Preston is a web designer, entrepreneur, and the founder of this blog. @prestondlee

For a long time now, I have been following thedieline.com: one of the best resources for package design found on the web. If you haven’t checked out their blog or you don’t follow them on twitter, you definitely should. Below […]

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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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This post contains three great resources to help you understand the importance of blogging as a designer: 1. A list of reasons why all designers should blog. [jump there] 2. Opinions from top designers on why they blog. [jump there] […]

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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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The wordpress theme used here at Graphic Design Blender is the first theme I ever attempted to create from scratch (patience with glitches are therefore appreciated).  I’m no web programmer. Designer, yes, but when it comes to coding, I have […]

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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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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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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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People I associate with frequently ask me where I get my ideas and inspiration from.  While the list is endless, I thought this might provide some insight into some of the places I go for design inspiration and instruction.  While […]

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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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Redesigning a logo can be difficult. Companies, and the public become very attached to a logo and, if done incorrectly, a logo redesign can really hurt a company’s image.  Below you will find 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts when it […]

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Right alignment? Left alignment? Full justification? There is always be a debate on which justification (or alignment of text) is best for your design piece. This article will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each of the most popular justification […]

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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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I recently had a chance to meet with Ramon Vasquez, one of the lead designers at Creature, a world-class creative boutique and advertising agency based out of Seattle, Washington. He mentioned that he had received three creative portfolios that day […]

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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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If you work in a creative field, chances are you have a personal blog.  So what makes the difference between your blog and your grandmother’s? You actually have content that you need to share with the world. Similarities?…Unfortunately no one […]

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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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Most of the time, we feel creative. That’s why we are passionate about what we do.  Graphic designers, advertisers, writers, all of us are expected to be creative on a daily basis and frequently we are paid to be creative […]

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