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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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DesignCast 70: Listener Question Show, Extreme Student Edition!

By: Wes McDowell | September 30th, 2014 | 3 comments

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Its time for another listener question show! Thanks to Nick Longo, our resident design professor, we have a whole crop of questions submitted by design students. So if you’re in school, listen up. And if you’re not, don’t worry, the questions are still very applicable to designers at any level. As always, send in your [...]

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DesignCast 69: Balancing Your Freelance Work & Life

By: Wes McDowell | September 16th, 2014 | 2 comments

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Something any creative person understands is the need for, and the constant struggle with, striking a balance between your work and your life. History is replete with creative types that worked their magic like none before them, but burned out from a lack of balance. But just how is it done? How do you keep [...]

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DesignCast 68: The Creative Process Decoded

By: Wes McDowell | August 29th, 2014 | 1 comment

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In the 68th episode of the DesignCast, Wes McDowell, Mikelle Morrison, and Nick Longo take us through their individual creative processes!   Everybody has their own approach to creative endeavors — and this is never more true than when it comes to graphic design work, since the creative process is long and winding. Not only [...]

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DesignCast 67: Where’s My Money?!

By: Wes McDowell | August 21st, 2014 | 2 comments

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Join the DesignCast crew as Wes McDowell, Mikelle Morrison, and Nick Longo dip into the  headlines of their lives! Once in a while we like to dip into our personal experiences, peeling back the curtain and talking about events that have affected us in recent months – customer issues, invoicing problems, and the general craziness [...]

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2014 logo design trends

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DesignCast 66: 2014 Logo Design Trends

By: Wes McDowell | July 28th, 2014 | 1 comment

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Bill Gardner, founder of LogoLounge, returns to the DesignCast to talk with Wes McDowell and Nick Longo about logo design trends in 2014. LogoLounge is the best place to find logo reference materials on the web with a huge database of expertly crafted logos (200,000 and counting). Bill Gardner has been collecting and examining trends [...]

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DesignCast 65: Freelance Design or Fulltime Gig?

By: Wes McDowell | July 21st, 2014 | 2 comments

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While there are many different types of graphic and web design gigs out there, they generally fall into two separate categories: freelancing on your own, or going to work for a company. We’ve all done both, and know that each scenario comes with its own set of pros and pitfalls. In this episode, the gang [...]

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DesignCast 64: Social Media Tips for Designers

By: Wes McDowell | June 25th, 2014 | 2 comments

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Social media is here to stay, fellow designers. While the platforms may change and shift over time, twitter, facebook, linkedin, instagram and pinterest remain solid ways of connecting with clients, as well as other creatives. In this episode, we have special guest Chuck Anderson, from No Pattern talking with us about all things social media. [...]

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