Creative Community Bulletin 13 May 2009 Through 22 May 2009
These are the articles, blogs, and resources I found interesting and worthy of sharing for 13 May 2009 through 22 May 2009:
- Spec Work and Crowdsourcing: Gambles that Don’t Pay Off | CreativePro.com - The economy’s in the toilet and you’re hungry for jobs, so you’re working on spec or posting designs to sites like CrowdSpring. It’s understandable. The problem is, spec and crowdsourcing can lower your value and hourly rates so far that minimum wage looks like a fat paycheck. Here’s what to do instead.
- How To Be The Freelancer That Everyone Wants To Work With - Have you ever thought about why your clients reach out to you, or what it is they want to buy from you? Maybe an amazing design from a web designer, or an awesome article from a writer? No, that’s not the answer.When your clients decide to hire you they aren’t really buying your services, they […]
- 9 Things to Understand About a Client When Starting a Design Project - As a designer, each of your clients and projects is unique. However, there are certain things that you will need to know or understand about all of your clients in order to produce your best work for them. An effective website will be built to address the specific needs of the business, which will require the designer to accurately understand a lot of details about the business.In this article we’ll look at nine things that should be discussed between the designer and the client at the start of the project to improve the likelihood of success. These topics focus on getting to know the business and their needs, rather than contractual issues like payment and deadlines.
- 5 Productivity Killers and How to Slay Them - Angie recently did an overhaul of her work schedule with the intent of trying to be more productive. Making an attempt to maximize her days, and squeeze as much efficiency out of the day, or more to the point, the night, as she can muster. In the process of doing this she found that there were 5 major productivity killers standing between her and freedom… wait, no, that’s not it… standing between her and certain death… whoa, okay that’s not even close… Goals! That’s it!
- Why Twitter’s Engineers Hate the @replies feature #fixreplies - Even though only 3% of all Twitter accounts ever changed this setting away from the default, it was causing a strain and impacting other parts of the system. Every time someone wrote a reply Twitter had to check and see what each of their followers’ reply setting was and then manifest that tweet accordingly in their timeline—this was the most expensive work the database was doing and it was causing other features to degrade which lead to SMS delays, inconsistencies in following, fluctuations in direct message counts, and more. Ideally, we would redesign and rebuild this feature but there was no time, hence the sudden deploy.
- Abstract purple background — Workflow: Freelance - Abstract purple background created in Photoshop. Shiny purple and pink waves created with motion blur, on a dark blue background. Computer generated graphic, available in a high resolution. A great decorative background for your design. Resolution: 5000x3750 px
- From Design Into Print » Hickeys and what to do about them. - At the risk of sending the entire room into a fit of the giggles, Sandee tackles the important topic of hickeys in printing. What are hickeys? What causes them? And what should you, as a designer, do about them.
- 108 Black Inlay on Steel Social Media Icons - 108 Black Inlay on Steel Social Media Icons
- Great for Bloggers! How to Make FireFox a Better Spell Checker - Therefore this quick FireFox toolkit is about making it a more powerful spell checker.
- Where Are They Now? 25 Computer Products That Refuse to Die - Page6 - MSN Tech - Over at Adobe’s Web site, it’s still selling PageMaker 7.0, which dates to 2002. The price: $499. It touts it as “the ideal page layout program for business, education and small- and home-office professionals who want to create high-quality publications such as brochures and newsletters.”
- Spec Work and Crowdsourcing: Gambles that Don’t Pay Off — Workflow: Freelance - The economy’s in the toilet and you’re hungry for jobs, so you’re working on spec or posting designs to sites like CrowdSpring. It’s understandable. The problem is, spec and crowdsourcing can lower your value and hourly rates so far that minimum wage looks like a fat paycheck. Here’s what to do instead.