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  1. Oh man I completely forgot about this thread. I've been pretty busy since and have managed to carve out a career for myself doing freelance UI design. I had no marketable skills 18 months ago and basically started from nothing, now I'm doing something I love and can see a bright future. I pretty much wasted the previous decade and got nowhere so learning design created a future for me, taking this path was the best decision I've ever made. Here's a look at my progress so far, I hope 2016 will bring as much improvement as 2014-2015. 2014 - http://imgur.com/a/GqTQq (really horrible stuff) 2015 Jan to Jun - http://imgur.com/a/qqJ5J 2015 Jul to Dec -http://imgur.com/a/GcZSa I have my own portfolio too http://www.marcushanda.com I never got round to learning HTML/CSS past the utter basics, I'll get to it one day........maybe
  2. Hi Chantelle, It's really p*ssed me off reading about how your boss basically legally exploited you. Selling the websites for 10x he paid you build them and then moaning because he wanted it done 50% faster, the audacity is astounding. I'm a freelance UI designer and have been self employed for about 4 months and I'm doing ok work-wise, even though I'm a designer and your a web developer I don't see why you can't find some meaningful work if you put yourself about a bit. We've all heard that Elance and the like aren't the best places to find work but I'm confident you'd be able to find projects that pay better than your previous employment and they'll be nice for your portfolio. With that said I'd be happy to help you design a mockup for your portfolio, I'm not a pro by any means but I'll help you design something (for free of course) if you like and you can code it up. https://dribbble.com/mshanda Regards, Marcus
  3. Going freelance

    I think it's a no brainer m8, £4000 in a month freelancing on is pretty awesome. I'd make sure you had enough money to keep you afloat for 6 months and just go for it. I'm a freelance UI designer and make about £1000 a month, if I could get that to £1500-£2000 that be enough for me. If you were do freelancing full-time you'll make even more or you could just work less and live comfortably. I'd love to see your website, I want to get into coding soon because even though I love designing I'm not sure if I'll be able to earn good money without having the skills to build sites too. Feel free to PM me your site if you don't want to link it here.
  4. Tutorials for graphic designer, Help?

    Hi Chantelle_ico, Below is what I did, there's a book recommendation and a few links that might help your friend along the way hopefully he can take something away from my wall-o-text. I got interested in design when I realised I was useless and knew absolutely nothing about it or what looked nice. Here's is a look at my skills before I started learning (http://i.imgur.com/IbAs3YW.jpg), I thought that looked pretty sweet at the time and was quite proud of myself lol. I've got a Dribbble account now where my latest stuff is and I'm at around the 7 month mark of learning. https://dribbble.com/mshanda Firstly I recommend a book the called "The Non-Designers Design Book" by Robin Williams (not the actor), it teaches you about CRAP (contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity) which is a brilliant starting point to grow from. It started me along to path to where I am at the moment. I believe if he wants to get good at this he'll need to have an active interest in it and immerse himself into learning about design. I also read the articles and discussions at the place below daily :- https://usepanda.com/app/#/ (the designer news section) He can also learn the fundamentals of graphic design (the stuff in your post) at places like Lynda.com and Tutsplus as well as countless books that are too numerous to list. Once he has learnt some of the basics he should practice his skills regularly by creating fake website designs, I use Sketch but he can also use Fireworks, Illustrator or Photoshop (I recommend Sketch because of ease of use). A good way for him to practice is to find a design that he likes and try to recreate it in the program of his choice. If he does this enough he will probably learn skills along the way and start implementing them into his own designs without even realising it. Lastly he should visit places like Dribbble and Behance everyday (the usepanda website shows new designs everyday from both places) and download the pictures of the designs he like's and try to understand why they look good. Once he's trained his eye he'll look at design more critically and be able to notice little things that might irk him such as bad alignment etc. He should also learn about UX, I'm currently reading "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug and it's brilliant. It's a book I've seen recommend by so many whenever somebody asks about UX. Below is a few other great resources I've found along the way :- https://hackdesign.org/ https://medium.com/@erikdkennedy/7-rules-for-creating-gorgeous-ui-part-1-559d4e805cda https://medium.com/@erikdkennedy/7-rules-for-creating-gorgeous-ui-part-2-430de537ba96 https://designschool.canva.com/blog/ http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/series/design-school-for-developers--webdesign-13793 I'm far from professional and still have a lot to still learn but I hope some of the stuff I've written above will be helpful to him. I believe anybody can improve loads if you put the time into learning and practising. I've come from being completely useless and now I'm actually getting some paid UI design work here and there. Regards, Marcus
  5. Just thought I'd update the thread, I sold my laptop and bought a macbook. I've been using Sketch which is a dream to use and has a very small learning curve so great for beginners. Photoshop is the industry standard but Sketch seems to be getting more popular amongst the UI design crowd so I'll be sticking with it for the foreseeable future. I recently became a member on Dribbble and I've uploaded a few projects, one of which has been paid work (the parachute one). https://dribbble.com/mshanda
  6. Too early to learn Sass?

