Designing through the eyes of a non-designer

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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

How to stand out and get noticed as a designer

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GUEST ARTICLE by Nicole Foster  – If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. There are thousands of designers on the internet today in all types of fields. They range from web designers to print designers to graphic designers and more. They have different personalities, skill sets and mindsets. They are all designers, just like you, but they all have something different to offer. So now you’re just starting up and you want to be just like them?

The beginner’s guide to blogging about design

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So you want to blog about design, eh? You’ll have to take a number and wait in line because, frankly, there are thousands of blogs about design out there. Starting a successful design blog is like learning to walk: You will most likely fail a number of times, you’ll need a lot of patience, and you can’t do it on your own. This article will give you a few pieces of advice to help your blog be as successful as

How to make more money as a freelance designer

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I love to do design work. I always have. But let’s be honest–I also have bills to pay. Chances are, so do you. But many times as freelance designers we fail to take advantage of the small opportunities to make a little more money. We undervalue our potential and cheat ourselves out of what we possibly deserve as high-quality service providers. Granted, you may not feel like your design is up-to-par enough to take advantage of each suggestion mentioned here,

Crowdsourcing behind the scenes: an interview with Adam Schilling from 99Designs

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UPDATE: Adam has kindly informed me that he resigned from his position at 99Designs.com. Although the opinions expressed in this interview were given during Adam’s employment with 99 Designs, he no longer represents the company. Thanks, Adam, for the update. Best of luck to you. Crowdsourcing has been a hot topic lately in the design community. With a lot of designers who enjoy getting paid to do crowdsourcing work, and a lot of designers who classify it as merely spec work,

Graphic Design: Hobby or Career?

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It has been my experience, as I have connected with other designers [via twitter or other means], that there are a lot of designers out there who seem very involved in the design community but actually have little to no real experience in design. This raised two questions for me (which are addressed is this post): 1. Are most designers I communicate with online avid “Hobbyists” or practicing “Professionals”. 2. Which is more desirable when it comes to graphic design:

14 Freelance design mistakes you might be guilty of

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This article contains a list of common mistakes that freelance designers make. If you enjoy this article you may also want to read “10 Steps to becoming a successful freelance designer” and “22 logo design mistakes you might be guilty of“. Here we go: 1. Charging too much. Unfortunately, we have to face the fact: most people hire a freelance designer above a creative agency because they think they can get a better price. Finding a balance between charging too

How to reduce clutter in web design

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The truth of the matter is visitors who come to a cluttered web site are frequently turned away because they are confused about where to go first or how to find the content they need.  This article contains several solutions to help you reduce clutter on your web site. 1. Organize: Make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for. The first step in designing a less cluttered web site is to create a site map.  This