New Years Resolution for all Creative Professionals

Blogging, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Photoshop, Web Design

Year 2011 has arrived with all its zeal and fervor. Like every new year, this new beginning has brought many changes in the world we live in. New year’s resolution is the very first thing one thinks about as soon as the new year begins to appear. Resolutions are made and re-made at every level and by everyone, either deliberately or unconsciously. These resolutions help you carve a direction for the upcoming time and also to prepare you to cope with the challenges of tomorrow as properly as possible.

Like all other professions of the world, creativity calls for a new year’s resolution too. There are millions of creative professionals out there in the global market, who are engaged in different fields of creativity and aesthetics. These creative professionals come with a wide variety and include writers, fine artists, performing artists, and designers. One thing they all have in common is that they all create new things make new ways and innovate, and earn their livelihood by selling their services. Resolve to market your services regularly with business cards, printed postcards, and brochures.

So all you creative souls out there, it is the high time for you to make some policies, map out some strategies and do some promises to yourself as how you want to take your creative professional career in the year 2011. I have summed up some general points regarding new year’s resolution for all creative professionals that might help you built more solid beginning of the year

How to Write Must-Read Content for Your Design Blog

Blogging, Freelance, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Portfolio, Web Design

As a graphic designer, you must have designed your own blog. Well, designing a blog in not the only important thing. You must give a lot of importance to the content you post on your blog. The out look of the blog has to be great as people expect a designer’s blog to be a perfect representation of his creativity, but good content on the website will make them visit your website every now and then for useful sort of information. People will visit your blog if they find something worth reading. If you have experience writing copy for brochures and other marketing pieces then you already know quality writing is critical.

As a designer, you must write blogs which can prove to be really helpful for the upcoming designers as they will visit your blog in hope of learning something new and different. You can always share your experiences with them or give them tips through your writing. Always keep in mind that you need to write must read content on your blog. This will not only help other people but it will also help you in gaining a lot of clients

Natural Design Talent vs. Design Degree

Blogging, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Photoshop, Portfolio, Web Design

Whenever we talk about any field of creativity, a never-ending discussion pops up that either a natural talent is good for a creative carrier or a proper qualification should be there in order to excel in the field. Similar is the case with a carrier in graphic designing, which am important branch of creative profession.

This discussion has been going on for ages and till date no one has come to a solid conclusion. Some people think that in order to be a successful designer, one has to be talented otherwise; he won’t be able to achieve his goals, no matter how highly qualified he is. This group also says that a person can learn and improve with the passage of time. You will also find a lot of people who think that getting a degree in designing is a lot more important than being naturally talented. Some designers can just design a few things like glossy brochures, while others have a diversity of talent and can successfully create websites, print layouts and logos.

You will find a lot of graphic designers who have been through proper designing courses questioning themselves if the whole degree idea was worth it or not. The reason is that they might have seen a lot of senior successful designers without having a professional degree and such scenarios always brings a thought in people’s mind i.e. what is more important – being naturally talented or earning a design degree with a lot of efforts and expenses

Colorful Clientele – Client Types and How to Handle Them

Blogging, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Outsourcing, Portfolio, Web Design

Either you are working as a freelancer or running a design agency, you will have to deal with a colorful variation of clientele. It highly depends on your luck and your dealing that which one (or more than one) of these types fall in your business’s lap. To run a successful design business, you need to understand all the different types of clients so that you can plan a strategy to deal with them accordingly.

The truth is that not all clients are bad but some clients are no less than a nightmare. As a graphic designing businessman, you will be talking; dealing and also meeting with so many people of different personalities and understanding them will help you save your time and efforts so that you can utilize them during your work. Some clients just want designs for brochures, while others want a full spectrum of branding from a website to product packaging. You need to customize your service level to meet the needs of each type of client

A Dazzling Portfolio and All about It

Blogging, Freelance, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Portfolio, Web Design

The field of graphic designing is incomplete without a portfolio. As a graphic designer a portfolio is the most essential element of his professional life. A graphic design portfolio is basically a well-organized presentation of combination of artwork which encompasses all your best work in terms of graphics and designing. The portfolio of a graphic designer helps him/her present his talents in the best and most comprehensive way. So either you are a salaried designer seeking a job or a freelance graphic business owner looking for clients for your business, your portfolio can be your best and foremost call-to-action.

Your portfolio gives a deeper idea about the type of work and the quality you can produce. It is the best way to display your brochures, flyers, postcards, business cards and other communication material designs. So, composing a portfolio needs much thinking and insight. Elements like colors, layout, content and design etc. play significant role in determining the attractiveness of the portfolio. Putting together and showing this kind of portfolio of your graphic design work is quite a skill, and the best way to do it gets debated constantly by designers around the world. This post is a part of the world-over debate that will help you compose a good portfolio. Business cards, photo postcards, and glossy brochures should all be included in your portfolio. It allows clients to see your design skills are diverse

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