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Episode #78: Color Blind by Design

Jake Albion, colorblind designer.

Hear how Jake Albion pursued his passion of a creative career despite being told it might not be possible because of his color blindness, how he became more driven by his disability and turned it into an advantage, and how he got into accessibility. Read or Listen “Color Blind by Design”

Episode #76: Are Your Designs Solving or Causing Problems?

Designs solving or causing problems.


Graphic design is all about solving a particular problem, communicating and evoking a certain feeling. But those efforts fall short when you don’t consider how potentially 20% of your client’s audience cannot read or access the information because of design or file setup issues. That leaves a bad impression. Are your designs solving or causing problems? Read or Listen “Are Your Designs Solving or Causing Problems?”

Episode #74: Man of Many Talents Melvin Thambi

Melvin Thambi standing in front of his work at an exhibit.

Graphic designer/fine artist Melvin Thambi joins me to talk about pursuing design and fine arts, how he got his work to be exhibited, how hearing “no” led to him achieving his dream, why he says to get out of your comfort zone and get ready to fail, and what advice he has for non-U.S. designers looking to get U.S. clients. Read or Listen “Man of Many Talents Melvin Thambi”

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.
Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “3 Reasons to Charge for Native Design Files”

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