Notes From The Deep End : a graphic & web design blog

If you’re looking for a web design and graphic design blog that will give you powerful tips for navigating your way through what it takes to be a graphic or web designer, we are proud to present Notes From The Deep End. Blog topics include everything from creative inspiration to business tips for freelancers as well as 9-5 graphic & web designers.

Infographic: 7 divine considerations for improving page load speed

By: Wes McDowell | December 10th, 2014 | no comments

Page load speed is one of the mission critical aspects when it comes to improving the user experience of your website. A good loading time not only benefits in terms of quicker conversion, but also stops hampering the SEO and brand image. So, how to ensure a best in class user experience? Read our 7 tips after the jump: Lessen the HTTP ...

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Surprising the Snobs- Big Names that use WordPress

By: Owen Radford | November 18th, 2014 | 2 comments

WordPress is an incredible platform: versatile, easy to use for all but the newest of site owners & free. This has lead to it being immensely popular and like pretty much everything that’s popular it has its detractors. You may have experienced this, as I have, over the last few years. In this article I’ll take a look at the common ...

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How to create a professional looking political candidate palm card in under 10 minutes

By: Wes McDowell | October 27th, 2014 | no comments

Whether you are active in politics or could care less, (gasp!) doing design work for a political campaign can lead to some pretty fruitful gigs. One of the most common pieces that any campaign needs is a palm card. A palm card is pretty much what it sounds like. A piece of cardstock that has a photo of the candidate, logo, a small bio, and a ...

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10 Beautiful Landing Page Designs

By: David Edwards | October 20th, 2014 | 2 comments

I spend a lot of time designing things like landing pages and user interfaces, and so I come across lots of different homepage and landing page designs. There’s been a steady trend over the last few years of richer, more elegant and beautiful landing pages, particularly amongst startups and for web apps. I wanted to bring together a collect...

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Breaking Bad Photoshop habits: follow these steps every time you design to be as efficient and organized as possible.

By: Wes McDowell | October 15th, 2014 | 1 comment

The words ‘Breaking Bad’ depress me after watching the last episodes of the show on Netflix. I watched those episodes with the kind of attention a bomb-diffuser uses. Savoring each moment, pausing for any interruption. I wanted the high of the show to last as long as possible. While binge-watching Netflix and using meth may be bad habits to ...

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Non-profit graphic design: how to design beautiful work on a tight budget

By: Wes McDowell | October 8th, 2014 | no comments

Working for a non-profit can be an exciting venture that can provide you with experience and also help build your marketing repertoire. On the other hand, many non-profits (especially smaller ones) don’t have the budget to afford fancy images or hours and hours of billable time. If these barriers exist, don’t let them stop you from helping out ...

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HELP! A few tricks to get a stubborn client to like your design

By: Wes McDowell | October 1st, 2014 | 2 comments

We have all had them at one time or another, and no, I’m not talking about chicken pox. Just as annoying however, is a stubborn client that doesn’t like anything you do. Yes, it’s hard to hear, but some clients will just not like your design. While you may feel like saying, “thanks but no thanks,” and cutting your losses, try these ...

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A Collection of Beautiful, Free UI Kits

By: David Edwards | May 6th, 2014 | 4 comments

Over the last few years I’ve started to get into web app design and development, and one of the things that I’ve found most important is the elements that make up the user interface. Getting the UI right is absolutely crucial, as a poor interface can result in users becoming frustrated and ultimately abandoning the app. The opposite, of ...

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How to Strengthen the Design of Your Landing Pages

By: Rob Toledo | March 19th, 2014 | 6 comments

There are a lot of ideas floating around the web on how best to approach landing page design, but the best landing pages are those that put a premium on how every element on the page speaks to the viewer and interacts with the rest of the design. In essence, a landing page is a finely tuned sales pitch. That pitch can be almost anything, ...

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Creating Compelling Video Content for YouTube

By: Jenny Beswick | February 12th, 2014 | 2 comments

As the world’s second largest search engine, YouTube is a great source of awareness for businesses, charities and non-profit organizations; increasing an organization’s ability to share their expertise and knowledge, and to connect with viewers. Video is radically more effective in imparting messages to your audience than simple text. Text ...

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