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Can the Visually Impaired Access Your Site?

When designing a website, it’s important to take all potential visitors into consideration. This includes the visually impaired – those afflicted with color blindness, low vision and even total blindness. The first thing to think about when improving the accessibility of your site for the visually impaired is the level of the impairment. Is your site suitable for users with color blindness, low vision, partial blindness and even total blindness? Fortunately, there are several online tools and software available that can help make your site more accessible.
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The Challenges Web Designers Face in Ensuring Website Accessibility

Over the past several years, accessibility has become one of most-discussed topics in web design. And that’s a good thing. As more of our daily lives are moved online, making sure that content and services are available to as wide an audience as possible is crucial. The obligation to do so is both moral and, in some cases, legal.
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The Ups and Downs of Being a Self-Taught Web Designer

Not so long ago, web design was a brand-new industry. Because it was so new, there weren’t many opportunities to get a formal education on its fundamentals. Thus, the most direct path to becoming a professional was to teach yourself the necessary skills. That’s how my career started. I studied the source code of different websites and figured out how things worked. I experimented with Photoshop, CSS and eventually other, more challenging languages. Over the years, most of what I know has come from the process of trial and error.
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Accepting Your Limitations as a Web Designer

Every one of us has our own limitations. So, how do we learn to accept it? How can we still thrive as designers and developers? The truth is that there’s only so much you can know. After all, you have clients to serve and a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning. Therefore, there are going to be some skills where you’re either not proficient or simply lacking.
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Being a Workaholic Designer and How to Recover

Designers are very fortunate. Unlike a whole lot of careers out there, we quite often genuinely enjoy what we do. We get to unleash our creative spirit and can make a decent living out of it, too. From my experience, it’s an industry full of talented and passionate people. It can be a bit of a mixed blessing, though. If you’re good at your job, more people will want you to do work for them. The trouble is that you may run into times when there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it. Because you’re determined to get it all done, you start early and leave late. You work weekends and take time away from family. You might even be a bit grumpy.

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