As the school semesters begins to wind down and draw to a close, you might be thinking that freedom is in sight—you may even see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, as I touched on in a recent post, the education of a web developer never stops. Summer is a great time to stretch your design and coding knowledge on your own time and without the threat of grades.
Freelancing is great. You’re the boss. You get the make the decisions. You don’t have to share the profits. Who wouldn’t want to freelance? Especially in industries like ours, freelancing is a particularly attractive option because you need little more than your web design and development skills to have a business.
But not all that glitters is gold. With all that freedom comes a certain level of instability. According to a study conducted by Edelman Berland, major barriers to freelancing include finding work and subsequent income insecurity. In spite of those barriers, however, 34% of our national workforce is made up of freelancers. So, if you’re seriously considering trying your hand at self-employment, how exactly do you find clients and make money?
Those of us in the graphic design and web development field know that our education never stops. Technology is constantly advancing. Trends are always changing. Therefore, it’s important to stay current and strive to learn something new every day.
Twitter’s at it again, making more changes in their fight to end internet trolling. This time they’re focusing on patching brand perception, their platform having become known somewhat as a battleground of online harassment. In a recent blog post, Twitter Design revealed that the default egg profile picture is getting the boot.
The beauty of web development is that the skills can be immediately applied without the need for highly-specialized equipment or a formal business structure. This makes web development a perfect freelancing opportunity. As another option, Purdue University also has many openings each semester for students to utilize their new design and coding skills in an on-campus internship environment.
One of the most useful methods for learning web design is to look through the source code of existing websites. You can gain so much insight into best practices just by seeing how the pros code their sites. Wading through thousands of lines of CSS, though, tends to be a little tedious.
Thanks to a new Google Chrome plugin, that process just got more efficient.
In case you haven’t already noticed, mobile devices are the way of the web today. Mobile-optimized websites are no longer considered convenient, but are demanded by audiences. Companies and web developers must make sure their sites are responsive and mobile-friendly, and there’s no better way to ensure compatibility than to test, test, and test again.