How to Overcome Common Mobile Office Problems

An effective mobile office is essential for productive traveling designers. There are plenty of reasons why you need a mobile office: besides introducing more traveling into your life, you have easier mobility with your design work, increase your focus, get more quality work done, and simplify and enjoy your life more as a result of it all. But there are no doubt problems that come up while using a mobile office: distractions, finding good places to work, no internet access when you need it, and so forth. How do you avoid these issues? Well, today's your lucky day, because this article covers how to overcome common mobile office problems.

Why Freelance Designers Should Use Invoicing Tools

There are a plethora of tools out on the Internet today that help designers and developers alike. Many times however, we believe they fall short because "we can handle it ourselves" without the extra cost of such tools. Conversely, we find ourselves spending quite a bit of time trying to complete such tasks which respective tools would reduce the time spent by a fraction. With this being said, within this article we get our hands dirty and discuss several reasons as to why freelance designers should use invoicing tools.

Survd App Giveaway – 3 Licenses Up For Grabs

There's a ton of solutions and apps out there for creating surveys. I'm sure that at some point in your career as a web-designer/developer, many of you had to either build a survey app from scratch or find a solution to create and implement a survey on a client site. Not an easy task. I recently had the pleasure of trying out Survd, a small and simple survey app created by Matt Ward. Today we're giving away licenses to 3 lucky readers of SpyreStudios!

30+ Last Minute (Digital) Christmas Gift Ideas For Creatives

Let me guess... you've left your Christmas shopping to the last minute? Well, if that someone you haven't bought for happens to be in the creative industry (such as a designer, illustrator, developer, video producer or photographer) you're in luck! This article is full of gift ideas for the creative person in your life, most of which are digital, meaning you don't have to wait for delivery times, and your gift will be ready to hand over just in time for Christmas! The article is spread over three parts depending on your budget. We have a "Budget Gifts" section, a "Mid-Priced Gifts" section and a "Breaking The Bank Gifts" section.

Cloud Computing: The Theory Behind The Hype

"Cloud Computing", it almost rolls off the tongue doesn't it? If you believe the hype, cloud computing is cheaper, safer and easier than any other form of application hosting, it exists in the magical land of 'cloud' where nothing ever goes wrong, in fact, to say it's reliable is almost an understatement. However the truth, can often be far different from that which many of the 'cloud computing' or 'cloud hosting' providers would have us believe. The cloud is a complex, multifaceted beast, with varying levels of complexity and specialty, not to mention radically varying prices. All told we would do well to consider just what makes up this 'cloud', when it really is a great solution, and just where we may just be falling for the hype.

5 Effective & Creative Ways to Prevent Spam

Spam is a widespread issue with many and all websites that accept user input. Whether be it a contact form, a comment system, a forum, or any other type of service, you are subject to spam. Ever since the fight against spam begun, hundreds of prevention tools have arisen, with some failing and some succeeding […]

Real World Embedded Metadata – RDFa, Microformats And Microdata Practical Examples

Have you ever seen those small grey descriptions in Google search results below the title? If you’re curious on how to get them, then the answer is embedded metadata. With the words embedded metadata we refer to a way to add invisible information in an HTML/XHTML document. These informations will be machine readable, by Google […]

Mega Collection Of Cheatsheets for Designers & Developers

Cheatsheets and various quick reference guides are available for almost any type of software and language these days. Unfortunately they’re not always easy to find when you actually need them. This is why I decided to take some time to gather up as many as possible and share them with you here! Hopefully this can […]

30+ iPad Apps For Designers, Developers And Creative Types

A couple days ago I wrote on Twitter that I wasn’t using many of the iPad apps I had downloaded and people started sending me suggestions, so I thought I could download more apps and see which ones I liked best. This post features over 30 iPad apps that I think designers, developers and creatives […]

Improving The User Experience Of Your Website With Modal Windows

With new elements of design trending the web it’s no surprise a large portion of these aim towards enhancing the user experience. What better way to help create a more usable environment then to start by properly structuring the way your users interact with key aspects of your websites (i.e. the login process)? This is […]

15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps

Mindmapping is the process of drawing up diagrams that show relations between various ideas, tasks or information. For many of us this shows to actually be a way of taking notes that can be more useful than just writing down keywords or sentences like we do on a to-do list. By drawing mind maps you […]

10 Really Outstanding and Useful CSS Grid Systems

Grids are an invisible foundation that structure the websites we develop and design. This invisible foundation makes it possible for rapid development, concise code, and a much more organized layout. Of course you’re not obligated to use a grid, and grid-less websites are fine if the random structure is intended, however, if avoidance of a […]

15 Quality Web-Based Applications to Create Mock-Ups and Wireframes

To effectively manage a project with very little mistakes, you must make it a priority to plan. Diving into the development process with not a single clue as to what elements go where or how certain aspects of a websites interface differ from one another is dooming yourself to hard-earned headaches. For as long as humans have been able to hold a pen and a paper in hand, we have been prototyping and although different from now, "wireframing". This dates back to thousands of years ago when architects and artists began converting their artwork into an actual physical presence.

10 Great Tools to Create a Mobile Version of Your Site

84% of Americans currently own a mobile phone. Sadly, there are no figures showing how many of these devices are ageing bricks without internet capabilities, but you can bet that, within a few years, the majority of mobile phone users will be able to browse the internet, wherever they are. Right now, most websites are […]

20 Fantastic Usability & Conversion Analysis Tools

Once you’ve built or designed a website, it’s absolutely vital that you perform some degree of usability testing to ensure that it’s functioning as it should. Analyzing conversion rates (the percentage of visitors to your site who perform a desired action) is also a must. Usability and conversion rates are inextricably linked. If customers are […]

20 Color Combination Tools for Designers

Being able to select the right colors is key in designing an effective and intriguing design, whether for the web or for print. If you’re able to achieve a good balance within your design, then it’ll communicate a stronger message much more easily to the users or readers because certain colors “activate” certain types of […]

Concept Feedback Giveaway – 5 Premium Concepts

Concept Feedback is one very useful and simple tool for designers and developers to get feedback on their designs and concepts. Whether you’re working on a brand new web project or redesigning your own site, getting feedback before you launch can prove very, very useful. We’ve partnered with Concept Feedback to give away premium concepts […]

How To Create A Simple Portfolio Site Running On Surreal CMS

I always enjoy working on new things and learn about new CMS and how they work and all. I recently connected with Cory at Surreal CMS, and I decided to write a tutorial on how to create a portfolio site and run it with Surreal CMS. It’s pretty simple actually. In this tutorial I’ll show […]