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UX design bootcamps are all the rage these days. People are opting out of the traditional college education route and instead choosing bite size programs that focus entirely on the skill they’re wanting to get hired for. Personally, I think that’s awesome. But, not everyone agrees with me. In fact, there’s a bunch of people […]

How to Choose the Best UX Design Bootcamp for You

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If you don’t want to read nearly 3,000 words on 5 important things every web designer needs to know, I got you. Here’s a podcast Well, it’s official. Selfmadewebdesigner.com turned 1 year old! 🎉 It’s been a pretty awesome year. I’ve gotten the chance to help a lot of people up their game as web […]

5 Important Things Every Web Designer Needs To Know

5 Important Things Every Web Designer Needs to Know || Balloons Being Released in the Air

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Have you ever worked on a web design project and been super proud only to present it to the client and quickly realize what they said they wanted is nowhere near what they actually want? I wish I could say that’s never happened to me 🤦🏼‍♂️ When a client comes to you it’s very likely […]

Why Branding is the Key to Success with Web Design Clients

Why branding is the key to success with web design clients || A crossword of marketing words

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Getting into a UX design career has become incredibly popular lately. It’s almost like a modern day gold rush. As a result, there are a lot of companies capitalizing on the sudden increase in attention toward tech design jobs by creating products people can buy to help them get into those types of careers. One […]

How To Know if UX Design Bootcamps Are Right For You

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I don’t know about you but writing a resume freaks me out a bit. The idea that the future of your life depends on a small piece of paper is more than just a little bit nerve-racking. AND, as a UX designer, you have to worry about more than your resume. You’ve got to think […]

How to Build a UX Design Portfolio that Get’s You Hired

How to make a winning ux design portfolio || Two ux designers working on a project together

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I have to be honest and say I did not think the Coronavirus would affect us as much as it has. I thought everyone was going a bit overboard. But, things kept getting worse. Then last week the CEO of the company I work for sent out a message telling us that we would all […]

How to Make Your Web Design Business Coronavirus Proof

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I’ve talked to a lot of freelancers over the years. After a while, a few common issues started to pop up. It turns out a lot of us are struggling with the exact same issues but no one is talking about it with one another! That’s the topic of this week’s episode on the Self-Made […]

The 5 Worst Mistakes Freelancers Make and How to Fix Them

The 5 Worst Mistakes Freelance Web Designers Make and How to Avoid Them || a paper with a sticker on it that says Mistake

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I am so excited to announce that on March 3rd, 2020 I will officially be launching a podcast to go along with selfmadewebdesigner.com! Let me tell ya, I’m excited about this. For months I’ve been quietly working in the background interviewing people that I have looked up to for years. People like: Laurence Bradford of […]

Introducing the Self-Made Web Designer Podcast

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A common concern when first dipping your toes into the world of a web design career is being good at the interview. I get it. Interviews are intimidating. And, truthfully, they’re just a weird social concept. Imagine a group of people coming to you and saying, “We might want you to be your friend but […]

How to Be a Web Design Interview Rock Star

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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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The landscape of the workplace has changed drastically. That’s probably a huge understatement, right? And, it hasn’t just been within the past decade. We’re talking about within the past 3 years. It’s not just businesses that are driving the change but the EMPLOYEES as well. People are wanting more freedom and no longer anticipate being […]

How To Win as a Web Designer in the Gig Economy

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I love web design. Like, would do it in my free time if no one paid me, love it. Honestly, I love design in general. I remember being a little boy taking bike rides with my mom. Every once in a while we’d stop at a house and she would say, “Christopher, if you could […]

6 Awesome Web Design Trends to Look for in 2020

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I hear it almost once a week now. Someone looked at getting into web design but decided there wasn’t much of a future in it. Why? Because of all the dang drag & drop website builders. Pretty soon all you’ll have to do is fill out a little survey and out pops an award-winning website […]

Have Website Builders Killed Web Design Careers?

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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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