    I've been practising design for the past 2 months and I am looking to jump back into HTML/CSS so I can build a few of the projects I've designed. I've gone through quite a bit of the basic/intermediate HTML & CSS stuff at Treehouse but I wouldn't say I know them inside out, far from it. I've been reading a few articles lately and learning a bit about Sass and what it is useful for. I think if used the right way it can be utilised to give a more structured approach to CSS and possibly foster the beginning to a decent workflow of how you approach a project in regard to CSS. I understand all that I've just mentioned can be applied to bog standard CSS too but I'm thinking maybe I should just jump straight into Sass right now. I've read in professional settings they like to use things LESS, Sass, Stylus etc so it might be a good idea for me to just start building my projects with a preprocessor if I am able to. What do you guys think? Lastly, I assume many of you work in the industry. Is it standard practice to use things like front-end frameworks like Bootstrap/Foundation/Boilerplates on real projects? I also mean things like Susy and Bourbon or should we be building our own pieces of reusable code rather than using these little helpers? I basically just want to be as efficient as possible and learn the most useful ways of getting things done (subjective I know) without wasting time on the minutiae and I guess that's what some of the 'helpers' I mentioned above are for. Thanks, Marcus
  7. Web Design/Dev Career Questions (beginner)

    This thread was a good read and very informative, it's been 18 months since your last post in this thread we need an update!
  8. Career change to Web Designing

    I'm exactly the same, I'm learning the coding skills so that I can create my personal projects but I much prefer the design side. So if I can't make it in Web Design as a career I'll still have some skills in Web Development that I can fall back on and build on.
  9. Career change to Web Designing

    I understand where your coming from Fuzzy Logic, just the other day I got an email about 'learning design' from Skillshare and the message I got from the ad was if you learn how to use Photoshop you were basically a designer. Programs are just tools, in my opinion learning design is all about the fundamentals and principles, the thinking behind what you create. Photoshop/Illustrator/Sketch are just tools to transport what create onto the screen. I think there is a big gap in the online tutorial sphere that hasn't catered to the beginner that wants to learn design but doesn't want to or can't afford to goto university. I've seen the odd course on places like Lynda & Treehouse but they are just cursory glances and don't delve very deep into the vast subjects that make up graphic design. I myself am learning design but have to resort books to get the juicy and in-depth information which isn't necessarily a bad thing but video might be a more useful medium for learning this type of stuff.
  10. Web design software

    Sketch is really good for UI design
  11. I'm not really sure, maybe the program I use renders the fonts better than your browser, I don't have any expertise in that area hopefully somebody else might know more about this. Edit: There is no Open Sans Bold 14px in my screenshot, just Light and Regular.
  12. You could make the details appear when the user clicks the left mouse button (add a 'click for details' instruction somewhere) and that way you can still have the right mouse button options. With regard to the mobile layout you could make a set of different styles specific to the mobiles instead of using the same options for all devices.
  13. I've added an updated design and another one with the font families, sizes and weights. If you could add the photo details when the user moves the mouse over the photo that would be a nice touch and change the opacity on the photo in the same instance. Also the photo 'description' works perfectly fine underneath the photo in my opinion. I'm still new to design so take my suggests with caution as I am clearly not a experienced professional like others on this forum. Obviously the design needs more colour and finesse but I think I've covered some of the basics and hopefully you can take some idea's from these and build on them.
  14. I made a quick design in sketch, I think you could do with making some of the text bigger and also adding some contrast with different font weights to make the whole layout clearer. I've attached my design to show what I mean. Also I added some icons via Font Awesome, little things like that will make the experience intuitive and pleasant for users. The layout at the moment just seems too bunched together and could use some white/negative space.
  15. Thanks Matthew I made another design yesterday (2 colour variations), I personally think it's my best yet. http://imgur.com/GIVg0Bs - For a acquaintance http://imgur.com/68Tpfaz - For me Regards, Marcus