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You don’t have to be as good as everyone else

Neil Gaiman at the University of the Arts

Renowned writer and creator Neil Gaiman explains how freelancers attract new business.

What employers look for #5

Believe in meeting room

More design employment advice, this time contributed by Blair Thomson of Exeter-based Believe in.

The Rhein-Herne slinky

Rhein-Herne canal footbridge

If only every footbridge was as creative as the one over Germany’s Rhein-Herne canal.

From the reader #10

Brooklyn Bridge painters 1914

Painters suspended on cables of the Brooklyn Bridge, on October 7, 1914.

Ethics in design (and who you won’t work with)

Crumpled note

What type of business would you refuse to work with on ethical grounds?

Two memorable business cards

Poole & Hunter business card

And something a little more magical…

Where’s your studio?

Workspace

It’d be great to learn from the business owners among you.

Milton Glaser on Donald Trump

Trump Vodka

Milton Glaser was recently asked, “What do you think of Donald Trump?”

Using sound symbolism in branding

Maluma and Takete

Take two imaginary names, pair each with the symbol you think is a better fit.

From the reader #9

Pencil calendar

Mytton Williams reminisce about their past self-promotional work.

What convicts can teach us about branding

Raw salmon fillet

What they did was terrible, dishonest and wonderfully entertaining. But what it teaches us is the incomparable value of good branding and design.

Educating Penguins

Penguin Education book cover design

These cover designs for Penguin Education are great.

What would you do?

Vintage vending machine coin slot

Imagine you own my three blogs.

The making of L’Odyssée de Cartier

Cartier panther

Bruno Aveillan celebrates 165 years of Cartier in his latest short film L’Odyssée de Cartier.

Tien-Min Liao’s handmade type

Handmade type

This is a self-initiated typographic experiment that explores the relationships between upper-case and lower-case letters, and also records the transformation between them.

Damn Good

Damn Good

Damn Good highlights the favourite work of designers around the globe, showcasing their best and most passionate projects.

Will Pearson’s 360 panoramic tours

Will Pearson panoramic tours

View these (and other) panoramic shots in full screen and interactive glory on Will Pearson’s website.

Boa Mistura: Luz nas Vielas

Boa Mistura graffiti

From graffiti and mural painting, to graphic design and illustration, Boa Mistura want to give the world its colour back. 5 heads, 10 hands, just one heart.

Email marketing gone wrong

Spam

Email marketing 101: Don’t spam.

The smallest business cards ever

Bookkeeping for small business card

“…these cards for a small business bookkeeper are quite possibly the smallest thing we’ve ever produced.”

A manifesto on writing for design

Why use fifty words?

Jim Davies’ 12-point manifesto on writing for design.

New work: Feru

Feru signage

Feru is a luxurious fashion brand named after Uzbek designer Ferutdin Zakirov.

Banksy on advertising

Banksy out of stock

“Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.”

From the reader #8

Dark Side of the Doritos

I love this Food Stuff Flickr set.

Designing book covers

Oliver Sacks book cover design

A quick bit of book cover inspiration.

Info for contributors

Work for Money, Design for Love

I’m looking for specific stories about an instance when…

Print vendors: a few handy resources

Woodtype specimen CMYK

A good working relationship with a printer can help cut the cost of your print projects. But first you obviously need to find a reliable vendor.

It’s not easy choosing a book title

Blank book cover

My book will be aimed at those who are thinking of, or who have started their own design business. The title I wish I’d read a few years ago (although I know I’m going to learn a lot writing this one).

How do you find new clients when starting a design business?

Wall clocks showing world times

If you have a specific story you want to share with the world it’d be superb if you get in touch.

Music video for the deaf blind

Here’s a kind of science experiment that made me think.