Never talk about your tools

Have you ever heard a prospective client ask you questions like… “My friend said I should use Ruby on Rails instead of WordPress.” “I want someone who’s really good at Photoshop, especially CS6.  It’s really good.” “I want to stay away from Ruby on Rails, because it’s really expensive.” “How many years have you been doing InDesign?”

Five deadly sins of a freelance designer

It's hard to believe, but freelance designers make mistakes, mistakes of such epic proportions that they should be deemed "freelance sins", and I'm as guilty as the next. I'm not referring to those little mistakes, like a poor choice of colour or whether you're a PC or Mac, I'm referring to mistakes that affect our livelihood as freelance designers. Today I want to talk about five of those sins.

How to guarantee you finish that next side project

Getting things done can be difficult. In a busy world we have so many things competing for our time. The time management gurus say, "If you don't have the time, make it", but we can be own own worst enemies. Being productive means being responsible for your time. Sometimes we need a well intentioned kick up the backside to get us moving in the right direction.