It's not that everything Guy touches turns to gold—but that Guy only touches things made of gold. Guy's most recent touch: Canva, an online graphics program. Kawasaki, the co-author of APE (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur), noticed his social media guru was spinning out some amazing graphics. She was using a new [...]
So you’re going to school in hopes of landing an awesome job in graphic design? That’s great! But, are you really leveraging every opportunity to increase your chances of this happening upon graduation? Truth is, many (if not most) college grads enter the real world with the misconception that a [...]
You bring in a sales team, the sales team brings in the dollars. With the worldwide total of direct salesmen and women pushing 60 million and those salespeople contributing $114 billion in sales to the economy (as reported by the Direct Selling Association Census), sales managers are doing everything in [...]
Designing Your Business Website In The Clouds The 2013 Parallels SMB Cloud Insights report finds that 22 percent of businesses develop and manage their websites with IaaS and SaaS tools, and another 30 percent say they will follow suit by 2015. As more companies adopt the use of the cloud [...]
Being a web designer used to involve a text editor and a very in depth knowledge of HTML. However, times have changed, websites have become more complex, and tools have been developed to make it much easier to create different, interesting, and highly functional web pages that could have never [...]
Setting yourself up as a freelancer or consultant can be a daunting task. There’s finances to consider, records to keep, and you also have to market yourself and maintain relationships with clients. It can seem overwhelming, so it’s important to compartmentalize the different elements of your business so that you manage them. Finances First, it’s critical that you keep good records. The two most important things to track are your business income and your business expenses. Your income is your responsibility, and the IRS does not take kindly to freelancers who “estimate” their income. Keeping a separate bank account for your business will save you time and stress when you need to document your business profits and losses come tax time. According to Entrepreneur, not keeping finances separate is one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs can make. […]
Data storage poses a lot of problems for graphic designers. If you're juggling several types of storage methods, from thumb drives to CDs, you're putting yourself at risk for theft or loss of data. Not to mention, you have to remember what files are on which device and carry them [...]
While it's true that nothing beats a unique, built-from-scratch online portfolio, there are a lot of fantastic out-of-the-box options available to designers who don't want to fuss with tedious code and style sheets. We've found ten great portfolio sites for photographers and designers, some are free and others have paid services, but all focus on presenting your work beautifully.
If you’ve read our article on the importance of good photography (seen here), you might be wondering to yourself, “self, where can I get great photos for my website without hiring a professional photographer?” A good answer to that question is... online! There are dozens of great stock photography sites [...]
Social media integration is a must for successful businesses and full-time bloggers, so we've put together a collection of some of the nicest free social media icon sets we've found from around the web.
Graphic design relies heavily on the use of typography. Having a library of professional fonts helps to quickly find the perfect typeface to bring your message and your graphics to life. Fonts are powerful design tools and graphic designers can find a ton of high-quality, free fonts on the web. [...]