Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Design Staff

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios. It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. You likely have experience reading résumés and interviewing candidates, but how should you judge a design portfolio? A portfolio isn’t a collection of pictures.

The Significance of SEO in Web Design

Duct Tape Marketing

The Significance of SEO in Web Design written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. SEO includes a variety of factors and plays a critical role in web design. Web design and SEO work together and more web designers are choosing to integrate SEO when designing websites.

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Ten Hidden Gems In Google Analytics: Do Smarter Web Data Analysis!

Occam's Razor

The 80/20 rule applies to our use of web analytics tools as well. The data used comes not from your Google Analytics account/script, rather the data comes from the third-party DoubleClick cookie (for web traffic) and from anonymous identifiers for mobile apps (i.e.,

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Google Ventures

It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. You likely have experience reading résumés and interviewing candidates, but how should you judge a design portfolio? A portfolio isn’t a collection of pictures. Writers have entire portfolios without a single image.) A portfolio is just a collection of past work. Before I look at the portfolio, I usually look at the résumé to establish some baseline expectations: How many years of experience do they have?

Sketching A New Mobile Web

Web Design. Sketching A New Mobile Web. The mobile Web has gotten a bum rap. Progressive enhancement, mobile-first and responsive design can help lead us towards a more unified, future-friendly Web. The Promise Of The Mobile Web Is a Tough Sell. Portfolios.

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Best Web Metrics / KPIs for a Small, Medium or Large Sized Business

Occam's Razor

But for most other programs (Affiliate, Email, Social, Display) your Cost is likely sitting outside your web analytics tool. If you are paying someone to do web analytics and this metric is not on top of the dashboard they've created for you, it might be time to say sayonara to them.

Turn Your Web Design Talent Into Freelance Success


With so much demand and opportunity, now seems like a great time to tap into the market for quality freelance web designers, but what can you expect? Web design is an increasingly competitive profession. Have a portfolio. By Dan Bochichio, co-founder of Bocain Designs.

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BigDoor Cracks The Code On Web Site Engagement

Feld Thoughts

Social gaming companies and a few very popular consumer web services have gotten extremely good at creating loyalty, where loyalty rate is defined as Daily Active Users (DAU) / Monthly Active Users (MAU). Yet when you look at loyalty rates on the rest of the web, they look downright abysmal.

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Q1 Round-up: Portfolio companies in the news

Version One Ventures

If you’re not already familiar with the startups and founders making up the V1 portfolio, here’s a summary of some of this quarter’s news clippings. This past quarter, three of our portfolio companies closed funding rounds (we participated in all three): First, Booster Fuels raised a $9 million Series A from Maveron, Madrona Venture group, RRE Ventures, and V1. Portfolio companies in the news.

How to be your VC’s favorite portfolio company

The Next Web

But good portfolio companies should get more, because VCs have a lot more to give – especially to companies that deserve it. But investors have dozens of portfolio companies and likely aren’t going out on a limb for founders.

Top Tips For Becoming a Web Developer in 2017

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Being a web developer is an extremely in demand profession, particularly as more and more businesses shift online. In this article I will provide you an outline on how to become a great web developer. How To Become A Web Developer 1. Learn a web programming language e.g


Beginner's Guide To Web Data Analysis: Ten Steps To Love & Success

Occam's Razor

Web Analytics blog was to pull us up 10,000 feet to do something we do less than 1% of the time in the web analytics world – look at the bigger business picture. It was called: Secret To Winning With Web Analytics? In your web analytics tool this is a standard report.

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Top 10 to Ask When Choosing a Web Designer for Your Business Website

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

How to Choose a Web Design Firm You do your homework on them. There are plenty of web designers available. You want to go with the best because, in fact, your web designer is, in essence, your Partner. What kind of web experience do you have?

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Mobile is eating the web

Version One Ventures

Now it looks like mobile is eating the web. For example, as of January 2013 Facebook has more mobile users than web users – as more and more people are checking their Facebook updates on their mobile device and skipping the desktop version entirely. Here are four key trends that companies, whether web-first or mobile-first, need to be aware of. Most web-first companies have completely underestimated the radical change that mobile brings about.

4 steps to starting a Web business without knowing a thing about coding

The Next Web

So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. A quick example would be OpenTable, a Web service and app that lists the best restaurants in your area and makes reservations for you. Eddy Lee, Ph.D,

Be Real-World Smart: A Beginner's Advanced Google Analytics Guide

Occam's Razor

This is all the way from Aug 2009: Web Analytics Career Advice: Play In The Real World! Or a subsequent post about how to build a successful career: Web Analytics Career Guide: From Zero To Hero In Five Steps. Being book smart is good.

How to Start a Small Web Design Firm

Up and Running

For web designers, transitioning from working full-time for someone else to freelancing has some perks, like being your own boss and having a more flexible work schedule. Your portfolio website is undoubtedly one of your most important assets when it comes to promoting your services.

What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies , I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011). 1) the consumer web has matured. we are almost 20 years into the consumer web and we have large platforms that are starting to suck up a lot of the oxygen.

Great Storytelling With Data: Visualize Simply And Focus Obsessively

Occam's Razor

Companies should optimize for the portfolio of visits (multiple!) Advanced Analytics Marketing Tips Web Analytics Web Insights Web Metrics actionable web analytics data visualization digital analytics key performance indicators

16 Things to Look for in Your Next Web Developer

Inc Startups

Most people think they need the best Web developer to get their project done. I once hired a Web developer and felt cheated when the new design didn''t produce the results I wanted. The developer had a great portfolio, understood exactly what I wanted, and was very responsive.

