June 2009

Free Lance.

Freelancers are sometimes a solitary lot. Sure they socialise in real life and on social media, but there are sites out there where they can broaden their horizons. FreelanceFolder has found 30 sites that have plugins, tools, blogs, forums, job boards and social networking sites beneficial to freelancers. Reach out and touch somebody.

May 2009

Business is business.

We all enjoy making pretty pictures on our computers. But if you’re a professional graphic designer, the big, bad world of business is part of your daily life. BoDo (Business Of Design Online) blogs about the business of design including: starting your own design business (online or off); marketing; dealing with clients; working with printers, photographers, copywriters and other surrounding industries; pretty much anything to help a design business grow.

A stitch in time….

In a business often charged at hourly rates or fixed price quotes, it pays to be time-efficient. It’s human nature to work faster and easier, and the more experience you have will determine the systems, procedures and shortcuts you have in place. But where to start? Smashing Magazine to the rescue with twenty time-saving tips to improve your workflow.

Ditching the nine to five.

Some designers enjoy the security of a ‘regular job’. Others prefer the freedom and autonomy of working freelance. It’s difficult to get impartial views and there are many risks and pitfalls. The group at Noupe have assembled a bunch of top web designers about the pros and cons of going freelance.