There are virtually thousands of weapons a freelance designer has available in their everyday arsenal. From wireframe apps to invoicing services the possibility are endless. Yet what it the most overlooked tool in a designers toolbox? The art of asking questions.
So I have been playing around with the idea of making a jQuery for a while now. I'd always come up with an idea and as soon as I'd hit the googles, I'd notice that someone else has already done it... And done it better. Why regress?
I have just stumbled across some awesomeness! I am trying to do a browser only (no app store) app for the iPad. But how to test locally from the iPad itself?
Five years ago I started I started my career as a freelancer. I had no idea what I was doing but by god, I was doing it. I went out and got work, got clients. I broke a few rules, got burnt in the process, and learned a lot about myself and my chosen profession.
I came across CSS3PIE via a twitter post by @StudioNashvegas. I cruised the project and liked what I saw. I thought I would try it in the webapp my company is building. I figured out a few things about it.
I never will forget the day I saw my first Hatch Show Print. It was part of a series of 4×6 with different designs. It was a clown at the carnival. The impressions were minimal, the design rustic, so… HUMAN. I was bit by the letterpress bug.
We have all heard the war stories (or been part of them), the horrible clients who change their minds more than a kid at a candy store when it comes to their web presence. Our jobs as designers is to effectively solve client problems, repeat after me “client indecision is a big problem”. I am going to share with you what works for me, and keeps me from skulking around my client’s office with baseball bat and sending death threats to his/her relatives. Shall we?
Parents cannot unitask. After starting to freelance last year, juggle a full-time job, and run to little monsters around I’m multitasking with the best of them. Here are three of the things I do to keep the creative wheels turning and my world in balance.
In order to completely satisfy the client we need to be on the same page. How do you get on the same page? By effectively asking questions! Ten points to the kid in the back of the class, who yelled out the answer.