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Best laptop chargers for remote designers

Best laptop chargers for remote designers

It's likely as a designer in 2021 that you're doing your best work from home. It's also likely that your meetings with clients and teammates will be via Zoom. You need to keep your laptop fully charged as much as possible and as quickly as possible. Thanks to big...

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Photoshop vs. Procreate: A Comparison Guide

Photoshop vs. Procreate: A Comparison Guide

If you are a graphic designer or digital illustrator, finding the right program matters. In the modern age, it's never been easier to find apps and software that can help you achieve various designs, aesthetics, and objectives. However, when it comes to OG products,...

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How Ancient Symbols Can Benefit Modern Design

How Ancient Symbols Can Benefit Modern Design

My name is Michela Graziani. I’m a creative designer based in Rome, Italy. I want to talk to you today about symbols. I love symbols. I love the prevalence and permanence of the symbols in our world. I love that some symbols are transitory. I love learning the stories...

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20 of the Best Procreate Brushes

20 of the Best Procreate Brushes

The Procreate App for iPad Pro is fast becoming one of the most popular go-to apps for professionals and hobbyist designers alike. The app is a game changer for artists as it transforms the iPad into a drawing table and allows artists to achieve the same outcome that...

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How to create a strong brand identity

How to create a strong brand identity

A brand identity is the visual elements of the brand such as logo, colour and the design that separates the brand from the competition in the eyes of the consumer. A strong identity should be memorable, easily identifiable and consistent. Having a strong brand...

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9 Top Remote Graphic Design Jobs Websites

9 Top Remote Graphic Design Jobs Websites

Being a designer in a world of seemingly endless remote graphic design jobs means you can basically work from just about anywhere if you so choose. But finding quality remote graphic design jobs is sometimes easier said than done. Not only is it tough competing with...

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Niche Examples for Your Design Business

Niche Examples for Your Design Business

So maybe now you're convinced that you may need to go more niche with your design company (or your freelancing). You've heard that operating in a Niche will result in clients hunting you down, rather than you going chasing after every man and his dog. But... what's a...

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Birmingham Design Festival 2018

Birmingham Design Festival 2018

As a designer based in the Midlands in the UK, I want to shout loud about the forthcoming Birmingham Design Festival in the Summer 2018. This will be a chance to celebrate the breadth of talent in and around the City over four full days of workshops, talks,...

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The Tragedy of Hourly Pricing

The Tragedy of Hourly Pricing

For years, I’ve been on record against pricing creative services by the hour. My main beef is simple: the better you get at what you do, the less time it will take and, when you price hourly, the less you will earn. This is a tragedy and doesn’t make sense in the...

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Where and How to Use Icons in Your Designs

Where and How to Use Icons in Your Designs

Just about every app and website uses icons. In fact, you’ve probably used then in many projects, but why did you use icons and how do you know you used them in the right places? That question keeps even the most experienced web and app designers scratching their...

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The best graphic design podcasts

The best graphic design podcasts

I love listening to and creating graphic design podcasts. It’s a medium that provides options to go deep and connect with an audience. In times of short messages and notifications it’s a haven of value and knowledge. I would love to guide you trought the landscape of...

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04 The Futur of Design Education

04 The Futur of Design Education

In this episode, I get to speak with Chris Do. Chris is an Emmy award winning designer, founder and CEO of Blind, Inc., where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company. He's also the founder of The Futur, a design education platform. We’ll be...

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03 Getting Clients to Pay You on Time

03 Getting Clients to Pay You on Time

In this episode, we look at how to ensure you get paid on time and you're not chasing the clients for money over and over again. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design Life Facebook group. Once you’ve listened, make sure you join us and discuss this...

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02 How to Get Clients to Come to You

02 How to Get Clients to Come to You

In this episode, I talk to Ian Paget, the Logo Geek. I find out how he got built a huge following online and got a great insight into his logo design process. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design Life Facebook group. Once you’ve listened, make sure...

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01 Why listen to This Design Life?

01 Why listen to This Design Life?

We've been waiting to launch a podcast all about design for a long time now. Loads of things have got in the way, but now is the time... Here's what you can expect from This Design Life, what we'll be covering and what our mission is.  

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Quick interview with Jerrod Maruyama

Quick interview with Jerrod Maruyama

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Like most kids, I grew up drawing. Unlike most kids, I stuck with it. I never considered going into art as a career until my senior year in high school. I saw The Little Mermaid in theaters and decided I wanted to...

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Quick interview with Ian Paget

Quick interview with Ian Paget

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Growing up I was that kid that loved art. I loved to make things, loved drawing and was interested in animation too. I used to win a lot of art competitions, and even had my drawings on TV a few times. Because of...

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Quick interview with Philip VanDusen

Quick interview with Philip VanDusen

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer/creator? The fine arts, drawing and painting, have always been passions of mine. I studied fine art in university and actually have a masters degree in painting not design. That fine art focus as it turns out has...

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Quick interview with Shawn Barry

Quick interview with Shawn Barry

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I was always an artist, and growing up, that was where my focus was taking me. I struggled with academics in school, but excelled at art and music. It wasn't until going back to a high school equivalency program...

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Quick interview with Omar Farook

Quick interview with Omar Farook

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I discovered my passion for drawing and creating stuff when I was a child; my parents would tell me how excellent I was at drawing perfect circles when I was just three. I then slowly started aspiring to become an...

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Quick interview with Andy J Miller

Quick interview with Andy J Miller

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? High school. I have always been a creative type, and I grew up drawing all the time, but it wasn’t until I got into the indie music scene that I discovered poster design and considered it as a career. 2....

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Quick interview with Patrick Hill

Quick interview with Patrick Hill

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer/creative? Around the age of 10 I began associating creativity with individuality and, frankly, popularity. That being said, I've never felt like I was pre-disposed to "creativity". It looked natural when other people...

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Quick interview with Josh Miles

Quick interview with Josh Miles

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve been doing design or art in some manner since I was old enough to hold a pencil. And while I think I boldly stated in highschool that I was going to, “Own a design firm” after I graduated, I’m positive I didn’t...

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Quick Interview with Armin Vit

Quick Interview with Armin Vit

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? It’s actually kind of corny. I had my first daughter while I was working at Pentagram. They gave me three months off for paternity leave and when I came back to work full time I was so bummed that I had to...

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