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 try to vary the topics as much as possible so that there is truly something for everyone. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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8 Responses to DesignCast 50: Giving Thanks & Answering Your Questions

  1. Awesome episode today! I was glad that you took the time to answer my super long question about create websites via templates vs PSDs and what I should be charging.. I’m DEFINITELY raising the rates, and going with the custom psd approach. My girlfriend is happy about the raised design rates.. :)

    Thanks so much for all your help! Best wishes for your success in SoCal, while I keep it real up here in NorCal! 😀

    • Joe says:

      Great episode! I was happy to hear you answer my question. I have been getting client work, although I think I am under charging. Now I just have to get down a good way to estimate how long something will take me to do. My biggest hurdle is finding my niche. I’m really leaning toward logo design and branding.

    • Wes McDowell says:

      No problemo Josh, glad to hear you’re taking our advice, I’m sure you will see positive results!

  2. David Scott says:

    Hey, this is the mystery David from the episode. Just wanted to clarify that I don’t actually complete my client work in 24 hours. That’s just the guarantee that the retail establishment I work at has. I was just saying that I’ve become accustomed to really working fast, “cutting the fat” from my work and trusting my instincts when it comes to ideas.

    And Wes had it spot on, I do work at a Staples-like store as a part time job to make sure I have a steady paycheck. They do offer a 24 hour turnaround for their designs, but just between you, me and the internet, the 24 hour designs are terrible and I wouldn’t ever put them in my portfolio.

    I am still a student, too so a lot of my work is a discounted rate for people because I’m doing it all for school credit. Mikelle wanted to see some of my work and you can see all my student work at

    Don’t judge me too much! Like I said in my question, I’m still a beginner in the design world!

    I’ll totally do some research on what some flat rates would be since this seems like the most economic solution for my work flow.

    Thanks again for giving me some great advice and keep up all the great work!

    • Wes McDowell says:

      Of course David, and don’t be afraid to take your time when designing for clients. Just because your part time employer has a 24 hour turnaround doesn’t mean you have to. And you might even find that if clients know you did something too fast, they might not really think you took the proper amount of time, and reject it entirely.

  3. Hey Guys, I have a comment regarding Weebly. I will preface it by saying that I am in no way a web designer! I work for a big signage firm by day and mostly design vehicle, building and internal graphics. I also only technically studied graphic design at university for one semester (I did fine arts for two years and was one unit away from a creative advertising degree when I used my credits for the most part of my graphics degree).

    SO, I have built my portfolio website using Weebly ( and paid for some custom templates, did some tutorials on little things like how to stop the background scrolling and I was thinking it was looking pretty good. I am not a web designer, so maybe my eye for web is a little on the amateur side? What do you think? Am i doing myself a disservice by having my site the way that it is? I love the ease of Weebly, I can update my pieces easily, as well as my blog and my store. Can you give me some feedback on my Weebly site?

    Thanks as always and I am a huge fan of the show – I save it for my Wednesday ‘work from home day’ and always have a big cup of tea ready for when I hit play!

    • Wes McDowell says:

      Thats great to hear Sally! I don’t know much about Weebly, but I do like the look of your site. Although Im sure you would more control over everything if you were to get a custom (or even pre-made theme) for WordPress. I guess I just don’t like the idea of these ou-of-the-box web builders like Weebly or Wix. I think it just over-simplifies everything and will never perform as well as a custom solution.

  4. Shelly Page says:

    Thanks again for another great episode – love the addition of SAM!!!

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