As 2010 is now behind us, it’s time to look back on a memorable year in this blog’s short life. This is a hand-picked collection of the best (and most popular) articles over the past year.
X. Nine Dribbble Invites To Win – Get Drafted!
Dribbble invites are like gold dust. I had been a member for several months and only just got my first two invites this particular week. Several friends also offered up invites and this proved to be my most commented post of 2010 with over 169 comments!
VIIII. How To Attract Quality Freelance Clients
One of a series of special posts where I answered readers questions. This post dealt with a question about how to attract a better quality of clients, which is important for any freelancer, as by addressing how to attract a higher quality of clientele you can significantly reduce the number of ‘problematic’ clients in the future.
VIII. Mac OSX Productivity Series: Part One & Part Two
A two part in-depth series which showed how you can get the best out of both the in-built features and the applications available in OS X, to take your productivity to the next level. Part One gets inside QuickSilver and Spotlight before part two discusses Applications and Spaces.
VII. 50 Things You Didn’t Know About Me
I compiled 50 funny, shocking and downright mad facts about myself that I hoped would inspire others to share something about themselves in the comments to break down the barrier between blog author and reader.
VI. 10 Blogs Every Freelancer Wish Existed
We all have our favorite Freelance blogs which consistently produce quality, insightful content. However in an alternate reality what if an entirely different set of freelancing blogs existed. With tongue firmly in cheek, I presented a humorous look at the top 10 blogs every freelancer would like to exist.
V. The Benefits Of Sketching As A Designer
In order to gain a thorough understanding of how beneficial the process of sketching can be, I asked a small selection of talented designers and illustrators to share their process, advice and tips.
IV. An In-Depth Look At My Wireframing Process
I decided to expand on my points in a Mashable article I had contributed to and write an in depth walkthrough of my wireframing process. I personally believe itâ€™s one of the most important stages in the design process as it allows for rapid prototyping and helps me pinpoint any potential problems.
III. What Cheap Web Design Really Looks Like
Following on from my in-depth look at Why Web Design Doesnâ€™t Cost Â£40 (the previous week), I wanted to get more of an insight into what â€˜cheap web designâ€™ actually looks like. So what could you potentially get for that Â£40? Itâ€™s time to find outâ€¦.
II. Why Web Design Doesn’t Cost Â£40
Detailing my experience after receiving an email from a local business asking to discuss creating a website for them. The email was very polite and professional until half way through the email I read this: “I was chatting to a lad who can do it for Â£40…”
I. How To Say No To Spec Work Requests
My most popular post of 2010 details the encounter I had with a very respectable firm who asked me to ‘do a couple of mock pages for their site so that he could see my ideas and vision’, they would then choose the best one from the 3 designers they asked to do this. The Spec Work Email Template is my most successful download on the site ever.
If you have a particular favorite, let me know in the comments below.