12 Sure-fire ways to be happier as a freelance designer

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I consider myself an incredibly fortunate person. Through a combination of hard work and luck, I am a freelance designer – my dream job. For all of its ups and downs, complications and stressful moments, this is a career that suits my talents and temperament supremely well. And yet – being solely in charge of my own business all the time can take its toll and threaten to deplete me of a very precious commodity which I like to call

Reboot your holiday brain with this fun 5-minute creative exercise!

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Like many of you, I’m just starting to emerge from the mayhem of the holiday season, when we’re all attempting to wrangle an even taller tower of spinning plates than usual. Maybe you finished up 2014 with some last-minute, urgent jobs that kept you up late, trying to clear the decks before the relatives arrived. And you’re starting 2015 at full speed, with twelve jobs lined up that need attention ASAP. (You did implement a rush charge for those last-minute,

Get more out of Dribbble: 55 Freelancers, designers, and entrepreneurs you should follow

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In case you’ve been living under a proverbial rock for the last few years, Dribbble is a website that allows for designers, illustrators, typographers, iconographers, and almost everybody else to show their work and get feedback. There’s only one catch: the “shots” need to be a small size to show only the details, not the whole work. It’s an interesting take on displaying work and facilitates some great discussions. Luckily, there are numerous talented freelancers on Dribbble that can inspire

Consistency in freelancing: why the most successful freelancers do it and the rest fall behind

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It’s been proven: consistency is a key to success. Not just in the design or business world, but even in your day to day life. Popular designers, bloggers, or even YouTubers put out content on an appropriate, consistent level and they get a returning audience as a result. So how do you reach success, and how long will it take? How much will you have to create to become popular? Although these questions can’t be given a specific answer, it’s

Empower your design with mind maps

When starting a new design project, it is often difficult to decide where to start from. Ideas can flow from the brain like a waterfall and so it’s hard to remember them for later use. In my experience, I’ve found that the mind mapping of ideas is the best and most powerful way to get real benefits from those ideas. It’s also a life-saver for the early stages of the design process. What follows is a brief explanation on how

Why having a creative block is really a good thing

If you’re a designer, it’s very likely that at one point or another you were working on a project and felt like it wasn’t going anywhere. It’s almost like all the ideas get sucked out of your head with a giant vacuum and no matter how hard you try to think you just can’t come up with a clear direction to go. While creative blocks may cause tension headaches and severe irritation, I’d like to offer you a new perspective

Designing through the eyes of a non-designer

Think of your favorite children’s song. Now grab a coworker and tap the tune of the song on their hand while you sing it silently to yourself. After you finish, ask them to name the song you just tapped out. According to “Made to Stick“, a book I recently read about why some ideas thrive and others fail, your friend will most likely not know which song you were tapping. Why? The curse of knowledge. The designer’s curse of knowledge

Design Essentials 1: Attention to detail

This chapter of Design Essentials focuses on Attention to Detail and the important role it plays in the design process. Attention to detail makes for a better experience in any industry. A candy on your pillow at the hotel or a mint with your check at a restaurant makes for a more enjoyable traveling experience. Detectives and law officials know that it is in the details of a crime scene that they find success. Engineers and architects know that the