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That’s my son. Dean. A chip off the ole block. At least, I think he is. He’s only 4 weeks old as I write this. He could turn out to be a jerk. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼 I’M KIDDING! He’s awesome. I love my son…a lot. But, having him after a 7 year stretch from my […]

The Busy Dad’s Simple Guide to Learning Web Design

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“I need you to make my website more modern.” I hear that all the time as a freelance web designer. The problem is the phrase “modern web design” is pretty elusive. It’s elusive in the sense that it’s always changing. If you’re not careful your go-to moves for making your web design more modern becomes […]

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Web Design More Modern

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I talk to so many people all the time who are convinced they are unable to be more creative as a web developer. Most of the time when we see someone that really excels in a creative area we say things like: “What a gift!” or “I wish I had half of their talent!” I […]

How to Be More Creative as a Web Developer

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I have a confession to make. I haven’t always had a great Job Success Score on Upwork. In fact, there was a season that my Job Success Score got all the way down to 78%. In Upwork world that’s the equivalent of a huge sign that says, “Worst Freelancer Ever. Do Not Hire.” But, despite […]

How to Recover from a Bad Job Success Score on Upwork

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The holiday season can be a mixed bag. Especially if your the kind that tries to find the absolute perfect gift for the people in your life. Let’s be real. Some people are pretty tough to buy for. A web designer whether newbie or seasoned professional is one of those that are tough to peg. […]

The Best Holiday Gift Guide for Your Web Designer

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Ever reach a plateau? You know what I mean. That place you get after you’ve been working hard at something and what once was excitement about learning a new thing becomes frustration with how long it’s taking. It feels like you’ve reached your limit BUT believe me you haven’t. I’ve hit a number of roadblocks […]

How To Overcome Those Stubborn Web Design Roadblocks

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It wasn’t long ago that Upwork didn’t charge for connects. You got a certain amount each month just for being on the platform and if you wanted to you could buy more. Not any more. Those days are long gone. And, listen, there’s a lot that’s been said about how wrong Upwork is for doing […]

How to Make a Winning Bid on Upwork

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One of my favorite quotes is from Richard Branson founder of the Virgin Group. He says: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” This was my philosophy when I first got started as a web designer […]

How to Fake it Till You Make it as a Web Designer

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A lot of what I talk about here has to do with practical advice on web design and freelancing. But after having talked to so many of you, I’m realizing that being a successful web designer has to do with much more than facts and knowledge.  In a lot of ways if we don’t include […]

A Web Designer’s Journey with Mental Illness

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When I first began my journey as a web designer I had never heard of UX. To be fair, I was pretty secluded from all things tech careers. For the good part of my 20’s I spent the majority of my free time recording music with my band. I knew tons about audio interfaces, DAWs, […]

What Does it Mean to Be a UX Designer?

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I love what’s happening in education. Okay, to be fair, there’s a lot I don’t love: I don’t love how high tuition is getting, and I don’t love how many people end up with ridiculously high student loans. Myself included! But, I do love how people are catching on to the fact that you don’t […]

5 of the Best Part-Time, Online Web Design Bootcamps

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I talk to people almost every day now who tell me they’d love to learn web design they just don’t have enough time! I get it. Life is busy. BUT….(you knew it was coming) You probably have more time than you think you do. I remember the season of life when I didn’t have any […]

How to Learn Web Design in Your Free Time

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I’ve spent a lot of my time going through online courses to learn Web Design. If you haven’t noticed, I like online courses. You can do them anywhere at your own pace. But, I’ve been through some bad ones. There are platforms that set you up for success and platforms that are really just in […]

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