8 tips to create a great Web Design Proposal

There can be some common elements you’ll see in all design proposals. But for Web design proposals there are certain elements that are crucial for creating a good relationship with your client from the start and for having a happy and returning client.
WHAT IS A WEBSITE DESIGN PROPOSAL?

A website design proposal is a fancy way of saying quote. A good proposal is always a way to show our customers that we are professional. It is also a tool to explain our customers: processes, design development and finally that professional design has a cost.

Remember always the most important part of creating a proposal: Never promise what you can’t accomplish, don’t fall for the gig and charge low fees. Be confident in your abilities.

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There can be some common elements you’ll see in all design proposals. But for Web design proposals there are certain elements that are crucial for creating a good relationship with your client from the start and for having a happy and returning client.

WHAT IS A WEBSITE DESIGN PROPOSAL?

A website design proposal is a fancy way of saying quote. A good proposal is always a way to show our customers that we are professional. It is also a tool to explain our customers: processes, design development and finally that professional design has a cost.

Remember always the most important part of creating a proposal: Never promise what you can’t accomplish, don’t fall for the gig and charge low fees. Be confident in your abilities. Leer más “8 tips to create a great Web Design Proposal”

Email UI Faceoff – GMail vs Hotmail vs Yahoo – The results

Welcome back to part two of our email UI faceoff – I recently wrote about the usability testing process, and set up a test for comparing the usability of Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail and Gmail.

Well, the results are in and we’ve got some pretty interesting feedback from the test – you can get directly to the test results yourself, or read on for our analysis and verdict.

Over the days we’ve been running the test, we had north of 300 people take it, and we think the numbers are a pretty good sample. Based on our analytics data, I could see that we had participants from 64 different countries, and it took the average user 2:56 to take the test.

So what did we learn from all that? Read on and find out…


By Jacob Creech

Welcome back to part two of our email UI faceoff – I recently wrote about the usability testing process, and set up a test for comparing the usability of Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail and Gmail.

Well, the results are in and we’ve got some pretty interesting feedback from the test – you can get directly to the test results yourself, or read on for our analysis and verdict.

Over the days we’ve been running the test, we had north of 300 people take it, and we think the numbers are a pretty good sample. Based on our analytics data, I could see that we had participants from 64 different countries, and it took the average user 2:56 to take the test.

So what did we learn from all that? Read on and find out…: Leer más “Email UI Faceoff – GMail vs Hotmail vs Yahoo – The results”

25 Great Adobe InDesign Guides & Tutorials

What is InDesign?

Adobe InDesign is a very powerful desktop publishing software (DTP) and can in the world of graphic design be seen as the only true competitor to QuarkExpress. These two definitely dominate that part of the market today.

You can use this to create brochures, flyers, books, ads, magazines and so on. It’s especially useful in multi-page documents with it’s good features for linking content together. It has basic editing options for illustrations/images and can easily be used together with Photoshop and Illustrator for bigger changes. Another great thing is how it can help you prepare your projects for offset printing.
Guides and Tutorials

There are many good tutorials on InDesign out there. This time we’ve chosen a variety of them to show you a few things that can be done with ease.

The first guides are very basic, while others are meant for designers who are more experienced with use of the Creative Suite products. No matter what your current skills are, you will be likely to find something here for you. Good luck!


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What is InDesign?

Adobe InDesign is a very powerful desktop publishing software (DTP) and can in the world of graphic design be seen as the only true competitor to QuarkExpress. These two definitely dominate that part of the market today.

You can use this to create brochures, flyers, books, ads, magazines and so on. It’s especially useful in multi-page documents with it’s good features for linking content together. It has basic editing options for illustrations/images and can easily be used together with Photoshop and Illustrator for bigger changes. Another great thing is how it can help you prepare your projects for offset printing.

Guides and Tutorials

There are many good tutorials on InDesign out there. This time we’ve chosen a variety of them to show you a few things that can be done with ease.

The first guides are very basic, while others are meant for designers who are more experienced with use of the Creative Suite products. No matter what your current skills are, you will be likely to find something here for you. Good luck! Leer más “25 Great Adobe InDesign Guides & Tutorials”

18 Website Speed and Performance Checking Tools

In another words, if your site is slow, you are subjected to lose a lot of visitors. Visitors are traffic, traffic affects reputation and they can potentially generate revenue. It can be a domino effect if one ignore the consequences of a slow-loading site.

It is essential to identify what builds up your website before you jump into the codes trying to speed things up because it cannot be done without knowing the culprits that are slowing down your website. This article compile a collection of useful web service and tools that will help you to diagnose and analyze you site, allowing you to understand your site better.


By Dainis

Google is taking site’s loading speed into consideration in determining its ranking. Even though this will not land a big impact, it is still something we (webmasters) should really look into. The reason is pretty simple – majority of visitors are usually in rush and no one is fond of waiting half a century before the website finally load its content or failed to load.

preview 18 Website Speed and Performance Checking Tools

In another words, if your site is slow, you are subjected to lose a lot of visitors. Visitors are traffic, traffic affects reputation and they can potentially generate revenue. It can be a domino effect if one ignore the consequences of a slow-loading site.

