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I write articles about how to get a client to accept a contract, keeping your dignity and rights as a professional creative and, at times, how to really fight against a bad client. I receive emails from people asking advice on solving a problem...
Startups are exciting! It’s something new that may become a multi-billion dollar company like Facebook and you could be in on the ground floor. They are also risky and after months or years of dedicated hard work, you may end up broke and in...
It's aggravating and demeaning when a business asks for free work. You feel belittled and often foster an urge to prove that you offer a professional service that has actual monetary worth. Unfortunately, there are designers who continue...
When I first set out to find a standard definition of art direction, it took me three sessions — not search terms, but sessions — to dig past fluff (articles that use a lot of words to say very little), self promotion (“art direction is hey...
Design salaries around the world vary a lot. Between all the different positions and experience levels out there, to the differences in cost of living and what's considered a "livable wage" in various places, it's no wonder there's a lot of...
Clients come in all shapes and sizes. They’re the lifeblood of any creative agency, bringing with them problems to be solved in return for hard cash. So when someone comes along with an exciting project it's easy to get excited about the design...
How you present your design solutions (whether it be to another team member or a client) has an impact on how they view the quality of that solution as well as you the designer. When I say presentation, I’m not talking about the words you use etc....
So you've been working as a designer for the past few years. You're good at it. You're successful. Maybe even really successful. You've had big-name clients, your name is out there, and you're being sought out by agencies and clients. In other...
How do designers use their own websites to promote themselves online? What are some good ways to set up an online presence that gets you found, puts your best foot forward and actively builds your design career? This is something we’re wrestling...
Pitching is a toxic and addictive habit that sucks up valuable resources and ultimately demeans both you and the work you do. In the creative industries, pitching is understood to be the most commonly accepted way in which clients choose suppliers....
This is not a management article. Well, it kind of is, but please leave your agile-lean-workplace-organization-human-resources backpack at the door. We’re here to talk about making things; making them really good with the help of others,...
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...
There are a ton of different reasons people choose to freelance. Sometimes it's born of necessity: you decide you need to take jobs on the side of your regular gig for extra money, or you're suddenly unemployed. It makes sense to use your existing...
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...