Is it okay to use templates and themes as a freelance designer?

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Have you ever used a theme or a template on one of your freelance web design projects? I have. And I’m (in my humble opinion) a good designer and coder. I’ve built tons of web sites both for myself and for my clients–and I built them from scratch.Designed; Coded; Tested; the works. I know HTML, CSS, Javascript and Jquery, PHP, and a little bit of other languages. But… But recently, GDB got a huge makeover. We were hacked pretty hard

Stop posting lame client testimonials

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You’ve just finished a project with your client. They love the work you’ve done for them. The design is perfect. The price is right. And the moment couldn’t be more perfect. So you pop the question: “Can I get a testimonial from you?” When they say “yes,” you get all excited and can’t wait to post a new positive testimonial on your web site or portfolio. But a few weeks later when your client gets around to sending a testimonial

Why designers are terrible at communicating with clients (and how to fix it)

Viewing in an email or RSS? Watch the video here. Just admit it, there’s been one time or another that you’ve been terrible at communicating with your design clients. I know there have been times when communication between us is outrageously horrific. An ephiphany But recently, I realized what the big problem is. The insight came while reading a book titled Made to Stick (which recently made my top-six business books you should read in 2012 list). The problem? Something

Don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs

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If you’ve followed the blog for very long, you know that I used to exclusively work as a freelance designer until about a year ago when I got a full-time job working in marketing. Since that time, I’ve had a lot of people who have wondered what advice I can offer since I’m not a “real freelancer.” Today, I advocate an anti-hate campaign for all you freelancers out there who also have full-time jobs. Guess what: I love my full-time

6 Business Books All Entrepreneurs Must Read in 2012

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Last year I set a goal to read more. More specifically, I set a goal to read at least 6 new books (one book every 2 months – which is good for me since I never read offline). Along with a few other non-business books, I devoured the following 6 business books and think every designer who aspires to run a successful design business MUST read these books. I’ve tried to list them in the order of most impact; meaning

Freelance designers: don’t set new year’s resolutions this year!

Today, to kick off the new year, I want to extend a very unique challenge to you: don’t set any new year’s resolutions for your design business this year. Why would I extend such a ridiculous challenge? Watch the video embedded in this post to find out. After watching the video, leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you’re reading this post in an RSS feed or in our email newsletter, click here to see the

GDB is back and better than ever!

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It’s been a long few weeks at GraphicDesignBlender.com, but we’re finally back and now GDB is better than ever before. If you’re reading this post in an email or RSS reader, stop by over at the blog and take a look at all the changes GDB has gone through recently; I think you’re going to like what you see. We have a brand-new shiny theme from MojoThemes.com and I think it makes navigating the site much more friendly and beautiful.

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

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