One thing most designers and creative professionals lack that will kill profits

Most graphic design projects are singular and session based. However, once you evolve into projects that require many sub-contractors, or venders to praticipat, and multiple creative resources, you can quickly get behind the 8-ball and lose a pile of money. The one thing that will keep your profits in tact is careful planning and billing. We used to do this on a chalkboard -- but now you can do it digitally . . . . May 29, 2015

Virtual TimeClock 15 Goes Green with Electronic Employee Timecards

I didn't think I would need this when I started, either. But believe me, if you plan to change and grow, you'll eventually have to deal with employees. With employees comes the tedium and misery of managing their time, taxes and benefits. This is the kind of help you'll really need March 23, 2015

InPreflight for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions has released a new version of InPreflight -- a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. InPreflight is a powerful all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. InPreflight helps graphics and print professionals prevent costly mistakes by uncovering hidden problems, reduce production time and costs, as well as save disk space through smart batch-packaging. March 5, 2015

Ted Leonhardt: Ten Interviewing and Negotiation Tips for Creatives

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. In this edition, Ted helps up-and-coming creatives approach the interview and negotiation situation with confidence and ... success! January 22, 2015

The Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Writers' Conference

In August, eight acquiring agents and editors will arrive at Nashville's five-star Hutton Hotel in search of talented new authors. The occasion? The Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Writers' Conference, which brings together aspiring authors and publishing professionals. July 31, 2013

Karen negotiates for a salary in a design position at a design firm

On one of those blue-sky days when everything is going your way, Karen, who had just graduated in industrial design, landed an internship with a small firm with great work and a wonderful studio overlooking the bay and the mountains beyond. What happens next only Ted Leonhardt can explain, in his continuing series . . . June 19, 2013

Ally Lands A Brand

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the second of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... April 29, 2013

Carson becomes a professional

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the first of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... March 26, 2013

IOU: What To Do When the Chips are Down

My friend Susan Kirkland is back again this month with some sage advice for those freelancing or running their own business in the creative world -- trying to survive in an edgy economy. March 19, 2013

FunctionFox says Small Creative Companies are Poised for Growth in 2013

A new study by FunctionFox suggests that small creative companies – design, advertising, public relations, web and marketing communications – are looking forward to a better year in 2013. 94% of small creative businesses surveyed expect to hire new employees or maintain their current staffing levels through the New Year, with the same percentage also anticipating stable or increased revenues. January 25, 2013