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That’s How Frank from G’day Frank Does It

That’s How Frank from G’day Frank Does It

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Year 10 Art Class (2003) when I was introduced to Photoshop. Prior to that I'd wanted to be an animator for Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic or Animal Logic, but once I got to my final year of high school I was...

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Comeback after losing your agency with Joel Kelly

Comeback after losing your agency with Joel Kelly

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? From a very young age, I have been doodling on scraps of paper, and in academia, it was my school work. I seemed to always be drawn to visual elements and wanting to improve on the concept. It wasn’t until 1997 that...

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A peek behind the curtains of Aaron Draplin.

A peek behind the curtains of Aaron Draplin.

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? It was right out of high school. I didn't really even know what a graphic designer was, but I knew I wanted to be into art. It goes all the way back to skateboarding. We were making our own grip tape graphics, our...

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Caring for your clients with Gyor Moore

Caring for your clients with Gyor Moore

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? My parents often tell me that when I was a kid I was always drawing. Mostly comic characters, and I would create stories around them. I think this was the first hint of me being into design and storytelling. It was...

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Creating a long lasting design career with David Airey

Creating a long lasting design career with David Airey

David Airey is a designer of enduring logos and visual identities. He runs an independent graphic design studio in Northern Ireland, collaborating with clients worldwide to grow their businesses through distinctive, meaningful, and emotive design. He’s also an author...

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Quick interview with Michael Janda

Quick interview with Michael Janda

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was always into art and creativity. Doodling, comic books, imagination…even a stint with Dungeons and Dragons during my middle school years. When I was in high school I thought “commercial art” (now called graphic...

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Quick interview with Brendan Dawes

Quick interview with Brendan Dawes

1.When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I don't think I ever did. To be honest I never really thought about what I wanted to do, though maybe something creative or involving making things in some way. I really got into design as a side-effect of being into...

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Quick interview with Colleen Gratzer

Quick interview with Colleen Gratzer

1.When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Very early on. My parents would always say that I was born with a pencil and drawing tablet in hand. I was always drawing. I was especially big on drawing people’s faces and houses—two completely unrelated things,...

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Quick interview with Christophe De Pelsemaker

Quick interview with Christophe De Pelsemaker

1.When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At the age of 16/17, we had some moments during school which were devoted to talk about our interests and what we would like to study after we got out of school at the age of 17/18. Like many students, I didn't had...

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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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Quick interview with Steve Raboin

Quick interview with Steve Raboin

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? When I was wrapping up my 4-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. I had already studied illustration for two years before I went in. When I started looking into returning to...

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Quick interview with Danny  Matthews

Quick interview with Danny Matthews

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Since I was a kid, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I was older I used to alternate between: Cartoon Voiceover, Designing Cars or Making Toys (I’m such a kid). Unfortunately I lost my way after...

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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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Quick Interview with Shane Rielly

Quick Interview with Shane Rielly

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I have always been what others would call 'a creative person' so I guess I have naturally always looked for outlets and ways to exercise that. If I got a skateboard, surfboard, pencil case, or just about anything...

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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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Quick Interview with Jacob Cass

Quick Interview with Jacob Cass

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Looking back on my childhood, I was always attracted to creative subjects such as art and design, so there was something engrained there from the beginning. However, it wasn't until I was 15 that my school's career...

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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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Quick Interview with Douglas Davis

Quick Interview with Douglas Davis

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Well, I didn't really decide to be a designer. I stumbled into it. I remember wanting to be a cartoonist. I loved Garfield as a kid and my cousins took me to the state fair as a kid, I was probably about 7 or 8 and...

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Quick Interview with Matt Dawson

Quick Interview with Matt Dawson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Kind of by accident. I was in school for Landscape Architecture, but spent more time designing the development signage & pitch decks rather than making sure my landscape designs actually worked! I was doing...

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Quick Interview with Laura Evans

Quick Interview with Laura Evans

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I wish I could say 'I was born with design in my blood!' but that would be a lie! I've always been creative: I adored art and design and technology at school; I actually started a degree at Loughborough University...

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Quick Interview with Deb Panckhurst

Quick Interview with Deb Panckhurst

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Probably early teens. I was always very interested in art in general, drawing and doodling. I remember sketching magazine ads as a kid. Drawing out the text and everything. One of my high school teachers said to me...

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Quick Interview with Joseph Szala

Quick Interview with Joseph Szala

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’d say it was in my late teens. I played bass in a band, and the duty of creating our show posters, website, album art, and other elements. This also introduced me to business as I had to book shows, negotiate...

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Quick Interview with Bart O’Dell

Quick Interview with Bart O’Dell

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was honestly 9 years old and in the third grade, I believe, living in Wichita, Kansas USA. I was constantly getting into trouble with my elementary school teacher for constantly drawing in class before, after and...

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Quick Interview with Michael Edward

Quick Interview with Michael Edward

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I would have to give my parents credit for recognizing my creative talent at a very young age. They encouraged me to express myself to the point of me winning every contest my work was submitted in. When I went to...

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Quick Interview with Mark Des Cotes

Quick Interview with Mark Des Cotes

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I actually didn’t realize I wanted to be a designer until part way through my first year of design school. Originally, After High School my plan was to go to university and learn how to produce television...

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Quick Interview with Dustin Lee

Quick Interview with Dustin Lee

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve always loved old packaging, cheap ads in comic books, and album artwork. I just didn’t realize it was a career. The first time I got excited and felt empowered to experiment with design was when I purchased...

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Quick Interview with Mackey Saturday

Quick Interview with Mackey Saturday

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The turning point in my life was less about when I decided I wanted to be a designer and more about when I realized that I didn’t have to pursue a traditional career to make a living. This decision enabled me to...

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Quick Interview with Jarrod Drysdale

Quick Interview with Jarrod Drysdale

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was sitting in a Calculus 2 class my freshman year of college studying to be an electrical engineer. I was one of those kids who really cared about getting good grades, and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t...

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Quick Interview with Rebecca Heinemann

Quick Interview with Rebecca Heinemann

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? There wasn’t really one defining instance. I would love to have a lightbulb moment story to share but it was more of a slow burn for me to realise something I loved so much would become my career. I have loved...

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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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Quick Interview with Luke Tonge

Quick Interview with Luke Tonge

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I think I always knew I wanted to create stuff, and it was only in senior school I realised that would be under the title of designer. For a while I toyed with photography, product design, even landscape design! But...

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Quick Interview with Darian Rosebrook

Quick Interview with Darian Rosebrook

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Back in Spring 2015, we had our first son. I was working a super low pay job and started panicking that we wouldn't be able to provide since they wouldn't give any promotions at the time. At some point, I stumbled...

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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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