What to do when your client breaks a signed contract

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We talk a lot about contracts here at GDB (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if your client breaks his terms of the deal. Since most designers (myself included) don’t get super-jazzed up when it comes to legal-speak, I’d like to try to break it down into right-brained language today. PS: I’m no lawyer. I will

5 Critical lessons your design professors never taught you

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I don’t know about you, but any art classes or design classes that I took in college were amazing yet unsatisfying at the same time. Don’t get me wrong: I could never have made it without beginning design classes where we learned about alignment, repetition, font-choice, etc. And (on most days) I wouldn’t trade my upper-level classes where the professors heavily critiqued your work almost to the breaking point all in hopes to make you a better designer. But after

Freelance preparedness: how to keep a business alive when times get hard

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Remember Preston’s recent post about not creating another job for yourself as a freelancer? How one of the great perks about freelancing is freedom, and how the world will not explode if you take a week off? Recently I wrote about how to make taking vacation a stress-free transition, but what about those unexpected emergencies? You know, family emergencies, prolonged sickness, personal issues, extreme weather, or even a time where you’re physically unable to work. It’s these types of situations

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

From pixels to ink–How to design prints that look as great on paper as they do on your monitor

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Whether you’re printing it yourself or sending it to a professional printer, there is an art to getting digital images to appear the same way on paper. Digital screens can display just about anything, but there are limits to what paper and ink can do. Taking these limits into account is the key to creating faithful prints. Below are a few tips that I use to help me get a faithful print from screen to paper: Calibrate your monitor The

Find out where people are talking about your business online: 10 places to get you started

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Even though you can’t physically hear the chatter, people are talking about your business in a way that the whole world can hear. The internet gives a new meaning to reputation management now that millions of users can find information, reviews and opinions about your company online. With some smart tools, you can monitor your company’s online reputation – and help protect it – by knowing where people are talking about you. Places Where People Are Talking about Your Business

Tried to fire my client, it backfired, and somehow our business relationship improved!

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Yes, you’re reading that right. I tried to fire my client, and it backfired – so well, in fact, that our business relationship has improved! So what happened? Let me tell you… Deciding to fire my client Most of you are probably thinking I’m crazy. Turning away someone who wants to pay me for my skills – absurd (or is it?)! Truly, though, I had had enough. The project was WAY behind schedule, the client changed her mind on overall

Ready for a laugh? Freelance design comics from GDB and Ken Reynolds

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Usually, here at GDB, it’s all about business. No joking around. After all, GDB’s the leading authority on business advice for designers around the world. But today, we have something unique and (shh don’t tell anyone) fun to show you! If you’re a freelance designer, you’re going to get a serious kick out of our newest ebook (eComic Book actually), You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… And believe, me, you’re not only going to relate to some of the