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Former trainee Melanie, completed her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Otago University, and is now back working in the Smashing Editorial Team while freelancing as web designer on the side. She's interested in many things like writing, web design, politics, travelling and underwater rugby, and tweets as @mel_in_media.

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Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

Designing and developing can be time-consuming, especially when the project involves a new challenge, putting the team or freelancer into unknown territory. Moreover, time is a key factor in productivity. Working efficiently enables us to deliver better value at a competitive price.

Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

However, some steps can be repeated for every project. These are steps we know and should make as quick as possible in order to have more freedom to experiment with new solutions. This article presents a collection of tools, tips and tricks that will make your standard workflow as fast and practical as possible, so that you have more time for the exciting parts of the project.

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“This Is How We Built It” Case Studies

Unlike other industries, the Web design and development community are all about sharing knowledge and experience. We are very lucky to be part of such a great and useful learning environment, and it is up to us to embrace it — to embrace our learning experiences, and also to embrace our ability to share.

Not only are case studies a great way to explain the design process of an agency, but they also help designers and developers to learn from each other.

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The Smashing Magazine 2013 Photo Contest

Once again, it’s time to join in on a Smashing Magazine photography contest. You might remember or took part in our popular Coffee Mug Contest in 2011, which drew over 470 entries. This time, we are not interested in the vessel that holds your daily intake of caffeine, but rather in the object that fuels your creativity and inspiration.

The Smashing Magazine 2013 Photo Contest

Have a look around, choose the object that sparks your most creative thoughts and solutions, take a picture from an interesting perspective, and share it with us!

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Listen, Watch And Share!

With a phone or tablet in your pocket, you get instant access to a huge variety of podcasts — both audio and video. They keep you entertained while you’re commuting or on a long plane ride, and they provide useful information that you can integrate into your daily routine as a Web professional.

Listen, Watch And Share!

Keeping track of the ever-changing selection and finding quality podcasts that feature exactly the topics you are interested in can be painful. That’s where we come in. We have put together an extensive list that includes your soon-to-be favorite podcast — whether you are a developer looking for coding advice, a designer seeking inspiration or a startup businessperson. So, tune in, stay informed and learn new skills!

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“A Challenge I Would Not Trade A Second Of”

For a few years, Smashing Magazine has been my first tab to start every browsing session (right after checking Gmail and Facebook). Assuming that the company was based somewhere in the US, I was quite surprised to discover that its headquarters are — from a global perspective — just around the corner from me.

I was halfway through a “reasonable” degree in philosophy, politics and economics and still could not get the passion for Web design out of my head. Aside from being a pure designer or developer, I had no idea how one could pursue a career in that field, and I needed some inspiration.

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