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DesignCast 80: Any Questions??

By: Wes McDowell | February 25th, 2015 | 9 comments

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80 episodes have really flown by, and we celebrate this milestone with another listener question show! This time around, we answer all types of design-related questions sent in by you, our loyal listeners, via email, audio and twitter. So listen closely, we might have answered yours! Topics we tackle include: What were the catalysts that […]

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DesignCast 79: Turning Down Work

By: Wes McDowell | February 9th, 2015 | 2 comments

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Turning down work? Why would you ever do such a thing? Well, there are a multitude of legitimate reasons for not taking on a new client, project or fulltime job. Maybe you get a bad feeling from the client, don’t agree with the project goals, or maybe it just isn’t a good fit for whatever […]

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DesignCast 78: Responsive Logo Design is a Thing!

By: Wes McDowell | January 26th, 2015 | no comments

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When you hear the word responsive, you probably think of scalable websites. Well it turns out that the same principle can apply to logos as well. Instead of just designing and delivering a single all-purpose logo for a client, you can now choose to go the responsive route and deliver several variations on the same […]

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Growing Your Design Business Part 5: Selling SEO

By: Wes McDowell | January 6th, 2015 | 5 comments

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If you design and develop websites for clients, it only makes sense to offer SEO (search engine optimization) services as well. In this, our last segment in the “Growing your design business” series, we sit down with outreach consultant Kai Davis and talk about the benefits of offering SEO to your clients. More specifically, we […]

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Growing Your Design Business Part 4: Pairing with a Printer

By: Wes McDowell | December 22nd, 2014 | no comments

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If any part of your design business involves print, then it might be beneficial for you to have a go-to printer for your clients. In this episode, the gang chats with Jerrold Omens and Nicole Nicolette from Tri City Printing about how to find, and work with a trusted print partner. We discuss the pros […]

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DesignCast 75: The Graphic Designer’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

By: Wes McDowell | December 7th, 2014 | 2 comments

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It’s that holly-jolly time of year again to drink eggnog, wear festive sweaters and make out our wish lists. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, any of the gifts we cover here will make the inner designer in you very happy. The gang each covers what they are wishing for this year, and […]

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Growing Your Design Business Part 3: Teaming with a Copywriter

By: Wes McDowell | November 24th, 2014 | no comments

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One of the biggest assets for your design business, (no matter what your medium,) is a talented copywriter. Whether you work primarily in web or print, a good copywriter can add the kinds of marketing messages to your client work that will contribute a LOT to their bottom line, making YOU look like a rockstar. […]

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Growing Your Design Business Part 2: Dealing with Developers

By: Wes McDowell | November 10th, 2014 | no comments

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Rolling right along in our mini-series on growing your design business, the gang has a candid discussion about the often challenging topic of finding and managing web developers. Just like in any profession, there are varying degrees of quality when looking for web developers, so you’ll want to do everything you can to find one […]

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Growing Your Design Business Part 1: Managing Design Subcontractors

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

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Welcome to the first episode in our series-within-a-series we like to call “Growing Your Design Business.” In this and future episodes, we will focus on growing your network of talent, allowing your design business to flourish and go places you never knew possible. In this episode, we focus on the process of finding and managing […]

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DesignCast 71: Passionate About Passion Projects

By: Wes McDowell | October 15th, 2014 | 2 comments

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Passion projects! You may have a design business, or be trying to start one. Or maybe you are knee deep in advertising design at your firm, or sketching icons for your companies next big operating system. But all work and no play makes Jill/Jack a dull girl/boy! Creative people need to create — it’s likely […]

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