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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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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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DesignCast 45: The Curious Case of the Copycat Client

By: Wes McDowell | September 9th, 2013 | 3 comments

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We may know a lot about the ins and outs of running a successful design studio, but we regularly run into dilemmas of our own. Mikelle had a recent client scenario which devolved from looking to an existing site for “inspiration” into the client wanting a very close copy of the original. When clients want [...]

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DesignCast 44: The Creative Director Track

By: Wes McDowell | August 26th, 2013 | 2 comments

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Being a graphic designer is great. But many designers have aspirations of going even further in their creative careers, and for some that means becoming a creative director one day. In this episode, the gang breaks down how to be a creative director; what kind of personality is most attracted to the role, what is [...]

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DesignCast 43: Smarter Ways to Get a Website Credit Link

By: Wes McDowell | August 13th, 2013 | 8 comments

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If you design websites for clients, one added perk is being able to get a “site by” credit link pointing back to your portfolio site. It’s good to attract future clients, and good for general SEO benefits. That is until Google rolled out the Penguin update, followed by Penguin 2.0. These algorithm updates started counting [...]

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DesignCast 42: Finding a Graphic Design Job After Graduation

By: Wes McDowell | August 5th, 2013 | 5 comments

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Well it’s summer, and that means lazy beach days and tropical cocktails consumed from hollowed out fruit shells. Unless of course, if you’re a recent design school graduate, in which case you better be busting your ass trying to find a job! In this episode, we have Dustin Pearce sitting in with us to tell [...]

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DesignCast 41: Getting Clients On Board With Your Ideas

By: Wes McDowell | July 15th, 2013 | no comments

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Do your clients always go along with your creative ideas and concepts? If the answer is yes, then you can skip this episode. But if you’re like the rest of us, sometimes it takes some convincing to get your clients to see things your way, and trust in your expertise. In this episode, we have [...]

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DesignCast 40: The Listener Question Rager!

By: Wes McDowell | July 1st, 2013 | 4 comments

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These past 40 episodes have flown by, and to mark the occasion, we are doing another listener question party show. We love these shows the most, because we get to really involve you, the listener. This time around, we have even more questions to answer, including TWO audio questions! So hold onto your hats, folks, [...]

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