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Do you ever feel like all the designers around you are somehow a notch above you when it comes to talent? Do you ever wonder if you’re one of those “dime-a-dozen” designers that we, as a community, tend to make […]

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It seems like everybody now has a copy of Photoshop, Illustrator or some form of design software. The internet has made once exclusive design tools accessible to everyone. It’s not hard to imagine that people might start to ask themselves […]

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As designers, we should accommodate for anyone and everyone who could be a potential client. Adapting our design portfolios for different browser sizes and mobile technologies can not only help us, but also our clients as a useful service to […]

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After writing a post recently about turning site visitors into paying customers, I received the following comment, which I was happy, yet surprised to see: I think “Call to Action” is overrated and overused nowadays. I’m not a big fan […]

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If you have a website, you have it for a purpose. No doubt when planning the website the first issue to be tackled was what you hoped to achieve from the website – what would be its purpose. Once the […]

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In 2009, I wrote a post titled “7 tips on presenting logos to a client” and more than three years later I got this tweet from @thomshouse: I was curious of the order in which you present a logo… Do […]

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I get questions all the time about running a design business and usually, I can kindly point readers to a past post on Graphic Design Blender, but I absolutely LOVE it when a reader stumps me with a question. Why […]

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Designers often work so diligently for clients, we often forget to work for ourselves. Our own logos, collateral such as business cards and websites, and marketing campaigns suffer a bit of (okay, a fair amount of) neglect as we delegate […]

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Welcome to the next phase of building my design business–Greer Genius: designing the logo (read here for the post about naming the business). Today I’m going to tell you all about my process in developing my logo in hopes that […]

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Freelancing can be tough. It’s not always easy pleasing a client or working under a deadline. In fact, every once and a while it’s enough to make you want to stop creating…stop designing. The problem The problem is, designing has […]

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2011 was a defining year for technology. Smartphones went mostly mainstream, social media helped spark political revolutions, and Silicon Valley lost its default despot. Web designers have had, as a result, a series of interesting insights into the future of […]

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As many of you know, we don’t do giveaways very often at Millo, but when MOO contacted us, I was thrilled because I’ve always been a huge fan of their creative approach to printing. MOO has provided us with 3 […]

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Ten years ago, the common things we see on websites are frames, navigation bars (that we still need to scroll up and down, left and right), blinking graphics, moving texts, huge images as backgrounds, etc. Some of us who created […]

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Every web site has a purpose. And when designing web sites that are meant to generate business and income for a company, it’s especially important to do it well. Today’s post will teach you all about how to design a […]

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A designer’s life nowadays is very hectic. We have to keep up with our clients, our finances, our personal life, our professional life, and generally anything on the internet. Our minds are constantly racing while we try to multi-task everything […]

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Research When starting a project, the most important key to success is research. With website design, you need know how your users will react based on their wants and needs. Before you start, ask your client questions about their business, […]

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Chances are at some time in your design career, you’ll be asked to design a blog. Or maybe you’ll want to design a blog for yourself or your design business. And designing blogs is fun. But there are also a […]

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Outsource Work Burnout is a designer’s worst nightmare. It will leave you feeling unmotivated and uncreative. In this mindset, you should consider outsourcing your client work. Taking on client work during burnout is generally a bad idea as you will […]

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Mistake 1 – Trying to include too much One of the classic mistakes many people make when designing their own booklets is including everything about their business. All this succeeds in is creating a piece of literature that is over […]

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Keeping clients happy is one of the most difficult aspects of running your own design business. After all, if your clients aren’t happy, it’s likely you’re not happy either. And if you’re not happy as a designer, why not just […]

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Designing great-looking logos or websites (or whatever your passion is) can be one of the most exhilarating experiences for designers like us. But after a while, you start to realize it’s not just about doing something you love. You’d also […]

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Logo design is hard. I mean, sure, any second-rate designer can throw together some text and an image. Most designers can even handle themselves fairly well with the pen tool in Illustrator. But it takes some serious time, effort, and […]

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Search engine ranking affects the amount of traffic coming to a website in a big way. Rarely do users go past the second page of search engines when searching for something. Therefore, it is important to have your website on […]

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If there’s anything you probably don’t have enough of as a designer, it’s time. There’s always something to tweak, something to create from scratch, clients to call, tutorials to learn, blogs to read or personal projects to explore. But there […]

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Whether you’re attempting to sell your own products or trying to help your clients sell their products by offering great design, learning how to design a sticker that will make products fly of the shelf is a vital skill for […]

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From time to time, I like to visit the web sites and portfolios of designers who comment on the blog here, join the facebook page, or follow me on twitter. I am always interested in finding new talent, meeting new […]

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Packaging consumer products is one of the most important aspects of marketing. Eye-catching design packaging should make both a physical and psychological connection. The packaging identifies the product and reassures consumers that their purchase is the right one. However, this […]

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Minimalism is one of the fastest growing movements these days and seeks to help people live more conscious lifestyles. By incorporating the principles of minimalism into your office, you can greatly increase your productivity, create more space for yourself, and […]

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When starting a new design project, it is often difficult to decide where to start from. Ideas can flow from the brain like a waterfall and so it’s hard to remember them for later use. In my experience, I’ve found […]

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All print designers are familiar with deadlines and the havoc they can often wreak on your life! It is incredibly frustrating to spend hours and hours designing your work in Photoshop, only to send it to the printers and get […]

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“You don’t know what you don’t know” – a sentence true in every situation. That’s why the majority of websites are messed up before someone even starts designing them. The main issue is that the client doesn’t know how to […]

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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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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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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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If you enjoy this article, check out the next article in the series: “8 Awesome jQuery tutorials to make your one-page portfolio shine” There are countless approaches you can take when creating your own design portfolio. Every designer is unique […]

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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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If you’re a designer, it’s very likely that at one point or another you were working on a project and felt like it wasn’t going anywhere. It’s almost like all the ideas get sucked out of your head with a […]

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For a long time now it’s been evident that soon technology will rule the world (if it doesn’t already). It seems as though every day surprising amounts of new electronic gadgets are introduced, and the good old pen and paper […]

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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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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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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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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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