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Graphic Designers Ask : How much should I charge

This is probably on of the most frequently asked questions in the graphic design business. Everyone is looking for a silver bullet -- but there are no silver bullets. About ever five to ten years someone asks the question and I answer it. I've done so for almost 40+ years. They asked it again in the Design Cafe, so I provided this answer to "how much should I charge?" August 19, 2014

Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season

We're almost through the summer "dog dazze" and now ramping up for the biggest marketing quarter for the year, pay attention :
[*] 6 strategies to assess if a bold new idea is worth the risk
[*] Priceline Seeks Results From Facebook as Google Wins Ads
[*] Media relations techniques that don't involve pitching
[*] 5 ways to build brand awareness through content
[*] 5 Little-known YouTube Features for Marketers
[*] Metrics That Matter
... and more August 19, 2014

Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox

Graphic Designers should all know about DropBox, and at least try it. This app will add so much more functionality to your online photo storage. From printing to showing, here's an elegant way to browse your photos and videos both online and offline August 18, 2014

Awesome new features, Pixelmator may be the Photoshop Killer!

The Pixelmator Team has done all graphic artists a favor. Their new Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone is an amazing update to its (already) fast, innovative, and powerful image editing app, featuring an all-new Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support, and Lock Layers feature. August 15, 2014

LightWave 3D Group Ultimate Creativity Bundle with OctaneRender

LightWave 11.6 3D modeling, rendering and animation software paired with OTOY’s OctaneRender 2.0, the world’s fastest GPU-based renderer that is both unbiased and physically-based, gives artists and designers a powerful, intuitive way to quickly create, animate and deliver projects with amazingly photorealistic detail. August 14, 2014

Creative Update 178 -- Design, Typography and Graphics for August / September

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Back to (Design) School needs creative inspiration! From baseball teams to packaging to license plates, designers touch just about everything in our lives. This creative inspiration column hopes to touch on just about everything to, from design, typography and graphics to helping you be better designers! Follow along:
[_] Blitz Media Design Logos Selected for Lewis & Clark Baseball League Uniforms
[_] Tips on Graphic Design for Translation 1: Styles, Layouts, Fonts
[_] DesignStudio creates ‘symbol of belonging’ for Airbnb rebrand
[_] Xara may have the Adobe substitute you've been looking for?
[_] Edmonton designers come up with own Alberta licence plate
[_] The Lost Graphic Designs of a Short-Lived Democracy
[_] Stranger lends street artist a helping hand
... and more ! August 13, 2014

60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 2014

7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design

Thanks to Shweiki Publishing for passing along these tips -- all of which are free online services that can take the place of ones you have to pay for. Even if you're a pro, these services are good to know about. If you try any, please let me know your reactions! August 5, 2014

600 Vector fonts for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors

If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two ways July 29, 2014

Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

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From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
  • Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
  • What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
  • Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
  • Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
  • ... and more !
July 29, 2014