Knock their socks off: having the perfect first meeting with a potential design client

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You go to a networking meeting, or the grocery store, or someone’s birthday party… Somehow you get talking about what you do and before you know it there’s a spark and they become a potential client. You exchange business cards and schedule a time to meet – perhaps in your office, or a lovely, quaint coffee shop down the street – and both of you are ecstatic that you’ve met each other, and excited to get started. This article will

The Minimalist Designer’s Office: 5 Rules to Create Yours

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Minimalism is one of the fastest growing movements these days and seeks to help people live more conscious lifestyles. By incorporating the principles of minimalism into your office, you can greatly increase your productivity, create more space for yourself, and begin to make more conscious choices about your working habits. Here are the top five rules to creating a minimalist office. 1. Eliminate paper and digitize your documents The best way to begin having a minimalist office is to eliminate

Empower your design with mind maps

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When starting a new design project, it is often difficult to decide where to start from. Ideas can flow from the brain like a waterfall and so it’s hard to remember them for later use. In my experience, I’ve found that the mind mapping of ideas is the best and most powerful way to get real benefits from those ideas. It’s also a life-saver for the early stages of the design process. What follows is a brief explanation on how

Designers, stop and think about why you're blogging

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I make an effort to frequently visit the web sites, portfolios, or blogs of people who take time to leave comments here at GDB, follow me on twitter, or ‘like’ GDB on our facebook page. Needless to say, I spend quite a bit of time looking through content that other designers produce. And there has been a common concern that I have experienced nearly every time I visit a designer’s company or personal blog: They don’t seem to think about

Ten Frequent Questions Clients Ask Web Designers (And how to answer them)

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In recognition of being in business for 10 years, I thought I’d share ten questions that I get asked most often as a professional website developer. Some of them I’m sure other like-minded professionals have also had to answer. These are in no particular order, but I hope they help: 1. How much will my website cost? Yes, this one is a no-brainer and you’d think there was something seriously wrong if a potential client didn’t ask you this. Often,

10 Tips to Make Your Design Files Print-Ready

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All print designers are familiar with deadlines and the havoc they can often wreak on your life! It is incredibly frustrating to spend hours and hours designing your work in Photoshop, only to send it to the printers and get back something far from what you had envisioned. These last-minute problems do more than increase your stress levels and blood pressure, they’re actually hugely damaging to your productivity. Especially if you’re a self-employed freelancer, you know that can spell very

5 Answers to Common Freelance Design Questions

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Not too long ago on twitter (follow me here and GDB here) I asked you what sort of freelance design questions bother you the most. You answered back with an array of questions and I have tried to sum them up below with some solid answers to help you move forward on your freelance journey. I chose the ten most common questions I have heard, but I know there are many more. So after reading through this list of answers

See success by becoming a goal-driven designer

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Recently, in a post titled “Defining success as a designer”, I discussed the importance of setting goals and measuring your success based on how well you achieve your goals. Then, GDB published an excellent guest article by Karol K. titled “Avoid web design stress by clearly defining site goals”. Then just yesterday I sent out an article titled “Getting your design business ‘in the groove’” in the GDB newsletter. It also hit hard on being goal-oriented as a designer. It