Freelancing can be a tough gig, but there is no better time than a new year to begin building (or rebuilding) a fantastic new business where you can do what you love. Being successful has a lot to do with your drive and passion, but depends largely on your efficiency, workflow and presentation. In this post you’ll find a collection of modern, effective tools and apps we hope our self-employed readers will find useful. Best of all, they’re free, mobile-compatible and integrate with each other or a wide variety of other apps and platforms.
Can you believe it has been nearly 10 years since Web Designer Wall started out? Since then, web design tips and inspiration shared here have helped hundreds of creatives build their skills or add a little something extra to their web designs. The design world has exploded with a flood of new trends, technologies and visions for the future. I’ve launched Themify to put my ideas directly in your hands.
And then I stopped blogging for awhile. It’s not that I wasn’t inspired—on the contrary, so much awesome stuff has been happening in the design world in the last two years I just failed to be everywhere at once.
Web Unleashed is a 2-day conference by FITC that focuses on frontend development. The event will take place in Toronto on September 16th and 17th, 2015. See their schedule and speakers list for more info about the conference. I have one Web Unleashed conference ticket to giveaway. To enter the ticket giveaway, all you need to do is send a tweet to us (see details below). I also have a $100 off coupon if you are interested to buy tickets. Use code WEBDESIGNERWALL to save $100 (code expires on Aug 23, 2015).
Five years ago, I was inspired to start Themify by a vision to build a tool which allows designers (like myself) to build WordPress themes without coding skills. Today, I’m proud to announce that my vision has come true. Say hello to Themify Flow, a free WordPress framework which allows you to build and customize themes without requiring any PHP or CSS coding. Everything is done within WordPress with an intuitive drag & drop interface.
I’m pleased to announce that the Themify.me theme has been released as a premium theme — Corporate (see theme demo), available on Themify shop. The Corporate theme is a simple, clean, professional looking theme that is suitable for general business sites. With the drag & drag Builder, it is very easy to design any type of layouts in minutes. The theme also comes with a shop integration which allows you to sell products using the free WooCommerce plugin.
Four years ago, Darcy Clarke and I started Themify with a framework coded from scratch along with a few WordPress themes. Today, I’m happy to see Themify grew from a few themes to a large collection of responsive themes such as the Music theme, Fullpane, Event, Flatshop, Parallax, Magazine, Elemin, and the popular Builder plugin. Themify couldn’t have done any of this without the awesome Themify team, customers, friends, and the community. Thank you!
Update: the winners are Ethan, Chris, Francois, Anthony, and Daniel. Congrats!
IconDock has been a labour of love for me: thousands of people have purchased and used my icons in all sorts of projects. After so many years of the classic IconDock design, I decided to update the look and feel to reflect the current trends in web design that I follow, and give it a shiny new coat of paint. In addition, several icon sets have been converted into icon fonts, intended for designing and developing for retina. You can now purchase all 12 unique icon font sets from IconDock for the one time flat fee of $29!