25 Unusual Places to Get Design Inspiration

Credit: photo by by Phantasy Photo on Flickr

One of the most frustrating situations you can encounter as a freelance designer is when you’re all ready to go but the ideas just aren’t flowing! You struggle to retain focus but staunchly refuse to accept defeat, until your screensaver goes on.

One site that can help you is Creattica, a gallery of great design and inspirational imagery. It’s a great place to start with your search for ideas and has a wealth of outstanding design in almost every category imaginable! Today though we’ll go even further afield and look at 25 more sites that might just give you the inspiration you need to make that breakthrough!

Continue reading…


Design Trend: Social Media Badges

The best kind of User Interfaces are ones you’re unaware of. Since much of our experience online has become social, making it easy to share great content with your networks is important to many businesses and brands. Think about it, how often do you follow a link on Facebook, retweet an idea on Twitter or share a YouTube video?

Continue reading…


Microlancer Product Update: March 2014

Hi all,

We’ve had a busy few weeks, with plenty of new features going live, so we thought a blog post was in order to run you through them. Layla Foord (Microlancer’s GM) also recorded a quick, one-take video (below) to run you through some of the changes, but make sure to read the full post so you don’t miss anything!

Continue reading…


App Review: Bamboo Paper Notebook

If you’re trying to get into the paperless groove of things but still enjoy the tactile idea of making handwritten notes, sketches and doodles, then there’s an app for that! The Wacom Bamboo Paper app for both Apple and Android is your very own virtual notebook. The advantages of keeping a virtual notebook compared to having a paper notebook are numerous. It becomes so easy to share notes and ideas.

Continue reading…


12 Tricks for Optimizing Your Freelance Career

The day and life of a freelancer can get pretty hectic. It seems all too often we forget that we hold more than the title “boss”. We forget how best to manage our expenses and disposable income. We remember to tweet what we should be doing and forget to ever do it. We forget how to deal with clients and how to make new ones. And, sadly, we forget why we choose to do it our way rather than someone else’s.

These 12 tricks may not seem to have much to do with each other, but they all lead to the fruition of one goal: optimizing your workflow so you can focus on why you became a freelancer, instead of letting freelancing take over you.

Continue reading…


Let’s Take A Look At Some Beautifully Crafted Editorial Sites

As a user, what is it that you want from newspaper and magazine sites? Think about it, the point of these sites is the readable content, thus they need to be easily navigable and interesting enough to keep you coming back. Teasers should do just that, tease the user to read the articles, watch videos and click through the slideshow featuring the pic of the day. And of course, the search box is ever so important as well. Remember, convenience is key. You want to be able to read it on the go, so responsive designs are imperative. What’s the mobile site like? Let’s take a look at some familiar and not so familiar sites. In this article, I dive deep into six very different editorial sites and look at what makes them effectively convey information, while still looking great.

Continue reading…


5 Tips to Add Hours to Your Day

For freelancers, there’s a direct correlation between how many hours you work and how much money you make. Increasing your income can be tough because there are only 24 hours in any given day and most of us have to do things like sleep and spend time with our family at some point. Even when we’re working, we have to spend hours on administrative tasks that we’re not actually getting paid for. There are a few ways to increase the number of hours you can devote to paying work — without cutting the number of hours you sleep each night. Some require a little up front investment of time, but a few extra hours can be worth it.

Continue reading…


What a Minimum Viable Product Really Is

Reddit has become one of the most popular websites on the internet. So popular that its pages were viewed 56 billion times in 2013. It’s a place where people submit links and topics for the enjoyment of other community members. The most popular links float to the top, and the least popular links are quickly hidden from view.

Continue reading…