Pro bono work

Pro bono? Uh oh!

Why you should say no to some pro bono work and ask many questions before saying yes. If you’re a graphic designer, you probably get asked to work for free every now and then....
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client gift ideas

Creative promotional items and client gift ideas

Nobody needs a third travel mug with a dorky logo on it. The universe already has plenty of corporate water bottles, chip clips and stress balls. Here’s a roundup of more creative promotional items...
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corduroy fabric Jessica Jones surface pattern designer

Corduroy fabric in modern prints

Some of my recent surface pattern designs are now available on lightweight, baby wale corduroy fabric. This collection of happy, modern prints for Cloud9 Fabrics is now in stores, sold by the yard. Spring...
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types of logos lettermark wordmark combination

Types of logos

Examples of logos can be useful for clients during a brand identity project. Here’s a roundup of four different types of logos: lettermarks, wordmarks, pictorial marks, and combination marks.   Lettermarks Lettermarks are just...
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How to work with a graphic designer

How to work with a graphic designer: tips for the best project outcome

You’ve hired a graphic designer for your project. You’re excited! They’re excited! Now, how do you work with the designer to ensure a great result? Avoid these communication pitfalls to keep thing moving smoothly....
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Independent graphic designer AIGA event

AIGA event: Becoming an independent graphic designer

I’ll be joining three excellent panelists at a Cincinnati AIGA event on April 27. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of getting started as an independent graphic designer, finding work, relating to clients, building a business,...
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Jessica Jones Holding Pattern fabric in orange

New Jessica Jones fabric is arriving in stores

My latest fabric collection for Cloud9 Fabrics is popping up in fabric stores. It’s called Holding Pattern, printed on barkcloth. This substrate is fun for curtains, pillows, upholstery, jackets, shorts, dresses, and bags. The...
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2017 Oscar Bingo free party game

2017 Oscar bingo game: free printable for your Oscar party

2017 Oscar bingo is ready for downloading! This is my 9th annual free printable Oscar party game. Download the file: 2017 Oscar bingo game PDF How the game works: There are 20 different game cards in the...
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Oscar party decorations and bingo game

Oscar party decorations, plus free 2017 Oscar bingo coming soon!

If you’re planning an Oscars party this year, you might like some quick and easy printable decorations to make your Academy Awards shindig more festive. I’ve stocked my Etsy shop with printable PDF templates for Oscar...
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