How To Price Freelance Services — Understanding Your Costs

One of the questions I often get asked is how do you price your services? What should you charge when someone approaches you to design and/or develop a website? Since, we’re talking about custom work, the answer, as you might expect, is it depends. I’d like to share some thoughts about what it depends on.

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How Does Flat Design Damage and Improve Usability?

As skeuomorphism falls out of favor and the trend towards flatter design takes hold are we losing something more than depth in the interfaces we design? Is it possible we’re making our sites less usable? Could it be that flat design is damaging to usability.

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Change for the Sake of Change

When talented athletes aren’t living up to expectations or previous accomplishments, many will suggest a change of scenery is needed. Sometimes the cure is simply removing the comfort zone. This is hardly limited to sports. Change is beneficial to anyone stuck in the same old routine for too long.

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When Can You Use New HTML and CSS in Production?

The last week or two, I’ve been looking at some not quite ready for production css in the css shapes module and the css exclusions module. While neither is ready just yet, you might want to use them as soon as possible. Other things like flexbox are much closer to being ready. It begs the question how do we know when it’s ok to adopt new html or css techniques?

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Finding the Balance Between Craft and Automation

Which is more important for your design business, craftsmanship or automation? The former leads to greater quality in each site. The latter leads to a greater quantity of sites. Craftsmanship helps you sell individual projects, but automation helps you sell more projects. Which is more important?

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