It is essential to identify what builds up your website before you jump into the codes trying to speed things up because it cannot be done without knowing the culprits that are slowing down your website. This article compile a collection of useful web service and tools that will help you to diagnose and analyze you site, allowing you to understand your site better.

Leer más “18 Website Speed and Performance Checking Tools”

10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.1

Powerpoint has produced more bad design in its day that perhaps any other digital tool in history with the possible exception of Microsoft paint.

In this post we’re going to address the epidemic of bad presentation design with ten super practical tips for designer better looking and more professional presentations. Along the way we’ll see a number of awesome slide designs from Note & Point along with some custom examples built by yours truly. Let’s get started!


Written by Joshua Johnson

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Powerpoint has produced more bad design in its day that perhaps any other digital tool in history with the possible exception of Microsoft paint.

In this post we’re going to address the epidemic of bad presentation design with ten super practical tips for designer better looking and more professional presentations. Along the way we’ll see a number of awesome slide designs from Note & Point along with some custom examples built by yours truly. Let’s get started! Leer más “10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.1”

Grandes estrategias para pequeños clientes

Crece la importancia que la industria del juguete le da al marketing y al diseño como formas de conquistar a los chicos. Por qué y cuánto apuestan. De hecho, durante el último año, la inversión publicitaria bruta registrada en la categoría de juguetes fue de unos $ 113,2 millones, según el Monitor de Medios Publicitarios de la consultora MEC Argentina. Y la cifra sigue en aumento. Durante los primeros cuatro meses de 2010 se invirtió más que de enero a mayo de 2009 ($23,8 millones contra $15,7 millones, respectivamente).

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Conquistar a los grandes puede dar trabajo. Pero los chicos tampoco son fáciles. Se trata de un público exigente, que castiga la mentira y la mala calidad; y selectivo. Los chicos tienen muy en claro qué es lo que quieren. Los fabricantes del sector juguetero lo saben. Por eso, el diseño y el marketing se convirtieron para ellos en importantes herramientas de comunicación.

En 2009, la inversión publicitaria bruta registrada en la categoría de juguetes fue de unos $ 113,2 millones, según el Monitor de Medios Publicitarios de la consultora MEC Argentina. Y la cifra sigue en aumento. Durante los primeros cuatro meses de 2010 se invirtió más que de enero a mayo de 2009 ($23,8 millones contra $15,7 millones, respectivamente). “La publicidad influye mucho en el éxito de un juguete. En general, los productos que más venden son los que tienen más visibilidad”, indica Carlos Restaino, coordinador General de la Asociación Argentina de Empresas de Juguetes y Afines (AADEJA). Ditoys es uno de los casos de empresas que apostó: la firma, que exporta sus productos (Ben10, Disney Princesas, Cars, Power Rangers, entre otros) a más de 15 países del Cono Sur, Centroamérica y el Caribe, se posiciona como la anunciante líder con el 33 por ciento del share. La siguen Chicco, con el 10 por ciento, y Mattel. La empresa fabricante de Barbie, Hot Wheels y Fisher Price, entre otras marcas, es la tercera del país que más invierte en publicidad, con una participación del 9 por ciento. De ese total, las muñecas Barbie y My Scene concentran el 37 por ciento de los desembolsos.


Crece la importancia que la industria del juguete le da al marketing y al diseño como formas de conquistar a los chicos. Por qué y cuánto apuestan. De hecho, durante el último año, la inversión publicitaria bruta registrada en la categoría de juguetes fue de unos $ 113,2 millones, según el Monitor de Medios Publicitarios de la consultora MEC Argentina. Y la cifra sigue en aumento. Durante los primeros cuatro meses de 2010 se invirtió más que de enero a mayo de 2009 ($23,8 millones contra $15,7 millones, respectivamente).

por Clara Gómez Carrillo Leer más “Grandes estrategias para pequeños clientes”

Petrobrás completó la mayor venta accionaria en la región

Tiempo atrás, la compañía designaba a seis bancos para gestionar la transacción y luego formular la oferta. Todavía hace tres meses, José Sergio Gabrielli –director ejecutivo de la firma- pensaba que el plan sería demoraría si la plaza internacional de títulos empeorase. Sin embargo, “al difundirse la lista de entidades, se confirmó que la venta seguía su curso y mejoró el clima”, subrayó un analista del holandés ING Groep.


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Los costos crediticios dejaron de ser récord a medida como se cerraba la operación. La creciente confianza en la empresa impulsaba una venta por US$ 25.000 millones, pese a la crisis financiera persiste en Unión Europea y un mercado volátil.

El rinde extra que los inversores demandaban para bonos, 5,75% sobre letras del tesoro norteamericano, cedió de 1,18 a 0,68% en semanas, según proyecciones de la agencia especializada Bloomberg. Por el contrario, JP Morgan Chase indica que, para el sector privado brasileño (Petrobrás es semiestatal), se mantiene una sobretasa de 0,7%. Leer más “Petrobrás completó la mayor venta accionaria en la región”