12 Essential books for graphic designers, creative professionals, freelancers

by Fred Showker

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The Designer's Guide To Marketing And Pricing

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The Designer's Guide to Marketing and Pricing will answer all the common questions asked by designers trying to stay afloat in their creative business - and also successful designers who want to put a little more thought into their operations. Whether you're a freelancer, an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned small-business owner, you'll learn everything you need to know about how to market and price your services.
      Do what you love and make money * learn which marketing tools are most effective and how to use them
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Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business

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As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business.
      Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.
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2012 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market

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2012 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market is the must-have reference guide for emerging artists, who want to establish a successful career in fine art, illustration, cartooning or graphic design. For years, artists have relied on us to help them find new markets and navigate the changing business landscape.
      The 2012 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market introduces a whole host of new features and guarantees the most up-to-date, individually verified listings possible. In addition to the 100% updated market listings, artists will find new resources they'll want to use everyday
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How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul

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How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul has become a trusted resource for graphic designers around the world, combining practical advice with philosophical guidance to help young professionals embark on their careers.
      This new, expanded edition brings this essential text up to date with new chapters on professional skills, the creative process, and global trends that include social responsibility, ethics, and the rise of digital culture. How to Be a Graphic Designer offers clear, concise guidance along with focused, no-nonsense strategies for setting up, running, and promoting a studio; finding work; and collaborating with clients.
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Start & Run a Graphic Design Business

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This book shows artists and designers how they can start their own successful freelance graphic design business. It costs little to start a graphic design business which makes it an attractive opportunity for anyone with an artistic eye. All it requires is a computer, an Internet connection and design skills. And it's the kind of business that can easily be run from the home!The graphic design business has changed significantly over the past few years.
      Photo- and art-sharing websites, social networking sites, and low barriers to setting up websites have all driven a demand for fresh new graphics, and provided numerous opportunities for graphic artists to reach new markets and customers. This book will show you how to capitalize on these opportunities, market your business, find clients, and stay organized.
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Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer

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More than ever, artists face questions such as how to get started, how to sell their work, how to promote themselves, and what to do once they are working. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer is the book that will answer all those questions, and more!
      Technology has sent shockwaves of change through the world of commercial art. Digital illustration and design, online portfolio sites, and the proliferation of stock art have radically changed the way that illustrators and graphic designers work. What has not changed, however, is the wealth of illustrators and graphic designers hoping to turn their talent into freelance success. For those embarking on freelance careers in illustration or graphic design, the answers have arrived. A twenty-five year veteran in the field, Michael Fleishman, has detailed every business aspect of commercial art in Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer. 50 B&W Illustrations
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Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators

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Containing 25 of the most essential business and legal forms to meet the everyday needs of today's successful illustrator, this updated edition includes new forms for trademark application, commercial lease, sublease, and lease assignment agreements. Unique negotiation checklists will guide illustrators to make the best deal.
      About the Author - Tad Crawford grew up in the artists' colony of Woodstock, New York. He is the author of many nonfiction books and his writing has appeared in venues such as Art in America, the Cafe Irreal, Confrontation, Communication Arts, Family Circle, Glamour, Guernica, the Nation, and Writer's Digest. The founder and publisher of Allworth Press, he lives in New York City.
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Fred Showker

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