Design Downloads: Free Designer Download Resources

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Growing Your Freelance Business: A Guide for Freelance Graphic Design

If you want to learn how to start a freelance business or expand your freelance business, you’ll find an invaluable resource in this excerpt from HOW’s Growing Your Freelance Business: A Guide for Freelance Graphic Design. In this collection, you’ll find four articles from Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing Mentor and co-producer of the Creative Freelancer Conference. Ilise works with creative freelancers who are serious about building healthy businesses. Learn more today with this FREE download!

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Proven Advertising, Web & Email Marketing Tips

If you are looking for methods for attracting, converting and retaining users on your site, this free eBook is for you. From advertising to marketing and beyond, discover how to take your site to the next level. Learn more today with this FREE download!

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5 Unique & Creative Web Design Styles

Creative web design requires inspiration and constant attention, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Discover how to capture and engage your audience with a web design style that fits your needs. Learn more today with this FREE download!

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Learn How to Make a Website Using HTML

Before you can even begin to understand how to make a website using HTML, you need to know a few principles of web design. Learn more today with this FREE download!

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Typography Inspiration: Crafting Great Fonts

Graphic design is the art of communicating. Typography design is an important part of effectively getting a message out and there is no shortage of typography inspiration in order to master communicating through fonts, animations and imagery. Learn more today!

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Graphic Design Inspiration & Self-Promotion

Self promotion should be a creative exercise done at least once a month showcasing an artist’s graphic design samples of their best graphic design work. So often, the notion of promoting oneself seems mired in negativity, when it should be just the opposite. There’s nothing wrong with tooting one’s own horn. In fact, it’s essential if you want to get more work. Learn more today!

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Creative Business Cards: Finding Design Inspiration

In this FREE download you will be treated to a selection of unique business cards created by design firms – businesses that must have amazing business cards or risk anonymity. We’ve set aside the best business cards design, showcasing the best fonts for business cards and the best business card examples we’ve seen. Enjoy!

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Website Design Ideas: Texture, 3-D and Mixed Type

This FREE download provides a glimpse into the best corporate website design as well as the best eCommerce website design, both fulfilling different objectives and requiring unique website development and design. Top website design is a process that is ongoing, learn more today!

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Product Branding Strategy

If done well, product branding can be maintained and produce a solid, well-connected connection throughout the life of the product. The challenge, however, lies in new media, licensing and social media, where the “message” might be communicated via the audience and not the expert branding professionals. Learn more with this FREE download!

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How to Design a Logo

Looking for some logo design inspiration? How about some great logo design tips? Good, because we’ve put together a FREE ebook, a virtual logo design tutorial on Designing Typographic Logos, excerpted from one of our most popular books, The Logo Brainstorm eBook, by Jim Krause, an expert on how to design a logo.

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7 Corporate Branding Design Examples that Changed Businesses

In this Free eBook we focus exclusively on Chermayeff & Geismar and some of their best corporate design projects. Corporate identity branding begins with a good corporate logo design. In the 21st Century, the logo must be able to extend effectively across print, social, mobile and web platforms.

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The Best Business Card Design for Your Brand

Be inspired by creative business card designs that stand out and speak volumes about the owner in this FREE ebook, 14 of the Best Business Card Designs Ever. As our society grows more reliant on digital technology, personal contact is limited to generic emails or texts, making the need to be memorable even more vital.

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7 Archetypes that Established Brand Identity

In this thought-provoking FREE excerpt of Archetypes in Branding, graphic designers will come under the tutelage of seven of the world’s top corporations and discover how they built their brands around popular archetypes, establishing brand identity guidelines within their organizations to ensure continuity and consistency in their messaging.

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8 Winning Examples of Brand Strategy in Packaging Design

At the point of customer purchase, effective package design is key, because it reminds the buyer of the brand’s promise and triggers an emotional response. This experience is the final step in the selling cycle. In this FREE design download, discover out how 8 popular brands effectively used packaging design as part of an overall brand marketing strategy.

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Silk Screening Made Easy

Have you ever skimmed through a design annual and wondered at the amazing silkscreen artwork? Or maybe you purchased a fantastic poster from your favorite band at their last concert and thought, I can do that! Well, here’s your chance to create your own silkscreen and print that mother! What you do with the finished product is up to you… but don’t rule out selling to friends and family to make a quick buck. Materials aren’t free ya know!

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Creating Packaging Templates

Rachel Wiles explains the basics of dielines and uses a small gum pack to show you how to create packaging templates in Illustrator using a pre-existing package.

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Typography Crash Course

A quick “crash course” in the basics of typography. Perfect for anyone starting out and a great refresher for those of us who are more experienced. Plus there are helpful time saving charts!

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Design’s Dilemma—Crowdsourcing

Designers mostly regard crowdsourcing with dismay. Two respected voices in the industry— Debbie Millman and David C. Baker — offer their contradicting opinions. Don’t miss this lively feature from HOW magazine.

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Design Resources

Access to listings of leading design schools, paper mills and suppliers, print vendors, type foundries and stock image providers is a must for designers. HOW magazine features and updates these lists annually.

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Pricing Downloads

Access the following pricing worksheets to help you practice profitable pricing. Marketing Mad Libs, Figure Out Your Overhead Worksheet, Find Your Hourly Rate, Pricing Goals Worksheet

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Color Index, Revised Edition Free Swatch Samples

Download 8 color swatch combination from the “Color Index, Revised Edition” book. Then, upload these .ase files into CS2/CS3/CS4 versions of Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.