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If you missed them, here are parts 1, 2 and 3 As you’ve seen already, a good graphic design case study is very simple: it’s just a short story about a business that also happens to show off how good you are. It’s like any article you’d read in a newspaper, or any short story

The art problem: speed versus quality

Thursday, 15 October 2015 by

I was freelancing at an agency recently and I asked about the construction of a particular file I was working with, since I hadn’t created the original. This was eventually going to be a digital image used for web but was created in a program normally used for print. The answer I got was quite interesting: “Jeff,

One of the BIGGEST challenges for creative industry novices, juniors and everyone still breathing is to avoid the pitfalls of client direction. But that said, there’s a further pitfall … knowing when to speak your mind, or when to walk away. I recently had a client ask me for a logo design. Here’s what they said:

I was chatting online today with site contributor Anthony, and I was reminded of that double-edged sword all freelancers swing at one time or another. “I want the work” and “I’ve got the work”. Sounds like a no-brainer, but not so fast. You DO want the work, yes. And it’s good news when you get it,

Don’t settle… for a job you don’t want. Don’t settle… for half the rate you charge. Don’t settle… for an unfair wage. Don’t settle… for work from a client who abuses you. Don’t settle… for cancelling your plans and personal life because a boss who doesn’t care said so. I could go on all day,

Doubts… yup, we all have them

Friday, 24 October 2014 by

Some recent emails got me thinking about a subject that, for years now, hasn’t been an issue for me. Doubt. Particularly, creative self-doubt. The fact it hasn’t been an issue for me isn’t because I’m somehow great, and never feel doubt anymore. It’s because I’ve never stopped doubting myself and my work, but have learned

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