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Can you make me a website?

Sure can. Just get in touch with me and we can haggle over the price. Be sure to include an idea of what you want to achieve and a timeline whenever possible so that I can provide you with an accurate quote!

Can you make me a website for free?

In general, no. Even if you promise me later work, revenue shares, advertising or what have you. Unless you’re an already well-established company and can provide proof of revenue, guaranteed payment and the proper legal paperwork, then the answer is no. However, I donate my time to non-profit companies, charities or websites/blogs with unique topics of interest. Please get in touch with me should that apply to you.

How do I do…

Get in touch with me and I’ll write a tutorial if it’s relevant or something that could potentially interest other readers. Otherwise, I’ll try to answer your question as time allows if it hasn’t already been answered in the article and you haven’t looked hard enough (not that it happens often…)

What’s your hourly rate?

In general, my hourly rate is 24$/hour, varying on the type of work you need done.

Personal questions

How long have you been a designer?

I started “designing” in 1998, and I use the term loosely. Back then, the extent of my design skills were using Microsoft Paint and Geocities’ WYSIWYG editor. I’ve been designing professionally (as a full time career) since 2004 or so.

Where did you learn design?

I’ve never taken a design class. I’ve self-taught myself over the years by following tutorials, reading books and constantly trying to replicate things in my work. As tacky as it sounds, practice really does make a world of difference. I still have a lot to learn and I try to learn something new every day when I can. The only tip I can offer is to just keep trying, keep reading and learn to take criticism when it is provided. It’s a very frustrating challenge to undertake because it will feel like no matter what you do, there’ll always be something better. Don’t despair!

What inspires you during the design process?

Other websites, paintings, games and whatever I can find. I usually have a good idea of what I’m trying to achieve when I set out to design something. The issue lies when trying to work on the smaller details. That’s when I turn to inspiration. Otherwise, I tend to use Google and template websites a lot when seeking a particular feel that I’m having difficulty grasping or have never worked on previously.

What are some of your favorite websites?

I absolutely adore Reddit and am usually found wasting time on there. Apart from that, I enjoy Smashing Magazine, AskMen, Kotaku, Destructoid and several hundreds more that I won’t bother to list.

Are you on [social network]?

Here’s a list of social networks I can be found on, or other methods to get in touch with me.

  • E-mail: eric@steelfrog.com
  • XBOX Live: Steelfrogg
  • PSN: Steelfrog
  • Steam: Steefrog
  • Twitter: @steelfrog
  • Reddit: Steelfrog
  • Steam: eric@steelfrog.com

About the blog

Should I register for an account?

That’s entirely up to you. Once I implement some changes later on, subscribers will have access to ‘hidden’ articles and content that non-subscribers won’t. For now however, the site is much too small and of low-popularity to enforce registration of any kind, so it’s entirely up to you. Register if you like the site, or don’t if you’d rather not. I promise I won’t be mad if you don’t.

What will will do with my e-mail address?

Absolutely nothing. It’s just in case you lose your password. That’s it. Feel free to use a dummy or temporary e-mail address if you’d prefer. I’ll never use the database for promotional purposes, or sell your information in any way. I feel very strongly about the people who do.

What’s up with the ads?

The ads on this website are provided by AdBrite and Google AdSense. I cannot be held responsible for the content found in these ads, although I am assured that they will never be adult or offensive in nature. If you’d like to advertise on my website, please check with AdBrite directly. I try to place filters as I go to remove some of the more annoying ads (Play now, me lord) but some of them always manage to slip through.

What’s up with the text ads?

The inline text ads are fairly new to the website. I’m giving them a try to see how intrusive they are. I figure the bright green color should be enough to indicate that they don’t belong on the site by default and that people won’t click on them if they don’t want to. If I get enough complaints, I’ll chuck ‘em out. As of January 11th, 2011, the text ads on this website have been removed. Too annoying, too much spam in them.

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