How long should a designer fight a client about a poor design decision?

If you’ve been designing for long, you’ve experienced a scenario like I am going through right now: You’ve met with your client, discussed the details of the project, signed a contract, and made some major progress on your project. Now, significantly through your process, your client hits you with a request that just makes your teeth hurt. It’s one of those requests that goes against everything you’ve ever learned about good design. Whether it’s auto-starting music on their web site,

Design vs. Goliath: How freelance designers can compete with large design firms

Hey freelance designers: just because you’re a one-person show doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to find high-caliber, high-paying clients. Ignore the myth that you can’t compete with what a large design firm has to offer. You have things they can’t offer. This post is all about leveraging your strengths in order to compete with large design firms. We’ll explore a few advantages you have as a freelancer today and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Compete

The truth about what clients look for in a designer

Have you ever wondered what makes a client choose one designer over another? Well, wonder no more, my friends. Today, I’d like to tell you the truth about what clients look for in a designer. The myths First, it’s important we understand a few of the myths that designers have come to believe about being hired by a client. Myth 1: Clients only hire designers with years of experience A lot of designers (mostly really new designers) think they don’t

58 Topics to write about on your design blog

If you have a design blog, I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve hit a brick wall when it comes to content. After all, producing great content on a daily or weekly basis can be more difficult than it sounds. So today, I would like to offer a useful list of topics you can write about on your design blog. I’m sure I’ll leave some out, so add your suggestions in the comments. 58 topics to

How many design revisions do your clients get?

One of my favorite pieces of design business advice comes from talented and successful designer, Christ Spooner. You can read about his advice (and some of mine) in detail by skimming through “Avoid Design Burnout by Limiting Client Revisions” but here’s the basic idea: On Chris’s request for proposal page he includes the following phrase: Don’t ask how many revisions are included in the cost This is my most hated phrase in the design industry. A Common Problem Frankly, this

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

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.

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