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How to Use LinkedIn for Your Web Design Business

Maybe you’re already one of the 85 million users on LinkedIn, or perhaps you’re just getting started. Regardless of where you fall on the social networking spectrum, LinkedIn has a number of new applications and features to enrich your experience.

In this post, we’ll look at ways to beef up your profile as well as use new applications and sections to optimize your networking with clients, prospects and others in the design community. We’ll also cover how to find design-related groups on LinkedIn, exploit the new features of company pages to showcase your design work and keep up with developments on LinkedIn.

Read the full article here! (via www.webdesignerdepot.com)

45+ Unique Examples of Coming Soon Pages

When launching a new site, it is important to build up buzz before actually revealing your masterpiece to the public. That way you can have an eagerly waiting audience to hit the ground running! This next post will not only help you start a promising site, but will guide and inspire you to create your own sensational “coming soon” page to build up buzz. First impressions mean a lot, so make the most out of every opportunity. Here are 45+ Unique Examples of Coming Soon Pages. Check out this list that we came up with just for you. Enjoy! (via www.youthedesigner.com)

An Introduction to Color Theory for Web Designers



(tutsplus.com) – Today we’re going to learn the importance of color in Web Design and how to choose a pleasing color scheme. This article is part of our Basix series, which is aimed at providing practical and concise explanations of design principles for those with little design experience… let’s get started!

Who this Article is Written for:

This article is written for people that are just starting to learn formal design principles. It is not meant to be a comprehensive study of how to apply color to a design (we’ll have plenty of those in the future), but rather, it’s an overview for those looking for practical advice that will help them approach color theory within the context of a web design project.

I’m writing this because I’ve always found it difficult to decide on a color scheme that works well for a project; it’s probably one of the toughest decisions that I have to make as a designer. However, by learning the basics of Color Theory and some excellent tools available on the web, I’ve been able to strengthen my designs and account for this weakness.

Read the full article here!

Current web design trends – an overview

Web design trends keep on changing with every passing year or within a period of few months. There had been significant changes last year whose impact can be seen more clearly in this year.

Popularity in the mobile device space has immensely increased in the sense that Smartphones and tablets like the iPad have made the interaction between users better and have facilitated easier accessibility to contents. Moreover, now people can take more and more advantage of the latest and the optimized features.

And this is possible because of web standards like HTML5, web fonts and CSS3, but What about the small businesses? It actually becomes difficult for them to stick to the latest designing trends because of factors like cost of the redesigns and the need for reaching a wide range of users.

Read the rest on skyje.com

Looking to take the web design plunge?

The School of Visual Concepts in Seattle is offering a class to help with the big scary transition from designing for print to designing for the web.  One of the many invaluable classes offered at SVC!  Check it out!

http://www.svcseattle.com/classes/web-design-level-1-fall-2010

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