12 Tips for Designers Using Pinterest to Drive More Traffic and Exposure to Your Website

Pinterest Tips For Designers

There are all kinds of social networks and websites where you can get involved, gain exposure for your work, and even send traffic back to your website or blog. Probably the most difficult part is deciding which social networks justify the time and effort, and managing to use those networks effectively without being tied to them for hours every day.

One social network that designers should consider is Pinterest. Pinterest is visually oriented, so it’s naturally a great fit for designers, photographers, and others in creative fields. The fact that Pinterest’s user base and popularity has grown so quickly provides plenty of potential for getting exposure to your work.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at Pinterest and how designers can use it effectively and efficiently.

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68 Easy Ways to Promote Your Design Services for a Steady Flow of New Clients

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With the huge amount of freelance designers, small studios, and agencies out there offering web and graphic design services it can be difficult to maintain a steady flow of new clients.

While it would be nice to have all the clients you need coming to you for work, the reality for most designers is that some type of promotion, marketing, or networking needs to take place in order to maintain a full work load.

The good news is that there are plenty of different ways you can go about promoting your own design services. Some are more aggressive than others. Some will require only a small amount of your time, and others will require more time and/or money.

In this article we’ll look at more than 65 different things you can do to promote your services. Of course, this is not a suggestion that you need to do all of these things, but if you are looking to pick up more client work browse through the list and find some options that are a good fit for you.

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How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop

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Much like building a website, mobile app design is a very detailed procedure. Although it may not be sociological rocket surgery(some might say otherwise) but even the best app designers will spend years studying the craft and still have a lot to learn. One of the earlier stages in both website & mobile app design is called wireframing.

This is a bare-bones template of the layout which includes the most important page elements. Content should be kept to a minimum used sparingly on an as-needed basis. Wireframing pushes a direct focus onto the experience – basically how a user will interact with the application. Many designers prefer to draw these by hand but there’s always an option to design wireframes using graphics software.

In this post I’d like to offer an introductory guide to wireframing for iOS apps, and specifically how this can be accomplished using Adobe Photoshop. Other programs like GIMP or Sketch also work just fine. The goal would be to create a layered wireframe which can be edited and rearranged to fit a working mobile app prototype.

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29 Best Podcasts for Freelance Graphic Designers

Graphic Design Podcasts

As a freelancer, I don’t get many opportunities to surround myself with similar creative minds to keep me sharp. While attending meet-ups and co-working can be great ways to engage with others, it can often be time consuming and expensive since I usually work from home.

Lately I’ve started listening to a variety of different podcasts for graphic designers while I’m doing tasks that don’t require as much concentration.

The great thing about podcasts is that I can keep my eyes on the task in front of me. And it’s a much more efficient use of my time, since I’m keeping up with industry news, learning about new apps, and learning new skills. Watching the latest season of my favorite TV show is, of course, more fun but arguably much more distracting.

So, in my search for podcasts over the past few months, the following 29 podcasts are the best ones I found in the freelance and graphic/web design industry. Some are specifically related to business topics that I find useful, while others are more for industry news or design skills. I also added a few of my favorites that are geared toward web development for those of you who enjoy coding more than designing.

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40 Sets of Free Social Media Icons

Free Social Media Icons

Designers love free icon sets. Having quality icons can help to make a site’s design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly used icons, especially in blog design.

Fortunately, there are a number of free sets of quality social media icons. In this post we’ll feature 40 social media icon sets from various designers. Click on the links to be led to the source where the icons can be downloaded. As always when you are dealing with freebies, check the terms and conditions to be sure that you’re using them in a way that is allowed by the designer…

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28 Interesting Craigslist Redesign Concepts

Best Craigslist Redesign Concepts

As one of the most popular websites on the web, Craigslist certainly gets a lot of attention when it comes to the topic of redesigns. As a service, the idea is brilliant and that is why it is the huge success it is today. While the UX works fine, the design itself is quite controversial because it has only had minor updates in the past 15 years.

There seem to be two different thoughts on the design for Craigslist, hence the controversy. Some believe that the reason the UX works well is because the design is perfect for this site. Others believe that the reason Craigslist offers a positive user experience is simply because it has always been this way and everyone is comfortable using it.

All of the incredible Craigslist redesign concepts out there do seem to make it obvious the site needs to be updated. And I’m pretty sure that both parties on each side of the controversy may agree that the design is not very pretty and could use at least some more minor updates.

The following list includes a wide range of redesigns, from complete identity redesigns to a minimal update of the current website design. Browse through the list below to find out which one is your favorite and then feel free to leave your opinion in the comments below…

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Showcase of the Best WordPress Magazine Themes

Best Wordpress Magazine Themes

If you run a news-style blog that publishes high volumes of content, a magazine-style design or theme may be the most appropriate. WordPress users have loads of great magazine and news themes to choose from, and in this post we’ll showcase some of the best ones we’ve found this year. A quality theme can make your blog or online magazine look professional, and the good news is that there are plenty of quality themes available for under $100. You won’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a custom design if you’re working with a limited budget.

Here you’ll find more than 40 magazine themes that can make your WordPress-powered blog look amazing at an affordable price…

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Top 50 Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes

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If you’re looking for a portfolio template to showcase your art, photography, or design work, the wide selection of quality themes makes WordPress a great option. While there have been many high-quality portfolio themes available for WordPress for several years, recently there has been a significant increase in the number of responsive portfolio themes.

So if you would like to visitors to be able to easily view your portfolio site on a phone or tablet, in addition to a desktop, a responsive theme is a great choice. In this post we’ll showcase 50 responsive portfolio themes, so you’re sure to find one that will meet your needs…

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50+ Excellent Tutorials for Creating Website Layouts in Photoshop

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If you’re looking to learn more about web design or to improve your skills, following along with detailed, step-by-step tutorials can be a great use of your time. While there are a lot of resources and courses where you can pay to learn design, there are also plenty of quality tutorials available for free.

In this post we’ll showcase 50 different tutorials that we feel are the best at showing you how to design and layout a simple website in Photoshop. You’ll find tutorials that teach how to design all different kinds of sites, and in a wide variety of design styles. Find a few that you like, work through them, and you’re sure to learn at least a few new things that you can put into practice in your own design work…

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21 Beautiful Gmail Redesign Concepts

Gmail has needed a redesign for awhile now. The interface is quite cluttered and not at all easy to use, and the apps for iOS and especially Android are even worse. While drastic improvements have been made over the past few years, there could still be a lot of improvements made. Word has leaked that Gmail may be working on a redesign, and a pretty drastic one. Mashable explains the new Gmail features, which include some interesting additions such as Finance and Travel labels…

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