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R.F.P.s: Time-Suck or Time-Well-Spent?

If you’ve ever gotten a request-for-proposal from a would-be client, you know the dilemma it creates. How much time should I spend on this? Will I even get it? Is it WORTH it?

In this episode, the gang breaks it all down to a 10 point checklist you can run against every RFP you get to determine if it’s worth your time, or if you should take a pass. Because after all, not all opportunities are created equal, and if you’re not strategic about it, you can waste an awful lot of time on dead ends.

We also answer a new listener question about keeping your personal and professional social profiles separate.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Design Rates

I’m sure you love your design career. But you’d love it more if you were getting paid more, right? In this episode, the gang shares five strategies to make it possible to increase your prices.

We also answer a new listener question that we just couldn’t resist.

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DesignCast 160: Your Questions Answered!

We love these listener question episodes. Not only do we get to clear out the inbox, but we get to give directly back to YOU, our loyal listeners. This week, we have 6 new questions on a wide variety of design related topics. Truly something for everyone here, so be sure to listen in full.

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2018 Logo Design Trends Revealed!

Well it’s June, and you know what that means — a brand new logo design trend report from the folks at LogoLounge! We invited Bill Gardner back to the show to talk trends, and what they mean to the state of logo design in general. We had a great time with this episode, and learned a ton… you will too!

We also answer three logo-centric listener questions submitted just for this episode.

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Niche Spotlight: Hand-Lettering Design

Typography is one of the most important aspects in graphic design. While choosing the right fonts for the job can make a huge impact, this week’s guest takes that to a totally different level — he does it all by hand (and companies pay him quite nicely for his efforts!)

There’s nothing cookie-cutter about Denver designer Adam Vicarel’s typography, and we got to sit down with him and pick his brain about how he got started, how he finds clients, and his best advice for other designers considering a similar career path.

We also take on a new listener question about clients who never seem to supply what you need from them.

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How to Produce Pro-Level Branding Videos With Your Smartphone

By 2019, video will make up 80% of all web traffic. Besides, video is one of the best ways to brand your design business, build trust, and showcase the personality behind the business.

This week, we have special guest Cielo de la Paz to walk us through the entire process: what you need, how to prepare, shoot and edit. And as promised, all you really need is your smartphone (and maybe one or two affordable accessories to increase production value.)

In addition to learning for your own branding, you can 100% apply this to your clients — so you can provide a very valuable add-on service to branding and/or web projects.

We also answer a listener question about who is ultimately responsible for typos and mistakes on a final project.

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Passive Income Ideas & Tips For Designers

As designers there are so many ways of using our talents to make money — so why do so many of us rely solely on client work? In this episode, we answer a recent listener question about the ins and outs of passive income. And since the three of us don’t do too much of that, we decided to enlist the help of Brad Woodard.

Brad sells everything from brushes to posters, to paid courses — which means he earns money even when he’s not working for clients. Listen for some amazing advice on how to get started down this road for yourself.

We also answer a new listener question about your contract when you’re working as a sub for another designer.

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The Private Brand Niche

Long gone are the days of plain white packaging with bold black lettering. Nope, these ain’t your grandpa’s generics. Welcome to the era of “private brands.”

When you shop, I’m sure you notice the proliferation of store brands in just about every category. And you may also notice that they look less like store brands than they used to. Hell, in many cases they look every bit as appealing as the name brand guys. This week, we have Steven Cox in studio to chat with the gang about his duties as a private brand specialist. It’s a growing market, one that always needs talented packaging designers.

Listen in to hear about what the job entails, and where it’s going in the near future.

We also answer a new listener question about how to upcharge clients who want to pay you with a credit card so you don’t have to be paid less in those deals.

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Plagiarism in Design

As designers, just about every single project begins with inspiration. But where does inspiration end and plagiarism begin? In this episode, the gang discusses the thorny issue of plagiarism in design.

We offer some tips to make sure you aren’t accidentally ripping off someone else’s design, as well as what you can do about it if you think it’s happened to you.

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Niche Spotlight: Illustrative Branding

Rolling right along with our design specialty series, this week we got to talk to illustration & branding specialist Jordan Wilson. We talk about how he got into this world, and he’s got lots of great advice for anyone thinking about or trying to break into the niche.

We also zag a bit — and talk about whether or not you can be TOO niched in your focus. And more importantly, what to do about it if you find yourself in that position.

We also answer a new listener question about spec work, and if it’s useful when padding out the ol’ portfolio.

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