12 tips for a less-stressful designer lifestyle

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Who would have ever thought that something you love so much (designing) could stress you out so much? There a lot of aspects of being a designer that can be stressful: harsh deadlines, difficult clients or art directors, a sharp learning curve, ever-changing technology and more. This article will address some of the best ways to deal with the stress you feel as a designer and also reduce your stress as much as possible. 1. Identify what is stressing you

A creative Post-It Note approach to managing design projects

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Imagine you just landed a dream project from a dream client (you know, the one that says money is no object, pays all up front, and if you ask for something, well, you won’t need to ask for something, it’ll be there already!), and you’re just about to get going, when, all of a sudden, you realise that you need to make sure you do the work right to keep the dream client coming back. So you spend a bit

A business card giveaway where everybody wins

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Thousands of business cards are given away on design blogs all the time. Here at GDB, we understand how difficult it can be to get your design business up and running so, together with the great people at PremiumCards.net, we have decided to make it possible for everyone to win something at this business card giveaway. Check out the details below: What you can win Let’s get to the point right away. What are you going to win? PremiumCards.net has

As a designer, your network affects your net worth

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In a perfect world, clients would just find us and we wouldn’t have to do anything except turn in a beautifully-designed project, collect the accolades, and see our client lists grow. Unfortunately, even for top-quality professionals, achieving steady client growth is sometimes the most difficult. I was fortunate to launch my design firm coming out of a large firm,having worked on some large campaigns. But while my design credentials and background were strong, I had considerably less experience in developing

How to upsell your next design project

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Whether you work at a design firm or as a freelance designer, finding the perfect amount of clients to pay the bills and do the quality of work you desire can can be a huge challenge. One tactic many designers forget to take full advantage of is upselling. However mastering the art of upselling can take your graphic or web design business to the next level. You don’t have to be the world’s best salesman to upsell your design project.

If crowdsourcing sites really cared about designers…

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It’s a well-known fact: the question of using crowdsourcing sites like 99Designs.com (←link to a GDB interview with 99Designs) or Crowdspring.com is always a hot topic in the design community. When it comes to this issue, I have to admit I have always been somewhat of a fence-sitter. So I decided learn for myself what all the hype was about. Why do so many designers swear by these sites as a great way to find design clients while other designers

How to find design clients

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One of the hardest tasks that freelance designers face is that of keeping their client pool thriving. Aside from the clients who come back asking for more, a lot of times, you complete a job for a client and they move on. They leave you with an empty spot in your schedule and, unless you fill it quickly, that means lost income for you. Recently, I posted an open-ended article here on GDB asking readers how to find design clients

When design clients come back from the dead

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Doesn’t it feel great when you complete a major project for a client on time and without any huge hang-ups? Of course it does. But what do you do with clients who come back from the dead? Just so that I don’t get in trouble with the law or scare any clients away, a dead client is simply one with whom you do not currently have an open contract. This article will discuss the best practices for the occasion when