Why designers should consider tolerating spec work

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Spec Work has always been a controversial subject in the world of design. Why should you work with no guarantee of getting paid? Many designers claim that it signals the end of the industry. To me, however, it’s the future of the industry. What is Spec Work? Spec work, or speculative work, to refer to
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6 Questions to ask yourself before attempting a redesign

This article brought to you by:Visit UPrinting.com, the online printer that understands the needs of designers. Recently, I asked all my friends* on twitter what sorts of articles they would like to read about here on GDB. One friend suggested a sort of checklist-style article about preparing for a redesign. Hence the following article. If
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How to turn design clients into raving fans who bring you more business

Lately my business partner and I have been going to quite a few networking events – some that are more casual mixers, and others that are more formal. Through these events come opportunities to interact with good people. In speaking with many of these people, I’ve noticed an underlying attitude that can be summed up
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3 Essential Elements of a Client-Grabbing Design Website

So you have a web site set up for your design business. It features your amazing portfolio, has a sleek, snazzy design to it, and a beautifully put-together contact form. The only problem is… the contact form rarely, if ever, gets used. Your bounce rate is higher than a super-inflated basketball. And it’s just not
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How to make your logo design process more profitable

This article brought to you by:Visit UPrinting.com, the online printer that understands the needs of designers. The other day, I was visiting with a fellow designer who commented to me that they had recently completed a logo design project for which they collected very little money. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was more than
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Why having a creative block is really a good thing

This article brought to you by:Visit UPrinting.com, the online printer that understands the needs of designers. 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
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How having the right people around you can boost design business

This article brought to you by:Reach out to potential clients with brochures and business cards from UPrinting. One of the things about being a freelancer is you end up spending a lot of time alone. After all, you work at your computer, at home, or in cafes, and only you and your expertise are required
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What’s really keeping you from freelancing?

I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at the clock every 30 minutes. Every day on the drive home you think to yourself,
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