Graphic Design: Hobby or Career?

It has been my experience, as I have connected with other designers [via twitter or other means], that there are a lot of designers out there who seem very involved in the design community but actually have little to no real experience in design. This raised two questions for me (which are addressed is this post): 1. Are most designers I communicate with online avid “Hobbyists” or practicing “Professionals”. 2. Which is more desirable when it comes to graphic design:

28 Things I learned as a full-time graphic designer

I recently decided to make the switch to Freelance Design after working for a local production agency. In this post I have encapsulated some of the most important lessons that I learned while I worked as a full-time designer there. Please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments. The Creative Process 1. Graphic design is a problem-solving process. 2. When you focus on function, a design becomes naturally beautiful. 3. A creative brief is of great importance. 4.

14 Freelance design mistakes you might be guilty of

This article contains a list of common mistakes that freelance designers make. If you enjoy this article you may also want to read “10 Steps to becoming a successful freelance designer” and “22 logo design mistakes you might be guilty of“. Here we go: 1. Charging too much. Unfortunately, we have to face the fact: most people hire a freelance designer above a creative agency because they think they can get a better price. Finding a balance between charging too

Build your first wordpress theme with 4 easy-to-follow tutorials

The wordpress theme used here at Graphic Design Blender is the first theme I ever attempted to create from scratch (patience with glitches are therefore appreciated).  I’m no web programmer. Designer, yes, but when it comes to coding, I have a lot to learn. Assuming there are a lot of designers in the same boat, I would like to present to you 4 easy-to-follow tutorials that will help you build your first wordpress theme.  After reading through these tutorials, please

Name that brand: Which top global brands can you identify?

I recently read a study done by MillwardBrown on the most valuable global brands of 2009.  It got me thinking about the power of branding and thought it would be interesting to see how many people can identify even the first 25 of the most valuable brands in the world.  Give it your best shot and leave your guesses in the comments of this post. In a few weeks I will release the answers and you can see how you

How to reduce clutter in web design

The truth of the matter is visitors who come to a cluttered web site are frequently turned away because they are confused about where to go first or how to find the content they need.  This article contains several solutions to help you reduce clutter on your web site. 1. Organize: Make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for. The first step in designing a less cluttered web site is to create a site map.  This

How to lose all your design clients right now

1. Don’t return their calls for at least a week Don’t be fooled by thinking that when a client calls you about something, they are actually in a hurry to get a task done. They’ll understand how important it is that you fix that flat tire on your motorcycle, go for a quick ride, and then finish that movie you started a few days ago. When you do finally call them back be sure to remind them they need to

Tips to help you be ready for your next design job interview

Graphic design jobs are frequently few and far between. It’s important that you are prepared for any design job interview you might be lucky enough to land. Below you will find a number of tips to help you be more prepared for your next design job interview. 1. Update your online and print portfolios. Tastes, styles and opinions are constantly changing in the design industry. The most important factor in landing your next design job, therefore, is the quality of