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My son, August, is just under two and is showing all the normal signs of two-year-old behavior: throwing hard objects at my head, refusing to put his diaper on, and protesting even when I give him exactly what he wants. […]

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Our agency’s workflow used to look like this, and while it went well most of the time… it also led to heartache, never-ending projects, and early-onset baldness due to pulling all of our hair out: Conduct all research Create copy […]

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Have you ever thought about what it’s like to work with you? Did you know you can influence and design the steps you take with your client? Designing a process with fewer gaps and bottlenecks can give a smoother client […]

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One of the most important things in getting steady work is having a set client onboarding process that will transform potential customers into paying clients. Once that client inquiry lands in your inbox, you need to act quickly to guide […]

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This past year I was lucky enough to be selected as the designer behind the new Millo logo. Preston reached out to a number of designers but ended up choosing me due to my quick response time and my stellar […]

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There are a ton of articles out there that talk about the top lettering artists to follow on Instagram. The artists and designers that have over 50,000 followers, that are in the limelight of in the industry. But what about […]

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A note from Preston: Today, I’m thrilled to unveil our brand-new custom-made hand-lettered logo. The logo was designed by the über-talented Dina Rodriguez of Letter Shoppe and I’ve asked her to share with us a bit more about her onboarding and design […]

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I got sick a few weeks ago. Like really sick. My nose was broken when I was a teenager, and I never got it fixed, so any time I get a little sinus thing…it just goes crazy and I’m bedridden […]

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You know in cartoons or movies when the main character is trying to make a decision and there’s a little angel and devil perched on their shoulder taunting or encouraging them in either direction? That’s your life as a creative […]

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Chances are, whether you’re building a site for yourself or your client, you’re planning to build it with responsive integration. And with good reason: Google includes this as a search relevance parameter. Over 50% of worldwide mobile phone users access […]

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How often are you asked to create an identity for a client who is not clear on their objective, vision, audience, competitive environment, differentiator, or message? All the time, am I right? And unless you clarify all of these details, […]

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Let’s face it. Many clients give terrible feedback throughout a project. In the end, that wastes valuable time and impairs the project’s outcome. The good news: You can teach your clients to give better feedback. It’s actually your job to […]

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We’ve all been there… Sitting in front of a computer screen/notepad/art table with absolutely no idea why your client hired you. All your normal routines aren’t working. No matter how much music you listen to or how many minutes of […]

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What does being a creative mean to you? For me, being a creative person means seeing solutions (rather, creating solutions) to problems that others can’t easily see. This unique skill—our ability think outside the box and solve challenging problems, is what makes us highly […]

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This past week I did something I don’t often do: I explored other blogs on creative pursuits such as design, writing, etc. To be honest, the most amount of time I spend on a blog is here at Millo when […]

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Your beautiful print project is ready. You can’t wait to see it in print. But who do you trust with your masterpiece? Which print shop is the “right one” for your project? Is it: The local guys? An online printer? […]

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Following up is one of the least used and MOST powerful tools you have under your belt. I’m going to talk about why that is, how to do it, and share the $5 / month tool we use over at […]

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For me as a creative entrepreneur, picking the right app can be a daunting task. First of all, I’m only one person who’s already wearing 15 different hats, so carving out time to look for productivity software is difficult for me. […]

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I love Illustrator so much. (What’s your favorite design software? Tell me.) Despite some snags that cropped up with the CC conversion, I have a very happy long-term relationship with Illustrator. But it CAN be frustrating, so here are a […]

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What gets measured gets moved. As best as I can tell this is a mis-quote of Peter Drucker, but it’s a very potent philosophy. Whether you’re working on the tiny blog, the hyper-growth startup, or the established industry titan, one common […]

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Hey there – how’s your design portfolio looking these days? Are you behind on updating it, like me? Excellent! I love not being the only one. Or maybe you’re new to the game and haven’t set one up yet. Either way you’re […]

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Trying to pin down one day in my design life is a pretty daunting prospect. I guess that’s what makes being a freelance designer so darn interesting to me – it’s not an orderly, predictable existence. One day is never […]

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Have you ever had a client ask you if you could create an app for their business? Do you have a great app idea burning in your brain, but you feel like the technical aspects are preventing you from creating […]

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Out of the thousands of fonts available online, how can you know which are the best fonts for logos? (Especially when many of them start looking the same after a while.) This task is even harder if no one ever told […]

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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’ve been a print designer for nearly all of my design career – and that means I’ve spent hours sending things like: package design B2B print collateral business cards posters fliers and a jillion other types of print jobs to printers all […]

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Walking with your eyes closed is pretty tough, right? Designing without adequate information is fraught with danger, too, and this is why every designer should develop a branding questionnaire. So to help you create one that’s sure to improve your productivity and cut […]

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Like many of you, I’m just starting to emerge from the mayhem of the holiday season, when we’re all attempting to wrangle an even taller tower of spinning plates than usual. Maybe you finished up 2014 with some last-minute, urgent […]

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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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Like many designers, I learned InDesign by leaping headfirst into it and figuring it out as I went. (In my case, I transitioned from the Illustrator-centric package design world to the InDesign-centric marketing design world.) I started with the immediate, […]

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Fellow WordPress designers and developers: Doesn’t it just make your day (week) when you find the handiest new plugin?* Something vetted by someone who has used it before. Something that wraps up a handful of hacked-together plugins into one sweet […]

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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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Back in the early days of our creative marketing business, Clients from Hell was a gift from the universe. It kept me sane, reading all of those stories from fellow comrades in arms. Now, however, I have a much different […]

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A couple weeks ago, Karol wrote a great post about not getting cheated by your design clients. In that post, we recommended (as we always do) that you have a signed contract with most of your clients. But in the […]

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As I mentioned before in this post, recently I interviewed 9 amazing veteran freelancers, each on a different challenging topic they have personal experience excelling in. From hiring employees to overcoming self-doubt, here are bits of the wonderful information four […]

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Just about anything worthwhile can be created in one weekend. That was basically the message I got from a recent Fizzle interview with Gumroad founder, Sahil Lavingia. Sahil used to work as a designer at Pinterest and left that gig to start […]

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I’m in the middle of a huge redesign for a web site that gets hundreds of thousands (and sometimes millions) of monthly visits. It’s a big deal. And it’s pretty stressful. But if you’ve ever done any sort of redesign […]

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Designers and freelancers in general need a little help staying inspired from time to time. We all have places we like to browse while brainstorming; you never know what’s going to spark the perfect idea for you. The internet is […]

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Remember those silly mobile themes that used to be popular a couple of years ago? You know what I’m talking about… Awful, ain’t it? This is beyond me … why would anyone put such a thing on their site? There’s […]

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Do you have a dribble account, share all your work to social networks or constantly ask for critiques of your work from other designers? Non of those things are bad in and of themselves. They could however be symptoms of […]

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As busy freelancers, time is one of your most valuable assets. The more time you can save, the more money you can make. However; you can’t just spend less time on your client work and let the quality suffer, so […]

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Have you ever been asked to critique a fellow designer’s project that needs more than a little bit of work? You don’t want to come off as snooty or rude and you certainly don’t want to hurt their feelings, but […]

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Accepting a first draft can save you a great deal of time and energy when you are working to a deadline or have other designs that you should be working on. Bbut to accept a draft and develop the perfect […]

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