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DesignCast 55: When Good Designs Go Bad

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

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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 [...]

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whats in it for me?

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DesignCast 54: What’s in it For Me?

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

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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 [...]

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DesignCast 53: Designer Deductions

By: Wes McDowell | January 13th, 2014 | 2 comments

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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 [...]

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DesignCast 52: The Year End Wrap-Up

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

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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 [...]

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DesignCast 51: The Designer’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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

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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 [...]

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DesignCast 50: Giving Thanks & Answering Your Questions

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

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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 [...]

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DesignCast 49: Mobile Web Design Tips & Trends

By: Wes McDowell | November 11th, 2013 | 103 comments

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In this episode, we were lucky enough to have Patrick McNeil, the author of The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book sit down with Wes for a chat about the latest trends in the ever evolving world of mobile web design. We go over the basics of mobile web design methodologies and frameworks, and we discuss [...]

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scope creep

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DesignCast 48: Jeepers! It’s the Scope Creeper!

By: Wes McDowell | October 28th, 2013 | 1 comment

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Wrapping up our “design dilemma” series, this week we focus on a spooky Halloween tale that will strike fear in the hearts of designers everywhere… scope creep! So take a listen… If you dare. Sam recently faced such a tale of terror in his own studio, and lived long enough to tell us about it. [...]

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DesignCast 47: The Clever Logo Conundrum

By: Wes McDowell | October 14th, 2013 | 3 comments

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We recently had an episode dedicated to a design dilemma Mikelle was facing with a client. So we decided to make this into a series all about one big problem each of us is facing in our business. In this episode, it’s Wes’ turn. We always advocate asking clients for samples of designs they like, [...]

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DesignCast 46: The Graphic Designer’s Home Office

By: Wes McDowell | September 23rd, 2013 | 7 comments

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Working from home can be pretty sweet. You can work in your pajamas, and it’s pretty much the shortest commute ever. But being a freelance designer only works if your home office is in top shape. In this episode, the gang talks about our own home office setups, how we like to work, stay organized, [...]

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