Author Archives: Kevin Quinn

DEAL OF THE DAY: How to Run a Successful Freelance Business

Many designers go freelance or set up their own agencies in search of more freedom, more time and more cash. However, in reality many web design businesses are more demanding on their founders than even the most unreasonable boss. Freelancers often work longer hours, take less holiday and have poorer work-life balances than most...

Winners Announced in our 12 Days of Design Sweepstakes!

The winners of our 12 Days of Design Sweepstakes have been announced! Check out the official list of winners below and for more details on the 12 great prizes given away, visit the official sweepstakes page here. One-Year, Design VIP Membership – WINNER: Meredith Lyon 500 Premium Clear Plastic Business Cards – WINNER: Meghan...

12 Deals of December: 50% off Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook

TODAY’S DEAL: GET THE GRAPHIC ARTIST’S GUILD HANDBOOK OF PRICING AND ETHICAL GUIDELINES FOR 50% OFF! Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, 14th Edition is an indispensable resource for people who create graphic art and those who buy it. As the graphic art marketplace continues to evolve to meet the needs...

One Week Creative Tune-Up For Designers

You’ve spent more than enough time on both the creating and the receiving end of digital media this year…. So how do you unplug and recharge your batteries? We’re excited to announce a new, week-long special workshop hosted by author and designer, Jim Krause at HOW Design University. For those designers looking for a creative...

Build (or Update) a WordPress Site in 28 Days!

Though it began as a blogging platform, WordPress has evolved into a full content management system powering everything from personal pages to campaign websites to major news portals. It’s been embraced by developers and designers all over the world, and as of October 2013, 20% of the internet is powered by WordPress – that’s more...

Reaching Out To Middle Eastern Designers

Looking at my profile on LinkedIn, I feel quite satisfied. I think I’m the only Israeli designer who is in contact with designers from hostile, or less than openly friendly, countries such as Iran, Jordan, Lebanon. Strange, isn’t it?! It all started about three months ago when I decided to embark on an adventure!...

Best of the Blog 2012: A Tribute to Hillman Curtis

The master graphic, web and film designer Hillman Curtis, who had such an enormous influence on the design field, was scheduled for a return appearance at this year’s HOW Design Conference. It’s a loss to all of us that Hillman passed away on April 18, after a long battle with colon cancer. He was...

How Designing a Logo is Like Building a House

Logo design, as it turns out, has a lot in common with home building: Logos should be aesthetically appealing and functionally capable, logos need to attract the attention of their target audience and logos ought to be resilient against the winds of fad and fashion.

Web Design is in the Details: An Interview with James Pannafino

In a recent interview, Millersville University professor James Pannafino talks about the misconceptions that many designers have when it comes to web design. Q: You say web design is in the details. Can you tell us about what details you think are most important to the design process? A: Understanding user experience and the...