How to Combine Traveling and Web Design Career

young woman hiking and looking up to the sky
young woman hiking and looking up to the sky

Traveling is an exciting experience, it opens your eyes, widens your mindset and certainly inspires you for more. I’ve been traveling since I left high school in 2011, I went to study Multimedia Design & Communication in Denmark, I did an internship in a design agency in London, UK and after a quick trip around the Europe, I’ve left for a journey of my life – a tour around the world as a digital nomad.

What is a digital nomad, you may ask, a digital nomad is an individual with a certain skillset like writing, programming or designing, that leverages remote work opportunities to travel the world.

In this article I’d like to share how I traveled the world and worked as a freelance web designer while building Despreneur. I want to inspire an idea that you as a web designer can easily combine these two activities and completely redesign your lifestyle. Collect moments, not things they say. As a web designer you’re able to produce your

How a Great Design Can Subconsciously Influence Your Audience

zeroUIThe design of your website is going to make a much bigger impact than you realize. While the conscious elements like layout, content, and usability will matter, there are also subconscious ways that your audience can be affected by your website design. When people first come to your website, they will take in all of their surroundings. They will make a conscious decision as to whether they want to keep reading and learn more based on their subconscious reaction to the design of the site. Your goal is to create a website that is designed so that people are intrigued and want to stay to see what you have to offer.

When a person views your website, reads your content, navigates the site, interacts with your business, and gets involved in other ways, their subconscious is constantly evaluating what they are doing and how they like the experiences that they are having. People are affected by everything from visual appeal to the actual words on your site, as well as their own thoughts and previous experiences with websites that they have visited. When

What to do and What NOT to do in Website Design

0704092350212_bubbleThe World Wide Web’s cyber strands stretch north, south, east, and west around the world wrapping over, under, and around the earth connecting websites like cobwebs connect abandoned corners of a room. Like its earthbound cousin, The World Wide Web is alive with spiders, word-spiders that are. These talented little arachnids ‘crawl’ the web’s cyber-strands on command every time someone orders a search.

Let’s say that you’ve decided to create a website. There’s never been a better time than now to find out how to put those talented little arachnids to work driving traffic to your site. Let’s find out what makes them crawl and how you can use them to attract internet traffic to your site.

When you first began designing your site for the internet you need lessons on keywords. That’s when you will discover that keywords are the search engine bait a website uses to get notices by websites around the globe. We’ve been hearing about keywords for years, but has anyone actually described what they are, where you can find them, and how they work? That lesson showed how keywords work and

How to Use Color in Web Design

The current landscape of color in website design is interesting to think about. Most websites look more or less the same, yet color can be a powerful tool in design.

I’m not trying to state this as anything revolutionary or as an extraordinary find. But if most websites have similar color schemes, what does that mean for color? Actually, it means a lot. Imagine a world where every website was colorful – it would possibly be very pretty and rainbow-filled but it would mean that nothing stood out. It’s like having every paragraph bolded in your essay.

Therefore, when color schemes are muted, it allows for many opportunities.

Draw Attention to Anything You Want

Most websites start with a basic grayscale look – white background and black text. Color comes in as accents that get you to look places. That’s why websites are not filled with color – they use it to get you to look at the buttons, headlines or links.

Why Hipster Attitudes Can Ruin Interaction Design

Overwhelmingly, humans avoid challenging their long-standing beliefs, tastes and opinions. We prefer something we know instead of seeking new experiences.

Even in the modern age with constant new stimuli, we like to follow the same well-worn paths and draw the same conclusions regardless of fact.

dislike pop music.

I’m not the first to say it and I won’t be the last. For me, pop music is the embodiment of all that’s formulaic and lazy. It’s like being spoon-fed slightly different variations of the same mac and cheese recipe every time you sit down to eat. Boring, repetitive, easy.

I’m opinionated. I’m probably a hipster.

That being said, this kind of selfish thinking is something that greatly inhibits a product designer to craft useful and meaningful interactions. Stepping outside of our personal biases to facilitate a truly tailored interaction is what’s known as empathetic design.

The easiest and most common way for a designer to fail to build empathy is by dismissing users’ viewpoints on a moral or intellectual objection.

1. Identify Users’ Motivations

Designer Knows Best

Building empathy is hard. The human brain loves to follow friction-less paths to the easiest answers but simply believing that our personal biases are right all the time is just the easiest way

The New Rules for Scrolling in Web Design

What was once taboo in website design has made a complete resurgence as one of the most popular techniques in recent years as users are finding a new love and appreciation for sites where scrolling is a necessity. Shedding its old stigmas, scrolling is reinventing itself as a core interaction design element – that also means designers need to learn the new rules.

In this piece, we’ll explore the rebirth of scrolling, discuss some pros and cons, and list out some quick tips for the technique.

Why Scrolling is Reborn

The simple answer is mobile devices.

Ever since mobile users have surpassed desktop users, UI designers everywhere have adjusted accordingly. And with so many users on smaller screens, scrolling is becoming more of a necessity: the smaller the screen, the longer the scroll.

But there are other factors. Access to high speed internet is available in more places, making the scroll a quicker way to access information than clicking from page to page. The growing strength of social media sites also feeds the technique: scrolling naturally accommodates their wealth of user-generated content.

As explained in the guide Web Design Trends 2015 & 2016, long scroll evolved right alongside card-based design. When combined, the techniques let

How to create flexible layouts with Susy and Breakpoint

Creating responsive layouts can be challenging because of the maths involved, so it’s common for designers to turn to frameworks and/or Sass to simplify the process. A lot of frameworks are based on a 12-column grid, but a responsive site doesn’t always fit into this structure. Here, I’ll show you how to use two Sass extensions to create truly flexible layout that transcends the 12-column grid.

The problem

Designing responsive layouts can be tough, as it involves calculating the width of containers, rows, columns and gutters at different breakpoints. Frameworks can help by creating presets for common breakpoints. Bootstrap 3, for example, gives us a 12-column grid with four media query breakpoints. You then use classes that cause your content to take up a certain number of spots in the grid, and the gutters always take up 30px.

This works brilliantly most of the time, but there are two problems. First, adding these classes to your markup can get a little verbose. Say you want a layout that uses all the columns on mobile devices, six of the 12 columns on small devices, and four on medium devices. That markup might look something like this:

The second problem is that these classes add

Things You Need To Do Before Presenting to a Client

You have a looming deadline for a client project. The minutes re ticking toward the face-to-face client meeting. Are you ready?

Just grabbing a design and handing it to a client is not the way to nail your client project presentation. There are other things you should do as well to prepare for that meeting so that your project proposal or your design is more likely to come across as you intend. Preparation is key. You need to be on top of your game ahead of client meetings so that you will feel comfortable, confident and increase the chances that your project (or proposal) will make a great impression.

Here’s how you do it.

Start with the Basics

Before you even start to think about your actual presentation, make sure you have a good idea of who you are talking to? Who will be in the room when you give your client presentation? What is the goal of the meeting? Knowing your audience is the key to preparing an appropriate strategy.

Make sure you tailor your presentation to that audience as well. The tone of your speech will likely change based on whether you are talking to a company president or design team member.

Here are