Make your design career a reality through the power of passion

GUEST ARTICLE by Ally E. Hardgrave – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. Passion is a critical ingredient for success. We all can fall trap, however, to life’s constraints and suddenly wake up to find that the last thing driving us day to day is genuine zeal. I recently made the decision to actively pursue my love for graphic design no matter what stood in my way. Unfortunately, as a realist who probably seeks rationale a

Building your freelance design business by outsourcing

Studies show that nearly 70% of readers here at Graphic Design Blender either own their own freelance design business or hope to start freelancing in the near future. Something that many freelancers fail to do, however, is work effectively with others to reduce workload and increase income. If you’re anything like me, you started your freelance career with hopes of getting paid to do what you love most while maintaining a fairly flexible schedule. Unfortunately, you only have so many

Designing through the eyes of a non-designer

Think of your favorite children’s song. Now grab a coworker and tap the tune of the song on their hand while you sing it silently to yourself. After you finish, ask them to name the song you just tapped out. According to “Made to Stick“, a book I recently read about why some ideas thrive and others fail, your friend will most likely not know which song you were tapping. Why? The curse of knowledge. The designer’s curse of knowledge

Finding your voice in the design community

If the online design community were an actual city, it would be a thriving metropolis. Complete with skyscrapers, huge arenas and enormous shopping centers. But as in any large community, the value of the community lies in each person–each individual, contributing member.Sometimes you may feel like all the “skyscraper” designers crowd out your little back-alley shop or street-corner soapbox. Perhaps you blog and tweet trying to share your opinion in the design community but people figuratively walk by, occasionally dropping

Design Essentials 2: Originality

This chapter of Design Essentials will cover the topic of  Originality in design. Originality is the ability to think independently and creatively. So why is it so important that we, as designers, are original thinkers? Put most simply, original designs are more effective. Let’s take a look at the concept of originality in design: But don’t great designers copy? It’s been a popular topic of discussion here on GDB and throughout the design community: do great designers really copy other

Turning one-time design projects into continuous income machines

GUEST ARTICLE by Leighton Taylor – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. The best clients are those who return for your services again and again. However, sometimes clients will hire you for one project and then move on with life, and you are stuck continuously searching for new clients. While it’s great to turn clients into repeat customers, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Fortunately there are techniques for turning one-time design projects into income machines, so

Design Essentials 1: Attention to detail

This chapter of Design Essentials focuses on Attention to Detail and the important role it plays in the design process. Attention to detail makes for a better experience in any industry. A candy on your pillow at the hotel or a mint with your check at a restaurant makes for a more enjoyable traveling experience. Detectives and law officials know that it is in the details of a crime scene that they find success. Engineers and architects know that the

How to stand out and get noticed as a designer

GUEST ARTICLE by Nicole Foster  – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. There are thousands of designers on the internet today in all types of fields. They range from web designers to print designers to graphic designers and more. They have different personalities, skill sets and mindsets. They are all designers, just like you, but they all have something different to offer. So now you’re just starting up and you want to be just like them?