Graphic Design Blender’s best of 2009 + a big thanks

I love the end of the year. I feel rejuvenated after the holiday break and excited to move forward in whatever next year’s endeavor’s bring. Before closing out the year, I would like say thank you to all of you readers here at GDB for making this blog what it is. I appreciate your participation, your comments, subscriptions, and willingness to share and make me a better designer. It has been a truly great year. I would also like to

How to get people talking about your design blog

In today’s world it’s all about sharing. People tweet, digg, stumble, share, sphinn, bump, blend, and more. The key to success of any blog is how well you make sure others are talking about your content. This article contains 20 tips on how to get people talking about your design blog. After you read the list, share your opinion. Get the sociable plugin Possibly the most popular way to share content on your design blog (assuming you are using wordpress)

Top designers discuss why they blog

This post contains three great resources to help you understand the importance of blogging as a designer: 1. A list of reasons why all designers should blog. [jump there] 2. Opinions from top designers on why they blog. [jump there] 3. Resources to help you start crafting your first blog or make your current blog better. [jump there] The Story Recently I sat down to lunch with a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while. Rob Johnson

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

Three simple secrets to keep your readers coming back

There are millions of articles floating around on the internet about how to increase traffic on your blog.  There seems to be a shortage, however, on the number of high quality, informative posts on how to increase reader retention.  The success of a blog is usually measured by the amount of people who subscribe or freqently come back to the site.  The following are three simple steps that you can follow to increase reader retention on your blog. 1. Make

Four simple steps to get your design blog off the ground

If you work in a creative field, chances are you have a personal blog.  So what makes the difference between your blog and your grandmother’s? You actually have content that you need to share with the world. Similarities?…Unfortunately no one reads either blogs.  So what can you do to finally get traffic to your blog? Try some of the suggestions below: 1. Make it attractive. Get a personal URL, learn a little code, and set up a nice professional site.