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What are some good ways to gain practical experience to add to my portfolio?

I passed the ACE exams for InDesign and Photoshop a few months ago, but I am stumbling on how to get practical experience. I have a couple of years of news page design, and a very small number of ...
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Would moving away from urban areas affect client acquisition for a freelance designer?

I am an entry level designer contemplating a move to the country. This move would give me lots more time to work on my portfolio and develop my skills, but also isolate me from the more white-collar ...
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How should I handle a client when they ask for my opinion about another designer's work?

I met a client that currently works with a designer whom I don't know - the client showed me his new logo and asked my opinion about it. I answered that I don't like "grey on grey background". That's ...
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Is there benefit to old-world, analog, customer appreciation?

I got to thinking...... Years ago, when you became Adobe Certified, Adobe mailed you a package. In that package was a nice foil embossed certificate, a small Adobe-branded notebook (great quality) ...
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Do theme developers create their own graphics?

I'm a developer trying to strengthen my design skills. The problem lies with my expertise being in code versus design. So my question is, when creating a theme to sell, and the focus is the ...
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Client is selling her business - can she on sell the design work I've done for her over the years?

I've had an amazing client for the past three years who I've done regular graphic design work for - mostly product promotions (print & web), product brochures, posters and point of sale. She is ...
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What’s the difference between an art director and a creative director?

I have seen both Art Director and Creative Director as titles, but I'm not sure what the difference is. Is one to do with visuals and the other with content? Are they more or less interchangeable? Do ...
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What is “standard markup” for purchases which need to be passed on to the client?

Let's say I'm designing a site, and Client and I agree that I'm going to purchase a slideshow to use on Client's site. The slideshow code costs $30. I will mark this up to compensate me for my time ...
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What should be in a job contract?

Inspired by the great answers from this question, what are things you would include in a graphic design job contract? Are there items or conditions you would have in a freelance contract that aren't ...
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How should a designer communicate price is negotiable to a client?

While in the stages of a bid, quote, or proposal I was curious how should a designer communicate "price is negotiable" in a professional manner instead of stating the simple fact. I know it's ...
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Where can I find web design projects?

I am a recently graduated graphic designer. I would like to know if there are any worthwhile websites that I could present my portfolio and receive or look for job offers. I have came across the ...
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Stock Photo resource collections for Salons?

I apologize in advance if this may be off topic (I'm new here so I am not quite sure) But I have sifted through many Stock Photography resources and I have found very little to none, reasonably ...
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How do I know when I'm ready to start doing professional work?

I was searching around and I found this question here talking about how a designer knows when thier work is 'good'; and it has a lot of crucial information. My question is almost an extension to ...
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Is a resumé/CV required for a freelancer?

Since a freelancer usually (or from what I understand) takes on all aspects of their work, they don't really get hired for permanent positions and thus work off individual projects. A client hires the ...
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How to give back as a designer?

What are some places or areas where one could donate graphic design services for the greater good? I don't really mean local not for profit organization, but more on a regional, national, or global ...
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Concept Design and Card Art freelancing prices

I'm a beginning freelancer and I have a client that wants character concepts (napkin sketches) then finished card art. He also wants a 3D figure of the character to create playable tokens. So he will ...
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How do you manage samples of physical design projects?

As a designer creates work, more and more "samples" start to stack up. With digital projects maintaining a library of past projects is fairly easy. All it takes is a dedicated hard drive and a ...
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Design Reflection for business cards [duplicate]

I've designed a perspective view in which i show off my business card design. To make it realistic I want to use lightning conditions effectively. In some Cards I they use beautiful frosted glossy ...
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Whats a good way to find a good designer? [closed]

I'm running a company that needs design work from time to time. Things like business cards, web design, marketing materials, etc. We probably have about 20 hours a month of design work on average. ...
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How should a designer handle the request to repurpose a design?

Scenario: You design a piece for Company A. The piece performs very well for Company A. So much so that they use the piece for several years. Eventually Company A shuts down. A few years later, you ...
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What are the essential must-read magazines for the design industry? (UK)

What are the essential must-read and industry magazines in the design & advertising world? (UK, printed) What should I expect to find on a coffee table at a high end design house? (Why? you ...
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Which is a better design pricing model?

I'm curious which pricing model other feel best fits freelance design, in what situations, and why. I am not seeking dollar values. There are a few basic pricing models a freelancer can use: ...
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Is it legal to make a vector of another companies product?

So I own a business that will soon start developing mobile apps for platforms such as the iPad. I am wondering if I can legally make a vector graphic of other companies products such as the iPad to ...
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businescard disguised as a real iphone, anoyone knows a good mockup / sample?

I try to create a businesscard like below. I searched for the internet for an template to no avail. So playing now around with Illustrator but im not that of a design guru. Does anyone know if below ...
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Business cards: Cannot save according to Illustrator template

I want to make a business card in illustrator. Here is my design: Question 1: The design labeled (1) is perfectly aligned from back to front. I've downloaded a template for illustrator here. The ...
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What is a portfolio, and what should it consist of?

What is a portfolio, and what should it consist of? Please include details such as the format, use of, number of items, types of items, etc.
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How much should I charge for designing 300 business card templates.? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What price should I charge for design services? Ok guys so I was called for a job interview and I was hired. but this will be my first job as a designer. How much should ...
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Who are the main exponents (and books) on Design Strategy?

At my web shop we have been studying Content Strategy to implement it and raise the business value of our web development service/product. Upon modelling our business process I stumbled upon what ...
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Are logo design contests considered “spec” work and what are the pros and cons of participating as a designer?

I know logo design contests and the whole "spec" work issue is a controversial subject. As a designer given the AIGA's position on spec work what are the pros and cons of entering such contests?
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What is a good serif font that goes with DIN Black for detail?

I am designing a business card, and was using DIN Black as a title font. I was thinking of putting the contact information in Georgia, underneath. Anyone have any experience working with DIN Black as ...
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What are some good guidelines when designing website for telecom-business [closed]

I know that this question might be tossed out, and I apologies for that, but here goes nothing: I work at a small call center in Sweden as a IT-technician. Since we´re so small we cant afford to hire ...
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Web design for retail / e-commerce site - essential elements?

I'm developing a Rails site for my company that's going to be a web store for our entire inventory. I don't really have a lot of experience with design (I am the one-man IT department at my company, ...
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Clients always think they are a better designer than I am.

When I am designing a new website or application I am very meticulous to get every detail right so it is beautiful while still user friendly. Almost always however, the client has better ideas. They ...
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Advice on re-quoting a client for a freelance project

I took on a graphic design job recently and I quoted the client for 36 hours of work. About half way through the project the client got stalled out because of upper management's indecision and because ...
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What does “Great typography skills” mean in the context of a job requirement for a web developer position?

I'm looking at job requirements for Jr. web Developer positions. Some jobs need "Great typography and layout skills." What does typography mean? What skills are they exactly looking for?