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Episode #67: How to Choose Paper for a Design Project

Different types of paper.

Are you neglecting paper’s place in the print design process? Do you leave it up to the client or the printer? If so, that means you may not be making necessary color adjustments for different papers. That can result in an unsightly and costly error. But it also means you’re missing out on such a cool part of the design process! Find out the importance of paper choice in the print design process, the different types of paper and finishes, how to choose paper for a design project and some ways you can incorporate paper into the design process for added creativity. Continue reading “How to Choose Paper for a Design Project”

Episode #65: 23 Pro Page Layout Tips for Print and the Web

Professional page layout tips for print, digital document and the web.

I share 23 pro page layout tips for print, digital documents and the web. Find out how to polish your page layout skills, so you have more professional-looking and reader-friendly pages. You’ll also discover some accessibility and usability tips that can give you an edge over other designers and help your clients reach more people. Plus, I’ve also got a bunch of free resources for you. Continue reading “23 Pro Page Layout Tips for Print and the Web”

Episode #55: Designing Digital Products With Tom Ross of Design Cuts

Tom Ross, Design Cuts.

Tom Ross of Design Cuts joins me to talk about designing digital products—figuring out what to sell, how to price it, their submission process and more. Get tips to help you get an edge on your competition in the creative products marketplace. Continue reading “Designing Digital Products With Tom Ross of Design Cuts”

Episode #53: Design With Accessibility in Mind

Designing for accessibility.

Most designers don’t think about accessibility, but it affects branding, design, documents and websites. It’s a great way to differentiate yourself from other designers while helping your clients reach more people and legally protecting them. Continue reading “Design With Accessibility in Mind”

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 #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 #38: 3 Reasons to Charge for Native Design Files

Native files

Native design files are a designer’s secret recipe, yet some designers hand them over free of charge. But, unless it’s a work for hire, you have every right to charge for these files. Find out why clients might ask for them, why you should charge for them, what you should charge for them and more. Continue reading “3 Reasons to Charge for Native Design Files”

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”