Author: Stefan Mischook

  • The Dubious Advantages of a Web Design Degree

    I got a call last week from someone who was considering a three year college program in web design. The whole thing was going to cost him tens of thousands of dollars … and that’s just what you have to pay the school! He called to ask about my video tutorial courses; he saw that […]

  • Smart Web Designers Play to their Strengths

    One of the biggest mistakes people make, is trying to develop skills in areas that they suck in. For example, you maybe good at writing HTML and CSS code but in the end, your pages don’t look all that great. … Let’s face it, some people just don’t have that artistic/designers eye. Play to your Strengths

  • Professional Web Designer’s Roadmap

    The skills of a professional web designer are constantly changing because the Web is constantly changing. This fast-paced nature of the Web is considered good by some (because it opens up opportunity) while others hate it because you have to be ready to learn new web design skills regularly. … Personally, I see it as […]

  • Web Design in a Recession

    I wrote a quick article today on what to expect in the web design business because of the recession we are now in. I’ve seen this before (in the last recession) and I also see what’s going on now … so I got some answers! I also give you some clues as to how to position yourself so you can actually profit in this environment.

  • How to Manage your Money

    A key part about having a successful web designed business is properly managing your money. This may seem like a boring topic, but it still crucial. In the following podcast, I walk you through some of my basic rules of money management.

  • Dreamweaver CS4 Video – CSS properties options.

    Hi, I just released a new video tutorial that introduces the new CSS option in the properties panel. In a nutshell, Dreamweaver CS4 has made it even easier to add and modify CSS code in your web pages. You can view my growing collection of Dreamweaver CS4 in the Dreamweaver section of killersites.com.

  • Dreamweaver CS4 and PHP – an overview.

    I wanted to announce that I just released a 6 page article on Dreamweaver CS4 … concentrating on it’s PHP and database features. You may or may not know that I’ve been a big advocate of PHP being a key skill that I think every web designer should learn. And so, it made sense to me to take a look at how the most popular web design software works with PHP.

  • Judging a Person’s Character

    In this session of the Business of Web Design, I teach you a few tricks that you can use to get an glimpse into the character of people you deal with. This may seem like a strange thing to talk about in a business course, but it is actually very important because who you deal with, will have a huge impact on the success or failure of your web design business.

  • Getting Paid for your Web Design Work

    Getting paid is a huge part of a web design business … actually any business! In this podcast, I go over a bunch of details about how to collect from and bill clients. … And a bunch of other stuff too.

  • Do Web Designers Need Drawing Skills?

    Most of the ideas for this series come from actual email questions put to me. Some of the questions delve into the basics of web design, while others may go into more advanced topics. This time around I’m answering a question from someone just looking to learn web design who wanted to know if they needed traditional pen-and-paper drawing skills in web design. Along the way, I explore a few other similar questions about web design related design skills.

  • Ajax vs Flash

    In this podcast I talk about the differences between Flash and Ajax. I get into things like when to use one technology over an other, the pro’s and cons of each and I also give you hints with regards to how to choose which one to learn – based on who you are.