Defining success as a designer

Hey fellow designers, are you successful? For some designers, answering this question doesn’t take a second thought. But for others, it’s difficult to define whether or not you consider yourself to be a successful designer. And much of what determines whether or not you feel successful, depends on how you define success. Do you define success by how much money you make from your design projects? How about by the number of clients you have? Is your success based on

Creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget

On the GDB facebook page, I recently asked what sorts of articles you would like to read during the next few months here at the blog. While I plan to write articles for nearly all the responses, one particular response offered by Nina Randone, really caught my attention. Her suggestion? Creative and low budget self-promotion pieces. Thus, this article was born. Today I would like to explore creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget. Thanks,

Client famine: how designers can keep food on the table year-round

The design industry is an interesting thing: sometimes you have more work than you can stand, and other times you are scraping by, hoping that you’ll find your next batch of clients soon. While some designers or design firms are really good at keeping a steady pool of clients, many of us are hit with times of client famine where, regardless of the work you put into your business, people just aren’t hiring you. It’s been my experience, for example,

Design and code an elegant social media menu for your portfolio site

Lately, here at GDB, we have been learning a lot about one-page portfolios. We started off this miniseries with a great list of essential elements of a successful one-page portfolio, then we explored 8 excellent jQuery tutorials to help you build a nice portfolio page. Today, I would like to offer a tutorial on building an elegant jQuery social media menu for your portfolio site. Why a social media menu tutorial? WHY A TUTORIAL? Before getting started with the tutorial,

Custom blog post designs: pros, cons, and best practices

A hot topic among blogging designers is whether or not to create custom blog post designs. If you are unfamiliar with the concept behind custom blog post designs, check out HeartDirected.com, a recent gallery site started by DesignInformer.com‘s Jad Limcaco. Custom designed blog posts can be a great addition to any blog, but I also started thinking the other day about a few setbacks that custom post designs might pose for blogging designers. Below I have compiled a few Pros

Is your design blog hurting your design business?

Whether you are part of a design firm or an independent freelance designer, chances are you blog about design. The design community is enormous and (dare I say) millions of designers share their thoughts online every week. But have you ever paused to consider whether your design blog is helping or hurting your design business? This article will focus on the pro’s and con’s of managing a design blog: ways it might help or hurt your design business. Ways a

The beginner’s guide to blogging about design

So you want to blog about design, eh? You’ll have to take a number and wait in line because, frankly, there are thousands of blogs about design out there. Starting a successful design blog is like learning to walk: You will most likely fail a number of times, you’ll need a lot of patience, and you can’t do it on your own. This article will give you a few pieces of advice to help your blog be as successful as

Anatomy of a massive site redesign

If you’ve ever visited the site before, you know that Graphic Design Blender just went through a massive site redesign. I am now happy to present to you the new and very much improved Graphic Design Blender. GDB is a place where graphic and web designers come to stay up to date on an ever-changing industry–that of graphic and web design. This article will cover the ins and outs of a massive site redesign. It articulates on more in-depth considerations