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Category Archives: Design Business

Designer Spotlight: Nick Chaffe on the life of a freelance designer

Nick Chaffe, a Manchester designer, illustrator, and typographer, recently sat down and spoke with Creative Boom on the pros and cons of his recent move to become a freelance designer. Chaffe has been working independently for nearly a decade, collaborating with companies such as Amnesty International, Lonely Planet, and the Guardian. When asked how he […]

Erickson Stock: Your One Stop Shop for All Your Stock Photo Needs

I know, I know. Didn’t I just write a post about staying away from cheesy stock photos? Yes, I did. Erickson Stock, however, has the perfect balance of both cheesy and actually usable stock photos that it may just be our solution. The photos on Erickson Stock may not be free, but you really do […]

Preserving Physical Interactions

How many times have you purposely chosen to email an individual in a professional environment, rather than talking to them on the phone or in person? Designers that grew up with the internet are choosing to communicate with their clients entirely through emails. Unfortunately, using this communication method leaves messages open to interpretation and hinders […]

Keep It Simple, Silly

Does anyone remember Google Glass? The super high-tech, kind of dorky looking glasses Google released in 2015? If you don’t, I wouldn’t be surprised. Although Google is a multi-million-dollar enterprise, their release of Google Glass was a flop due to problematic design. (And just for reference, if any of you guys are familiar with the […]

Take Care of Yourself: Mental Health and the Design Field

In 2018, mental health issues are not a rarity. In the creative industry, there is an even greater chance of developing poor mental health. According to the Eye On Design article “The Links Between Creativity and Depression,” the industry’s “frequent long hours, stressful projects, glass ceilings and frantic working environments can all exacerbate latent mental health conditions, […]

Say “NO!” To (Cheesy) Stock Photos

We’ve all been there: you need a photo, FAST, and you just don’t care if it looks super staged and cheesy, so you find the cheapest (hopefully free) stock photo you can find and use it. Maybe you mean to replace it (maybe you forget), or maybe you plan to leave it and move on, […]

Digital Album Cover Designs

With the rise of technology, album covers and vinyls are becoming less popular among the common music listener. Luckily, musicians still depend on album art to express the emotion of their current releases. The ability to capture the meaning of the entire album with one photo; or artwork is much more difficult than many would […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Slightly Horrifying

Alright. Don’t get me wrong, University Mall Theater (commonly referred to as UMall) really isn’t a bad place. They’ve got great movie prices and you really can’t find better customer service. However, being a sweetheart and hosting two buck movie nights doesn’t mean you make the best design choices. I guess I’m beating around the […]

Who Says Designers Can’t Make Money!

William Paterson is a hand lettering and logo designer on YouTube. He released a video in 2016 about how to make money as a graphic designer and a few things you can do to achieve passive income. He mentions that having a specificity in your field helps to attract a narrow group of clientele. This […]

Design is Everywhere, Even in your Salon!

One reason why I love graphic design is because of its versatility. Used in marketing and branding, a business is almost dependent on having a “look” for clients. For example, Nail Salons have to have a signature look and feel of their salon for customers to remember and differentiate them from other salons. Another important […]