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Design Domination Podcast

Episode #14:

Triple-threat Creative: Illustrator, Painter, Graphic Designer

Michael Auger with dog painting

Ever considered a full-time or part-time career as a fine artist? Hear from Michael Auger of Auger Artwork Studios, who’s had a solid career as an illustrator, painter and graphic designer.

Episode #13:

Are These Essentials in Your Design Contracts and Estimates?

Design estimates and contracts

Do you know what to include in your design contracts and estimates? Do you know if your projects are profitable? Do you have trouble pricing your work? Do you suck up out-of-scope work that you should be charging for? Do you wonder if your contracts are protecting you? Find out when I use a contract, what I take into consideration when pricing work and what I include to protect myself from scope creep or potential legal issues. …

Episode #12:

Fold Some Fun Into Your Direct Mail Projects

folding and direct mail design

Print designers, do you find yourself using the same folds for projects over and over again because you think other types of folds might cost too much or they seem too complicated to set up properly? In this episode, Trish Witkowski of Foldfactory will educate and inspire you—and tell you how to get some free templates for your next project. …

Episode #9:

Work While Doing What You Love

Do you dream of going out on your own and working from wherever and whenever you want? If so, what’s your why? So you can enjoy a more flexible lifestyle? Travel whenever you please or pursue side projects? Or maybe it’s to spend more time with family and friends. I’ve got two special guests to talk about the freedom they’ve experienced working for themselves and pursuing their dreams. …

Episode #8:

Improve Your Processes and Your Client’s Experience

Are you getting what you need—and want—from clients?

  • Do clients send you the wrong types of files?
  • Does it takes a long time for clients to sign your contracts?
  • Do you find yourself resending logo or print files for the umpteenth time?
  • Are you embarrassed because clients point out edits you missed?
  • Do you make it easy for clients to say yes?

Learn how to improve your processes for a smoother, more enjoyable and efficient workflow for yourself and the client, so they keep coming back. …

Episode #7:

Punch Up Your PowerPoint Proficiency

PowerPoint presentation design

Want to become a better PowerPoint presentation designer? Ever considered a career in it? No? Because you can’t stand PowerPoint, right? (I can hear you screaming.) Presentation design expert Laura Foley states her case for why you should embrace PowerPoint. She also explains how she’s made a career specializing in working in software that makes most designers cringe. You’ll also learn best practices when using PowerPoint and how to price your PowerPoint projects. …

Episode #6:

Are You Protecting Your Design Rights and Covering Your Assets?

Design contracts

Legal Protection for Designers

Are your design contracts helping—or hurting—you? Do clients understand your contracts? Do you? If you don’t have a solid contract, you may be unknowingly giving away your design rights or taking on liability you shouldn’t be. Even worse, if you don’t operate as an LLC or corporation, your personal assets could be at risk if you make a mistake. Learn how to prevent a contract catastrophe, get your contracts signed faster and protect your design rights—and yourself—from a legal crisis. …

Episode #5:

Are You Getting the Clients You Want?

marketing tips for designers

Marketing Tips for Designers

If you’re not marketing, you’re at the mercy of taking whatever work comes to you, whether it’s work you want or not. You also don’t get the clients you want. When your marketing is targeted and consistent, you demonstrate to prospective clients that you understand their needs and remind them of you so they reach out when they have a need. In this interview with Ilise Benun, you’ll get marketing tips for designers and learn how to cultivate your marketing efforts to avoid feast or famine and to pick and choose the clients and work that you want. …

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