Brainstorming or Design Thinking? What is the Difference?

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Nothing in our opinion, but some would argue otherwise. So, here is the plan for either one to show why they are the same. What is brainstorming or design thinking for? Products, services, design, concepts, interaction, UX. The Process. Let your team know you are having a creative meeting before inviting them. This includes the C-suite people. Yes; the ones …

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7 Big Time Freelancing Mistakes

No matter how long you have been freelancing; we all make mistakes even the seasoned professional. Some mistakes are simple and others are costly. You need to stay away from the costly pones as much as possible. After doing some research with staff and friends we have compiled a list of the most common (and maybe not so common) mistakes …

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5 Reasons to Use Graphic Design in Your Business

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We are graphic designers, but tend to forget to use them in our own business, because we get so caught up in finding more clients. Business owners need to take the time and find the right graphics for their promotional materials. Graphic design can help your business prosper, but only if used the right way. Here are some ideas to …

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7 Creative Ideas to Follow-Up After Presentation

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In this day and age, it’s simply not enough to call on someone and make a presentation. If you don’t follow up at least 7 times, you are wasting your time, as well as theirs. The more time you put into getting to know your potential customers, the better your relationship will be. Because of that, you need to follow …

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How to Avoid Burnout and Boost Productivity

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The one most devastating thing is when a designer experience burnout. This is not only devastating to their business but, social life as well. It is critical that you stay focused and make the job fun and productive. Here are a few ways to ab void burnout and increase productivity: 1. The Morning Starter. Everyone has something that gets them …

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How to Use Value-Based Pricing For Design Projects?

What is the best way to use value-based fees for design projects? What would the “value” be? I see that a lot of designers use time-based pricing (hourly, daily, etc.) Time-based pricing is horrible, for the following reasons: 1.There’s a conflict of interest between you and the client. The longer the work takes, the more you earn and the more …

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7 Ideas to Be More Creative

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As freelancers we are aware of the things we need to do to be productive. Here are a few we follow to keep ourselves more productive: 1. Your Workspace. Keep it neat and clean. Nothing can be more frustrating then trying to find the paperwork for a project then a cluttered work area. That also included the files on your …

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The Latest Cinegraph Design


Cinegraphs or cinemagraphs (animated GIF styles) are the latest fad for designer’s to create a short version video that doesn’t use up a lot of bandwidth on mobile devices. The concept is to take a long video and shorten it down to run quicker. Of course the most important part is to be sure to make it as interesting or …

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The Latest For Mobile Animated GIF Designs


Animated gif’s are a great way of bringing some action to your website without video that take streaming time depending on the mobile server. We learned that these animations load faster than videos especially on mobile devices. And the best way for us to create one is by using Photoshop. They are really easy to build after you have all …

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