Millo Renamed, rebranded, and redesigned starting today!

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Writing today’s post is proving much more difficult than I thought it was going to be.

After 6+ years of blogging at Millo and interacting with so many of you, we’re closing the doors on Millo and cutting the ribbons on an all-new era.

GraphicDesignBlender.com will now be found at Millo.co.

Together with the new name, we’re sporting a new logo, a new brand, a new site design, and a new mission (many many more details on that to come).

Sidenote: Once you finish, read how 4 freelancers built recurring revenue models that changed their business. You'll love it.

So why is this such a hard post to write? Because for the last 6 years I (together with a completely top-notch group of contributors and confidants) have raised this thing from a baby. To offer a bit more perspective, this blog is older than my oldest child.

And today, it’s growing up.

Just like it can be hard to watch your own kids grow up so fast, I’m finding it hard to just leave the old site behind and embark on this new journey.

But also like watching your kids grow up, I’m also incredibly proud of what it has become and where I believe it can go. And deep down, I know this is the right thing for all of us.

Especially you.

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This change is for you. Here’s why:

To get a few more details on what’s in store for Millo, take a look at the video below and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sending very specific updates about the “how,” “why,” “what,” and “when” of this whole thing.

But what you should know first and foremost is this: we’re changing all of this for you.

By rebranding, we’ll be better able to serve you as you build a creative business. Here are just a couple ways:

  • We’re now more true to ourselves. Our team of experts includes entrepreneurs, marketers, writers, agency founders, designers, and more. To only write “for designers” just didn’t make sense anymore. The more true we can be to ourselves, the more our content can enhance your business and life.
  • We’re more flexible and can grow with you. For a few years now, I’ve felt like Millo’s URL at GraphicDesignBlender.com was holding us back. Now, it feels like the sky is the limit in ways we can serve you and make your business and life easier.

Huge changes at Millo today. For starters, you’ll get redirected to http://millo.co. Here are a few more details:

Posted by GraphicDesignBlender on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be publishing updates, insights, and learnings from making the big switch.

Many of you have been asking how we came up with the name, why we’re changing the name, and why we chose Millo specifically.

And I plan to answer 100% of the questions over the next couple of weeks. I appreciate your patience.

You don’t have to change/update anything

Last, but not least, I want to make sure you understand you shouldn’t have to change or update anything.

Many of you have been concerned about continuing to receive our regular email newsletter. You’ll now see it come from team@millo.co instead of newsletter@graphicdesignblender.com.

You don’t have to, but if you’d like to whitelist that address to ensure you get our emails, you can.

All our social channels are also making the switch. You’ll notice that @designblender is already @milloteam on twitter and we’re in the process of making the full switch on facebook and linkedin.

We’re hoping this change is as seamless as possible for each of you and I especially appreciate your patience as we work through a few bugs and updates here or there.

I want to send a huge thanks to our new host Squidix for helping with a painless migration.

What’s next?

Goodbye, Millo, dear friend. You’ve been a good ship to all of us.

Now, onward and upward to bigger and better things.

If you have more questions, concerns or feedback about Millo and what’s next for the Millo community, please leave a comment on this post or shoot me an email at preston@millo.co.

Thanks!

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About Preston D Lee

Preston is an entrepreneur, writer, podcaster, and the founder of this blog. You can contact him via twitter at @prestondlee.

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  1. Design Cuts says:

    Woo! Congratulations Preston and team, this looks like a huge step forward. I can’t wait to see what you have lined up with Millo :). – Tom and the Design Cuts team.

    • Preston D Lee says:

      Thanks, Tom. The Design Cuts team is a huge part of the reason we’re able to move more rapidly than ever. We love DC!

  2. Design Cuts says:

    Loved the video btw, very professional man! Also, as a web designer myself, I love the simplicity you’ve gone with in this redesign, particularly the header/footer.

    • Preston D Lee says:

      Thanks for the feedback (assuming this is Tom?). We’re digging the new design. Obviously, we’ll continue to tweak, but I’m loving it so far.

  3. Great news Preston, all the best for the future with Millo. I can’t wait to read/see the next post, there’s always good things to learn and I appreciate it very much.

