Behind the Design Business: Brad Fitzgerald from Apt Design

Today, we’re excited to debut a new series titled Behind the Design Business. Every now and then, GDB will offer 15 minutes of fame to a growing design business. We ask a series of questions and the responses have been phenomenal. We’ve already learned a lot about running a successful design business, and we know you will too! If you would like to appear in the Behind the Design Business series, submit an application here. Today’s Guest Today’s featured designer

How to steal design business from your competitors

“Stealing” is a bad word. But today, I want to teach you a few ways you can steal business from your competition; a few ways you can get the edge on your competition and win more clients than anyone in town. So in that sense, stealing isn’t all that bad. If this sounds like something that could help your design business move to the next level, read on and enjoy. And when you’re done, hop on down the page and

5 Solid Strategies to Keep Freelance Work Rolling In

In the past few years, I’ve noted a significant increase in the number of job postings for freelance graphic designers. While it doesn’t surprise me, as I keep on top of job trends in many professions, I thought it would be useful to see what labor gurus – i.e., Bureau of Labor researchers – say about graphic design as a career. The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook says that between 2008 and 2018, employment for

Take your logo design to the next level with a super brainstorm

Logo design is hard. I mean, sure, any second-rate designer can throw together some text and an image. Most designers can even handle themselves fairly well with the pen tool in Illustrator. But it takes some serious time, effort, and talent to create truly iconic logos. It’s not easy creating logos that convey the right message in a creative and original way. Today, I want to discuss one of the most important aspects of the logo design process: Brainstorming. (PS.

SEO 101 for designers

Search engine ranking affects the amount of traffic coming to a website in a big way. Rarely do users go past the second page of search engines when searching for something. Therefore, it is important to have your website on the first two pages for you to get any substantial traffic. There are a number of things that may be making your website to rank poorly. These can include both on-page and off-page search engine optimization factors. On-page factors refer

How to keep your design clients happy without losing your mind

Keeping all your design clients happy and be a daunting task. If you’ve ever lost your mind trying to keep all of your clients happy, keep reading for a few tips on keeping everyone happy without losing your marbles. Making clients happy is hard. After all, clients are way to needy, picky, irritable, and all-around annoying. Right? I beg to differ. Actually, I disagree whole-heartedly. There seems to be a lot of complaining in the design community about clients who

How to turn one-time clients into core fans of your design business

Have you ever been found in this frequent freelance design situation?: You work hard to find a client, you make a pitch to them, sign a contract, complete a project, get paid, and never see them again. Granted, with some clients (the ridiculous kind) it’s better to never have to deal with them again. But there are plenty of cases where a one-time client simply fizzles out and you never see them again. Chances are, they’ll need design work done

The simple change that brought my design blog to life

Is your design blog dead? Mine was too. I’ve been a blogger for a long time, but I never really had one that took off. I mean, I’ve had a few readers here and there, a few comments now and again, and some traffic trickle in, but I never had a blog that allowed me to interact with people in my industry. I never had a blog that made me any money. I never had a blog that was read