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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...

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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...

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

December 29th, 2014
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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...

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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...

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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...

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24+ Best Apps for Graphic Design Freelancers

October 6th, 2014
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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...

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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...

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

April 3rd, 2014
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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. Dribbbox: Instant Portfolio, Based on HTML,...

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

December 3rd, 2013
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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...

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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...

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Leaving The Treadmill: The Five Biggest Advantages of Freelance Writing

August 16th, 2013
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Leaving The Treadmill: The Five Biggest Advantages of Freelance Writing

Writers are needed everywhere. It is one of the most ubiquitous professions of the world. Be it newspapers, magazines, comic books, websites, blogs – they all require writers. You can become a writer in two ways. One – Take up a full-time job in an office of your town that is recruiting writers. Yes, this will be a day job. Two – Offer your...

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Hojoki: The (no longer) Missing Link Between Your Cloud Apps

July 30th, 2013
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Hojoki: The (no longer) Missing Link Between Your Cloud Apps

If you are anything like me, you will find it tedious to keep in sync with the dozen(s) of cloud apps you use on a daily basis. Some of the work is coordinated via Trello, texts and spreadsheets are written using Google Drive, creative work is stored in Dropbox, notes are captured in Evernote, short communication is done using Twitter. And this is only...

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Sit Down And Shut Up: How To Rescue Your Clients From Their Own Bad Taste

June 27th, 2013
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Sit Down And Shut Up: How To Rescue Your Clients From Their Own Bad Taste

brooms-57256_640-w550 We've all been there before: a client hires you to design something, let's say a website, for them. Work is good, right? But then as you start working on the spec with them, red flags start to crop up. Does your client proactively push you in directions you would never want to go? Does your...

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WebEngage Interactivates Your Website

February 27th, 2013
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WebEngage Interactivates Your Website

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Your main goal in running a commercial website may be set to high profitability. Especially when you are running an online shop, you will want to generate the highest revenue possible, the more buyers you attract the better. In ecommerce one strong handicap exists. You cannot interact with the prospective buyer in a way you...