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Client Relationship Management

How to choose the right projects and clients

  • Ask questions about the project before beginning. Make sure the project is actually something you are interested in and want to do.
  • Evaluate the clients quirks and expectations. You deserve to enjoy the project! Don’t let desperation for work or $$ now create problems for you in the long run.
  • Read Client reviews. Consider how long they have been in business. Look at how much they have paid freelancers on other projects.
  • NEVER start working until you have an OFFER. If doing a fixed rate project, be sure funds are paid 25% or 50% upfront and that funds are in escrow.
  • Make sure the clients payments are methods has been verified and NEVER give out your social security number or fill out any kinds of payment info that a client claims they need.
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The future of web fonts

The next web design revolution will be typographic. But as Theme Revel discovers, all
is not plain sailing as we transition to real fonts.

The number of blogs increases daily, and web design currently favors type-led minimalism over-elaborate Flash-based interfaces – outside of websites for video games and movies, anyway. However, online typography remains a sore point with many designers, who are increasingly irked by restrictions. We’ve been limited to choosing fonts users already have installed, or embedding custom type by using images, which isn’t practical.

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What Makes a good website?

A well-conceived website is not only aesthetically pleasing but also works under the hood as well. Soul Media (www. soulmedia.com.au) is a Melbourne-based digital agency that has put together a striking and well-constructed site that demonstrates the traits of good design. The home page makes an immediate impact with a big, bold image and relays the company message without too many distractions. The main image is a background image that scales with the browser window, ensuring that it works with all screen sizes. The site is also ‘responsive’, which means that it responds to the size of a screen and restyles to fit. This ensures that a site will work for smartphones, tablets, and desktops. 

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