Assembling a top-notch in-house design team is no easy task. But experienced creative team leader Ed Roberts breaks it down into 3 crucial steps that you can follow to transform your organization.
Every designer has worked on a project that has had moments of frustration. Some frustrations are common and have become part of design lore. The client who changes the direction of the project late in the game; the client who can’t leave the content alone and makes multiple revisions right up to the deadline;...
Want to know the trick to creating a contract that’s easy for both parties to understand? Ditch the lawyers. These 13 user-friendly clauses will lay the foundation for a frustration-free business partnership for both you and your client.
Choosing and implementing a project-management system can be a daunting task. In HOW's March 2013 In-House Issues column, Cella Consulting’s Jackie Schaffer walks you through the process step-by-step so you can pick the right solution for your in-house team. Here is her handy list of design project management software options.
Copyright law is far from simple, or perfect. This is a subject that all creative people have a vested interest in. It’s time for all designers to learn more about protecting their rights.
David C. Baker shares 48 tips on how to be a good manager to the members of your creative team. Making a difference is more than taking on a social issue, it's about managing your employees well.
Following are three of the most common types of bad managers along with strategies for how to deal with a bad boss.
How do you get (money and) impact in a client relationship, consistently, month after month? It doesn’t happen without some measure of control in the client relationship. If you’re an order-taker (that’s the opposite end of the spectrum), you’re not an expert, and your recommendations are not considered as seriously as they could be.
What better time to point out the advantages of being a small design firm than when the industry is experiencing a contraction. All the more so since we have this strange obsession with growth, captured in phrases like “if you aren’t growing, you’re dying.” You can’t fit deep thinking on a bumper sticker, and...
Here, Andy Epstein, author of "The Corporate Creative," offers a tongue-in-cheek list of ways to get fired in the hopes that you'll not try them.