Starting That Next Big Project

Have you ever gotten to a point where you’ve just finished a project, having spent hundreds or even thousands of hours working on it, released it into the wild with adrenaline and anticipation, enjoyed it’s success or dismayed at it’s failure for a few short days or weeks and now it’s time to start over again. A new project. A blank canvas, waiting for you to begin the slow transformation process of ideas into reality. For me, this happens regularly. I finish one product, evaluate how it was received and what I can improve on for future updates and then begin another. Time and time again I start off with some simple idea and then expand on it like a spider spinning a web. It becomes a complicated net of ideas, features, functions, lines of code, images, designs, text and usability. Each time I complete something I feel the elation of accomplishment. But I also feel the emotional drain of having to start something new. When you’re starting on something new for the first time- it’s fun and exciting and you have all kinds of crazy dreams of what the project might bring you. But once you’ve done this process three or four times, the excitement definitely fades. The honeymoon period of a new project just doesn’t happen any more. You now know the reality of what starting a new project means. You know that it’ll be months before you see any real results, you know you’re going to have to go through the pain of  quality assurance testing that you wasted so many late evening nights on, you know you’re going to have come up with some new UI design that doesn’t look like a website from the early 90s. […]

By | June 9th, 2016|Protips|5 Comments

A List Of Tools Every Web Developer Needs

When starting out as a web developer, all I had was a text editor and some other simple programs. Over time I have used hundreds of different tools to help streamline my process of developing projects, managing my business and keeping everything organised. Here are my top programs and tools that I use on a day-to-day basis. Text Editor: Sublime Text 3 Sublime Text Editor is rapidly becoming one of the most popular text editors amongst developers. It’s clean and sleek interface help make coding projects a pleasure; you’re not inundated with ugly clunky windows and unintuitive processes; it works for both Mac and Windows and has a free option. You can buy a license (which we recommend), but it’s not needed. […]

By | February 2nd, 2016|Protips|0 Comments

Photoshop Brushes From Envato

Every now and then I like to open up Photoshop and design some graphics. Sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of boredom. But what I find always helps makes the process of making graphics that much easier is having a nice selection of Photoshop brushes. Below I’ve selected 10 items you can purchase on Envato; most of these items contain dozens of different brushes, some even hundreds. They also go for a low price of just $5! Check them out: […]

By | September 22nd, 2015|Envato, Items, Protips|0 Comments

How To Purchase Adobe Photoshop CS6 (no Creative Cloud subscription)

Adobe has changed to a subscription format for it's creative suite products. You pay around £14 per month to use a single app; that in my book is a big ripoff especially if you're like me where using something like Photoshop happens very rarely. So why just not use it? The problem is, other products [...]

By | August 16th, 2015|Protips|2 Comments
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