Pro Bono work can provide a valuable portfolio boost

In the design world, nobody will hire you without something in your portfolio, but how do you get that portfolio if no one will hire you? One great way to give your portfolio a little boost is to take on a pro bono project. Doing design work pro bono basically means you’re volunteering your services for free as a public service. In most cases a designer will take a job form a non-profit organization. Thinking About Non-Profits...

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The top 10 mistakes experienced designers make
Apr13

The top 10 mistakes experienced designers make

Can you remember when you first started out? It feels like just yesterday you were scraping around for work. Today, you strut with some coin in your pocket and a few satisfied clients to boot. Things are looking up and fixing to get a lot better. It’s safe to call yourself a pro now. That’s right! You are now entering the ranks of a professional freelance designer.  Don’t get too excited, there is still refining to be done. Take a...

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Design software – should you go with the free stuff?

When starting their career, most freelancers are  faced with a problem, money. Money in the pocket always seems to be a little less than what is required. The list of things that require money is always very long. Hardware, software, furniture, advertisement and so on. Though money cannot usually be saved on hardware or furniture, some money can really be saved on software. Now days there is a free software program for every kind of...

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Want to kill your design career? Don’t take this advice.

What does it mean to be trendy? It’s defined as being fashionable and up to date. The thing about trends is that they get outdated really quick. Do trendy designs make for a good end product? Is it okay to use the trendy ideas to implement your logos? You may have to decide for yourself what’s best for you and your goals. Trendy Trends A lot of designers like to fall into the trends of logo designs.  You will see the same...

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How to deal with that incredibly controlling, completely stupid client

Let’s faces facts. Every now and again, you’ll come across that one client in your designing career, that really believes they know more about design than you do. You’ll think things like, “Why did you hire me” and “You don’t know anything at all” which can be understandable, but some of us take it a step further and tell the client why all their ideas are dreadfully wrong. Here are a...

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How to survive creatively as the only person in your office

If you’ve ever been on a team, you know it can be fun and encouraging. You have a collective of different minds with different thoughts and points of view. It’s almost like there’s no end to the ideas, and brainstorming flows effortlessly. So what do you do, when you have to go it alone? How can one mind come up with enough different ideas to actually brainstorm successfully? THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH: The first...

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