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

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

Frozen nature painting amazing abstract designs into the ice floating on Lake Michigan

The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice. That's what it is like in Lake Michigan where it is the coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing. March 28, 2014

19th Annual Designing Women FOUR

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Number FOUR is our final surf for this year's 19th Annual Designing Women edition. We wrap it up with these extraordinary visual creatives.
* Most Popular Social Media Sites Review: Why Women Are The Real Power
* Sarah Yates a.k.a. Faunagraphic duz Walls and all
* Fresh, fun, brilliant works of Amanda Grazini
* Gina Kiel illustration & spirit down under
* Cris Delara : NOT just pinups!
... and more! March 26, 2014

Qwasian : The Hardest working man Photoshop, THREE

Continuing from the previous gallery of art by Qwasian Phillips, and Team Brinkz here are 30 more pieces from that will complete this update to Quasian's work. Through all this experience, note that producing cover after cover, all the type is still readable and telegraphic. Some of the custom lettering is a bit more difficult, but hey -- it's really tough to put out this much work, while keeping it all fairly different and fresh. Hats off to Qwasian, and keep up the great work! March 22, 2014

Qwasian : The Hardest working man Photoshop, TWO

Continuing from the previous gallery of art by Qwasian Phillips, and Team Brinkz here are 30 more pieces from The Photoshop 911 Gallery in the DTG Forums, and they keep on coming... Enjoy! March 17, 2014

Claire Sells the talent behind Splot Designs & Glean Magazine

Light, fresh and opinionated -- Claire Sells, based in the UK, has been a practicing graphic artist for over a decade. Her specialties range from traditional, handdrawn illustration to digital vector art, design, layout, photography and even publishing. . . . Designing Women continues! March 14, 2014

19th Annual Designing Women THREE

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We continue the 19th Annual Designing Women edition surf with this third round of extraordinary designers.
* Jackie Matelski: Toast Ceramics simple, graphic design and comfort food
* Sweet C : Make a Chalkboard Effect in Photoshop
* The excellent hand lettering of Martina Flor
* Kerry Butters : Designing with words
* Katherine brings your: Soul To Call
* Ariane's Design Dimensionality
... and more to come! March 14, 2014

Kia ora! That’s hello! from New Zealand

I'll bet that when Erika Pearce was a little girl, she was into everything! I'll be she ran somebody ragged just trying to keep up. That's the immediate feeling I get when cruising Erika's portfolio, website and Tumbler stream! And, she's a lot of fun! You should take a look and let me know! February 28, 2014

19th Annual Designing Women Two

March is "Women's History Month" and each year for the past nineteen years, we've celebrated with a guided tour of some of the best designing women we could find in the world. Some of these were actually sent in by readers, others were discovered online by staff. . Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 19th Annual Designing Women edition surf two :
* Gergana Plummer: You Don't Need A Computer
* Fanciful hand lettering we've seen before
* Eleanor Grosch long boards and a lot more
* Twenty-Five ways to love Jessica Walsh
* Lori dazzles you with happiness
* Andrea Kalfas
... and more to come! February 26, 2014