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Design and development community Forrst is a great resource for designers and developers who want to share their work and get feedback from others in their field. They made news last year when they were purchased by Colourlovers, and now they've...
Developing a good portfolio is an absolutely indispensable part of building a client base, or getting a good job for that matter. And developing a good portfolio can be a very difficult thing to do if you don't know all the little tricks. Fortunately...
Cards on the table: First and foremost, I’m a writer. And while I’ve worked with more than my share of design gurus, I’m not one myself. But that doesn’t mean we don’t share some commonality—namely, an affinity for the creative,...
I decided to sell my web design company when we were a top 3 agency within our province for medium-sized websites. We were profitable, had 17 employees and life was good. Naturally I believed I'd find a buyer easily, but I was wrong. Even though...
In the epic battle of Jedi vs. Sith, it never hurts to wield a trusty…business card? A tongue-in-cheek collection of Star Wars business cards has popped up on The Mary Sue, and according to one collector, they’re circa 1977 legit. If the...
It's hard to believe that 2012 is coming to a close. We lived through the Mayan "apocalypse". And we're now looking at the start of another year. It's traditional to make some New Year's resolutions at the start of the year. 45% of Americans generally...
Any time you choose an artistic career path, such as web design, you are in for a mix of triumphs and challenges. One of these challenges is bound to be financial. But if you find ways to operate within a budget, you will be able to maximize the money...
/ / Dec 27, 2012
When I walk into a design studio, there are several things I know I'll see; tattoos, piercings and toys... lots and lots of each. Why do designers, as well as non-creatives, love toys? We love toys because they are the first art form to which we...
/ / Dec 26, 2012
The wonders of the QR code have been proved over and over for marketing and customer engagement. You see them all over, read about them in countless articles and have probably used them for a client's project, but what about the fun side? Have...
The first question to ask, is do you really need to send Christmas cards to your clients and business contacts, and if so why? The answer is 'yes', and for very good reasons. Leaving aside 'the spreading good cheer' aspect, sending holiday greetings...
"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....