Microformats: What, How, and Why

You’ve heard the term, but do you know what microformats are? Do you know how to use them or even why you should?

Microformats are relatively easy to use. In fact if you can code a web page you already have the skills. The goal of this post is to introduce you to the what, how, and why of microformats and point you in the right direction so you can begin using them where appropriate.
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Is Your Web Design Balanced?

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
— Thomas Merton

Balance is important in life. Work and play; diet and exercise; yin and yang. A beautiful face is often a matter of the right balance of features. Balance is also a very important design principle. It will help you create an aesthetically pleasing whole and help you better control flow in your designs.

I’ll leave it up to you to find balance in your life. You can read this post to find out how to create balance in your web design.
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How To Land Your First Few Design Clients

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how you get started as a freelance web designer. Many designers will tell you that word of mouth is their best source of new clients, but you need to have some clients to get the word of mouth going. How do you land your first few clients to start the ball rolling?
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Whitespace: Less Is More In Web Design

“Less is more”
— Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

A good friend of mine is moving into a new apartment after being away from the area for a few years. Needing quite a bit of furniture and having limited funds we’ve been scouring used furniture stores. Sadly some of these stores had a design flaw, one that also exists on many websites.
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Do Web Designers Need To Innovate More?

“As an artist you are only a link in a chain, and whatever you find or whatever you do not find, you can find comfort in it.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

On May 3, 1889 Vincent Van Gogh wrote a letter to his brother Theo. At the time Van Gogh was in between stays at the mental hospital in Saint Rémy. He had already completed some of his most famous works such as his Sunflower series, The Bedroom, and The Café Terrace, with even more famous works such as Starry Night to come.
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