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I posted on Twitter that I was having a case of writer’s block and asked what my followers wanted me to write about for my next article. “More horror stories!” was the resounding reply. Well, here’s one of the most horrid. It speaks of...
When I was a kid, I remember driving with my father during the gas crisis of the early 1970s. We drove past lines of cars that went on for about half a mile or more. We would stop at a local gas station where he knew the owner. The owner of the station...
A St. Louis design group announced a special gathering at a local design studio for a program entitled, "Educational Night: The Business of Design." The evening's program was hosted by a local design studio that is making leaps and bounds in...
When I first saw a web site designer who had posted a laundry list of prices on his site, I gasped in horror. It created some buzz in the design circles in which I traveled. No one agreed with the concept. Then, a well-respected design firm owner...
Obviously you are reading this blog. Why? You learn something that helps you become a better designer is the popular answer. Blogs inform, educate and entertain. Then there's The Oatmeal, which is just weird but people love it. Webdesigner...
Do what you love. That's what the career counselors tell you when you are young. That is what your parents pretend to instill on you when you are born. What they forgot to mention is that very few people are doing what they love and making a ton of...
And here's another great freebie for all WDD readers. This one was designed by Carlos Viloria and it's a very attractive business card template with a retro style. It has the perfect balance between elegance and creativity with a modern twist....
If you own your own creative business, you're probably interested in learning how to make more money doing what you're already doing. Maybe you're having issues closing sales, generating leads, marketing, making payroll, or other with other...
AAAAARGH! you scream as you exit the meeting. So, your great idea was turned down by someone at work or a client. Is that failure? Yes, but not on your part. You researched the idea, market, demographics, and, like most creatives, have a finger...
A friend of mine (xomiele, as he’s known on his personal blog), who represents photographers and illustrators, was amazed at the number of hits a piece he created for fun was getting on the internet. He took a few Smurf figures and some household...
A friend of mine wrote me the other day and told me his company was stealing copyrighted work. He was very upset and said that his manager believes that anything on the internet is available to be put on a crappy T-shirt. He asked my advice on what...
At one of my first jobs, my lunch constantly disappeared from the community refrigerator. There were no clues and, being New York, “nobody saw nuttin!” I tried marking my lunch. I tried notes pleading with people to not take my lunch. I tried...