When design clients come back from the dead

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

NO WAY! 8 Reasons I won’t work for your design shop

GUEST ARTICLE by Tyler Travitz –If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. Thankfully, I’ve been gainfully employed for nearly two years now with an amazing agency. In addition to working on awesome projects for top brands, I have a wonderful employer that provides great benefits, recognizes the life/work balance and is committed to my growth. However, in my search for a great place to work, I have encountered some design shops that are lacking good traits of

Make your design career a reality through the power of passion

GUEST ARTICLE by Ally E. Hardgrave – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. Passion is a critical ingredient for success. We all can fall trap, however, to life’s constraints and suddenly wake up to find that the last thing driving us day to day is genuine zeal. I recently made the decision to actively pursue my love for graphic design no matter what stood in my way. Unfortunately, as a realist who probably seeks rationale a

Building your freelance design business by outsourcing

Studies show that nearly 70% of readers here at Graphic Design Blender either own their own freelance design business or hope to start freelancing in the near future. Something that many freelancers fail to do, however, is work effectively with others to reduce workload and increase income. If you’re anything like me, you started your freelance career with hopes of getting paid to do what you love most while maintaining a fairly flexible schedule. Unfortunately, you only have so many

Designing through the eyes of a non-designer

Think of your favorite children’s song. Now grab a coworker and tap the tune of the song on their hand while you sing it silently to yourself. After you finish, ask them to name the song you just tapped out. According to “Made to Stick“, a book I recently read about why some ideas thrive and others fail, your friend will most likely not know which song you were tapping. Why? The curse of knowledge. The designer’s curse of knowledge

Design Essentials 2: Originality

This chapter of Design Essentials will cover the topic of  Originality in design. Originality is the ability to think independently and creatively. So why is it so important that we, as designers, are original thinkers? Put most simply, original designs are more effective. Let’s take a look at the concept of originality in design: But don’t great designers copy? It’s been a popular topic of discussion here on GDB and throughout the design community: do great designers really copy other

Turning one-time design projects into continuous income machines

GUEST ARTICLE by Leighton Taylor – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. The best clients are those who return for your services again and again. However, sometimes clients will hire you for one project and then move on with life, and you are stuck continuously searching for new clients. While it’s great to turn clients into repeat customers, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Fortunately there are techniques for turning one-time design projects into income machines, so

Design Essentials 1: Attention to detail

This chapter of Design Essentials focuses on Attention to Detail and the important role it plays in the design process. Attention to detail makes for a better experience in any industry. A candy on your pillow at the hotel or a mint with your check at a restaurant makes for a more enjoyable traveling experience. Detectives and law officials know that it is in the details of a crime scene that they find success. Engineers and architects know that the