A hot topic among blogging designers is whether or not to create custom blog post designs. If you are unfamiliar with the concept behind custom blog post designs, check out HeartDirected.com, a recent gallery site started by DesignInformer.com‘s Jad Limcaco. […]

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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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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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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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This chapter of Design Essentials focuses on Attention to Detail and the important role it plays in the design process. Attention to detail makes for a better experience in any industry. A candy on your pillow at the hotel or […]

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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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Coming from LinkedIn? Let’s get connected! In the graphic and web design industry, we like to think of ourselves as “creatives” who constantly keep the creative juices flowing and come up with original, well-thought out ideas. So why is it […]

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Beginning a new design project is always exhilarating. You’re energized and excited about working on the project and creating something effective and beautiful. But have you ever had a project that, by the end of it, you just “want to […]

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I am currently reading “The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding” a phenomenal book about marketing and branding written by Al Ries. One of the laws of effective branding is the law of contraction. Ries explains that companies (and might I […]

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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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Some of the best logos in existence are captivating because they convey two meanings at once, accomplish the task from a unique angle, or are somehow otherwise “creative”. The best way to tell a creative logo from a less successful […]

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Due to the increasing popularity of usability design and user experience design articles that focus on the internet and web design, you might not be aware that user experience design has been around a lot longer than the internet has. […]

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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 the end of the year. I feel rejuvenated after the holiday break and excited to move forward in whatever next year’s endeavor’s bring. Before closing out the year, I would like say thank you to all of you […]

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Whether you work in a corporate office, small production house, or as a freelance designer, chances are you have a lot to do. As designers, we many times have multiple projects to work on, clients to find, bills to manage, […]

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The traditional New Year Resolution: some dread it and some embrace it. Of course, it’s not always easy to sit down and decide what we hope to accomplish over the next year. Below you will find a few ideas that […]

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Web site design time lapse by Tim Potter Web Design Time Lapse by Xif.com Web Site Redesign Time Lapse by SKDC.com T-Shirt Design Time Lapse by David Lozeau Logo Design Time Lapse by MMagic.net Page Layout Time Lapse Video Title […]

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There is a long-standing debate (which I will not be addressing today) on whether or not software like the Adobe Creative Suite  enables designers to be creative and design impressive pieces of work. This post showcases an impressive collection of […]

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In the last ten or more years, web design has become one of the most prevalent design professions and skills in the world. It’s nearly impossible to be hired as a new graphic designer these days without having some sort […]

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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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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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In today’s world it’s all about sharing. People tweet, digg, stumble, share, sphinn, bump, blend, and more. The key to success of any blog is how well you make sure others are talking about your content. This article contains 20 […]

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Logo presentation can be one of the most important pieces of the logo design process. The research is over. The sketching is finished. Bad ideas now fill your waste basket and the best ideas have made it to the computer screen. After […]

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The question I have met with my fair share of inexperienced graphic designers who are searching for their place in this enormous industry. Many have asked me what they can do to design at a more professional level. The answers […]

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“What problems do graphic designers solve?” That was a recent question that I got from a reader in response to an article here on Graphic Design Blender. He continues his question by adding, “If you’re at an airport will you […]

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As a graphic designer, one principle responsibility we have is to convey a message effectively via visual means. The following ads are inspirational in that regard. Few, if any, words are used in most of these advertisements, but the visual […]

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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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I recently read a study done by MillwardBrown on the most valuable global brands of 2009.  It got me thinking about the power of branding and thought it would be interesting to see how many people can identify even the […]

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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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Recently, I was in a classroom with some rookie graphic designers and advertisers and I noticed a few habits that tend to spotlight you as an insecure graphic designer. Don’t get me wrong, if you happen to do any of […]

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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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