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7 Essential Productivity Apps for Freelancers


March 29th, 2016 | by Joanna McCoy | published in Creative Space, Features, Productivity, Useful Resources

  As a freelancer, it’s fantastic to be your own boss — but, as you may have heard — with great power comes great responsibility.  Not only are you creating work for clients, you’re also balancing your own books and other responsibilities. In today’s day and age, there’s an app for everything. 99u curated an […]

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5 Ways to Use Design Principles to Find Work/Life Balance


February 9th, 2016 | by Joanna McCoy | published in Career Growth, Design, Productivity, Useful Resources

  At recent creative conference OFFSET London, Creative Director Vince Frost presented the intriguing question: “Why don’t more designers and illustrators design their own lives?”  Designers dedicate most of their lives to client briefs, so what’s to stop them from using design principles to get the most out of life? As Frost continues, “[Life] is […]

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Become A Design Rock Star With These 3 Strategies


May 19th, 2015 | by admin | published in Creative Space, Design, Productivity, Useful Resources

Excerpt by Will Gibbons at Creative Bloq: I work in industrial design. But whatever your discipline, for those starting out, design can be daunting. Fortunately, with a little strategy, we can clear the debris from the road to becoming an elite designer, making those skills much more attainable. Here are three ways to get there […]

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10 Tools For Getting More Done


May 1st, 2015 | by admin | published in Useful Resources

  Excerpt from John Boitnott for Entrepreneur. It’s natural for a professional to feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. This is especially true for entrepreneurs building a business alone. Being forced to handle the many daily tasks associated with running a business can easily stretch a person to […]

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How Successful People Stay Calm


December 19th, 2014 | by admin | published in Features, Productivity, Useful Resources

Excerpt from Travis Bradberry LinkedIn: The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm […]

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How Top Startups Pay Designers


September 23rd, 2014 | by admin | published in Creative Space, Features, Useful Resources

Excerpt from Daniel Burka for Google Ventures: A few weeks ago I had coffee with an experienced product designer. Let’s call him Carl. He’d been working at a respected San Francisco startup for five years, but he was getting restless. Carl had excellent experience and skills. (Heck, the guy was even a decent coder.) I […]

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A Fine Balance: ‘On-the-Job’ Requirements & Your Personal Brand


December 17th, 2013 | by admin | published in Useful Resources

As a creative professional, you’re always making compromises. You’re choosing functionality over aesthetics. You’re removing special features to stay within budget. You’re making changes in the name of ‘the bigger picture’ and changing the design in order to accommodate the client’s vision. Over time, all of these changes affect your portfolio. Your portfolio reflects your […]

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Creating a Collaborative Freelance Community


September 20th, 2013 | by admin | published in Creative Space, Features, Useful Resources

The freelance world can often seem like an “every man for himself” kind of place, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for creative professionals to collaborate and take on cross-industry projects. You may have become a freelancer because you wanted to work independently, but here are just a few of the huge benefits from staying connected […]

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Taking Your Design Skills to the Next Level


September 16th, 2013 | by admin | published in Creative Space, Features, Useful Resources

  As the saying goes, “there’s always room for improvement” and nowhere is this more true than in creative industries. Whether it’s a new software program or yearly technology upgrades, it’s important to find ways to improve, learn new skills and stay current. A great way to do this is through side projects! So how […]

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Turning Intangible Ideas into Tangible Design


September 6th, 2013 | by admin | published in Career Growth, Creative Space, Features, Useful Resources

   What does your client want? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell. If your client has a large team, you might find that certain team members disagree. Sometimes, you might find that all team members agree on ‘the bigger picture,’ but no one has thought about the details. Sometimes, your client knows exactly what […]

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