Preston is a web designer, entrepreneur, and the founder of this blog. @prestondlee

Recently, in a post titled “Defining success as a designer”, I discussed the importance of setting goals and measuring your success based on how well you achieve your goals. Then, Millo published an excellent guest article by Karol K. titled […]

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Hey fellow designers, are you successful? For some designers, answering this question doesn’t take a second thought. But for others, it’s difficult to define whether or not you consider yourself to be a successful designer. And much of what determines […]

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On the Millo facebook page, I recently asked what sorts of articles you would like to read during the next few months here at the blog. While I plan to write articles for nearly all the responses, one particular response […]

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When I first started working for myself, one of the hardest things for me to do was finish a design project in the amount of time that I had anticipated. Projects that I hoped to finish in a week, took […]

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As I was reviewing a few articles here at Millo, I noticed that a trend among many readers that leave comments here at the blog is to give discounts to potential clients. In other words, when trying to rope in […]

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A few days ago on Millo, we discussed elements of an awesome facebook page for your design business. Today I would like to explore the phenomenon of custom facebook page design a little further. Being the awesome designers that you […]

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Anyone who owns a business, from freelancers to top CEOs, knows that they need to be on facebook. You know you need to establish a successful presence on facebook for your design business. What a lot of people don’t understand […]

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The Millo Mail Bag is a new feature I’m adding to the site here at GraphicDesignBlender.com. Each week I seem to get more and more emails from readers with questions about their design business. I love interacting with others and […]

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The design industry is an interesting thing: sometimes you have more work than you can stand, and other times you are scraping by, hoping that you’ll find your next batch of clients soon. While some designers or design firms are […]

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Being a freelance designer is a blast! You get to spend time working on your business and working in your business. You get to be the designer, the customer service representative, the accountant, the creative director, and more. One of […]

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Every once and a while I like to have a good long conversation with a few loyal readers of Millo to see what makes them tick, what problems they face, and how Millo can better serve them. Recently, in a […]

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Meeting with a client for the first time is invigorating. Both you and they are excited about moving forward with a new project that will help reach business goals. You set milestones together and work toward accomplishing the goals you […]

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“All of my design clients were not cold-call clients. They weren’t a result of any serious marketing or advertising campaign. They came to me.” The last week or so, we have been discussing the importance of having a stunning portfolio […]

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Lately, here at Millo, we have been learning a lot about one-page portfolios. We started off this miniseries with a great list of essential elements of a successful one-page portfolio, then we explored 8 excellent jQuery tutorials to help you […]

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Recently on Millo, we discussed some simple but necessary elements of a successful one-page portfolio design. To add to those insights, I thought today would be a good day to include a collection of some simple yet useful jquery tutorials, […]

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There are countless approaches you can take when creating your own design portfolio. Every designer is unique and should, therefore, have a unique portfolio. PS: Do you know what potential clients really think of your portfolio? If not, click here. […]

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Drafting up a design project proposal can be extremely scary. For freelance designers, every time you submit a proposal, it’s like applying for a job. Proposals determine whether clients choose to hire you, and clients are the life-blood of your […]

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Every once and a while here at Millo, we like to turn the editorial tables and let you share your ideas with us. After all, we know that some of the brightest designers/entrepreneurs take advice from us on a weekly […]

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Recently, I asked all my friends* on twitter what sorts of articles they would like to read about here on Millo. One friend suggested a sort of checklist-style article about preparing for a redesign. Hence the following article. If you […]

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The other day, I was visiting with a fellow designer who commented to me that they had recently completed a logo design project for which they collected very little money. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was more than $5 […]

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I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at […]

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There’s a lot of negative karma floating around in the design community about how terrible design clients are, what a pain they are to deal with, and how annoying their requests are. As a firm advocate of treating clients with […]

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In the relatively short amount of time I have been blogging about design, I have been asked some version of the following question multiple times:   “What are the best kinds of design articles to write?” I can understand the […]

