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How to Design Efficiently in Adobe InDesign

Books, magazines and other collateral with a large amounts of text would probably take years to design if it we didn’t have Adobe InDesign. 😳  Okay, maybe not years…but it would definitely be time consuming and a lot more challenging to keep things consistent. Fortunately, the program has a variety of tools to help make our job a little bit easier. Read on to learn how you can design efficiently in Adobe InDesign.

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BNSF Family Web Design

Every year, my family throws a huge family reunion where we all come together to have fun and catch up with one another. This tradition was originally started back in 1977 by 4 Blount sisters named Mary Augusta, Anna Belle, Jannie and Estella. The 4 of them organized a huge cook out that brought everyone together. Since then the reunion has evolved into an annual weekend of activities where we eat, socialize and create lasting memories together. The Blount Newsome Sutton Freeman Family Reunion has been hosted in a variety of places all over the US including Raleigh, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Selma, Alabama and Queens, New York…just to name a few. This year marks the 40th anniversary for the reunion and to celebrate, I designed the BNSF Family website!

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Gym Class 4 You – Web Design

Did you love PE as a kid? Some of my fondest childhood memories were made when playing games like flag football, Red Rover, or simply running around having fun with other kids. When Shawnna Penn asked me to design a website for her business, I had instant nostalgia! Shawnna is the owner and lead specialist of Gym Class 4 You, an organization that provides fitness programs and recreational sports for special needs children. These sports programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each participant, and help promote high self-esteem, healthy self-image, and motor skill development.

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Read This BEFORE Hiring A Web Designer

When you’re inspired by a new business idea, it can be tempting to jump in full-speed ahead. Many entrepreneurs automatically assume one of the first things they need for their business is a website…and ASAP! While an online presence is imperative for your business, it’s not necessarily the first thing that needs to be checked off of your to-do list. You can have an absolutely ah-mazing website but still not achieve the success you dream of for your business. Why is that? Because it takes more than just a nice looking website to build and grow your business. Here are 6 things you should consider before hiring a web designer:

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How Working Full-Time Actually Improves My Side Hustle

It’s no secret that we are the generation of the “side hustle”. A Pew Research study confirms that ‘many to most’ Millennials desire to start their own business and 27 % of them are now self employed. Being the boss is a growing trend and the internet is filled with all types of “Ways to Quit Your Day Job”. Though the ultimate goal is to one day work for myself, I must say that I’m in no rush to stop working full-time. I absolutely LOVE my job and being an employee has actually helped me grow in design and entrepreneurship.

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Amazingly Useful Design Resources You May Have Overlooked

There are plenty of design resources a designer may need and not know they need until they  have them. These resources are easy to overlook. They don’t directly connect to graphic design so it isn’t obvious but they are quite helpful for creating design. For example, if you need to send a mock-up (of anything) to a client and there’s a possibility you may not have all the content. Though they wouldn’t be used in the final design, filler text and stock photos are great placeholders for missing content. These design resources are beneficial to the design process and can be useful to a range of graphic design fields.

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Brushing Up on the Basics: The Elements of Graphic Design

The elements of graphic design are the fundamental basics. They’re essentially the main ingredients for creating design, and when use correctly, can make some pretty tasty compositions! These basic elements are used to communicate visually and work together with the Principles of Graphic Design to create successful design. It’s helpful to know these elements and their functions, so you can better use them in your own work. Review each element below, then take the Elements of Graphic Design quiz to test what you’ve learned!

 

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Learning How To Freelance: Resources for Designers

Whether you’ve been designing for years or just now decided to learn graphic design, always remember to never stop learning. There are tons of FREE online resources for designers that offer advice and knowledge on running a freelance business. Blogs, podcasts and ebooks are useful resources for designers who want to learn graphic design along with skills in business and entrepreneurship.

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Everything You Need To Know About Freelance Contracts

When I first started my design business, I knew freelance contracts were important. I read about them online and constantly heard other freelancers talk about using them. Yet, despite all warning, I still took on clients with nothing more than a verbal agreement. These clients were nice, friendly people and I was a good, honest designer. What could possibly go wrong…right? Wrong. It wasn’t that my clients were intentionally difficult. It was just clear that a lot of miscommunication can be avoided with a written contract in place.

 

There are some things the client won’t know and it’s our responsibility as designers to explain it to them. Many clients have never worked with a designer (or freelancer) before, and from their perspective, it’s hard to know what to expect. Freelance contracts exist for this precise reason. They explain your process to the client and clarify expectations for all parties involved.