Comparison of the Top 10 WordPress Portfolio Themes for 2016

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The Top Free WordPress Portfolio Themes Compared I mostly do custom design work and using standard WordPress themes is kind of a no-no in my world. However, recently a friend wanted some help selecting some portfolio themes for her work. Portfolio Style and Personal Tastes.

And now for something a little different: First Round portfolio company chloe + isabel launches [#frc]

This is going to be BIG.

What's exciting about chloe + isabel is that they're working on a modern version of a proven direct model "for today's social web"--but they have both the jewelry and direct selling DNA to build it off of a solid base. I've been continuously impressed with Chantel and her team's understanding of how the social web can empower their merchandisers to create great businesses of their own, and we've only scratched the surface of building a platform that will enable them to do that.

The Future of Web Startups

Its so cheap to start web startups that orders of magnitudes more will be started. Lots of Startups So my first prediction about the future of web startups is pretty straightforward: there will be a lot of them. When founders can do lots of startups, they can start to look at the world in the same portfolio-optimizing way as investors. Look at what a hard time Microsoft is having discovering web apps. That is the future of web startups.

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Torbit Insight – Real User Measurement of Web Performance

K9 Ventures

Over a decade ago, the big bottlenecks for web performance were server load and network bandwidth. Lots of companies sprung up in the Web 1.0 Web performance was a solved problem. The Web has changed.

Torbit Insight – Real User Measurement of Web Performance

K9 Ventures

Over a decade ago, the big bottlenecks for web performance were server load and network bandwidth. Lots of companies sprung up in the Web 1.0 Web performance was a solved problem. The Web has changed.

Mobile Is Where The Growth Is

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year. You might think that all these big web services are flatlining. We have seen this in our portfolio too. Web is flattish. I alluded to this in a post last week where I wished for an aggregated audience measurement service across mobile and web.

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7 Data Presentation Tips: Think, Focus, Simplify, Calibrate, Visualize++

Occam's Razor

Hence all the insights-free data visualizations floating around the web that are totally value-deficient, even as they are pretty. You will never obsess about the cost per trade of your E-Trade portfolio, right?

Disqus2012 Launches

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The speedy new commenting system built from the ground up by our portfolio company Disqus is generally available today. Disqus 2012 - The Web's Favorite Discussion Platform from Disqus on Vimeo. I believe unconditionally in the vision of a web scale commenting community.

Data Analytics for the Mobile Web

Peter Levine

Until now, the best that mobile application developers could do was use older PC-based technology, which has been completely inappropriate for the mobile web. We realized there was lightening in a bottle when nearly every company developing a web application was showing their user traction through the Mixpanel interface. Portfolio CompaniesWhen I first met Suhail Doshi, the CEO of Mixpanel , I was blown away by his passion, focus and vision for his company.

Measuring Incrementality: Controlled Experiments to the Rescue!

Occam's Razor

Smart Marketers work hard to ensure that their digital marketing and advertising efforts are focused on the most impactful portfolio of channels. The company truly has a portfolio strategy when it comes to marketing.

In-Text Links Are Just The Tip Of The Iceberg In Web Publishing

Feld Thoughts

Today one of our portfolio companies, LinkSmart , has come out of stealth mode and unveiled its product, Total Link Management and $4.7M The investment was an obvious one for us as it fits squarely in our Adhesive theme given the deep relationships LinkSmart has with big media and web platforms as a provider of analytics and traffic management software.

Best Metrics For Digital Marketing: Rock Your Own And Rent Strategies

Occam's Razor

If you want to win on the web, you have to do both Own and Rent really well. The best websites in the world have a portfolio of outcomes (in case your customers are not ready to jump into bed with you right away!). And all standard metrics in any decent web analytics tool.

Mocked And Misunderstood

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They had a piece on our portfolio company Kickstarter. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechWhen people ask me, "how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?",


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

With all the talk of massive amounts of cash sloshing around the web/mobile startup ecosystem (including things I've said recently), you would think that nobody bootstraps anymore. Behance isn't the only recent USV portfolio company to bootstrap its way into our portfolio. Three of the six portfolio companies in our new fund, raised late last year, were bootstrapped for an average of 3 1/2 years before we invested. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

Data Visualization Inspiration: Analysis To Insights To Action, Faster!

Occam's Razor

For four of the examples, I'll also share how the visualization inspired me to apply the lessons to my web analytics data. I've used Sunbursts to do the same with keyword portfolios. Like a vast majority on planet Earth, I love data visualizations.

Excellent Analytics Tip #24: Obsess About Real Business Profitability

Occam's Razor

Part of the reason is that even if you work for a multi-channel company you are likely in the "web," "interactive," "internet," or "digital" division. Digital advertising and marketing is a key part of ZQI's multi-channel acquisition portfolio.

Rethinking Mobile First

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. It has become a bit of a orthodoxy among the consumer social startup crowd to do mobile first and web second. and You have an entirely different onboarding story on the web. Mobile first, web second.

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Web Analytics Career Guide: From Zero To Hero In Five Steps!

Occam's Razor

I got an email the other day with this simple question: "How do break into the world of web analytics?" There is a ton of excitement about web analytics. In our field specifically, good Web Analysts will continue to be in high demand, for any conceivable time period.

Multi-Channel Attribution Modeling: The Good, Bad and Ugly Models

Occam's Razor

I normally ask people to look at the Path Length report in the Multi-Channel Funnels standard report in Google Analytics (or equivalent tool if you are using SiteCatalyst or WebTrends or other web analytics tools). This is the standard attribution model in all web analytics tools.

Excellent Analytics Tip #26: Every Critical Metric Should Have A BFF!

Occam's Razor

Now you have excellent context for making smarter decisions about the full-value of each acquisition channel in your portfolio. There is unlimited amount of data thrown off our digital existences. (Or Or to use sexy term du jour , we have big data!).