If crowdsourcing sites really cared about designers…

It’s a well-known fact: the question of using crowdsourcing sites like 99Designs.com (←link to a GDB interview with 99Designs) or Crowdspring.com is always a hot topic in the design community. When it comes to this issue, I have to admit I have always been somewhat of a fence-sitter. So I decided learn for myself what all the hype was about. Why do so many designers swear by these sites as a great way to find design clients while other designers

How to find design clients

One of the hardest tasks that freelance designers face is that of keeping their client pool thriving. Aside from the clients who come back asking for more, a lot of times, you complete a job for a client and they move on. They leave you with an empty spot in your schedule and, unless you fill it quickly, that means lost income for you. Recently, I posted an open-ended article here on GDB asking readers what some of their preferred

NO WAY! 8 Reasons I won’t work for your design shop

GUEST ARTICLE by Tyler Travitz –If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. Thankfully, I’ve been gainfully employed for nearly two years now with an amazing agency. In addition to working on awesome projects for top brands, I have a wonderful employer that provides great benefits, recognizes the life/work balance and is committed to my growth. However, in my search for a great place to work, I have encountered some design shops that are lacking good traits of

The designer’s guide to a great first impression

GUEST ARTICLE by Joe Valdez–If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. We’ve all heard the saying “you don’t get a second chance at a first impression”. When it comes to your design business and landing a deal, nothing could be more true. A great first impression is the first step to securing a client and forming an ongoing business relationship. One of a designer’s main keys to developing a great first impression is trust. No matter what

Design Essentials 3: Accepting Criticism

In the previous two chapters of Design Essentials, we covered topics that dealt with the quality of your design: Originality, and Attention to Detail. While today’s essential design tip will help your designs look better in the long-run, this chapter deals primarily with the design process and how to openly accept criticism of your designs. Good criticism vs. Bad criticism First, it’s important to understand that there is good criticism and bad criticism. Accepting criticism does not mean you have

40 Tips for brand-new freelance designers

GUEST ARTICLE by Nicole Foster – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. The switch to becoming a freelance designer is difficult because you have to learn how to handle yourself and your client. When I started out, I was completely clueless and I would often accept too many projects or bad clients. As I dealt with more clients and learned from other freelancers, I began to grow as a person and started to realize my mistakes.

Make your design career a reality through the power of passion

GUEST ARTICLE by Ally E. Hardgrave – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. Passion is a critical ingredient for success. We all can fall trap, however, to life’s constraints and suddenly wake up to find that the last thing driving us day to day is genuine zeal. I recently made the decision to actively pursue my love for graphic design no matter what stood in my way. Unfortunately, as a realist who probably seeks rationale a

Building your freelance design business by outsourcing

Studies show that nearly 70% of readers here at Graphic Design Blender either own their own freelance design business or hope to start freelancing in the near future. Something that many freelancers fail to do, however, is work effectively with others to reduce workload and increase income. If you’re anything like me, you started your freelance career with hopes of getting paid to do what you love most while maintaining a fairly flexible schedule. Unfortunately, you only have so many

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