Freelance Round-Up: This month in design

Happy 20th Birthday Photoshop

Who can remember that first time they loaded up Photoshop? I installed version 3 back in 1996 and was amazed at the tools and filters. Ok, mainly the filters. It was also around the same time I subscribed to Computer Arts magazine and marvelled at the works of design genius in the gallery section of the back pages. Now several years later our favourite design tool has turned 20. Sit back and reminisce with this inspirational video interview with John Knoll, one of the creators of the photo-editing package that has undoubtedly shaped the world of graphics and digital photography.

FWA Winners Announced

The FWA Website of the Year award winners have been announced with We Choose The Moon, an online recreation of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon, taking the top gong. WeChooseTheMoon celebrates the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon as inspired by John F. Kennedy's grand vision. To make this event as immersive as possible Domani Studios was approached by The Martin Agency to recreate the mission in real-time online. The solution is a superbly interactive and visually stunning site that defines an immersive user experience.

Design of the Year 2010 Shortlist Announced

It's that time of year again and the shortlist for the Brit Insurance Design Awards has been announced. Nearly one hundred designs in seven categories have been shortlisted for the Brit Insurance Design Awards and you can see every design in the exhibition at the Design Museum that opens on the 17th February. Who can forget last year's winner - Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster.

Useful Web Design Proposal Resources

Writing design proposals is a necessary part of being a freelancer and probably not something you enjoy doing but it's an essential skill that's worth getting right. A new client comes to you with brief to build a new website. They will no doubt have also approached other designers and so now is your opportunity to stand out head and shoulders above the rest by demonstrating your knowledge, experience and skill in persuading the client that you're the right person for the job. By writing a well thought out and comprehensive proposal you're also able to explain why you charge what you do and why a website costs as much as it does. This is a great list of resources, tools and apps that will help you make proposal writing less painful whilst ensuring you stand the best chance of winning that job!

Great free software for Web Designers

Whether you're an agency with 50 designers, a freelancer working from their bedroom or a budding designer wanting to get into web design, there's no need to spend tonnes of cash on the latest industry standard software. Andy Wickes has kindly provided a list of free design software that will allow you to plan, design, build, debug and deliver a website without spending a penny! When times are hard it's key to keep your overheads as low as possible so now there's no excuse.

10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Using Stock Photography

Stock photography has never been so affordable and tempting to use. But next time you get a little trigger happy building a lightbox for your next project take time to consider the following pitfalls. Most of these go without saying really but will hopefully enlighten you to take a bit more time to find the right photo for the job and deter one from cutting corners.

Awesome Examples of Creative Infographic Illustrations

A fantastic collection of infographic eye-candy. Graphic design is all about clear communication and conveying your message accurately. These examples take that concept to the next level and turn it into a fine art.

Creative Use of Thumbnails in Web Design

Thumbnails are one of the most underrated and overlooked elements in web design. They are quite often neglected considering their important role in a user interface and aiding users to navigate your site. This collection of examples contains some original visual treatments and celebrates the existence of the lowly thumbnail.

25 New High Quality Fonts

You can find free fonts everywhere online and If I'm honest, most of them really aren't very good. Every now and then you find a collection of truly top drawer fonts such as these and you just can't believe your luck.


Alex Peterson, Pixel Air, a web design studio in Cheshire.

Alex's Freelance Alliance profile.


20th January 2010

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