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If you wait for new business opportunities to fall in your lap you’ll most likely be waiting for a very long time while your value to your company erodes and diminishes.
One of the latest buzzwords in the creative community seems to be interdisciplinary design. As I understand it, the need for graphic designers to wear many hats or take on a growing list of responsibilities has led to increased level …
In the classic film, My Dinner with Andre, actor Wallace Shawn listens intently as playwright Andre Gregory muses philosophically about the meaning of life and spins fantastical tales knee-deep in tribal rituals. The two met at a Manhattan restaurant in 1983 and spent hours dining and talking (well, Andre Gregory did most of that) well into the night, just a bit past closing time, and the resulting film is mesmerizing. I’ve seen it a dozen times and still find it stimulating and inspirational.
Well, here’s the thing, you do. Unlike a design agency, you can’t choose your clients and you can’t fire them either. Let’s face it. You’re stuck with them. They came with the place and aren’t going anywhere. And because your stakeholders are only an elevator ride or maybe a cubicle away, there are a variety of challenges that will impact you and your team, especially the demand for faster turnaround.
Wondering where to draw the line on intellectual property rights? Find out how to protect your design work and how to not infringe on the intellectual property rights of others.
I got this message today from Nick Matarese, a freelance designer in Delaware who attended CFC 2013 for the first time in San Francisco this past June. Looks like it was the right decision for him…. I am emailing you to …
The HOW staff has gathered a list of the graphic design news you may have missed. From the fate of iStockphoto to “Gmund for Food” natural paper, here’s what you need to know. iStockphoto Has a New Name If you’re …
Earlier this month, we posted Part 1 of a blog post from Erin Pheil, a designer who presented an idea at CFC 2013 about the connection between the success of your projects and the pain your client is in to …
Freelancer and CFC Veteran, Jenny Poff, created this short explainer video to share what she learned at CFC 2013 about finding her target market. Jenny is also the founder of THE DESIGNERS ROUNDTABLE, a free accountability group for solo creative professionals. …
As a freelancer, is your life calm or chaotic? If it’s chaotic, is that because you’ve chosen to live it that way? If calm, the question is the same. To me, the beauty of freelancing is the freedom it affords: …