Ryan's Freelance Blog

Tagged "thoughts"

Becoming a Freelance Web Designer - What You Need to Know

I wanted to create a post I could direct people who contacted whilst also trying to help anyone searching on how to become a freelancer. I’ve listed the top 5 questions I get asked, with an attempt to answer them the best I can.

Web Design Books to Read in 2020

Being a freelance web designer offering a wide range of services means you can find yourself deep in projects for months and focusing on one specialist area.

Focusing on Details - User Experience

I wanted to write about something I felt very passionately about, user experience. In everything I do, I need to think about who I'm designing for and almost second guess how they are going to use the pieces of technology I design.

A Big 2018

Since the introduction of the App Store, apps have been changing the world we live in. An average person has 41 apps on their phone, but here are 5 more apps that I’d recommend to any designer or developer for optimising your workflow.

Why SEO?

In the second of my SEO series, I’m going to look at the way small businesses approach SEO, and why your business should be marketing online.

Redesigning the Visit Herefordshire Website (Experimental Project)

I'm very excited to share with you an experimental project I've been working on: a redesign of the Visit Herefordshire website. Please note, this is a personal project done off my own back just for a bit of fun!

5 things to look out for when hiring a web designer

In my post this week, I’m looking at what you should be looking for when hiring a web designer.

What is SEO?

As a business owner, you've come across the term SEO. It's an acronym that gets used often and it definitely is extremely important to get your website noticed.

My Workspace Setup as a Freelance Web Designer

At the beginning of this year, I wanted to review my workspace setup, in terms of both physical and technical worlds, and try to become more productive, both when on the road traveling, and at home. During this process, quite a few tools have been changed to try and become more efficient, and make my transition between devices easier.

SEO for Perch - Chirp

I'm so proud to introduce Chirp SEO for Perch.

Working with Humdinger Days

I've been working with Humdinger Days as a freelance web designer for quite a while now, and it's really exciting to see how we've progressed. I've offered them the opportunity to introduce themselves to my readers, as well as giving them the opportunity to showcase their awesome site! So here goes...

Should Web Designers Follow Trends?

I’m quite active in the web design community and there’s always lots of discussions about trends. I’ll attempt to breakdown why trends happen and what that means for us web designers.

Website Foundations - Online Marketing

Online marketing is growing year on year. Businesses are becoming worried about the state of their online presence.

My First Year as a Freelance Web Designer

The end of the year is fast approaching and what a year it's been. It's always a good time to reflect as we prepare for Christmas, so here we go.

Using a Local Web Designer

A simple search on the internet will provide you with multiple choices when it comes to appointing a web designer or design firm to look after the development of your website. One of the choices you will have to make is whether to go with a local designer or to look further afield.

SEO Friendly Web Design – Top Five Tips

Any business owner knows there’s more to web design than simply putting a website together with a Home page, an About Us page, a Contact page and a few pages worth of info about your products or services.

Web Design Should be Primarily about Sales Not Looking Pretty

One of the things I most hate about web design is “design for its own sake”. There are plenty of examples of what I’m talking about around the internet.

The Truth about Web Design

Anything that has the word “design” in it, is often considered to be a creative art form that requires some kind of magical inspiration before it can be embarked on.

Using a Freelance Web Designer Rather than an Agency

As a business owner, let’s take a look at one of the biggest questions you’ll have to ask yourself when deciding to develop or redevelop your website – should I use a freelance designer or should I go with a larger agency?

Website Foundations - User Types

In my last article, I started talking about the role of the user in web design, and how we should be basing the site around them. This article is a follow up to that, explaining the thorough process I go through with each and every website and mobile application.

Why it's Hard Being a Freelance Web Designer

I love what I do, and I feel very privileged to be involved in so many exciting projects. But being a freelance web designer is hard.

A Freelance Web Designer Like No Other

I hear lots of web designers/developers say, "I can't design", or "I let other people design". Some people are natural designers, and have a raw talent for design, others have the eye for it, and can learn very quickly, whilst others genuinely do struggle.

5 Apps to Help Optimise Your Workflow

I've been working with Humdinger Days as a freelance web designer for quite a while now, and it's really exciting to see how we've progressed.