Looking at the Most Popular Google Fonts

The impact Google Fonts has had on the web is undeniable. Since its somewhat humble beginnings in 2010, the 800+ fonts now hosted by the library have been viewed well over 19 trillion times. Of course, the likes of Adobe and others have followed suit with font repositories of their own. The difference is that everything Google Fonts has to offer is free.

How to Replicate the Bootstrap 3 Grid Using CSS Grid

The past few years have seen a wide variety of methods for creating web page layouts. CSS Grid is one of the newest and probably the most game-changing layout technique at our disposal. If you haven’t begun tinkering with it yet, now’s the time. It is a wildly different way of thinking about positioning content, and it currently has nearly full support across all popular web browsers.

How to Improve Your Communication With Clients

When you walk into a bakery, what’s the first thing you want to know? Do you care that the bakery was started back in the ’60s by the current owner’s immigrant Grandma? Or that the head pastry chef’s favorite dessert is a strawberry cheese Danish with the perfect blend of cheesiness, flakiness, and strawberry-ness? Or how about that the tiles on the floor are hand painted ceramic from a little town in southern Morocco? You’re probably bored already, aren’t you? Just shut up and give me my cupcakes, you might say; I’m late for my nephew’s birthday party.

Why Do Bad Designers Always Seem to Get the Best Jobs?

We’ve all heard the saying “a designer is only as good as his/her clients.” Some designers, regardless of skill level or experience, seem to always have the most interesting assignments that are creative, challenging, and highly paid, while others, who may have more experience, technical skill, or talent, get stuck working for peanuts on unfulfilling, low-level work.

How to Test Your Marketing Efforts as a Freelancer Designer

In today’s freelancing climate, one of the best things you can do in terms of marketing yourself is to think in what I like to call “Test Terms.” What does this mean? When a food company is developing a new product to release into the market, they don’t simply travel in a straight line from recipe to manufacturing to stocking the shelves at the grocery store. What happens is they perform a series of tests, which allow them to tweak their product until it gets just the right kind of response they’re looking for.

Nostalgic Code Snippets That Bring Back the 1990s

I’m not ashamed to admit that I came of age during the 90s. It’s also when my design career started. So sometimes I find it rejuvenating (and somewhat amusing) to take a trip back to those days. Most of the time, it comes in the form of listening to some of my favorite music from the decade (grunge and Britpop, please). But every so often I get the urge to revisit some of those old web design trends.

Why You Should Fire Your Worst Design Clients

As someone who’s worked on both sides of the freelancer-client fence, I give a lot of “insider” advice to designers on dealing with their clients. One of the most common problems I hear is that designers would love to be able to turn down their worst clients – the ones who pay late, don’t pay at all, or who just generally cause way more trouble than they’re worth. But the problem, these designers tell me, is that they just can’t.