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Knowing which questions to ask when designing a logo can be difficult. You don’t want to look stupid by asking the wrong kinds of questions. You don’t want to overwhelm your client by asking too many questions. But if you […]

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I consider myself an incredibly fortunate person. Through a combination of hard work and luck, I am a freelance designer – my dream job. For all of its ups and downs, complications and stressful moments, this is a career that […]

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If you’re anything like I was just a few years ago, you’re probably working your tush off, spinning your wheels like a hamster on steroids and feeling like it’s just not paying off. Like your bank balance doesn’t match all […]

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If you work in graphic design, you’re probably only too well aware of the value of good time management. Graphic designers are required to work tight deadlines and navigate around very busy schedules to get projects completed. Shaving even a […]

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Do you have that one client (okay, maybe three?!) that’s habitually totally unorganized and needing something big last week? The one that asks for an entire PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow’s 8am meeting? (Just 20 slides, I swear! 85 slides later…) […]

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If you are like I was as a University Junior or Senior, you’re chomping at the bit to get out of school. It’s all you can do to keep completing your assignments (especially the ones that feel like busy work). […]

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A design manager recently told me that he has a hard time finding good freelancers who are willing to work in-house. This is at a very well-respected marketing communications firm in Portland, Maine – a town bursting with designers. Why […]

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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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GUEST ARTICLE by Tyler Travitz –If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. Thankfully, I’ve been gainfully employed for nearly two years now with an amazing agency. In addition to working on awesome projects for top brands, I […]

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GUEST ARTICLE by Joe Valdez–If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. We’ve all heard the saying “you don’t get a second chance at a first impression”. When it comes to your design business and landing a deal, […]

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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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The switch to becoming a freelance designer is difficult because you have to learn how to handle yourself and your client. When I started out, I was completely clueless and I would often accept too many projects or bad clients. […]

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GUEST ARTICLE by Ally E. Hardgrave – If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. Passion is a critical ingredient for success. We all can fall trap, however, to life’s constraints and suddenly wake up to find that […]

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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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GUEST ARTICLE by Leighton Taylor – If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. The best clients are those who return for your services again and again. However, sometimes clients will hire you for one project and then […]

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GUEST ARTICLE by Nicole Foster  – If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. There are thousands of designers on the internet today in all types of fields. They range from web designers to print designers to graphic […]

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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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Unless you on a deserted island somewhere, you heard yesterday about Apple’s newest technological advancement: the iPad. Now, there has been all sorts of buzz all over the internet about whether the device is extraordinary or significantly less impressive than […]

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I’m not going to beat around the bush, the following is what I believe to be the biggest myth in the graphic and web design industry: “Our job is to design what the client wants.”I know the old adage says […]

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I was recently reading an issue of Critique Magazine from 1998 and I found an interesting article titled: “6 Predictions for the Millenium”. The article refers to six predictions that Marty Neumeier (the author of the article and current president […]

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UPDATE: Adam has kindly informed me that he resigned from his position at 99Designs.com. Although the opinions expressed in this interview were given during Adam’s employment with 99 Designs, he no longer represents the company. Thanks, Adam, for the update. […]

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It has been my experience, as I have connected with other designers [via twitter or other means], that there are a lot of designers out there who seem very involved in the design community but actually have little to no […]

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I recently decided to make the switch to Freelance Design after working for a local production agency. In this post I have encapsulated some of the most important lessons that I learned while I worked as a full-time designer there. […]

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1. Don’t return their calls for at least a week Don’t be fooled by thinking that when a client calls you about something, they are actually in a hurry to get a task done. They’ll understand how important it is […]

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Graphic design jobs are frequently few and far between. It’s important that you are prepared for any design job interview you might be lucky enough to land. Below you will find a number of tips to help you be more […]

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“Choose the best two out of three.” That’s the advice I frequently give my clients. On almost a daily basis I deal with clients who want high quality work done “as soon as possible” and “for cheap”. Unfortunately finding a […]

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Ridiculous Request #1: Can you show me how you would do this project before I hire you? Unless you are a fan of doing work without getting paid, the answer to this should be a respectful “no”.  This question is […]

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Climbing the ladder of success in the creative industry  can be a tricky journey. In February, I visited WONGDOODY, a creative agency in Seattle, Washington where I asked Shaun Moshay, an account director at WONGDOODY, what three attributes I should possess if […]

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Failure. It’s something we are all afraid of. It can, however, be an effective tool in helping you progress quickly in the creative industry. The following article will teach you why failure is not something you should fear, but something […]

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Recently I have written a lot of articles about the various creative agencies I visited in Seattle, Washington.  At each agency, I asked the creative professionals which attributes they considered vital for someone in a creative profession. Below is a […]

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The ideal creative professional = General Education + Professional Education I recently had the privilege of meeting with Jim Copacino, cofounder of Copacino + Fujikado, a world-class advertising agency in Seattle, Washington.  Upon asking him what attributes he considered to […]

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I recently had a chance to meet with Ramon Vasquez, one of the lead designers at Creature, a world-class creative boutique and advertising agency based out of Seattle, Washington. He mentioned that he had received three creative portfolios that day […]

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Let’s face it. There are a lot of us out there: creatives trying to become a successful freelance designer. Freelance designing is wonderful but the market is so saturated that we often lack what we need to become successful. Below […]

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