Empowering You to Be the Design Hero

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Tired of being treated like an order taker?

Frustrated female designer in front of computer.

  • Wish you could get the work you really want to do?
  • Want to charge more but are afraid clients will leave or won’t pay more?
  • Fed up with losing work to other designers?
  • Frustrated trying to get new clients?
  • Tired of chasing down late payments?
  • Done with clients art directing your design work?
  • Tired of attracting tire kickers?

You deserve to be treated like a well-paid respected professional, just like those in other industries.

Get confidence, clarity and a competitive edge in a crowded marketplace.

  • Get more respect.
  • Be seen as the trusted expert, not another order taker.
  • Win more work.
  • Charge more.
  • Get better clients.
Confident black male designer.

Colleen with one of her rescue dogs.I’m Colleen Gratzer

I’ve been in the design industry since 1997. I have been there, done that, seen it all—the good, the bad and the ugly.

I experienced all of the typical obstacles that freelancers face. It was so frustrating!

But I overcame these obstacles and have had a successful business since 2003.

I want to help you overcome these obstacles too and be a confident and respected designer-expert.

As Seen/Heard On

  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • CreativePro logo.
  • Logo Geek podcast.
  • Just Creative blog.
  • This Design Life blog.
  • Freelancers Union.
  • WP Elevation logo.
  • WP Accessibility Day
  • Chax Chat podcast.
  • Main WP.
  • Agency Trailblazer podcast.
  • Atarim Summit.
  • Design for Geeks show.
  • Smart Web Creators podcast.
  • The SDM Show logo.
  • Nailing It! podcast.
  • Creatives Ignite 2020 logo.
  • Able Tech.

Be the Expert, Not Another Order Taker

The Design Domination Podcast

“As interesting as they might be, most graphic design podcasts center around small talk and filler. Colleen takes a different route. She offers solid, experienced insight combined with highly useful discussions with industry experts. I think this is the only podcast where I’ve actually hit the Pause button to take notes.”
“Colleen’s podcast is the hidden gem every self-respecting designer needs to find. In two episodes, I’ve figured out how to position myself to stand out from crowdsourcing sites and Fiverr, learned what clients who value design look for and how to attract these kinds of people, plus so much more. I can’t wait to dive into more episodes.”

Read or listen to the podcast.

Want to be taken more seriously at your next design consultation?

Establish yourself as an expert, not an order taker, from the very beginning.

Download your free guide, 17 Questions to Ask During a Design Consultation. You’ll also get additional tips via e-mail.