Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 15 December 2014

The day’s best and most impor­tant design- and design business-focused arti­cles, tuto­ri­als, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.

  • 12 Gifts To Empower The Artist In Your Life

    This hol­i­day sea­son, don’t give an artist a kitschy thought­less trin­ket – it will only reflect bad­ly on you. If the per­son you’re seek­ing a gift for is of the artis­tic vari­ety, they’ll appre­ci­ate some­thing that shows you under­stand how impor­tant their art is to them, and even more so if your gift empow­ers them to do cre­ate in a way they haven’t before. That’s what the items on this list are all about – and some of them are under $20 too, so there’s no need to break the bank.

  • Best Money-Saving Hotel Tips from Travel + Leisure

    Club Floors
    Don’t be fooled: club-level rates at brands such as Sheraton, Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont, and Marriott may be high­er, but they can offer real val­ue. Here’s what you get when you pay $100 to upgrade to a Gold-floor room at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza: Breakfast for Two: $52; Evening Appetizers: $20; Evening Dessert: $20; In-Person Wake-Up Call with Juice, Coffee, or Tea: $30; Large Bottled Water: $7; Soft Drinks and Snacks from the Lounge: $10; Welcome Drink: $10; Wi-Fi: $15. The total amounts to $164, which means those who pay to upgrade will save $64.

  • The real rea­son clients ask crazy, ridicu­lous things of you

    I’m going to share with you a list of ridicu­lous demands my com­pa­ny has been asked of by clients recent­ly. I’m sure you’ll nod along. You might even get a laugh or two…or a few tears, if you’ve been pushed close enough to the brink.

  • How to Set Your Freelancing Rate

    When I took on my first client, I had no idea how to set my free­lance rate. Asking for too much would make me seem greedy. Asking for too lit­tle and I would fall into the trap of being over­worked and under­paid. It has tak­en a cou­ple years, but I’ve final­ly come up with a sys­tem to set a rate that is best for me and my client. First I had to unlearn the hard way.

  • Why You Should Become Your Own Publisher
    Why did we decide to strike out on our own? There are many rea­sons. Here are a few of them:



  • How Separate Portfolios For Your Creative Work May Just Help

    Do you have 2 or more dif­fer­ent design styles that would clash in one port­fo­lio? Let’s look at how and when to sep­a­rate your work.

Pariah Burke

Author, consultant, trainer, guru: Digital Publishing, ePub, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark. Empowering, Informing, Connecting Creative Professionals™

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