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Design

The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

February 25th, 2015
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The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

Sure, many designers scream that speculative work is bad. The major creative and design organizations have written articles out the whazoo about how bad it is for the industry and even have white papers, books and entire conference programs dedicated to the “NoSpec!” movement. Still, it’s increasing and guess who’s to blame? The very people it hurts! There are two parties of thought on...

Freelance

Bad Client Dealings: What You Want to Say and What You Should Say [IMHO]

February 5th, 2015
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Bad Client Dealings: What You Want to Say and What You Should Say [IMHO]

Everyone loves the stupidity spilled out on sites like Clients From Hell and stories of designers telling off large companies that “invite” them to participate in crowdsourcing contests and the like. Unfortunately, if all clients were that stupid and sleazy, there would be no reason to keep working in the creative field. Now, I’m not saying the entries on websites, or self-generated stories of...

Freelance

Up All Night to Get Lucky? Why Having Sex with a Freelance Client is a Good Idea…

December 29th, 2014
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Sex success

I hate to admit it, but I’ve had sex with a lot of my clients (female). Maybe it was just being young, in New York City where dating is strange, or it was the looser morals in the design and advertising world. I wasn’t alone, either. My peers seem to be having a shtupfest, also. We did question the possible problems sex with a...

Freelance

Freelancers, Here’s Why Your Clients Hate You

December 1st, 2014
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Freelancers, Here’s Why Your Clients Hate You

Some freelancers are fast, clean, follow directions, and are on top of the freelance project every minute of every day. So why is your client so angry and upset with you? The truth is, THEY are not efficient and your abilities, which should be welcomed to make a project run smoothly, is just a reminder how screwed up the client side is and how...

Freelance

Brain Damage: Why Art Directors Hate Freelancers

October 31st, 2014
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Brain Damage: Why Art Directors Hate Freelancers

Believe it or not, there are some freelancers who are morons, and I don’t mean that in the good way. In the ranks of creative children who see other possibilities, color outside the lines, make their own lines and blended two or three crayons to create new colors to captivate the senses, there were some who experienced something that set them apart from other...

IMHO

I Hate Parallax Scrolling – Here’s Why You Should Too

September 25th, 2014
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I Hate Parallax Scrolling – Here’s Why You Should Too

Parallax scrolling for websites is the new hotness! Then again, so were glitter unicorns and type for MySpace pages and websites galore. The web moves fast and there’s a difference between a fad and a trend. So, is parallax scrolling a good addition to your website? Here’s a look at the top parallax scrolling websites, their strengths—and weaknesses. Overview If you haven’t seen a...

Business Online

Why Having a Blog is so Important for Freelance Designers

August 1st, 2014
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Why Having a Blog is so Important for Freelance Designers

With competition rising among designers, using social media is more important than ever, especially having your own blog to help spotlight your talent and abilities. A blog can not only show your work but your thought process, knowledge and professional demeanor… if it’s done correctly! The biggest question I get from freelance designers, illustrators and photographers is how they can find clients. My first...

Inspiration

Weird Stock Photos You Wish You Could Use — Here’s How!

July 4th, 2014
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Weird Stock Photos You Wish You Could Use — Here’s How!

I’m dedicated to weird, so when a client complained the images I was using on business articles “looked like boring stock images” I decided that only those images that used metaphor and allegory would be used for his website. The weird and wonderful appeared in a simple Google Image search and my mission to find “not boring” stock images for my client was orgasmically...

Business Online

Best Practice: How to Make Your Business Card Work

October 7th, 2013
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We all love articles that show cool and amazing business cards. They are creative, well-designed, and inspire us to do better with our own cards. The problem is; do they work? Do people keep them, share them with others, but most importantly — do they encourage clients to call you? Naturally, any article on business cards has to show some really creative work, so...

Inspiration

Street Creativity: The Art of Japanese Manhole Covers

October 4th, 2013
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Of all the complaints you’ll hear from creatives about disrespectful clients, on all of the websites dedicated to crazy, and rude clients, you’ll never see the name of a Japanese creative, complaining about a client. Why is that? Perhaps because in a country that values creativity, that entitles creatives as “living treasures,” clients don’t try to talk jobs worth thousands, down to $50, or...