Surf the Dream A discourse of links and articles from Justin Avery

Get ‘Designing for the Web’ for free

In 2009 I wanted to improve my web design capabilities. I was recommended reading Mark Boulton’s book “Designing for the Web” and it was the best thing that could have happened.

Mark covers all aspects of design on the web and because of his background in print design you also get all the lessons learned from there as well. He doesn’t just focus on the design aspects either, Mark touches on the business and work/life balance side of things also.

The best part of the book for me was the focus on freelancing and working from home.

In particular this point…

Keep work and home separate. When you work at home, this can be difficult. When I had my workplace in my house, I made sure it was a completely different room which was furnished like an office–not just your spare room with a desk in it. One tip which worked for me: wear your shoes during the day, when you’re working, and at night, take them off. It’s a silly little thing, but you will soon associate shoes with work. So, when you take them off, that’s home time.

The book is now free following the announcement that Mark Boulton Design is being acquired by Monotype — huge congratulations to Mark and Emma!

Download Designing for the web

View Permanent Page


Latest Links

More articles...

  1. A new blog

    After many many months without being to update this site I was finally able to set aside enough time to finish off the migration, moving from Squiz Matrix CMS across to WordPress. This is the second move of this blog. It was originally migrated from Blogspot across to Matrix back in 2007 and it served […]

    Read more

  2. 2013 dConstruct review

    Today was killer. As I hit send on the weekly newsletter at 1:30am I was regretting the time I spent and amount of beer I consumed at the Moo Summer Party. Actually it wasn’t so much regretting as pondering if it was the wisest way to spend my Thursday evening. As my head hit the […]

    Read more

  3. migrating a wordpress site to a new domain

    I previously pointed out the reasons behind needing and wanting to move content from one domain to another. Moving your wordpress website from one domain to another is a tricky process. Aside from the problems you will have to deal with specifically with your site (links), you don’t want to damage your page rank and […]

    Read more

  4. Finding inspiration for writing

    Blogging is something that can be really hard. Sometimes the topics come thick and fast and we have too much to write about, but often we sit down in front of our site and stare at the last post from more than a month ago while we beat ourselves up about how we need to […]

    Read more

  5. Review of the Slide and Stage

    Thank you. That’s how today ended, with a rousing applause of Aral Balkan’s day long speaking workshop he finished with a simple thank you. The conclusion tied the day nicely together though. Speaking isn’t rocket science, but it is a science. There are things that you can do to prepare and make the entire experience […]

    Read more

  6. Slide and Stage

    Today’s weather might be grey but I’m in a good mood. Today I’m not taking my usual journey up the Northern Line to Old Street, instead I’m on the train in the opposite direction down to Brighton to attend the Slide & Stage one day workshop with Aral Balken. A few years ago I made […]

    Read more