring like it used to, right?
I’ve already talked about why print design is dying, so today I want to talk to you about how you can escape the slow decline and move into web design.
Hey, are you hyperventilating?? I said ‘don’t panic’ remember? Breathe deeply and go with me here![read more...]
How To Become A Graphic Design Rockstar: Be Controversialby Bianca Board on 29 September 2013
When I was researching inspirational quotes by designers I came across so many I loved and wanted to share with you. There were so many that made me stop and think. But, there was one EXTRA special one that made me pause... and not because it was inspirational, but because it annoyed the hell out of me!
It was a completely self-obsessed and arrogant comment that reminded me of a few bad-egg designers who I’d worked with in the past... designers I didn’t want to work with again.
Here’s the quote and you’ll see what I mean:
"Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn't theirs." - Frank Chimero.[read more...]
21 Ways to Screw Up The ROI of Your Client’s Websiteby Bianca Board on 10 October 2013
Do you care if your clients make a return on their website? You should, because your business depends on it.
These days clients expect more. They want websites that go well beyond the pretty brochure sites of yesteryear, now they want (and deserve) lead-generating and profit-making machines.
Let's look at some of the ways you can design high-performance websites. You don't need to be be able to code, you just need some common sense, some basic marketing knowledge and a framework that ensures you never miss a trick.[read more...]
How to Get Your First 20 Design Clients In Under 48 Hoursby Bianca Board on 18 October 2013
I think it’s safe to say that the scariest things about diving into the land of the self-employed designer is the sheer terror of how you’re going to get your first few clients. All those fears, questions and doubts start flooding your mind… all the ‘what if’ scenarios. The panic starts to set in and your feeling of excitement is now a feeling of anxiety and self-doubt.
Breaking out in a cold sweat, you think to yourself “WTF have I just done?”[read more...]
Why Graphic Designers Should Run a Mile From WordPressby Bianca Board on 22 November 2013
I know it's been around for a while now but lately it seems like there's this insane WordPress frenzy sweeping the world by storm, almost like a cult. It's spread through all my mastermind groups, invaded the minds of every life and business coach I know; it's bizarre that so many 'experts' are proclaiming WordPress to be the only option for a website.
But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? I'm going to stick my neck out and say 'no'.[read more...]
A Powerful Technique to Get Constructive Client Feedback the First Time [with FREE Download]by Bianca Board on 6 December 2013
5 Things to Ask Yourself to Avoid Design Meetings from Hellby Bianca Board on 20 February 2014
Now before I continue this article, I want to tell you loud and clear that I love my clients. Do you love your clients? Because I love mine.
They allow me to live the dream of being a truly independent designer!
Thanks to them I have flexible work hours, I can work where I want (no gray-walled offices for me!!!) and I can produce the designs I want to create.[read more...]