$50 Discount to the 2014 HOW Interactive Design Conference, San Francisco

By: Julia Wild on May 23rd 2014
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Where: The Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 When: November 17-19, 2014 What: UX, Front-End, Agile Processes, Responsive Design, Content Strategy, Marketing, Cross-Platform Design, Agile Development Cost: $995 (early bird – before June 13th 2014), $1095 (june 14 – July 31st), $1195 (August 1st onwards) Discount: $50 Disount Code: HIDCGD14 This is THE Web Conference for Designers which is brought to you by the team behind HOW Design Live. This is probably one... CONTINUE READING

Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live (Part 2)

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 8th 2014
Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live (Part 2)

Today we follow up with part two, an interview with Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing Mentor and the HOW Creative Freelance Business Conference (CFBC) which focuses on helping freelance creatives navigate challenges and meet real business goals. Q: I notice that the Creative Freelancer Conference has undergone a slight name change. Could you speak a little bit about what’s behind it? Ilise Benun: We simply added the word “Business” to clarify what is to me the main difference between... CONTINUE READING

Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 5th 2014
Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live

The HOW Design Live 2014 kick off next Monday, in Boston brings an amazing, interdisciplinary speaker line up, including creative heavy–hitters Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister and Maria Popova. But what also caught our attention were the changes in the Creative Freelancer Conference (now the Creative Freelancer Business Conference) founded by Marketing Mentor’s Ilise Benun and the newly added HOW Leadership Conference presented in partnership with Sterling Brands’ Debbie Millman. The changes speak to the ways that boundaries... CONTINUE READING

Finding Your Freelance Niche

By: Neil Tortorella on Jul 26th 2013
Finding Your Freelance Niche

Niche noun, adjective, verb, niched, nich•ing noun 1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object. 2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one’s niche in the business world. 3. a distinct segment of a market. 4. Ecology – the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals. adjective 5. pertaining... CONTINUE READING

99designs Aims for Agencies with Pro Tools

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 22nd 2013
99designs Aims for Agencies with Pro Tools

“Our development of Pro Tools was driven primarily by user feedback,” explained chief marketing officer, Jeff Titterton when asked what role user feedback played in developing Pro Tools. Titterton elaborated, “We interviewed hundreds of our advanced users and these features were consistently requested.” Notably among Pro Tools’ services are enhanced privacy features such as private contests, that are hidden from search engines and the general public—though still viewable by the 99designs community under a non disclosure agreement (NDA), and... CONTINUE READING

$100 Discount for GraphicDesign.com readers to HOW Design Live, San Francisco, June 22-26

By: Julia Wild on Feb 9th 2013
$100 Discount for GraphicDesign.com readers to HOW Design Live, San Francisco, June 22-26

Discount: $100 Discount Code: HOWDES13 Location: San Francisco, CA When: June 22-26 2013 Thanks to HOW Design, GraphicDesign.com are able to offer our readers a discount of $100 to this years HOW Design Live conference which takes place between June 22nd and 26th in San Francisco. All four events will take place at Moscone West, located at 800 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. There are a total of four events that take place concurrently over a period of... CONTINUE READING

Home Office, Not Homework (Poll Article)

By: Sheana Firth on Jul 30th 2012
Home Office, Not Homework (Poll Article)

Many professional and freelance designers work from home: perhaps due to familial or personal restrictions, perhaps because the commute to the company office is too far, or perhaps that’s just the way they like it. Whatever the reason, once a designer finds his or herself in a situation where work is performed under the same roof as laundry, a few small actions can make all the difference in maintaining a healthy life-work balance and not getting caught doing homework.... CONTINUE READING

(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 28th 2012
(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

The results are in regarding the Unpaid Wages Epidemic poll article and it’s clear that there is a huge issue at our feet. When we asked Freelancers: Have you ever been the victim of an unpaid invoice for completed freelance work? A whopping 96% said YES and only 4% said NO. Following that question, we asked do you use a contract before engaging in work with new clients? 60% said YES and 40% said NO. It’s evident that Freelancers... CONTINUE READING

Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 12th 2012
Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

A large majority of Graphic and Web Designers are Independent Contractors and most of us have experienced late invoices and many of us have had the unpleasant experience of an unpaid and completely neglected invoice. This is an epidemic affecting our industry and for years it seems like it has been falling through the cracks of the judicial system. According to the US Census, 10.3 Million Independent Contractors took up the work force in 2010. Last year, almost half... CONTINUE READING

Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2012
Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

Sure, there are perks to freelance life like flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but ask any honest independent creative professional and they’ll tell you there are downsides too. One of the biggest? Less daily opportunities for collaboration and interaction with like-minded peers, something The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman comically captures in “Why Working from Home is both Awesome and Horrible” Recognizing this, a growing number of co-working spaces have emerged worldwide with 537 in the... CONTINUE READING

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