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There are many key elements to starting your own design shop or striking out on your own as a freelancer. Projects can be abundant one moment and then lean the next, so protecting your craft as not only a designer but as a businessperson is essential. 
 
5 Steps to Successful Design Projects

Many small outfits don’t have the resources to advertise, so word of mouth and referrals are going to be a huge part of a small business or freelancer’s success. Follow these five simple rules when working with clients and ensure that they leave feeling satisfied with the finished product, so satisfied that they will tell all of their friends about you. 
1.     Learn some business etiquette: This step might seem like it should be intuitive, however many designers and small business owners in general drop the ball when it comes to prompt and professional service. Often times creative’s are leaving a company that had an infrastructure in place to make sure these things like basic communication doesn’t fall through the cracks, however as a freelancers or business owner you will be solely responsible for returning emails and phone calls in a timely manner. Make sure it happens, download apps or scribble notes all over your most colorful Post-its, but don’t wait until Friday to return a voicemail or email from Monday.

2.     Be a good listener: You don’t need to be your clients therapist, but you better be prepared to listen to them. Customer service is important and a client wants to feel like they are being heard. This will not only assure that your client feels like they are being cared for, but also assist you in making a killer product for them, which brings us to our next step.
3.     Don’t design something your client didn’t ask for: We know you were the hottest designer in your small town art school, but don’t deliver a product that your client doesn’t want. As creative’s we can sometimes let our ego lead the charge when setting out on design projects, this can be extremely detrimental when presenting to a client, not only will they feel like you ignored their objectives, but it will cost you money and time when going back for large revisions. 
4.    Manage client expectations: It can sometimes be really terrifying to say no to clients, especially when money is one the line. However it’s better to tell a client something isn’t possible than it is to over promise and under deliver. Honesty is key when it comes to happy clients, if the scope of a project makes you nervous speak candidly with the client about it, even if you have to turn the project away, the client will respect your professionalism and be willing to refer you to their network of peers.

5.    Don’t take clients for granted: Don’t hate your clients; no one likes a bitter designer. When you can take a moment and reflect on the fact that you get paid to do something you love it will reflect not only on the quality of your work, but also in how your clients perceive you. As cheesy as it sounds gratitude and good attitude go a long way. People don’t want to work with people they dislike, even if they’re talented. There have been many talented designers and creative’s who have fizzled out because they didn’t have the ability to love their work and appreciate their clients.

5 Steps to Successful Design Projects

By Toon Creffield →
Users are increasingly getting accustomed to navigate a website with taps and swipes. But when you'll jump out of an app and access browser via a tablet probably you'll start swiping to navigate around some site – only to find that it doesn't work. This is particularly the case with tablets that can be used to access standard sites, while you can access mobile-friendly sites via Smartphones.

A Basic Guide - on Adding Gestures to WordPress Website

Getting Started

So, adding gesture support to your WordPress site can make it tablet friendly. Unfortunately, WP themes don't support gesture but you can add such support to your current WordPress powered site with a number of javascript-base solutions.

Let's have a look at some of the gestures that you need to implement in your site for mobile users:
  • Swipe Left – to navigate to the next post
  • Swipe Right – to navigate to the previous post
  • Double Tap – to move to the page of your choice (by default the page is your website home page)

The ability to swipe largely depends on on the “prev” and “next” tags that are added to the WordPress header file. So, if your theme is not displaying these tags then most likely your theme doesn't contains the wp_head function or is not calling the function. Also, the output of the “prev” and “next” links may be disabled.

Wondering about the solution?

Well, the solution to your problem lies in a plugin, so let’s first understand about the plugin that helps to add gesture support to your site and how it can be used.

Setting up a Plugin to Add Gestures

The plugin here we're talking about is Wp-Gestures. Installing the plugin help users to enable a feature in their WordPress site that allows using mouse gestures to move to the next post or the previous one or return back to the home page, as shown in the following screen shot.
Setting up a Plugin to Add Gestures

Let's begin with the process of installation.

Step 1 – Plugin Installation

You can install the Wp-Gestures plugin from GitHub, and then upload it to your WordPress site. Next, open your WP dashboard go to Plugins>>Add New, and activate the plugin.

