10 Embarrassing Examples of Designer Jargon You’ve Really Got to Stop Using

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Who decided jargon was a good thing? When did we start believing it made us look smarter? I don’t know about you but one of my biggest gripes as a designer is the amount of jargon I come across, especially in the web industry! I despise it so much, I actually created a strict ‘No Jargon Policy’ over at Web123 and I encourage my design partners to follow the same suite. If we absolutely must use jargon for some technical

Is following design trends good or bad for business?

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Design, like most everything else, changes with the times. There are landmark art and design movements that we are taught about in school. These come about as there are massive shifts in technology and popular culture. There are also more fleeting, yearly and even monthly design trends that can be a lot tougher to keep up with. So should you even try to keep up with the latest trends? Keeping up can be a very positive thing. It makes the

Why “solopreneuring” isn’t always best + welcome to our new GDB writers

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Today, I’m very excited to announce two additions to our writing team here at GDB. Bianca Board and Ben Brush have both accepted offers to join our team and I absolutely can’t wait to start regularly publishing their amazing work! Both Bianca and Ben bring some fantastic experience to the team to join with April and myself. Please join me in the comments to welcome these new members of our team! You can also connect even more with the GDB

How to build your dream business even when you’re short on time

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I don’t know about you, but I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. I can’t shake it. I think I got it from my dad. He’s always talking about his next big idea and how it’s going to change the world. And I find myself doing the same thing: turning every stubbed toe or broken stick into a problem that needs to be solved by a company I could start. And even though I have another full-time job currently, I

Why you don’t actually need money to start a business

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I work with a lot of budding entrepreneurs. I coach some, I interact with thousands here at the blog, and I connect with many of you on our GDB insiders Facebook page (join us, it’s a great community). And I hear lots of reasons why you have decided now is not the right time to start a business. So, over the course of the next six weeks, I will publish a series of posts featuring popular reasons you haven’t started

What to do when new competitors threaten your design business

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re working hard, getting all you can out of your design business. Your clients are happy, you’ve got steady work, and the cash-flow is solid. Then, suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a new competitor shows up. All of a sudden, it seems like their advertising is everywhere. Everyone’s talking about them. Everyone is checking out their work, trying to gauge if they’re a good business partner. They’re hustling. And you can tell. So

How to quote a project you’ve never tried before

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Deciding to tackle a project you’ve never done before takes guts. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Can you do it? Is this going to be a total disaster? Are you going to absolutely rock it? Once you make up your mind to go for it, you’ve got an even bigger challenge: how to quote a project you’ve never done before? Not only do you need to determine pricing, you also must guesstimate a time frame. The criteria

97 Habits Of Insanely Profitable Designers

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If you want to be insanely profitable doing what you love (that’s design by the way) then you need to find a happy balance between art and commerce. Basically, you need a head for business and a mind for design. On the surface, profitable designers aren’t that different to unprofitable ones; the one real difference is that insanely profitable designers have developed specific habits that allow them to succeed. 8 years ago I was financially stressed, I couldn’t pay all