How to stand out as a designer

The design world can be really competitive, making it tough to stand out as a designer. But one thing you can do to get noticed in a very crowded industry, is to find your uniqueness. Seth Godin called it finding your purple cow! What funny quirks do you have? What are you really good at? […] View full article >

Starting a freelance business from scratch

When I first started my freelance business, I did what most people would avoid like the plague, the dreaded cold-calling! I knew clients weren’t going to just fall into my lap, I had to go out and get them. So I picked up the local Yellow Pages and phoned all the companies I thought would need graphic design services.

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Overcoming isolation as a designer

Working from home alone can be a dream come true for some designers. I know for me, it’s truly a blessing and something I don’t take for granted at all. But you do run the risk of becoming too isolated, and as a creative, that could potentially have a negative impact on you and your craft.

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Is formal design education worth it?

So many of us are self taught in our creative fields. Even though I went the formal education route to study graphic design, I’m actually almost completely self-taught when it comes to illustration. I did art at school, but that’s about it. So I’ve experienced both sides of the coin.

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How to use Textures in your Designs

This tutorial shows you how you can incorporate textures into your design work and transform it from a simple design into something special in minutes.

I’ve used my Tasty Texture Pack in this tutorial and created my layout in Adobe Illustrator.

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An inspirational creative spirit!

Recently my friends over at Design Cuts celebrated their 3rd birthday (Happy Birthday Design Cuts!). They invited the community to design a birthday card using resources they’ve purchased from their market place.

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