Design Business Links 2 April 2014

Great con­tent found by Pariah and shared to the de­sign and cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties on so­cial media.

  • 101 Most Useful Websites for Anyone
    “The 101 Most Useful Websites
    These sites solve at least one prob­lem re­al­ly well and they all have sim­ple web addresses
    (URLs) that you can eas­i­ly mem­o­rize thus sav­ing a trip to Google.”
  • Sharpen up! 3 Steps to Simplifying Your Design

    “You don’t need to in­clude every­thing but the kitchen sink with­in your de­sign. A great way to avoid a dis­tract­ing and un­ap­peal­ing web­site is to sim­ply sim­pli­fy it.

    Today’s ar­ti­cle fea­tures three easy but ef­fec­tive ways to trim the fat off of your website.”

  • Using a me­dia kit to get more free­lance busi­ness, bet­ter re­fer­rals, and more publicity
    “Over the past few months I have had that ex­act same thought over and over. While ap­ply­ing for de­sign con­tests, sub­mit­ting art­work to a lo­cal art show, land­ing a new client from an­oth­er province who I have nev­er and like­ly will nev­er meet, and …
  • Keep a “Spark File” and Refer to It Often for Creativity and New Projects
    “This is why for the past eight years or so I’ve been main­tain­ing a sin­gle doc­u­ment where I keep all my hunch­es: ideas for ar­ti­cles, speech­es, soft­ware fea­tures, star­tups, ways of fram­ing a chap­ter I know I’m go­ing to write, even whole books. I…
  • Referrals are Not Enough: How Buyers Evaluate Professional Services

    “We rea­soned that if you un­der­stood the eval­u­a­tive habits of pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices buy­ers, you’d be bet­ter equipped to craft an on­line pres­ence that places you above the com­pe­ti­tion and makes you a high-growth firm.

  • Referrals are Not Enough: How Buyers Evaluate Professional Services

    “We rea­soned that if you un­der­stood the eval­u­a­tive habits of pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices buy­ers, you’d be bet­ter equipped to craft an on­line pres­ence that places you above the com­pe­ti­tion and makes you a high-growth firm.

  • iPad Browsers Compared: Which Is Best?

    “The iPad, be it the full-size or mi­ni, is a great de­vice for brows­ing the web, and we have re­viewed most of the lead­ing third-party browsers avail­able. Today we’re look­ing at the best brows­er for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent pur­pos­es: ex­ten­sive read­ing, re­search and pri­va­cy, to name but a few.

  • How to cut the bag­gage of low-paying clients and get more high-paying ones

    “And af­ter a few years of of­fer­ing deals, giv­ing out dis­counts, and cut­ting rates, many free­lancers are weighed down with the bag­gage of clients who don’t pay well or some­times don’t even pay at all.”

  • How to cut the bag­gage of low-paying clients and get more high-paying ones

    “And af­ter a few years of of­fer­ing deals, giv­ing out dis­counts, and cut­ting rates, many free­lancers are weighed down with the bag­gage of clients who don’t pay well or some­times don’t even pay at all.”

  • 10 Quick Ways to Get Your Business Known

    “The good news is that mar­ket­ing doesn’t have to be hard and you haven’t missed out.  Here’s ten tips to help you make a plan.

  • Ask a Designer: Why Switching Fonts Won’t Save the US Government Millions

    Thomas Phinney: “I like in­no­v­a­tive ideas to save mon­ey. Really, I do. But I wish the me­dia and pub­lic had con­sult­ed some ex­perts on this area be­fore go­ing nuts pro­mot­ing this idea,” Phinney wrote, con­clud­ing that the idea to switch to Garamond from Times New Roman, “just doesn’t hold wa­ter – or save mon­ey – with­out los­ing legibility”.”

  • New York Times pub­lish­es a salary ne­go­ti­a­tion guide for women. Where is the guide for sex­ist employers?
    “This week, the New York Times pub­lished a salary ne­go­ti­a­tion guide for women. The primer aims to help fe­male em­ploy­ees ask for rais­es with a care­ful blend of mas­cu­line ag­gres­sion and fem­i­nine def­er­ence that’s been proven to dis­arm em­ploy­ers wh…
  • 7 Tricks To Help You Find The Right Images For Your Blog Posts

    “It can be tough to come up with fea­ture im­ages to go with blog posts if your forte is not in art or de­sign, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time. Today I’m go­ing to show you:
    Why you should al­ways il­lus­trate your posts,
    What makes a good fea­ture im­age, and
    7 easy, do-it-yourself ways to come up with im­ages to go with your blog posts.”

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