Win a Free Membership to Vandelay Premier! *Contest Closed*

I recently created a simple one page HTML/CSS/jQuery portfolio template for Vandelay Premier and they have offered a free one-year account for three lucky winners!

Free Template

Vandelay Premier was created by Steven Snell of Vandelay Design and serves as a membership-based community for designers. They provide web and graphic designers with premium-quality design resources that make their lives easier, plus they offer career resources to help designers and freelancers with all facets of career and business. Members also get other perks like access to the exclusive marketplace discounts on products and services relevant to web designers.

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 Premium Design Resources & Community

Membership Details

  • Provides a variety of premium quality design resources including textures, brushes, vectors, PSD files and more.
  • Provides career resources, such as interviews, reports, and short e-books to help designers with the business and career aspect of design.
  • Will be updated with new items multiple times per week.
  • Resources from a variety of talented designers.
  • Members have access to a marketplace with discounts on products and services like hosting, PSD to HTML coding, WordPress themes, stock photos, and much more.
  • Cost is $9 per month or $79 per year (For those who want to purchase a membership).

How to Enter?

Since this blog is dedicated to sharing my experiences, to enter, share one experience/advice that you feel benefited you in your career. For students, it can be an experience/advice that benefited you in school. The contest will end on Friday August 13th, 2010.

1. Drop your REAL name
2. Use a legit email account where we can contact you
3. Share an experience/adivce.

Congrats to these 3 winners!

Below are the 3 lucky winners, and their advice! Winners will be receiving an email in within the week!


“One of the best pieces of advice I can give that helped me as a freelancer is to work with contracts. I think that is something that most people have to learn the hard way (as did I), but working with a solid contract, invoice, terms and conditions, etc. will not only protect you, but help you become more organized and will help you grow your business.”


“So here’s the advice that helped me a lot:
When you’re learning something new, don’t just read about it! Get your hands dirty!

Reading books, blog posts, watching tutorials, is absolutely great and you can learn so much but… there is no point if you don’t try them out yourself! Not just follow the instructions while you’re reading let’s say a tutorial, but try to do it yourself afterwards without the help of the tutorial. If you’re stuck, try to figure it out without opening the tutorial. If you’re completely stuck then look for help. Then repeat! Make sure you understand what you’ve done and why you’ve done it that way and that you’ve memorized it so you can use it on a project later.”


“The best advice I have ever received was from a professor in one of my Entrepreneurship classes. Everyday he started with the exact same manifesto: “If you want to be successful, you’ve gotta have passion”. Did I mention he invented the wings for the Virgin Galactic space jet “Proteus” that will be pioneering space tourism?

I took his advice to heart.

I’ve got more clients wanting my services than I can keep up with. I don’t even have time to build my own website and portfolio. I’m a decent designer and a decent salesman. I’ve got passion.

Passion permeates and overcomes. All you need is passion.”

About the Author

Soh Tanaka
My name is Soh Tanaka and I am a Los Angeles based designer/front-end developer specializing in CSS driven web design with an emphasis on usability and search engine optimization. I also run a CSS Gallery which is updated daily with the best CSS websites from around the world. Come check it out!

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