Robert Bowen

  • Art Inspiration for the Weekend

    In the design field, we tend to take our inspiration pretty seriously, and as a result we search both high and low to find any sparks we can root out. This can make finding some pieces that have not already been soaked up by the masses a bit difficult when trying to gather enough inspirational kindling to start a bonfire’s worth creative energy flowing freely. Which is precisely what we are hoping to do.



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  • How to Say ‘No’ to Other Designers and Developers

    We recently did a post on how to tell your clients “No” which broke down the multiple considerations that need to be weighed when you are approaching this ground under these varied circumstances. Along with this handy online flowchart, Should I Work For Free? has you pretty well covered on that end. Now we bring you the other side of that coin: how to say “No” to other designers and developers that you might be working along side in any given project.
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  • The Art of Saying “No”

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    For the most part, working in the design and development communities can often leave you feeling like somewhat of a ‘Yes’ person. That person who stands behind the client, nodding in agreement and understanding as the path to the project unfolds before you. For in this business, it pays to wear this agreeable hat. It helps the client begin to see us an ally in their mission, someone who they can work with to make their project see the proverbial light of day, not have to work around so to speak.



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  • The Price is Right: Breaking Down the Design Process

    Like with most creative fields, there are those who operate outside them who do not necessarily understand all of the time and energy that goes into the design process, and as a result, they tend to undervalue our contributions and imaginative creations. The design community is not at all immune to this treatment as we regularly come across a client or potential client who views our work through this sort of devaluing lens.
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  • Showcase of Creative (But Not Necessarily Usable) Contact Forms

    Contact forms are the best way to attract visitors and to interact with them. A creatively designed and inspirational contact form is the most appropriate way to say welcome to your visitors and invite them to use your services. A comprehensive and stylish form persuades the visitors and helps build their confidence in the company behind the site.
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  • There is no ‘I’ in Team: The Basics of Teamwork

    In the expansive and dynamic field of web design and development, there are often times when we find ourselves working as part of a team, rather than on a more isolated, lone wolf kind of project. So when we find ourselves playing under these circumstances, then we need to be at our best to ensure that we are in fact being a good team player.



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  • For the Love of Logos: Tips, Resources, and More

    When it comes to design projects, logo designs tend to be some of the trickiest to work with, simply because of their purpose. All design tends to be conveying a message, this is true, but most designs get to use so much more to make their points accessible to the viewer.



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  • Name One Thing About Web Development You Never Saw Coming

    Not that this is universally true, but some people look haphazardly into a field before deciding to dive in. We do the odd bit of research, investigating the ins and outs, slowly developing expectations about this new arena of work. Expectations are not necessarily bad to have; they can be a powerful motivator. But sometimes our expectations are shattered by a development that we never saw coming.
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  • Tips for Fighting Freelance Burnout

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    Freelancers are somewhat of a singular breed according to some of the outside perceptions held about us. We hear it all the time from friends and family, even at times from near strangers, that they could never work for themselves from home and actually be productive. Without some predetermined hierarchical structure that pits someone above them demanding results from them each day they are in the office.



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  • Inspiration Mix: Showcase of Mixed Media Art

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    Collaboration is a beautiful thing. Two or more different approaches harmoniously coming together to create something more than any one of them could have achieved on their own. Such is often the source of the awe that inspires our breath to be snatched away by mixed media artwork. Multiple artistic mediums crossing paths and coming together in order to craft a piece of art that collaboratively conveys its message. This is one of the reasons that mixed media speaks to so many, because it is not confined to one medium from which to appeal to the viewers.



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