After more than two years, I jumped once again on the redesign train. Today, I’ve published my new, redesigned and coded-from-scratch website. While the visual changes might be obvious, the whole structure under the hood changed as well, allowing me to quickly publish new content and serve up blazing fast pages to the steadily growing crowd of monthly visitors.
Last year was the first year in which I was completely freelance, without full-time employment or other jobs on the side. Because I really enjoy reading similar reports by others and because I like to compare my progress with that of other people in the industry, I thought it might be interesting for some of you to read about the evolution of my business during the past year – it is also interesting for me to put together some statistics!
The advantages and disadvantages of “flat design” have been discussed in thourough detail over recent months, but mostly from designers perspectives. I don’t want to flog a dead horse here and summarize once again why flat design looks awesome or horrible, instead I want to highlight some particularly nice advantages of a minimal design style from a front end developers perspective.
Recently I was browsing on Facebook a bit and I noticed that the article Open Graph object is now displayed with reasonably taller preview images - well, at least in some cases. Since the information you’ll find about the new image dimensions is still pretty limited, I decided to write a quick and easy introduction.
With the release of iOS 7, app designers and developers will need to adjust their visual language to match the new "flat" design of iOS. In addition to the grid system, the dimensions of icons and commonly used elements, typography and iconography has been updated by Apple in many ways. That‘s why the old iOS Design Cheat Sheet that I published last year with the release of the iPad mini needs an update now.
It’s been almost one year since Apple released the Retina MacBook Pro, the first device produced for the masses that is not a mobile phone or tablet and offers a screen with an incredibly high pixel density.
On the 7th November 2012 I shut down my side project called "FireworksLab" which was a classical free design resources site for Adobe Fireworks files. It’s been a while but I finally got some free time to explain why I shut it down last year.
Recently, I was thinking about some ways to increase my earnings and also handle the increased amount of inquiries I’m getting every week. Since I’m charging my clients for the time I spent working on their projects (classical hourly rates), the most obvious way is to just increase these rates.
In the third issue of my CSS series, I will describe how to generate ellipse shaped box-shadows without using any images and with minimal markup. This technique will help you, with just a few lines in CSS3, to build on a very popular design trend.
More than a year ago, I published the iOS Design Cheat Sheet, a collection of useful data about iOS devices and things you have to keep in mind when designing something for iOS. Since the last update of my Cheat Sheet, a lot has changed in the world of Apple’s mobile devices.
Around a half year ago, I quit my full time job at a creative agency in Stuttgart, Germany. I went straight into full- time freelance work and I‘ve never looked back. In this article, I want to share my thoughts about being a freelance designer.
In the second issue of this little CSS series, I want to show you how to create perfect inputs by using a lot of box shadows. Even if the input has an optical border, we won‘t use the border property here to achieve some nicer aesthetics.
When it comes to user interface design, Adobe Fireworks is an excellent tool for laying out your ideas and also for creating cutting edge graphics for your App/Website. Like in any other graphic software, there are different ways to create one effect.
During the last months and years we have seen countless posts on popular Blogs about which application is better – Fireworks or Photoshop. In some cases this was just useless bashing of one product, whilst in other cases there were some good points regarding when and why to use one of these Applications rather than the other.