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"Whew!" exclaimed a recent client when he finally agreed to pay his entire fee, "I didn't know artistic-types were such tough businessmen." "Oh, we are," I said calmly as I put his final check into my pocket, "We have to get tough with clients...
As strange as this may sound for some, not every designer is a good logo designer. I've met many highly talented designers who are terrible at designing logos. Actually, some of the best designers I know are so aware of that, that they even prefer...
Mark Zuckerberg opened up recently about HTML5 and the difficulties that Facebook has faced in developing mobile apps. In a quote heard round the world, Zuckerberg called HTML5 “one of the biggest strategic mistakes we made.” Those are...
Creative thinking is an integral part of design and all art-related professions. Hyper-creative people appear to conceive of brilliant ideas as easily as magicians pull rabbits from hats, but the truth is that we all meet with creative blocks....
For many startup businesses out there, the idea of funding or angel investment is a mere pipe dream. ‘Bootstrapping’ is a much more realistic way for many new businesses to build their online presence and customer base – but that...
I earned my BFA in ’98. Learned to layout feature pages and create infographics for the local daily paper. I earned a Photoshop ACE in ’03. My most recent full-time contract was pure mock-up design work. Yet for the last year and a half...
/ / Nov 22, 2012
This post examines an important part of the design process that, for some reason or other, is often omitted from community conversations. Its aim is to get the design community talking about the ‘whys’ — including why they are important....
Doing business in the age of social media and online communities is not the same as it was some 20 plus years ago. It’s not enough to just have a great product or good customer service, you need great customer service and this could mean going...
Clients are an important part of any business. But when it comes to web design, clients are everything! Whether it is an individually run enterprise or an establishment owned by several stakeholders; acquiring new clients and retaining...
Building stuff for the web is fun. Want to know what isn’t? Waiting on a client to give you content so that you can launch their bloody website. Before I founded my startup, I worked as a freelancer and built websites for all kinds of clients....
Today I’m going to show you some interesting ways to make money as a web professional. Before I do, let's clarify something: the best way to make money as a web designer is to develop a portfolio of clients. However, as a professional in this...
I fully admit to my days of bastardness, obsessed with success, craving power over others for the sake of revenge and pleasure, wanting to stand on the bodies of others to heighten my status in life. I look back on those days with some nostalgia...
An interesting thing about working as a freelancer, while the area of expertise may vary, is that many of us will share the same experiences time and again. Even without a connection in the fields in which we freelance, there are some lessons...
If you’re a fan of the show Mad Men or have seen the opening, then you’ve seen a motion graphic. Motion graphics were all the rage in the 1960s (hence the look for the Mad Men series set in the advertising field of the 1960s) and were popular in...