  4. Another rename after oDesk turned Upwork 🙂

  5. Having only learned of Millo in the last year, I can practice what I preach and be flexible! Best wishes, I have the utmost confidence in you and your content.

  6. Video is very professional. Reminds me of Brenden Burchard 🙂

  7. Exciting news! Congrats on the switch and looking forward to what’s ahead. For that video you have embedded, is that a plugin? Or is that an embed from Facebook video? It’s really slick.

    • Preston D Lee says:

      Thanks, Shae! It’s a facebook video. We’re really digging the new embed feature. Excited to see where it goes.

  8. Jazzypants Ratliff-Towner says:

    Well done. Love the newsletters. You guys generate great stuff for this fledgling graphic designer. I appreciate your efforts. Keep on rockin!

    • Preston D Lee says:

      The best part of our jobs is hearing stuff like what you said here. Glad we can help you on your journey!

  9. This is awesome! Congrats. Love the video too, super professh… 🙂

    • Preston D Lee says:

      Thanks, Rashida. A lot of emotions happening today. Nice to hear you like where we’re headed. 🙂

  10. How close does the Millo logo look like Melitta? Probably not too close, but it was an instant recognition for me.

  11. Michelle Smith says:

    Congrats on the rebranding adventures! I know this process intimately myself as I too went through this recently. Thank you for everything that you have provided so far and I look forward to growing and adapting right along with you.

  12. Michelle Smith says:

    Congrats on the rebranding adventures! I know this process intimately myself as I too went through this recently. Thank you for everything that you have provided so far and I look forward to growing and adapting right along with you.

    • Preston D Lee says:

      Thanks, Michelle. It was a bit crazy but made MUCh easier by our awesome new host, Squidix. And thanks for sticking with us on this ride. 🙂

  13. Kiodour says:

    Congrats on your new venture @prestondlee:disqus

  14. Congrats on flipping the switch! I know it couldn’t have been easy. Also, I’m really excited to see you using Disqus for comments. Fits well with the fresh design. 🙂

    • Preston D Lee says:

      Thanks, Brent. Yeah, we like the Disqus change too. Been meaning to for a while. Feels nice to finally have it here.

  15. Way to go man, love the new look!

  16. Katrien Se Gesigboekie says:

    Awesome, well done!

  17. Huge congratulations, Preston – it all looks fantastic, and the best is yet to come, I’m sure! 🙂

  18. Cameron Krazz says:

    Love how you have at lest, kept the brand colors we have all come to know. millo.co is the way forward. Congratulations!

  19. Cameron Krazz says:

    Love how you have at least, kept the brand colors we have all come to know. millo.co is the way forward. Congratulations!

    • Preston D Lee says:

      @cameronkrazz:disqus: yeah. I tad more red than before. But trying to keep it all familiar enough. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words.

  20. Darren McChrystal MassAppeal says:

    Liking it a lot, feels cleaner and more spacious, especially compared to something like CreativeBloq

    • Preston D Lee says:

      Thanks, @darrenmcchrystalmassappeal:disqus! Glad you like the new look. We put a lot of thought into it and now we’re cleaning up the bugs. 🙂

  21. Congratulations – a massive change that still looks and feels as comfortable as before. Looking forward to continuing the ride!

    • Preston D Lee says:

      @nelliebob:disqus: glad you’re enjoying it. We hope to keep everything we’ve all loved about Millo and add to it as we move forward. Thanks for sticking with us!

  22. Congratulation, your blog has been the ultimate resource for me. By the way l like you adopted a different commenting system the other one was too tendious. Keep it up.

    • Preston D Lee says:

      @disqus_hKNI7Lsu8y:disqus: glad you like Disqus. We’ve been wanting to use it for a while. Hopefully it can help us all have even more meaningful discussions. And thanks for the kind words. We’re glad we can be a helpful resource for you. Cheers.

  23. Congrats on everything! Looking forward to tons of great content !

  24. Congrats, Preston and the whole Millo (now Millo) team! I’m excited about the new added focus on business/entrepreneurship in addition to your always top-notch design content! You guys are great!

  25. Why Millo exactly?

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