Notes From The Deep End : a graphic & web design blog

If you’re looking for a web design and graphic design blog that will give you powerful tips for navigating your way through what it takes to be a graphic or web designer, we are proud to present Notes From The Deep End. Blog topics include everything from creative inspiration to business tips for freelancers as well as 9-5 graphic & web designers.

Creating Compelling Video Content for YouTube

By: Jenny Beswick | February 12th, 2014 | 2 comments

As the world’s second largest search engine, YouTube is a great source of awareness for businesses, charities and non-profit organizations; increasing an organization’s ability to share their expertise and knowledge, and to connect with viewers. Video is radically more effective in imparting messages to your audience than simple text. Text ...

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5 Current E-Commerce Design Trends

By: Cameron Francis | September 24th, 2013 | 1 comment

In the ecommerce world, customers are King. This is the reason ecommerce designs are continually being enhanced and evolving to produce the best possible user experience. As the desires and requirement of internet shoppers keep changing, based upon mobile technology advancements, so do ecommerce design methodologies. We have compiled a list of ...

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5 Easy Steps to Hire the Perfect Web Development Subcontractor

By: Anne Barrios | August 30th, 2013 | 1 comment

Creating a powerful website is just like constructing a great retail store. If you are a purely visual web designer, (and don't know the first thing about coding,) it makes sense to team up with a great developer so that you can deliver fully functional websites to your clients. But one of the biggest hurdles to this is simply finding the right ...

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Stand Out by Offering Digital Signage Design as a Service

By: Todd Hemme | April 24th, 2013 | 1 comment

Differentiation is something every business needs to succeed. Competition in the design industry is fierce. There are plenty of options for businesses to choose from when they want a new website, a new app or an email program. What makes you different than the other options? Something you might ...

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Do You See What I See? Explaining Your Vision to Your Client

By: Jake Miller | April 3rd, 2013 | 5 comments

The gloves are off and opinions are flying. In a creative profession, like graphic design, we are all faced with similar situations when meeting with a client. It may not always be a blood bath, but it has the potential to be uncomfortable. After all, it is two professional parties coming together, ...

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5 Common Mistakes Designers Should Avoid During Client Meetings

By: John Romaine | February 11th, 2013 | 2 comments

Okay, so you’ve been out there hustling hard - banging on doors, cold calling and handing out business cards at every opportunity in order to land some web design work. Now finally, you’ve got an interested prospect and you’ve managed to organize your first client meeting. This could be the ...

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The Dangers of One Big Client

By: Andy Ross | February 4th, 2013 | 5 comments

My wife and I run a very small design agency. Just the two of us. And we generally work for small clients. But this changed fairly recently. One day my wife heard that someone at a Great Big Company needed help. Now, this company actually has thousands of employees, in many different countries. ...

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What Graphic Designers Can Learn From Dr. Seuss

By: Jacob Williams | January 14th, 2013 | no comments

I had a conversation with a wonderful lady the other day about an issue she was having with a consultant. She felt completely ripped off. She felt she'd purchased a truckload of snakeoil. I contacted the consultant and found that she was right. The consultant was a self-help guru. One that talks ...

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How to Create Captivating Homepage Videos

By: Rob Toledo | September 24th, 2012 | no comments

Your website’s home page should be working as hard as it can to make sure the visitors you receive really get your company. Your homepage should explain exactly what it is you do in as brief an amount of time as possible, and one of the most effective ways of making sure it’s doing that is ...

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How to Pitch Your Design Business (or Anything) in 15 Seconds

By: Wes McDowell | July 24th, 2012 | 3 comments

How many times have you been asked what you or your design company does? I'm asked on a regular basis, and trust me, it really makes a difference if you have a clear, concise answer that paints a complete picture in seconds. According to Carmine Gallo in this video originally published on Forbes....

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