Articles by Speider Schneider

The creative field, which encompasses design, illustration, photography and anything else that is a commercial-based service and takes imagination and a certain amount of talent on the part of the vendor, is unregulated. There are no real...
It was seen as the future of the Web and mobile devices. Google Glass was the thing we all saw in movies about the near future. It was a TV, phone, computer and all in a very personal device. It opened the door to a virtual world of augmented reality,...
There may come a time you get too successful as a freelancer and must decide if you prefer sleep, money, or headaches. The step up to becoming a studio with more than one person can be a nightmare... or very rewarding. Not everyone can do it and not...
Do you know why book stores are closing at a frightening pace? Because people don't read books anymore. They say they do, but overruns on actual books are killing publishers… and distributors and stores. It's a sad fact but what does it have...
In a previous article, I wrote about design before computers became commonplace in the design industry. A fun look back at the days of toxic chemicals and scalpel-sharp cutting tools. The number of social media shares and tweets showed people...
It's a sad fact that the biggest problem freelancers face, is disagreements with a client once a project has started. It seems — judging by the amount of problems overheard by complaining designers — is that terms, changes, direction,...
The old saying is that the optimist sees the glass as half full, while the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. It is, however, the opportunist who drinks the water while the other two argue about the amount of liquid in the glass. The term, "negative...
I’ve traveled to many art schools, being asked to review senior student portfolios, and speak on professional practices in the design business, and the one thing I always notice is the lack of direction in student portfolios. Even with professionals,...
When I speak to senior students at art schools, there is one major thing I try to impress upon them: to freelance is to run a small business, and a freelance design business has all the needs and headaches of running a bakery, pizza parlor, or crack...
There are three things every creative yearns to hear: "we pay the total up front," "our staff is ready to sexually reproduce with you at your request," and "be as creative as you want."  The first will never happen, the second only happened to...
I’m a little choosy about who I follow back on Twitter. As with my other opt-in social sites, I’m not into quantity but quality. Having the right connections are good for business and, after all, business is why we network, in most cases....
Why are magazines and books always laid out the same? Even with alternative design, there is a harmony in layout or the reader’s head will explode… or they will just stop reading and skip to the next page. Successful design in publishing,...