Step 2 – Changing The Settings

You might want to make some changes or updates to the plugin settings. For this purpose, go to Settings>>Gestures and you’ll find 2 settings as shown in the image below:

Changing The Settings

Look at the image above, there are two options. The first one contains the container where the gestures will be detected. For instance, let's say you want to make a gesture visible anywhere on a page, then you'll probably like to use some containing element after the body tag, in general, #page. But if you just want to add gestures in the body text (content excluding the header), then you'll certainly want to use #content.

The second option enables to add the page that will be displayed when the user double-tap on the device screen.

You can change the options as per your requirements and click on “Save Changes”.


Step 3 – Don't Forget to Test!

Now that you've installed the gesture plugin and updated its stetting, go to your website and test whether the gestures are working or not. The test can be performed in 3 ways as listed below:

Simulator: You can view your website in a mobile simulator such as iOS Simulator, and imitate the taps and swipes just like you do on desktops.

Handheld devices: Certainly the most viable way to test whether the gestures are working or not requires testing on a handheld device. You can access the site via your handheld device, and then perform the gestures by simply tapping and swiping the screen as normal.

Check out the Desktop: When viewing a site via desktop, try to swipe the screen by pressing the mouse button and then drag the cursor to left or right; or just make a double click.

No matter, which device you're using for testing, make sure that you're able to swipe the screen left and right that navigates you in-between the posts, while a double-tap will take you the page (that you specified in Step2).

Conclusion

More and more people today are making use of mobile devices, such as the Smartphones and tablets, to view websites. While accessing a site via mobile devices, users develop a habit to swipe and tap the device screen.

Although, Smartphones provide access to mobile-friendly sites, tablets display standard sites. Thus, it becomes necessary to make tablet-friendly sites that support gestures. You can build a WP site with gestures by using a plugin and can even test whether it works or not, as discussed above in this post.

About Me:- Ben Wilson is a consistence and enthusiastic writer cum developer. His core hand is Wordpress conversion services including PSD to Wordpress conversion, HTML to Worpress conversion and many more. Presently he is working with one of biggest Wordpress service company – WordPrax Ltd. known for providing high quality works to their clients.
 

A Basic Guide - on Adding Gestures to WordPress Website

By Toon Creffield →
Some really nice business cards for your inspiration.

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

Inspirational Business Cards

By Toon Creffield →
The City of Toronto have a new anti-litter campaign that uses clever images of wrappers blended together to tell the message.

City of Toronto’s anti-litter campaign

City of Toronto’s anti-litter campaign

City of Toronto’s anti-litter campaign

City of Toronto’s anti-litter campaign

City of Toronto’s anti-litter campaign

City of Toronto’s anti-litter campaign

City of Toronto’s anti-litter campaign

By Toon Creffield →
Martin Fek's Honeymoon Black Kiss branding is superb, I love when the thought behind it is explained plus the finished packaging is really smooth. Martin Fek is a designer from Košice & Svidník, Slovakia and is hugely talented.

Martin Fek's Honeymoon Black Kiss Design 
Martin Fek's Honeymoon Black Kiss Design

Martin Fek's Honeymoon Black Kiss Design

Martin Fek's Honeymoon Black Kiss Design

Martin Fek's Honeymoon Black Kiss Design

By Toon Creffield →
Two people in America are suing Coca-Cola in court, alleging that the beverage company is deceiving customers into thinking that heir new Coca-Cola branding is saying that the drink is all natural.

Of course this is a soda we're talking about and it of course contains phosphoric acid, no surprise there.

2 people are trying to sue Coca-Cola over 'natural' branding

A Coca-Cola spokesperson said: “Our beverages are properly labeled in accordance with all applicable government regulations, these meritless lawsuits are a play by class action lawyers to profit under the pretense of protecting people. No one has been misled."

How much can branding mislead people and how often is this the case?

2 people are trying to sue Coca-Cola over 'natural' branding

By Toon Creffield →
This was just posted over at the forum, in a thread titled Optical Illusion logo type thingy. Nice name I thought and summed it up quite well.

Optical Illusion logo type thingy

If anyone knows the author use the comment section below.

Optical Illusion logo type thingy

By Toon Creffield →

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