Why you should design your next website in one weekend

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Just about anything worthwhile can be created in one weekend. That was basically the message I got from a recent Fizzle interview with Gumroad founder, Sahil Lavingia. Sahil used to work as a designer at Pinterest and left that gig to start his own venture: Gumroad. Coined as the “PayPal killer,” Gumroad combines extremely simple product sales interface with amazing (and simple) design. So it’s fair to say Sahil knows something about design and business. Gumroad has already been incredibly successful. And

Why I never design the home page first (and which page I design before anything else)

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I’m in the middle of a huge redesign for a web site that gets hundreds of thousands (and sometimes millions) of monthly visits. It’s a big deal. And it’s pretty stressful. But if you’ve ever done any sort of redesign (maybe you’ve redesigned your online portfolio?), you know that it’s also exhilarating. And the best projects seem to be just that: exhilarating, yet exhausting. That’s how I know I’m doing work that matters and work that I love. As I

GDB is five! And we’ve got 5 fantastic birthday giveaways

GDB is five

A couple months ago, I was totally taken by surprise when I realized that GraphicDesignBlender.com turned five years old! In the Spring (U.S.) of 2009, I bought the domain and started writing. And now, five years later, here we all are. In the last five years, GDB has grown from one writer to a team of amazing and talented writers. We’ve gone from zero community to a group of well-rounded, super smart, entertaining readers who are doing amazing things in

It’s here! ‘How Much Should I Charge?’: new ebook bundle for freelancers and creative pros

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It’s finally here! Today, we’re releasing April Greer’s all-new ebook bundle How Much Should I Charge? A simple guide to getting paid what you deserve. And, in case you missed the post last week, we’re giving away a FREE Skype session with author April Greer to one lucky person who pre-ordered or who buys the book during launch week (3/17-3/24)! UPDATE: Due to popular request, we’ve added a second buying option for those of you who want to use PayPal

How to cut the baggage of low-paying clients and get more high-paying ones

When you’re first starting out as a freelancer, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of offering discounts, cutting rates, or doing work completely free. Even as a seasoned freelancer, if you’re not careful, you might end up using pricing as a way to ‘close the deal’ with a potential client. And after a few years of offering deals, giving out discounts, and cutting rates, many freelancers are weighed down with the baggage of clients who don’t pay well

How to give yourself a promotion as a freelancer

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Being a freelancer can be exhilarating. You choose your hours, you call the shots and you work for yourself…. or do you? Take a step back for one moment and think about it. Do you really work for yourself? You may not have to punch a clock for anyone but yourself, you may not have to ask someone else for time off, an extended vacation, or even a pay raise (after all, you could raise your rates tomorrow if you

When should I start freelancing and how do I know if I’m ready? Audio interview with Brent Galloway

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Today, we’re joined by freelance designer Brent Galloway in an audio interview. Brent’s a freelancer, a blogger, and is working on some really great new projects, including a new blog for freelancers (details in the audio interview). Here’s just a few things we talk about in this interview: When should I start freelancing? What holds some designers back from freelancing? Should you go to school before becoming a designer/freelancer? What skills or talents does a person need in order to

Stoked is officially open! Claim one of 100 spots this month.

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After months and months of work, the brand new GDB community, Stoked, is finally here! At Stoked, we’re trying to build the best community for fueling your design business and really getting excited about the work you do as a freelance designer. Want interviews from designers who are running successful businesses? Stoked has it. Want to network with designers and freelancers around the world? Maybe form a mastermind group? Stoked is for you. How about free ebooks and exclusive articles? Stoked. Want

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