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Spec Work has always been a controversial subject in the world of design. Why should you work with no guarantee of getting paid? Many designers claim that it signals the end of the industry. To me, however, it’s the future […]

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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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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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Hey there – how’s your 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 in […]

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Starting out as a new designer, many are tempted to offer their services for free in order to branch out and develop an audience for your work. However, with the Freemium notion, comes the adverse reaction to offering your services […]

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Many freelancer designers seem to shy away or delay the process of invoicing a client after a project is completed. Somehow this same notion is shared by the client when it comes to paying-they shy away from it. Admittedly, invoicing […]

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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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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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GUEST ARTICLE by Jay Kaushal–If you would like to write for Millo, contact me. Web and graphic Designers put many years into learning and mastering the skills they need to succeed. When just starting out, they have to go through […]

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In this guest article, Behzad Jamshidi explains the pros and cons of using a budget selector in a freelance designer’s contact form. First things first, what is a budget selector? A budget selector is usually a pull down menu located […]

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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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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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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 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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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 love to do design work. I always have. But let’s be honest–I also have bills to pay. Chances are, so do you. But many times as freelance designers we fail to take advantage of the small opportunities to make […]

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The truth of the matter is visitors who come to a cluttered web site are frequently turned away because they are confused about where to go first or how to find the content they need.  This article contains several solutions […]

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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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I’ve seen my fair share of poorly designed logos. I’ll even admit that in my early days of designing I created a few horrible logos.  The following is a list of common mistakes in logo design. Do you fall in […]

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The research Dare I say this is most important phase of the logo design process.  Research may include asking the client questions about their preferences when it comes to the design of the logo.  It should also include research of […]

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I recently had the opportunity to chat with graphic designer/blogger Brian Hoff.  Brian’s blog, the design cubicle recently celebrated some great achievements and I thought it would be a great time to get advice from such a talented and successful […]

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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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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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…as taught by Copacino+Fujikado Ad Agency. I recently attended a group interview with Copacino+Fujikado, one of the leading advertising agencies in Seattle, Washington.  They presented the three “i”s that, if executed efficiently, will lead to a successful ad campaign and […]

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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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