For me, while I clearly feel more at home in Photoshop, it can be incredibly relaxing and satisfying to sit down and code something I have designed. Sometimes, the creative juices just won’t flow right and setting your mind on something logical and structured as coding helps me to replenish the energy I need to design.
Additionally, and it has been mentioned here before: I think that every designer should know basic HTML /CSS. Why? Because it will help us to understand that some things we would like to design are simply impossible to code without resorting to a ton of hacks and making a developer cry over IE implementation.
If I may chime in: for the Mac users out there, there is a neat app called LittleSnapper that can do that and much more as well. It has great features when it comes to annotating screen shots (or images of any kind) and it has an in-build browser that allows you to capture websites in full or just parts. Just yesterday, I managed to snapshot 40 pages of a client website (which is going to be redesigned) and it only took me a few minutes.
Well, I did have plans for some designing and coding, but just got a call from a prospective client and I will spent my weekend beautifying their PPT presentation that needs to be done by Monday.
But yes, it’s also Superbowl weekend … hope that I can find some channel here in Germany that will broadcast it live.
Greets back to Australia! Enjoy your weekend, we still have an entire Friday ahead of us.
Upload your stuff to MyOws immediately if you haven’t done already so. Then try to use their services to contact the people who are ripping your themes. Receiving an official looking letter that tells them they are committing copyright violations might be enough already; if not, I think MyOws offers even more options.
Email: to send stuff around or for details where I want a written statement so further down the road I can always digg it up and show them they actually wanted X or Z.
Phone: often time, many questions can be covered in a fraction of time by calling the clients, but I am very careful about this and usually set up calls by sending them an email and inviting them. I hate it if people call and don’t even ask if I have a minute but start whining about something right away (or chit chatting) without considering they are stealing my time.
Skype: I actually don’t use that much with clients and partners because they themselves are not that familiar with it. Surprisingly. But if they feel more comfy with other methods – client is king.
Dropbox: for sharing files like drafts, paperwork etc. Very useful if the client is an agency and you need to exchange data on a regular basis or work on the same file. Then Dropbox really helps to unclutter the mail inbox and keep track of versions.
Yup, mine got soft-rejected as well. Understand the reasons and hope that after re-submissions (whenever that will happen with my schedule) it might get accepted.
I agree with simon.
The color scheme doesn’t really work for me either, but then I am not a green-type of person. If you want to keep the green, keep the darker variety and replace the central color with some silver, grey, white … or go with another color scheme altogether.
I think it will be interesting to see the different variations in the new category. While you guys said it’s a no-no to have a photo in a resume in the UK, I think here in Germany it’s still very common to have it. Wonder if there are any other regional differences?
In my submitted template I included a “Statement” section where one can say something about one’s goals or oneself, but actually that isn’t really common in Germany, but I’ve seen it a lot when I did research on English sites.
Submitted mine a couple of hours ago before the others went up. Been biting my nails ever since, hoping that this time I’ll make it. Been going for something that will suit creatives, hope it will meet the taste of the reviewers
@realitycheck: while you might have the facts right, my reply to this is: I simply can’t worry about everyone everywhere all the time. Sounds bad a** and arrogant, but it’s just the way it is. And to be completely honest, it’s emotionally quite straining to keep up with the constant stream of catastrophes, human rights violations, starvations and what not going on globally. And I try, since I want to support organizations who help in those situations (have some web projects planned to support them).
So, when people come together in a time of a catastrophe like that, it should be seen as the light at the end of the tunnel because it proves that people actually DO CARE and when it counts most get off their collective backsides and do things. I have witnessed that in the European Floods in 2002, when my home town of Dresden was flooded. (I know, I know! No comparison to the things happening in Haiti, but that’s not what I’m pointing out). Back then, people who didn’t know each other or maybe even didn’t like each other put aside their differences and helped each other out, and no one was looking for their own benefit. And now that’s happening on a GLOBAL level!
Like I said, this just shows that we are capable of compassion and care … and maybe some us are better at it than other and are more engaged in communal help projects or things like that. It also means that everyone who’s donated now for the first time is much more aware about things like these and chances are, some of these people will actually look how they can contribute on a regular basis or support a local cause. I think that no one has the right to criticize someone who donates to a charitable cause, no matter their motivation. Even if the money won’t be spend right away, it’s been a contribution that has COST somebody something and has been WILLINGLY given, in most cases with the BEST intentions at heart.
And yes, it felt good to push the ‘Donate’ button and give to Doctors Without Borders. Maybe that makes me selfish and stupid and shallow, but as long as that money helps ease someones pain or saves someones life, I really don’t care.
(I hope that didn’t come out too hostile, it’s really not meant that way. I probably should not post past midnight).