I found this gem of an infographic browsing the Love Infographics website. The design illustrates the daily life of a graphic designer.
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“Think it’s weird to collect air? You wouldn’t think so if you saw what your lungs collect every time you breathe.” — “A Public Service Ad About Air, and an App” by Andrew Adam Newman, The New York Times, June 18, 2012.
I’ve had people laugh at me, but I don’t care. I just love collecting air.
The mission of The Tutu Project is to raise funds to cover the cost of self-publishing Ballerina. It’s also the story of doing good while doing well; Ballerina is a book all about a man, his pink tutu and raising funds for women with breast cancer. The book will be published in the fall and all proceeds go to breast cancer organizations.
Are you happy with your career choice? Box1824 released a nonprofit commercial to inspire us. Discover how our workforce has been molded by past generations from the baby-boomers, generation-x, and eventually the millenials.
This video is the outcome of several studies developed by Box1824. It is a nonprofit or commercial project.
Box1824 is a Brazilian research company that specializes in behavioral sciences and consumer trends.
Are you struggling to fill your design schedule and make ends meet? Don’t sit in your own filth and get down. You have many proactive ways to get graphic design work out of nowhere, if you just keep busy.
Inquiring about possible work is not annoying if done properly. The key is to only ask when you absolutely need it. I don’t know how many times I’ve been running low and sent a friendly email to my past clients. Something as simple as:
“Hi XXX, Hope you are doing well (or long time no talk). I really enjoyed working together on your last project. I was wondering if you might need assistance with any projects coming up? I’m free this week and next. Thanks!”
Don’t pester your client list on the weekly. You know their personalities, so know the threshold. No mass emails. Make it personal.
Tell your clients how they could improve their business, but don’t be forceful. Respect a “NO,” and thank them for replying. Friendliness will get you the job later down the road.
“I noticed your website isn’t functioning properly. Would you be interested in opening a project to fix that problem?”
Get out and talk. Let people know what you’ve been up to at social gatherings. Check your local AIGA chapter or get together with friends from college. Perhaps you can have a conversation with a developer or entrepreneur. That conversation may end up getting you a recommendation.
Ask past clients or colleagues about learning resources. Recently, I asked a client to recommend an SEO book or resources to me. He replied kindly with a helping hand, but also asked me how my business was doing. He then offered new freelance work.
Blogging is my major outlet. It gives me a reason to learn, prove/share knowledge, and inspire others. I think of my design blog as a resume that mails itself. Keep a contact form button in plain view so curious business owners can send you project inquiries.
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Make good art. Create things that are truly satisfactory whether you get paid or not. I built my new FreelanceFolio WordPress theme while I was in a drought. There was no official plan to sell it, but I’ve received inquiries from businesses wanting custom WP themes.
Keep yourself busy with self-projects and passive design work. Check out Neil Gaiman’s speech to pump yourself up.
Meeting with Microsoft early in the development process, Paula Scher asked:
“Your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?”
Paula Scher and her group Pentagram tackled the Windows project head on. She explains that the new identity takes the Microsoft logo back to its roots. The metaphor for the window design was originated by the idea of seeing into screens with a new view on technology, a new perspective. You can see Scher took the window and slightly shifted the perspective. It makes sense.
Millions will complain about it’s simplicity. Many will say, “I can draw that, pay me!” I appreciate Paula’s mentality that concepts should make sense and be simplistic. After all, it’s the fact that anyone can draw the logo that makes it universally effective, because people can remember it.
You can read much more at Pentagram: New work: Microsoft Windows 8
Success is something that we all strive for. What you want could fall right into your lap one day, or you may need to try some of these helpful tips from Seth Godin. These are in some cases both hilarious and true.
I’ve only sampled 10 of the total 39 on Seth’s blog. Check them out. You’ll enjoy it.
Read the full post on Seth Godin’s blog: How to succeed.