Mark: Pricing your creative services fairly and accurately is a tough task.
If you're freelancing you can under price and be smothered with work that's not profitable or you can over price and be listening to crickets while your telephone gathers dust. As an agency, a few bad pricing mistakes and you'll find yourself selling your Herman Miller chair to cover a small part of the power bill.
There are so many fixed and variable factors involved in pricing a project and each project is different. Professional creative services is not a 'one price fits all' proposition.
Recently I found a great [FREE] iPhone app that helps simplify the pricing process. It takes into consideration various 'constants" like your location, skill level and work experience, then it asks you pertinent questions (variables) about the project you are pricing.
The results help you determine your base hourly or project rate and gives you a really good price range for which to base your proposal.
It's a much better way to consistently and professionally price your services rather than just pulling a number out of your nose.
Are you a web or graphic designer? Calculate how much you can charge for your creative services taking under account factors like the project, client, location, as well as your education and experience.
Mark: Assets. You're designer toobox needs access to easy to reach, preferably free or cheap digital assets. Here are 38 links to beautiful wood textures available free for download. Some are really nice, my favorite is the Tree Eddy texture from Oceania.
Today, we bring to you 38 unique and realistic wood textures that you can take advantage of!
Mark: VintageMedStock.com's recent price drop has it's prices down to microstock levels. It's a great resource especially if you do a lot of medical work.
VintageMedStock.com is the leading source of original antique medical images, prints, monotypes, wood block prints and illustrations sourced from our collection of 100s of 18th, 19th & 20th Century medical textbooks, manuals and papers.
A designer isn’t by far that person that creates layouts, codes these and uploads the files as it was few years ago. Nowadays, his job is very complex and it requires many hours of intensive work and a very solid background.
Designers need to be great communicators! Given a choice between hiring a designer who can smoke at Photoshop/Illustrator and designer who can write, I'll take the writer over the software guy (or girl) any day. Writers are generally good problem solvers.
I think you've been a design geek for too long if you find a particular character that you actually like. A lot. Ampersands do it for me. I've got a couple of sculpture projects waiting in the wings that are nothing but an homage to the good ol' ampersand.
Today we bring you 50 amazing free fonts. This collection features some old time classics, as well as plenty of rare new fonts. All of these fonts are super high quality, and really professionalism, so should add a nice touch to your work.
Actually some of the fonts are pretty nice. There's only one or two that I [personally] would use, but it's pretty good selection of free fonts.
Mark: Adobe rolls out Edge tools and pushes me closer (to the edge--bad pun) to joining their Creative Cloud subscription software service.
Just found out that existing Creative Suite users (CS3 or higher) get a humongous discount on Adobe's Creative Cloud service-- only $29.95 per month with an annual commit.
Mark: Christmas may seem like 82 Days and 6+ hours away, but now is a good time to start working on those gifts that you give, then brag to all your friends and family about later. One brag-worthy gift worth mentioning is a 60 page Moleskin Photo Book complete with a slipcase and everything.
They'll think it's charming, thoughtful AND they will swear you poot rainbows & glitter.
Just don't forget to remind them that you went to so much trouble for their Christmas gift when your birthday comes around.
Mark: Designers are known for spending all day and usually most of the night in front of our computers. So much so that some (most?) of us will hiss at the daylight. We generally have an incredible monitor tan and most of us can do a high number of arm curl reps with a coffee mug in each hand.
This post on desk excercises, while helpful, pointedly reminds me that it's generally best to just go to the gym.
But these tips are helpful--for vampires.
Looking for desk exercises, then sit up straight, and pay attention! Designer boot camp starts now, and we're here to put paid to poor posture, and ensure your remain in tip top condition at your desk.
Mark: As a photographer, I feel that Instagram & its assorted filtration systems have pushed HDR and heavy Photoshop editing onto the back of a jumping shark. I still love great composition, color, texture and subject, however images dripping in post-production goo turn me off.
(start dramatic voice) Imagine this shot in your minds eye, a black & white photo of a rose but only the rose's petals are red! Gasp! (/start dramatic voice) It's been overdone to the Nth degree! Granted it worked for Schindler's List, but that was forever ago-- back when the idea was fresh.
Here are seven preset Photoshop actions that will help you get your goo on. ...if you're so inclined.
Mark: Users accessing the web via mobile devices (smartphones & tablets) have eclipsed desktop users and the number of mobile users is expecting to grew exponentially over the next few years. Is your website mobile-friendly?
Freelance UX designer Anna Dahlström shares the best advice for those starting out in mobile website design.
Mindmeister is a powerful mind-mapping tool, but als is also a fine collaboration tool as well. Designers can use this to expound on ideas and concepts. It's a great real-time collaboration tool too. Other benefits include being able to publish, export and sharing your mindmaps as well as storing them with Google Drive.
It works great on the desktop, tablet (iPad especially) and smartphones.
For first time freelance web designers, nothing is more intimidating then when their first client asks, “Well, what will it cost?” We all imagine the hardest part of getting a gig will be finding the client, the proposal, or the project itself.
This is a really well thought out post regarding how best to approach pricing your work as a designer. We've been using per hour pricing for the past several years and have finally decided to give project pricing a try.
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