Save your Business Reputation with these 5 Design File Tips

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First, a note from Preston: Hey GDB Readers, you may have noticed a few articles recently from April Greer here at GDB. She’s an excellent entrepreneur,  designer and writer (as you’ve probably already noticed) and I’ve asked April to join the GDB team for the next few months (and hopefully longer into the future) as a once-a-week writer. April has some great experience as a freelance designer and I’ve asked her to write about the things she experiences on a

Cyber Monday at GDB: $515 worth of premium themes for only $29

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Happy Cyber Monday, everyone! Today is the day that all of us show a little bit more of our geeky side and really let loose! Last year for Cyber Monday, MOJO Themes and Graphic Design Blender teamed up to give you an amazing deal on over $400 worth of design themes, icons, templates and more! It was such a hit last year, we thought we’d do it again! So this year, we have an AMAZING deal for designers who need

GDB Holiday Giveaway: Win one of 3 sets of Holiday Cards from MOO

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As many of you know, we don’t do giveaways very often at GDB, 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 sets of 25 MOO Holiday Cards for 3 of our readers. MOO’s unique printing technology ‘printfinity’ allows you to place a different image on each card in a pack! This is an excellent way to show off a portfolio, designs

The secret to saving an underpriced design project (and avoiding it next time)

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One of my very first clients asked me to redesign a “simple” website. Being a young graphic designer, I was so excited that someone was about to pay me to design something (anything) that I ran full throttle into the project with no contract and little research into the size of the existing website. I probably could’ve made more money flipping burgers when it was all said and done. So if you’ve got a lot more work ahead of you

25 ways designers can make money without dealing with design clients

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This is not one of those posts that rants and raves about how great designers are and how horrible design clients are. In fact, I hate all the bad karma floating around the design community when it comes to dealing with design clients. Clients are the life-blood of your design business. And it’s time to swallow your pride and find ways to peaceably work with clients. But if the time ever comes that your client pool runs dry, it’s a

How to get design clients to come to you, instead of chasing them down

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Recently, on the Graphic Design Blender facebook page, one of our fans, Sarah Grant, asked a question about cold-emailing (like cold-calling, but via email) to promote her design business. In essence, the question went something like this: “How do I send email campaigns to local businesses inviting them to redesign their web site without risking illegal emailing (spam) or offending them (by saying their site is outdated/ugly)?” (I was paraphrasing. To read the full question, click here.) I thought it

Watch profits soar when you automate these 5 design business tasks

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been reading a fantastic book recently titled The Four-Hour Workweek* by Tim Ferris. In the book (which I cannot recommend highly enough for freelancers-seriously, it will change the way you work forever!) Tim explains the importance of automating your business (and he even recommends automating aspects of your personal life). Automation simply means letting technology or personal assistants take care of certain tasks instead of allowing those tasks to take up your

Basic web design principles that will make or break any site

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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 websites in the past ten years will probably feel guilty as to why we neglected the principles of design and the user-friendliness of a web site. There are two very important things you have to consider when designing a website:

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