designers

Shazop review: designer comparison site is clunky on mobile

Shazop is a new service aggregating designer fashion products and allowing consumers to find the best prices online.

The proposition is fantastic but there’s a little work to do before the mobile experience is silky smooth.

Here’s the full website review.

The ultimate guide to digital design roles

Design has never been more important to the success of digital products, but when it comes to finding the right designers, many companies struggle.

One of the biggest reasons for this: they don’t know which kind of designers they need. 

Five awesome open-source front-end frameworks

Thanks in large part to the popularity of the open-source model, companies of all shapes and sizes have access to technologies that would have cost six and seven figures to develop in-house a half a decade ago.

From high-performance data stores to countless software libraries, there are plenty of open-source technologies that make building a sophisticated web-based service far less costly and time-consuming than it would have been.

Six ways to make your nightmare client less nightmarish

Can you turn a grumpy developer into a happy developer? In many cases, the answer is ‘Absolutely!’, but when it comes to client-service provider relationships, service providers often have legitimate complaints about their clients.

So can service providers turn their nightmare clients into dream clients? In many case, the answer is the same: absolutely!

Will designers get a gold rush of their own?

There’s arguably never been a better time to be a developer.

Looking for a full-time job? If you have the chops, they are plentiful, and if you’re in a hot market, salaries are high. Not interested in the nine-to-five routine? Freelance opportunities abound and investors are still pouring big bucks into startups, with many focusing on backing entrepreneurial engineers who can turn their ideas into code.

But if all success on the web and mobile internet required was a few hundred thousand lines of awesome Ruby code, a few NoSQL databases here and there and a clever Amazon AWS-based architecture, there would be a lot more Facebooks out there.

What’s missing for many companies? One word: design.

Five harmful mobile myths

As mobile’s prominence has grown, so too have the myths about what it takes to create and execute on a successful mobile strategy.

Given the size of the mobile opportunity, the size of the challenges and the speed with which mobile ecosystems are evolving, it’s not surprising that many of these myths are accepted at face value. Unfortunately for companies trying to make mobile progress, some of these myths are detrimental.

Front-end developers get a guide to the HTML5 spec

HTML5 is coming. For some, it won’t come soon enough; for others, there’s still skepticism about HTML5’s importance.

For front-end developers and designers who are tasked with building websites, HTML5 will eventually almost certainly have a significant impact on the process of turning ideas and designs into functional web pages.

The five clients you should avoid like the plague

Becoming a freelance consultant or service provider is easy, but turning a profit can be difficult.

One of the lessons learned through experience: profitability often has a lot more to do with avoiding the wrong clients than it does finding a never-ending stream of new clients.

Fortunately, the wrong clients typically come in several well-defined and easily identifiable shapes and sizes.

Here are the top five clients you should consider avoiding like the plague if you hope to be profitable.