The web & graphic design podcast that offers both practical and creative design advice you can use.

Every episode of The Deeply Graphic DesignCast podcast covers a new graphic design-related topic, and a few relevant tangents along the way. We answer a listener question and offer tips and advice in our “Do Yourself a Favor” segment.

If you like the podcast, please share it! Just use the share buttons to share individual episodes, or use the buttons at the top of the page to share the whole site. We love the support, and your friends might thank you for turning them on to us!

Want to know more about Wes, Mikelle, Sam, Brandon and Kristi? Click here to meet our hosts!

Submit a listener question using the form below and to the right, or via twitter, using the hashtag #DGDC

price objection

Share this episode!

DesignCast 59: Overcoming Price Objection

By: Wes McDowell | April 14th, 2014 | 2 comments

Listen to this episode

When speaking with prospective clients, one topic that will invariably come up is price. But what do you do when a potential client thinks your design services are just too expensive? In this episode, we tackle the topic of how to deal with clients who are obsessed with price. We cover everything from explaining your [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

graphic design spec work

Share this episode!

DesignCast 58: Saying Nope to Spec Work

By: Wes McDowell | March 28th, 2014 | 5 comments

Listen to this episode

Do you like working for free? Neither do we. The creative field has always been plagued by the notion that what we do is somehow not “real” work, and should only be paid for upon approval. It has become increasingly common for potential clients to request designs up front, as a test to see who [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

branding guide design

Share this episode!

DesignCast 57: How to Develop a Branding Guide

By: Wes McDowell | March 21st, 2014 | no comments

Listen to this episode

Everyone knows that the logo is the cornerstone of a company’s branding and identity. But why stop after just designing the logo for a client? Not only is offering a printable set of branding guidelines invaluable to your clients, but it can be a great upsell of your services as well. In other words, if [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

graphic designer contract clauses

Share this episode!

DesignCast 56: Design Contract Lifesavers

By: Wes McDowell | February 24th, 2014 | 4 comments

Listen to this episode

If you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you will remember that we did a whole episode covering all the basics of graphic and web design client contracts. But over the past few years, plenty of situations have come up with our own clients that have prompted us to add extra clauses to [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

when good designs go bad

Share this episode!

DesignCast 55: When Good Designs Go Bad

By: Wes McDowell | February 9th, 2014 | 2 comments

Listen to this episode

We’ve all been there. You design something awesome for a client, hand over the files, and then you see that it has been changed. Maybe a small tweak, or maybe it has been transformed into something unrecognizable. Something awful. Something, you no longer want your name on. In this episode, Mikelle recounts just this kind [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

whats in it for me?

Share this episode!

DesignCast 54: What’s in it For Me?

By: Wes McDowell | January 27th, 2014 | 2 comments

Listen to this episode

When marketing our design services to clients, it is common to spend a lot of time talking about what we do, and how good we are at it. Unfortunately, focusing on that alone is not enough to entice the discerning client. You have to clearly lay out your unique value proposition, in other words, you [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

graphic designer tax deductions 2014

Share this episode!

DesignCast 53: Designer Deductions

By: Wes McDowell | January 13th, 2014 | 1 comment

Listen to this episode

We’ll bet you hate thinking about taxes. We also bet you love saving your hard earned money! While paying taxes is the burden of just about every person on this planet, it can be especially hard on freelance graphic designers. Luckily, we have many expenses that can be deducted from our tax burden, resulting in [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

2013 year in review graphic design

Share this episode!

DesignCast 52: The Year End Wrap-Up

By: Wes McDowell | December 23rd, 2013 | 2 comments

Listen to this episode

We’re coming right up on 2014, and what better time to stop and look back on what we learned this past year? (We thought about doing it in July, but is just seemed premature.) Wes, Mikelle and Sam each talk briefly about the biggest lesson they learned in their design careers this year, as well [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

gift guide for graphic designers

Share this episode!

DesignCast 51: The Designer’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

By: Wes McDowell | December 9th, 2013 | 6 comments

Listen to this episode

Our gift guide show last year was such a runaway hit that we had to do it again. Listen as Wes, Mikelle and Sam go over some of their top picks for gifts you should be asking for this year. Some are clearly just for designers, some will help you get through your day, and [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment

listener question show 50

Share this episode!

DesignCast 50: Giving Thanks & Answering Your Questions

By: Wes McDowell | November 25th, 2013 | 8 comments

Listen to this episode

Is it just a coincidence that we happened to reach 50 episodes just in time for Thanksgiving? Yes it is! But even so, what better way to thank you, our loyal listeners, than another super-fantastic listener question show? In this episode, we tackle a bunch of new questions sent in by you. As usual, we [...]

Continue Reading | Leave a Comment