Gain clients and avoid stress with a solid design brief

Every designer wants more clients. More clients usually equates to more income, so it is important to do your best and secure a project from each prospect who engages in your services. Yet securing these projects, and turning prospects into clients, should not depend on just a verbal agreement of terms. No matter your skill level or years in business, a designer or web developer should not enter into a project with a client without a contract. Equally important, however,

Win $579 worth of web goodies from MOJO Themes and GDB

It’s not very often that GDB runs any sort of giveaway or product promotion. But for Cyber Monday and the holiday season, we wanted to take a minute to offer something really special to all our readers. Today, we’re giving away $579 worth of web goodies from MOJO Themes, a premium web theme and template marketplace. I have personally taken the time to assure that this bundle of web templates and other goodies is high-quality and worth your time. MOJO

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #4

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #4

Knock their socks off: having the perfect first meeting with a potential design client

You go to a networking meeting, or the grocery store, or someone’s birthday party… Somehow you get talking about what you do and before you know it there’s a spark and they become a potential client. You exchange business cards and schedule a time to meet – perhaps in your office, or a lovely, quaint coffee shop down the street – and both of you are ecstatic that you’ve met each other, and excited to get started. This article will

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #3

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #3

The Minimalist Designer’s Office: 5 Rules to Create Yours

Minimalism is one of the fastest growing movements these days and seeks to help people live more conscious lifestyles. By incorporating the principles of minimalism into your office, you can greatly increase your productivity, create more space for yourself, and begin to make more conscious choices about your working habits. Here are the top five rules to creating a minimalist office. 1. Eliminate paper and digitize your documents The best way to begin having a minimalist office is to eliminate

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

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #2

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #2

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