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40 things every graphic designer should know

40 things every graphic designer should know

I recently celebrated a BIG birthday: My 19th 21st .(For the mathematically challenged, that’s my 40th birthday.)And with this important day came the arrival of my Fully-Fledged, Responsible Adult papers. From now on, I’m a middle-aged mastermind with her shit...

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How to prove to your clients that your designs are awesome

How to prove to your clients that your designs are awesome

How to prove to your clients that your designs are awesome (And, like, require zero revisions but #alltheapproval from them.) Hold my hand. Take a breath. And let’s take an imaginary day trip back in time to your school days. You’re there, bright-eyed and optimistic,...

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Why you need to increase your prices – NOW.

Why you need to increase your prices – NOW.

I remember when I first charged $1,000 for a logo design. There was a sense of giddy euphoria - followed by a disturbing dumping of dread. What had I done?! I worried. … And was it about to ruin my business? The answer, in hindsight, was a big, “Hell no.” In fact, I...

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How to beat burnout and still get a sh*t tonne done

How to beat burnout and still get a sh*t tonne done

“How are you?”   This was the question I asked eight different lady bosses last week. And you wanna know how they all responded?   “BUSY!” Yep, I get it. We’re all super fricken busy. And sure, we could go into a debate about how busy we really are and how this is all...

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How to REALLY prove your worth as a graphic designer

How to REALLY prove your worth as a graphic designer

Three designers walk into a bar.   (And no, this isn’t a joke … or is it? Keep reading to find out,) Each of them has a paper bag on their head with a price written on it in black marker.  In front of them, their dream client must choose just one designer to go ahead...

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How to be a better designer

How to be a better designer

If you’re anything like me, you’re not willing to rest on your laurels iMac: You want to constantly grow and get better as a graphic designer. Still here? High-five. You’re my kinda lady. Now, I know I’m not the best designer in the world… but after 20 years of...

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How to tame the ‘f’ words wreaking havoc in your design biz

How to tame the ‘f’ words wreaking havoc in your design biz

Tired of wrestling with two choice ‘f’ words? No, I’m not talking about FUDGE … but yes, please, if you have some. And no, I don’t mean FUN … but yes, please, go ahead and have some. Instead, I’m talking about the infamous two ‘f’ words fuelling your entrepreneurial...

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Work less & make more!

Work less & make more!

I may not be Kim Kardashian (thank god), but all signs suggest that I did break the internet last week. No, not with my ass. Not with my sass. But with some innocent insights into how I run my six-figure graphic design biz. You see, I thought it would be fun and...

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FU FALSE BELIEFS

FU FALSE BELIEFS

She’s an amazing designer and has the type of pure, unadulterated talent that makes even rainbow unicorns jealous. She’s got her own biz, she’s acing design briefs and winning clients all from the comfort of her own home.   But … that’s the thing. She doesn’t ever let...

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A designer’s guide to dealing with copycats

A designer’s guide to dealing with copycats

Ever had a carefree stroll through social media turn into the depressing discovery that your design work has been copied? I feel you, lady. It sucks. But … You’re not alone. There must be something in the water, because I’ve seen a lot of posts in our Designer...

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