Articles by A Students Guide to Web Design

  • Five Common Web Design Portfolio Mistakes to Avoid

    For a graphic or web design student, creating a show-stopping online portfolio is one of the best ways to grab the attention of future clients. Your resume will only get you so far – your portfolio is what will get you the interview. As such, it’s important to spend a bit of time and care […]

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  • Why Web Designers Should Be Blogging

    Are you a web designer with an active blog? Chances are that you have a website that showcases your portfolio of work and a resume, but do you have anything beyond a static site? For web designers to grow their customer base and actively engage in marketing services to new clients, it is imperative that […]

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  • Lacking Confidence? 5 Ways to Put Pride Back into Your Web Design Practice

    You majored in web design in college because you heard it was a high-demand field. Plus, you’re pretty good at it and you find true joy in creating something spectacular. But, now that you’ve graduated and entered your own practice, you’re wondering where all this “demand” is. You’ve started questioning your talents and aren’t sure […]

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  • Ten Superb Free Websites Every Designer Should Know About

    Web design is an interesting thing to learn for everyone. If you have a quench or curiosity for building your own website, then it is necessary to learn the skills of web design. In this article, I’ll provide a whole list of the best websites which can help you become a skilled web designer. As […]

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  • Tips for Earning Spare Cash in Between Freelancing Gigs

    The market may be strong for freelancers at the moment, but any independent contractor in the web design industry has slow periods. To help ensure that you can pay the bills until that next lucrative contract comes along, you might want to think about trying out one of these other money-making ideas on the side. […]

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  • What Poker Can Teach You About Good Web Design

    There are a lot of things that we can learn from playing poker that we can associate with creating a good web design. The process of calculating the probability of opponents’ moves is similar to the application done during website optimization (or A/B testing), where you view the possibility of your website’s success based on […]

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  • Does a Web Designer Need a Business Card? Definitely

    There is no official statistic for how many business cards are printed in this country every year, but Right Stuff of Tahoe, puts it at about 15 billion. With many of those ending up in the recycling bin or at the back of a desk drawer, what worth do they have to today’s web designer? […]

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  • Giveaway: 3 Templates from TemplateMonster

    It seems you love contests and giveaways, right? So, it’s time for another giveaway at Student Guide to Web Design! TemplateMonster is giving away 3 premium templates from their store. All you have to do to get a chance to win a WordPress theme or a Joomla template is visit TemplateMonster’s official website and tell us […]

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  • Where and How to Locate Business as a Freelancer

    Being a freelancer can be such a fulfilling career. You get to work wherever you want, create your own hours and choose what you want to work on. While the benefits are all great, it can be hard to get started and the work is never guaranteed. So the best thing for every freelancer is […]

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  • The Advantages of Teaching Yourself Web Design Online

    The world of online design schools is a thrilling one. Formal training as a young web designer can help kick-start your career and give you a great foundation of technical skills you’re going to need in a real-world design environment. Teaching yourself will give you the ability and skills to design, develop and create websites […]

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  • Zyma is Giving Away 5 Free Hosting Accounts

    Zyma is teaming up with Student Guide to provide you another chance to win a free hosting account for a whole year. Follow the instructions below to enter. The main features of the hosting accounts include (a full list of features can be viewed here):  Unlimited Web space  Unlimited Traffic  Unlimited Email Accounts  Unlimited SQL […]

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  • Should You Work With Friends and Family as a Designer?

    It’s almost like a passage of entry into the design field; you have to work with a friend or family on their crappy band website before you can consider yourself a real designer. Many designers who are just starting out in their career are tempted with the idea of working for family members or close […]

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  • Dribbble Invitation Contest

    It’s that time again! We are giving away a Dribbble invitation to the student that impresses us with their skills the most! To enter, all you have to do is follow these steps: 1. Tweet us the link of your portfolio 2. Must mention us @studentwebguide to be eligible to enter You can comment on this post […]

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  • How to Market Yourself in a Competitive Design Field

    Marketing yourself within a slew of competition in the design field can be a challenge. Savvy designers understand that it takes more than working hard and hoping someone recognizes them for new opportunities or work. Marketing can help you meet the right people, at the right time – a successful positioning strategy that will help […]

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  • Why You Should Always Require Money Upfront For Design Projects

    Many new designers enter the market with naiveté and trust. Although you might have the best intentions when you first agree to a project, this doesn’t mean your client feels the same way about integrity and honesty. Requiring money up front will give you leverage if something changes or goes wrong during the course of […]

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  • Questions to Ask at a Design Interview

    At the end of any interview there is generally the option to ask a few questions to an interviewer about the company or the position you’ve just been interviewed for. But what questions should you ask? And which ones shouldn’t you?  Questions Not to Ask Before starting with questions to ask, there are questions that […]

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  • Banish Exam Time Stress (For Designers!)

    Being a design student can be extremely rewarding. But, around the end of semester when exams are fast approaching, stress can be a factor that you’re going to have to deal with. A combination of projects, assignments, portfolio reviews and tests can cause anxiety for anyone, so remember to take it a day at a time (you’re […]

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  • Beginners, Get More Clients with Your Design Portfolio

    Your portfolio is the gateway between you and potential clients. This means that your design portfolio is an important asset that you have control over, when marketing yourself. Some designers seem to have an over-flowing amount of work, while others continue to grind, day-to-day, struggling to find their next source of work. Why is this? […]

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  • E-mail Etiquette When Applying For Design Jobs

    It’s now rare that the job interview and selection process doesn’t involve emails at some point. This guide to email etiquette for job interviews is a handy way to avoid common pitfalls of communicating with your potential employers electronically. As ever, common sense goes a long way, and mirroring that can help you judge the […]

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  • Mistakes to Avoid on Your Design Job Application

    Filling out job applications can be one of the more frightening parts of the job process. How do you come across as confident and not egotistical, all while showing that you have a laid back side? Well, here are some tips on preparing your next application. 1. Prepare a Cover Letter for Each Application This […]

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