• 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!

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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 professional heroism are fake, although there are those who claim they are figments of creative writing, but what goes on in the real world? What are experienced, working creatives saying to clients who make incredible faux pas when it comes to working with designers?

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

    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 client might cause, just as someone would think twice about an affair with an office coworker. The thing is that it WAS a good idea!

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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 you’re making them work harder to try to show you they are in charge… and smarter than you. It’s an odd power struggle but what can you do to make sure the project isn’t affected but not have the client feel like a total douche?

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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 creative children. While the schoolyard beatings of we “different” children made most evolve inner strengths that made them incredibly sensitive, and insightful adults, I suspect some suffered brain damage.

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  • 24+ Best Apps for Graphic Design Freelancers

    One of the best ways to improve your workflow and time management as a graphic design freelancer is to use apps. Not just any app will do, however. You need ones that won’t waste your time by crashing and that help you both on the go and when around your computer. Our collection of the best apps for graphic design freelancers below are divided into design and photography apps and business management apps. As a graphic designer, you never know when inspiration might hit, which is why you want something in place to record your idea before you lose it. And we all hate the annoying business tasks, especially when they take too much time away from designing. The apps below should help solve both of these problems that can occur for graphic design freelancers.

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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!

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  • Dribbbox: And Your Dribbble Profile Becomes a Website, Hosted on Your Own Space

    Many tools are simple. Only a few are simply good. Dribbbox, created by Belgian designer Benjamin De Cock is both. Benjamin designed a contemporary, responsive portfolio look, which automatically populates from any given Dribbble account you throw at it. While this is already great, even greater is that you can host the whole thing on your own webspace.

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  • Brand-new Topic Reports + Top Charts: Google Trends Finally Becomes Useful

    Google Trends is a tool to measure people’s interest in a certain topic. To decide which articles to write, which products to offer or at least how to properly describe your offerings, you need insight in what it is, that raises people’s attention. If you’re into internet marketing you know that Google offers a tool for that use case. Google Trends wants to do just that, help you recognize what interests Google Search users most. Yet, Trends has its quirks. A new update removes the biggest…

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    Best Practice: How to Make Your Business Card Work

    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?

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