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Not long ago, I read the E-Myth Revisited (affiliate link), a phenomenal book about entrepreneurship. One of the most life-changing (or I guess you could say business-changing) concepts understood from the book was the importance taking time to build your […]

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Whether you are working as a freelance designer, in a design firm, or otherwise, it’s important to be able to help your design business grow on a regular basis. But let’s face it, marketing your design business frequently becomes the […]

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Who would have ever thought that something you love so much (designing) could stress you out so much? There a lot of aspects of being a designer that can be stressful: harsh deadlines, difficult clients or art directors, a sharp […]

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Thousands of business cards are given away on design blogs all the time. Here at Millo, we understand how difficult it can be to get your design business up and running so, together with the great people at PremiumCards.net, we […]

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Whether you work at a design firm or as a freelance designer, finding the perfect amount of clients to pay the bills and do the quality of work you desire can can be a huge challenge. One tactic many designers […]

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There are a million different reasons why business owners decide to undertake a new website design. Some sites are simply used to experiment with business models, other sites are used to share information about family or friends, but many sites […]

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It’s a well-known fact: the question of using crowdsourcing sites like 99Designs.com (←link to a Millo interview with 99Designs) or Crowdspring.com is always a hot topic in the design community. When it comes to this issue, I have to admit […]

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One of the hardest tasks that freelance designers face is figuring out how to find design clients. Aside from the clients who come back asking for more, a lot of times, you complete a job for a client and they […]

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Doesn’t it feel great when you complete a major project for a client on time and without any huge hang-ups? Of course it does. But what do you do with clients who come back from the dead? Just so that […]

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Recently, I have had a lot of people ask me to provide suggestions on finding new freelance design clients. Whether you are a newcomer to the freelance-design field or you just need to give your client pool a boost, there […]

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A hot topic among blogging designers is whether or not to create custom blog post designs. If you are unfamiliar with the concept behind custom blog post designs, check out HeartDirected.com, a recent gallery site started by DesignInformer.com‘s Jad Limcaco. […]

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Whether you are part of a design firm or an independent freelance designer, chances are you blog about design. The design community is enormous and (dare I say) millions of designers share their thoughts online every week. But have you […]

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In the previous two chapters of Design Essentials, we covered topics that dealt with the quality of your design: Originality, and Attention to Detail. While today’s essential design tip will help your designs look better in the long-run, this chapter […]

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Studies show that nearly 70% of readers here at Graphic Design Blender either own their own freelance design business or hope to start freelancing in the near future. Something that many freelancers fail to do, however, is work effectively with […]

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Think of your favorite children’s song. Now grab a coworker and tap the tune of the song on their hand while you sing it silently to yourself. After you finish, ask them to name the song you just tapped out. […]

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If the online design community were an actual city, it would be a thriving metropolis. Complete with skyscrapers, huge arenas and enormous shopping centers. But as in any large community, the value of the community lies in each person–each individual, […]

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This chapter of Design Essentials will cover the topic of  Originality in design. Originality is the ability to think independently and creatively. So why is it so important that we, as designers, are original thinkers? Put most simply, original designs […]

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This chapter of Design Essentials focuses on Attention to Detail and the important role it plays in the design process. Attention to detail makes for a better experience in any industry. A candy on your pillow at the hotel or […]

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So you want to blog about design, eh? You’ll have to take a number and wait in line because, frankly, there are thousands of blogs about design out there. Starting a successful design blog is like learning to walk: You […]

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Coming from LinkedIn? Let’s get connected! In the graphic and web design industry, we like to think of ourselves as “creatives” who constantly keep the creative juices flowing and come up with original, well-thought out ideas. So why is it […]

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Beginning a new design project is always exhilarating. You’re energized and excited about working on the project and creating something effective and beautiful. But have you ever had a project that, by the end of it, you just “want to […]

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