Episode #106: Adobe InDesign vs Affinity Publisher: Which Should You Use?

When it comes to page layout programs for graphic designers, for some it comes down to Adobe InDesign versus Affinity Publisher. Find out the key differences between InDesign and Publisher and how to decide which page layout program is best for you. “Adobe InDesign vs Affinity Publisher: Which Should You Use?”: Read or Listen

Episode #98: 6 Reasons to Use InDesign’s Automated Table of Contents

Many graphic designers avoid using InDesign’s automated table of contents feature. But there are several problems with creating a table of contents manually. Find out 6 reasons designers should use InDesign’s automated table of contents feature. “6 Reasons to Use InDesign’s Automated Table of Contents”: Read or Listen

Episode #96: How to Reduce Client Revisions

Smiling black female designer.

Excessive design and text edits from clients can be frustrating and a time suck for graphic designers. They can derail a project and make it less profitable. Find out 9 ways to reduce client revisions and have a happier client relationship.

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Episode #91: What to Do When a Client Doesn’t Like Your Designs

Frustrated male designer.

Have you ever sent off a design proof only to have the client not like it and ask for a bunch of design changes? Find out what to do when a client doesn’t like your designs.

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Episode #71: How to Manage Client Revisions to Design Proofs

Managing client revisions.

Do clients often point out that you missed some of their edits in page proofs? I’ve got a bulletproof process to help you stay on top of them. These tips on how to manage client revisions to design proofs will help you save face and save time and will make for an easier revision process. “How to Manage Client Revisions to Design Proofs”: Read or Listen

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. “How to Choose Paper for a Design Project”: Read or Listen

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. “23 Pro Page Layout Tips for Print and the Web”: Read or Listen

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

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. “Creative Brief: Proofreaders’ Marks”: Read or Listen

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. “Creative Brief: Making Your Design Mailable”: Read or Listen