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This is my Painted Picture. It’s the shape of my business in March 2014 when I turn 35. The idea is that by putting it into words, my Picture has a stronger chance of becoming reality.
Sometimes even the most amazing designers get stuck at communicating their own message.
It’s bemusing to see $1.78 billion retailer JCPenney crowdsourcing its brand identity.
You need someone who knows how to use computer software.
Would I take the opportunity again? Absolutely.
Don’t try to accommodate every customer.
It’s hard to imagine someone clicking an Amazon link for a design book, then thinking to themselves, “Mmmm, peanut butter.” But it happens.
I upgraded to a 27-inch iMac. Here are a few tips if you’re thinking of buying one, too.
I’d make a lot more money if I accepted every project on the table.
But there’d be consequences.
I rarely reply to the weekly email requests that ask for spec work. Today I did.
I offered to create a fresh look for the NO!SPEC website.
Lots of solid advice to use when dealing with clients.
With 700+ pages on this site, here’s the content I think is most helpful to students.
“Can I see sketches?” A perfectly valid client-request.
As businesses get larger, it’s easier to hide bad people in them. This is because there are so many things going on, alongside numerous coworkers who can shield one’s dismal performance.
Chinese proverbs might not relate directly to the design profession, but with a little translation, it’s easy to see how designers can heed the advice.
What advice would you give a design graduate? Chris Arnold, founder of Creative Orchestra and former creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi, offers his pearls of wisdom.
Here’s a video from an AIGA Metro North event titled reSPECt, “A civilized dialog between advocates and opponents of speculative branding and design work.”
Titles can matter to those who hire you, but you’ve got to make sure you walk the walk.
This month brought with it my five-year anniversary as a self-employed graphic designer, so I’m taking the opportunity to offer 15 pieces of advice to those thinking of “going it alone.”
Advice written by brand identity designer Andrew Sabatier.
“In his exuberant, conversational style, internationally bestselling author Dale Carnegie offers practical advice and techniques for how to get out of a mental rut and make your life more rewarding.”
I’m often asked how I made the switch to self-employment. Here’s a snapshot of that time in my life in 2004/05.
Pro bono is a Latin phrase that means “for the public good.”
A brief look inside Studio Culture: The secret life of the graphic design studio.