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Design & Business Tools We Can’t Live Without

As a designer, we have a very particular set of skills. But what about the tools that we use every day that help us do what we do?

In this heartwarming episode, the gang goes over their must-have tools in 3 categories:

  1. Business
  2. Design
  3. Inspiration

Lots of fun stuff here, so gather round and give it a listen!

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audio Q&A

Answering Your Questions: All Audio Edition!

We’re finally back to answering your listener questions, and this time, we had a bunch of audio questions to get through! They cover a wide variety of topics, and we wrap up answering a few last-minute questions submitted on instagram.

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when design clients don't pay

When Clients Don’t Pay

One of the toughest pills to swallow as a designer is when we run into that client who just refuses to pay you. I think we’ve all run into this at one point or another.

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Steve Pomerantz, CEO of Freelance Collection, which is a collection service for creatives. He goes over how to avoid non-payment in the first place, what to do when you’re being stiffed, as well as 3 types of non-paying clients to watch out for.

He’s also prepared a handy little guide: 20 Types of Non-Paying Clients & Strategies For Getting Paid

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how to onboard a new design client

How We Onboard New Design Clients

If clients are the lifeblood of any creative business, the way we onboard them matters. In this episode, the each of us talks about our specific process we use to welcome clients into our business, and how we set their project up for success. Lots of tips to be learned here!

We also answer a listener question about how to answer one of the most dreaded job interview questions ever.

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2019 web design trends

2019 Web Design Trends

A few episodes back, we covered all the latest graphic design trends to pay attention to in 2019. Now it’s time to focus on the trends that apply to websites and web design!

We talk about design trends, as well as some interesting tech, tools and workflows that are trending now. Not only will these trends allow you to remain current as a designer, but some of them are going to increase conversions, and save you lots of time as well.

It’s never been a better time to be a web designer!

We also answer a listener question about backing up files.

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legal advice for graphic designers

Legal Tips & Takeaways for Designers

Over the years, we’ve gotten a bunch of legal questions submitted from our listeners. But we never feel very comfortable answering them — until now!

In this episode, the gang sits down with Angie Avard Turner, a designer-turned-attorney for creatives. She answers all OUR questions, as well as a bunch that were submitted by you, our loyal listeners.

This is a very important episode, and we had a lot of fun recording it too. There’s truly something for everyone in this episode, so pay close attention for the sake of your creative business!

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Information contained in this podcast is general in nature, for informational purposes only, and it is not intended as legal advice.  Legal advice should be obtained from an attorney before action is taken based upon this information. Listening to this podcast, in no way, creates an attorney-client relationship.

brand strategy

Niche Spotlight: Brand Strategy

In this episode, the gang sits down with Peter Stevenson from modern8 to talk about his career as a brand strategist. How he got started, what’s involved, and advice for anyone looking to start a fabulous career in the brand strategy game.

We also answer a new audio question about getting started hiring extra design help or subcontractors of any kind.

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2019 graphic design trends

2019 Graphic Design Trends

We love trends, you love trends — let’s talk design trends baby! In this episode, the gang talks about some of our favorites we can expect to see way more of in 2019.

We also answer a new listener question about how to set clear boundaries between our clients and our personal lives.

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designer new year resolutions

New Year, New Goals & New Processes

We made it to 2019! In this episode, the gang talks about what we plan to focus on in the new year, and what needs to change in our design businesses.

While we’re talking about our own goals and resolutions, this conversation is going to be beneficial to everyone, as we cover some really interesting ideas we plan on using to grow our businesses — things YOU can borrow and implement yourself.

We also answer a new question about how to get your first design clients when starting out.

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client relationship gone bad

When Good Client Relationships Go Bad (& What We Learned)

We love our clients! Ok, ALMOST all of them. Every now and then, we get a client who maybe doesn’t make things easy on us, but you know what?

We’re GRATEFUL for those ones. Because there’s a lot to be learned from those failed relationships. Particularly: “what could we have done to have prevented this?”

In this last episode of 2018, the gang each tells a recent heartwarming tale of woe involving a client relationship that went south for one reason or another. We get real, and we go deep into it, fair warning.

But in the end, we each learned a valuable lesson about what we did wrong, and what we can do better next time. It’s a rollercoaster-ride of emotion, and we’re here for it.

We also answer a new listener question about that pesky topic of client content, and how to move that process along.

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