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The best new portfolio sites, February 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

hand and canWelcome, readers. I realize that some of you may have had romantic plans this month, but now that’s out the way, we need to look through a bunch of portfolio sites and rate them without actually assigning a numerical value to them. I assure you, your friends and loved ones will understand. (Who doesn’t love relentless ironic self-awareness?)

Once again, we have a month with no real reoccurring theme, except maybe minimalism, but that hardly counts at this point. There’s a fair variety in the sites featured this time around, so we’ll have a little something for just about everyone. Perhaps people have tired of bandwagons…

…perhaps pigs are even now evolving wings. Let’s get started…

via The best new portfolio sites, February 2017 | Webdesigner Depot.

How to build a freelance website that actually drives leads | Webflow Blog

phoneYour website can be a valuable tool for driving leads—but that doesn’t mean it will automatically convert visitors. In fact, without regular and rigorous testing, strong CTAs, and social proof, your site will serve as no more than a portfolio.

Luckily, the following best practices can help anyone build a website that converts. Use these ideas to spruce up your current website or start a new one from scratch.

via How to build a freelance website that actually drives leads | Webflow Blog.

Why Learning Is A New Procrastination – The Coffeelicious – Medium

computerThe tremendous world of online courses, blogs, social media, free eBooks, podcasts, and webinars provides the best ever opportunity to broaden your knowledge in almost every sphere you can imagine. Thanks to technological advancement and the instant access to the internet, everyone can now study from home. It seems like it would be foolishly not to seize this opportunity and improve your skills and knowledge. Moreover, you are kind of forced to do so since the contemporary world has raised the bar higher than ever before. It literally invited you to gather the pace and accelerate even more.

via Why Learning Is A New Procrastination – The Coffeelicious – Medium.

AIGA Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio 1-on-1® 2017 will be April 7th & 8th.

Portfolio 1-on-1 is a premiere event for students to interact directly with professionals and other students in the design field. The premise of the event stays true to it’s name–each review provides a personal experience for student and reviewer alike.

Year after year, students and reviewers are united in their passion for design and a common goal to further the community and future of design as a whole. By default, students meet at least three professionals, creating the foundations for a multitude of connections. These connections provide opportunities to branch out into further interactions, weaving a web of possibilities.

The Portfolio 1-on-1 student conference has become the premier regional event for putting developing design students and their books in front of experienced creative professionals for intensive reviews, constructive conversations, and valuable connections. Check out photos from previous years (2015201420132012) to get a feel for what Portfolio 1-on-1 is all about.

Email portfolio1on1@aigaminnesota.org with questions.

Typography Handbook

Typography Handbook

A concise, referential guide on best web typographic practices.
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The Elephants of Typography [COMIC]

elephantsTypographical techniques can be traced back to ancient times. But nowadays, with the ability to choose fonts from a drop-down menu, typography can seem like an obscure art.SEE ALSO: More Comics on MashableIn this comic, Grant Snider of Incidental Comics gives us his pachyderm-inspired take on Robert Bringhurst’s book, The Elements of Typographic Style.Snider’s comics are available as prints through his poster shop.

via The Elephants of Typography [COMIC].

When to ignore ‘Mobile-First’

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When to ignore ‘Mobile-First’

Mobile-first is a standard for a reason, but don’t let a dogmatic approach sacrifice creativity.

In 2012, I learned a dangerous rule: A mobile-first approach to UX ensures users will have a consistent experience on all devices.

After four years of chanting this mantra alongside UX designers everywhere, there was a recent Sunday afternoon when I realised it like a memory: in the dogmatic spread of responsive, adaptive, cross-browser compatibility, and the design process it requires – something has been lost.

Google Web Designer

Bring ideas to life across screens. Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device.

Focus on design

Let us handle the HTML5 and CSS3 so you’re free to focus on what you love to do: creating gorgeous visual experiences. A full design suite lets you easily bring any vision to life.

Amplify with code

If you’re feeling more hands-on, all the code behind your designs is hand-editable, so you’re never locked out of your own work. Your ideas are now amplified by code – not restricted by it.

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20 Web Design Trends for 2017 – RankRed

Every year, the web industry goes through an evolution cycle to stay engaging and inspiring. It’s time to look ahead and predict how web design will evolve over the next twelve months.

From functionality to typography and color, immersive storytelling to virtual reality and AI-powered chatbots, 2017 will be a year of new ideas and fresh visual concepts to explore. There is no doubt that we will see many of the last year’s trends continue to shape and influence the web industry. Some of those designs are already starting to appear, providing visual inspiration to get off to the right start. Let’s explore the design innovations that can take your website to a whole different level in 2017.

via 20 Web Design Trends for 2017 – RankRed.

Page-by-page checklist for a massively successful agency / freelancer website | Millo.co

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You don’t want to go about a year-long, billion-dollar branding initiative, do you? I sure don’t!You want people to land on your site and feel inspired to reach out right then and there.Now, to help all of you too, I want to give you a checklist of what should go on each page of your website.That way you can use it as a great tool to see where your website is currently at, and how to improve.Cool?Let’s do dis!

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