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  • What to Include in a Graphic Design Contract Created: Sunday, September 23, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Graphic design contracts are important to protect the designer and clearly spell out the terms of an agreement and project. This list describes sections to include in a graphic design contract."
  • Using Swatches to Insure Desired Color Results in Printing Created: Sunday, September 23, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    When designing for print, a common issue that has to be dealt with is the difference between the color on your computer display and on paper. To deal with this problem, you can use the Pantone Matc...
  • Essential Graphic Design Tools Created: Sunday, February 17, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
    There are several tools that are essential to graphic design. See how a computer and software, design books, a sketchpad and even other designers can be essential to your design process and business.
  • Free Fonts for Download from Dafont.com Created: Monday, April 27, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
    Dafont is a free font website, offering downloadable freeware, shareware, demo and public domain typefaces for windows and mac.
  • The Elements of Graphic Design Created: Thursday, January 31, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
    elements of graphic design shapes lines colors type fonts typography typefaces text art illustrations photography texture photos
  • How to Build a Graphic Design Portfolio Without Existing Clients Created: Monday, August 30, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Getting jobs without work in a portfolio is difficult, as is building a portfolio without jobs. Tracey Halvorsen has some tips to get you started.
  • How to Buy a Website Domain Name Created: Monday, November 10, 2008 Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013
    Domain names or website addresses, such as google.com or facebook.com, are available for purchase from many website services or registrars. While of course the names mentioned above are far from av...
  • Web 2.0 Design Created: Friday, October 22, 2010 Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013
    Web 2.0 design often features textures, drop shadows, clean layouts, icons and other design elements. What other features helped shape the look of web 2.0?
  • Name That Font! Let "What the Font" Help You Created: Sunday, April 27, 2008 Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013
    Sometimes dentifying fonts can be tough. And sometimes impossible. Let's see if What the Font! can help figure which font you just fell in love with.
  • SlideShowPro Review Created: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013
    We review SlideShow Pro to see if its low price and easy of use can create photo and video galleries that are worth your time (and money).
  • Adobe CS3 - Creative Suite 3 Design Standard Edition Created: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013
    Adobe CS3 (Creative Suite 3) "Design Standard" edition is near ideal for graphic designers. Let's take a look to see if it's right for you.
  • What Can The Freelancers Union Offer You? Created: Monday, June 23, 2008 Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013
    What benefits are offered by The Freelancers Union? Let's take a look to see if the benefits could be of value to you.
  • To-Do List Software: Does TeuxDeux Do It All? Created: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    We take TeuxDeux for a spin to see if it meets basic to-do list needs. OK, OK, we like it. Find out its hits and misses to see if it's right for you.
  • iStock Interview Created: Monday, November 01, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    We talk with iStock’s COO Kelly Thompson and lead Creative Director, James Leal-Valias, about features available for graphic designers.
  • Color Scheme Generator Created: Monday, June 02, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    Need help creating colors sets for design projects? We found one that we love: Color Scheme Designer. Find out why we love it.
  • Types of Graphic Design Portfolios Created: Monday, September 17, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    Which kind of portfolio should you go with? Wait, there's more than one? Don't worry, we'll explain 'em all and help you decide which is best for you.
  • Share Your Experience - How to Find Out Your Client's Budget Created: Monday, November 09, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Finding our your client's budget without providing them with an estimate first can be difficult. If your client does reveal their budget, however, it can improve your relationship with them by avoi...
  • Client Red Flags - 10 Early Warning Signs of a Bad Client Created: Monday, January 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    It is often the case that designers are competing for projects, and the client is selecting who to work with based on experience, rates and many other factors. At the same time, however, designers ...
  • Business Budgets - How to Find Out Your Client's Budget Created: Monday, November 09, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Finding our your client's budget can save a lot of time and aggravation. By simply asking, or researching, how much a client can spend you can often determine not only if you can take a job, but wh...
  • Business in a Bad Economy - How Has the Economy Affected your Design business? Created: Thursday, October 29, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Chances are, the economy has affected the way you do business. Having a business in a bad economy can be very difficult, and some clients may have reduced their budgets for design work or cut out t...
  • Dealing with Difficult Clients – When a Client Thinks a Task is Simple Created: Monday, March 30, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Working with clients is a necessary, and sometimes frustrating, part of being a graphic designer. Without clients, however, designers don’t have much business. Therefore, it is important to l...
  • How To Design a Website – The Steps to Designing a Website Created: Thursday, October 30, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    A step by step guide to designing a website, from research and brainstorming to creating wireframes, developing the website and promoting it.
  • What To Do When a Client Will Not Pay Created: Monday, August 25, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    In a perfect world, clients would always pay on time and in full. However, over the course of a graphic design career, it is almost inevitable to come across late paying clients.
  • Stay Organized - How to Organize Your Business Created: Monday, September 28, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Staying organized is extremely important when running your own graphic design business. Share your advice and experience on keeping your business organized so you can focus on design.
  • Dealing with Difficult Clients – When a Client Thinks a Task is Simple Created: Monday, July 13, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Working with clients is a necessary, and sometimes frustrating, part of being a graphic designer. Without clients, however, designers don’t have much business. Therefore, it is important to l...
  • What To Do When a Client Will Not Pay Created: Monday, July 13, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    In a perfect world, clients would always pay on time and in full. However, over the course of a graphic design career, it is almost inevitable to come across late paying clients.
  • Creating Your Online Portfolio - How to Get Started on a Portfolio Website Created: Monday, July 06, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Tips and advice from our users on how to create an online website portfolio.
  • How has the economy affected your design business? Created: Thursday, October 29, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Chances are, the economy has affected the way you do business. Having a business in a bad economy can be very difficult, and some clients may have reduced their budgets for design work or cut out t...
  • Red Flags of a Bad Client Created: Monday, January 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    It isn't easy to identify a difficult client before signing on to do a project. However, there are warning signs to look for, and sometimes they can help you turn down a job that would otherwise be...
  • Graphic Designers Directory - Community Directory of Graphic Designers and Design Firms Created: Monday, February 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    A directory of graphic designers, design firms, freelancers, interactive agencies, web designers, web developers and design studios from the about.com graphic design community, added by our readers.
  • Reader Stories: Your Design Firm Logo Created: Monday, February 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Design firms, agencies and freelancers are often creating logos and identities for their clients. They also have to create their own brands, which can be a complicated and rewarding process. Share ...
  • Design Firm Logos - Share the Logo Design for Your Design Firm or Business Created: Monday, February 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    Design firms, agencies and freelancers are often creating logos and identities for their clients. They also have to create their own brands, which can be a complicated and rewarding process. Share ...

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