4 ways designers can survive in a world where “everybody is a designer”

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It seems like everybody now has a copy of Photoshop, Illustrator or some form of design software. The internet has made once exclusive design tools accessible to everyone. It’s not hard to imagine that people might start to ask themselves why they would pay you to do something they could do at home. Technology seems to act as the great equalizer. If everyone has the same tools to work with, designers have to offer something that people can’t do themselves.

50 Responsive design portfolio sites to help you master mobile

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As designers, we should accommodate for anyone and everyone who could be a potential client. Adapting our design portfolios for different browser sizes and mobile technologies can not only help us, but also our clients as a useful service to them. So as you think about revving up your responsive design portfolio for the year, take a look at these 50 wonderfully responsive design portfolios to get you thinking. And be sure to leave a comment and share with us

The death of the call to action in design?

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After writing a post recently about turning site visitors into paying customers, I received the following comment, which I was happy, yet surprised to see: I think “Call to Action” is overrated and overused nowadays. I’m not a big fan of “Buy it Now!” buttons and In-Your-Face action bubbles. If you need a Call to Action button for a potential customer to be able to find a way to contact you, rethink your website design. I was surprised to read

Why your site doesn’t convert and 2 tips to butt-kicking conversion

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If you have a website, you have it for a purpose. No doubt when planning the website the first issue to be tackled was what you hoped to achieve from the website – what would be its purpose. Once the website is created there are empirical ways to measure whether you have reached your aim. We all know that measurement is called…wait for it… the conversion rate. The skinny on conversion rates The conversion rate relates to the number of

Why I never explain my designs before revealing them to my client

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In 2009, I wrote a post titled “7 tips on presenting logos to a client” and more than three years later I got this tweet from @thomshouse: I was curious of the order in which you present a logo… Do you lead with the logo, then discuss the “why”… Or discuss first, building up to the reveal? Today, I want to share my answer with all of you and then I want to hear what you have to say (leave

What’s the best way to backup your design files?

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I get questions all the time about running a design business and usually, I can kindly point readers to a past post on Graphic Design Blender, but I absolutely LOVE it when a reader stumps me with a question. Why do I love it? Because now I get to ask you and learn from you! That’s right. Today, the tables are turning and I need your help answering a reader’s question. Here’s a summary of the email I received from

50 Stunning graphic design portfolios you MUST see before (re)designing yours

50 graphic design portfolios

Feeling like your graphic design portfolio needs a face lift but in need of some inspiration? I’ve compiled a list of 50 awesome graphic design portfolio examples and a short blurb on why I’ve chosen them, categorized alphabetically by awesome design element, to spark creativity for designing or redesigning yours. Take a look and let me know which ones are your favorite by leaving a comment on this post! Great Use of Color Authentic Style :: The brown and orange

The next step in building my design business: what makes a great portfolio site?

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Designers often work so diligently for clients, we often forget to work for ourselves. Our own logos, collateral such as business cards and websites, and marketing campaigns suffer a bit of (okay, a fair amount of) neglect as we delegate all of our creative energies to our clients’ projects. What finally got me off my duff and devoting serious time and effort to my portfolio website was finishing the design of my business card. I’ve been asked for business cards