OPEN DISCUSSION: Unpaid Design Internships – A Viable Option?

So you’ve graduated from college with a shiny degree in Graphic Design or other commercial art/media degree – you’re excited to jump into the job market and apply your skills and be challenged! Amidst your heavy job hunting, meeting with local agencies and sending work out, you notice a fair amount of postings for internships in your field, both small & large. Many are unpaid and targeted for undergraduate students only, but some look like viable opportunities to work with

A business card giveaway where everybody wins

Thousands of business cards are given away on design blogs all the time. Here at GDB, we understand how difficult it can be to get your design business up and running so, together with the great people at PremiumCards.net, we have decided to make it possible for everyone to win something at this business card giveaway. Check out the details below: What you can win Let’s get to the point right away. What are you going to win? PremiumCards.net has

Getting paid: A designer’s two-minute guide to invoicing

Many freelancer designers seem to shy away or delay the process of invoicing a client after a project is completed. Somehow this same notion is shared by the client when it comes to paying-they shy away from it. Admittedly, invoicing is no easy task, especially when it comes to collecting a late payment, but it’s time for designers everywhere to be more bold in requesting payment for their work completed. We all have had invoices that were either ignored or

As a designer, your network affects your net worth

In a perfect world, clients would just find us and we wouldn’t have to do anything except turn in a beautifully-designed project, collect the accolades, and see our client lists grow. Unfortunately, even for top-quality professionals, achieving steady client growth is sometimes the most difficult. I was fortunate to launch my design firm coming out of a large firm,having worked on some large campaigns. But while my design credentials and background were strong, I had considerably less experience in developing

How to upsell your next design project

Whether you work at a design firm or as a freelance designer, finding the perfect amount of clients to pay the bills and do the quality of work you desire can can be a huge challenge. One tactic many designers forget to take full advantage of is upselling. However mastering the art of upselling can take your graphic or web design business to the next level. You don’t have to be the world’s best salesman to upsell your design project.

The ultimate guide to designing a better business website

There are a million different reasons why business owners decide to undertake a new website design. Some sites are simply used to experiment with business models, other sites are used to share information about family or friends, but many sites are designed to help a business grow. Many business owners, however, don’t understand the vital details of designing a business website that really boosts business. Usually, it’s not enough to have information about your company, a few pretty pictures, and

If crowdsourcing sites really cared about designers…

It’s a well-known fact: the question of using crowdsourcing sites like 99Designs.com (←link to a GDB interview with 99Designs) or Crowdspring.com is always a hot topic in the design community. When it comes to this issue, I have to admit I have always been somewhat of a fence-sitter. So I decided learn for myself what all the hype was about. Why do so many designers swear by these sites as a great way to find design clients while other designers

How to find design clients

One of the hardest tasks that freelance designers face is that of keeping their client pool thriving. Aside from the clients who come back asking for more, a lot of times, you complete a job for a client and they move on. They leave you with an empty spot in your schedule and, unless you fill it quickly, that means lost income for you. Recently, I posted an open-ended article here on GDB asking readers what some of their preferred

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