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Stock photo sites that feature people of color

A friend recently shared an article about stock photo sites that feature people of color. I’d never heard of any of them. I got excited! The go-to sites in the graphic design industry mainly show white people as defaults. Though mainstream sites are slowly diversifying,...
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The 10 best free stock photo sites

A number of sites offering good, free high-resolution stock photos have emerged in the last few years. Thank you to the generous photographers who are making their work available. It gives schools, non-profits, charities, churches, bloggers, and budget-constrained folks access to high-quality images. Here are...
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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. The asker is usually a non-profit with no budget, and you...
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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 you could give away instead. Put your own branding on them to...
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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 what they sound like: logos that are made of letters. Whether...
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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.   Be precise. Don’t give vague direction. When kicking off a...
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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, and avoiding missions that self-destruct. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s...
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Big typographic wall art tutorial

I’ve been waiting to find something wonderful to hang on the empty chimney wall in our office. I finally got tired of searching and painted a DIY placeholder. It will do the job until I either win the lottery or find an affordable, huge… something. After posting a photo...
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