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Episode #43: 10 Ways a Design Mentor Can Help You

Mentoring for graphic designers

Designers, do you need to take your skills to the next level so you can charge more and get more respect? Want to go out on your own but not sure what’s involved? Need help with a freelancing issue? Here are 10 ways a design mentor could help you. Continue reading “10 Ways a Design Mentor Can Help You”

Episode #41: 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Respond to Clients Right Away

Responding to clients

Is your MO to respond immediately to calls, e-mails and texts from clients? Stop! You’re not helping yourself or your client by being so fast to reply. In this Creative Brief episode, I cover 5 reasons you shouldn’t respond to clients right away. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Respond to Clients Right Away”

Episode #39: 18 Things to Check Before Preparing Design Proofs

Design proofs

As a designer, you have to pay attention to the details. Clients don’t want to babysit, and you don’t want to feel like they are looking over your shoulder. Find out 18 things to check before preparing design proofs to keep your work sharp and have you looking like an expert. Continue reading “18 Things to Check Before Preparing Design Proofs”

Episode #37: Creative Brief: 7 Things Designers Can Do During Dry Spells

Design dry spells

In this Creative Brief episode, I get into 7 things designers can do during dry spells. These efforts could help you win more work now or in the future. Some of these are more active, some are more passive, and some you can do on an ongoing basis. Continue reading “Creative Brief: 7 Things Designers Can Do During Dry Spells”

Episode #35: Creative Brief: 45 Ways to Get Design Inspiration

Design inspiration

Ever get stuck in a creative rut? No more! Here are 45 ways to get design inspiration whether it’s for a logo, typographic, print or web design project. Continue reading “Creative Brief: 45 Ways to Get Design Inspiration”

Episode #33: Creative Brief: Proofreaders’ Marks

Proofreaders marks

In this Creative Brief, I talk about proofreaders’ marks—what they are and how to decode them if and when you get them. Continue reading “Creative Brief: Proofreaders’ Marks”

Episode #31: Creative Brief: Touch Up These Typographic Typos

Typographic typos

Part of the Creative Briefs series of mini-episodes with quick design- and marketing-related tips, this episode talks about commonly misused typographic marks and how to correct them. Using them properly will give you more cred. Plus, get a free checklist. Continue reading “Creative Brief: Touch Up These Typographic Typos”

Episode #29: Creative Brief: Making Your Design Mailable

Designing direct mail

Part of the Creative Briefs series of mini-episodes with quick design- and marketing-related tips, this episode talks about making sure your design is mailable. When designing a printed piece that will be mailed, consulting a mailpiece design analyst will help you make sure your design adheres to any necessary postal requirements or qualify for special rates. Continue reading “Creative Brief: Making Your Design Mailable”

Episode #27: Creative Brief: 11 Things to Check in a Print Proof

Print proof checklist

Part of the Creative Briefs series of mini-episodes with quick design- and marketing-related tips, this episode is about reviewing print proofs. Here are 11 things to check in a proof from the printer to ensure your design will appear as you intended. Continue reading “Creative Brief: 11 Things to Check in a Print Proof”

Episode #25: Creative Brief: Figure Out That Font

How to figure out which font

Part of the Creative Briefs series of mini-episodes with quick design- and marketing-related tips, this episode covers how to find out which fonts have been used in an image or PDF. Continue reading “Creative Brief: Figure Out That Font”