The 6 Dangers of Building a Website from Scratch

by 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.

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How To Jump Ship From Print to Web Design

by 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!

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25 Inspirational Quotes About Design

by Bianca Board on 17 September 2013

I know I may seem all about the business end of design these days, but truly, art will always inspire me. And the people who create art inspire me just as much. That’s why when I’m feeling extra stressed I’ll put up inspirational quotes by designers, even on post-it notes on the back of my bedroom door so I’m randomly reminded why I do what I do.

Here are some great design quotes, and if just one inspires you today, then I’ve done my job! 

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50 Annoying Things Clients Say to Graphic Designers

by Bianca Board on 30 September 2013

I might be running a web design company these days, but I'll never forget my roots as a solo graphic designer.

I’ve had a heap of great clients, but I’ll never forget the frustrating ones who always had crazy requests. I always did my best to keep them happy, but in the end I’ve realised the best policy to really silly requests is just to say ‘hell no!’.

I’ve asked around the Web123 office to compile a list of annoying things we've heard from often well-meaning clients, and I’ve thrown in some of my own too.

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26 Tips To Avoid Disaster In Your Web Design Business

by Bianca Board on 1 November 2013
In this ongoing, ever-growing blog post, think of me as your personal Yoda. I'm going to share all my business discoveries, distilled into bite-sized 'web wizdoms' so YOU can grow a successful business super-fast. I add new tips each and every week for your profit-boosting pleasure so make sure you're in the know. 

Have you seen the latest web wizdom this week? It's right at the bottom of this page, so let's dive in...
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Why Graphic Designers Should Run a Mile From WordPress

by 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'. 

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7 Damn Good Reasons Why Being a Freelance Designer is the Best Job In The World!

by on 23 April 2014

This week I’m going to do something a little bit different and I’m going to celebrate why being a freelance designer is positively the most awesomest thing you can ever do.

You see... I love running my design business and running the Web123 ProPartner program, but there will always be that little part of me that will fondly remember starting out as a freelance designer...

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6 Web Design Specialities to Get Excited About

by Andrew Coyne on 19 June 2014

If you’re one of my ProPartners, or a designer who’s passionate about supplying great web designs to their clients, you’ll agree with me that getting your business out of first gear is one the hardest things to do.

In fact if you’re still new to the web design game, you could still be stuck in first gear. Heck, I know some guys who are still stuck in first gear and they’ve been in the game for two years now!

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