There are hundreds of magazines and publications dedicated to showcasing cool graphic design.
But what exactly makes a design cool? And what does it bring to your brand or product?
The science is in. ‘Cool’ may be hard to define but we now know what makes design ‘cool’ and therefore how to boost your design’s ‘cool factor.’
Empathy is so hot right now.
Whether you’re a user experience professional, visual designer, marketer, developer, empathy is the new skill to have. Unfortunately, like most buzz words that become jargon, the value of the word is being lost in the noise.
via empathy paradox
If you ask ten freelancers what their least favorite thing about freelancing is, I’ll bet money at least half of them say “uneven income.”
The feast or famine cycle is the equivalent of the freelancer’s boogeyman, drawing shudders when you mention it. But most freelancers are making mistakes that keep them in the feast or famine cycle, even without realizing it.
Are you one of those freelancers? Read on to find out:
I first came across Elance a couple years ago when I started freelancing full time.
At the time, I was willing to try most anything to get my business up and running, including:
responding to ads on a Craigslist-type website (which worked; I got a great first web design client this way) and
competing on a crowdsourced logo competition site (which was a complete disaster other than to improve my Illustrator skills).
At first glance, Elance seemed too good to be true: thousands of clients looking for work! Being able to work anywhere and set my own schedule!
But then, it hit me: these jobs paid less than I was willing to work for. Plus I’d have to compete against thousands of other freelancers.
Nope, not for me.
Everyday, more and more people decide to leave their 9-5 job for an amazing life of freelancing.
According to a new survey, 34% of the total U.S. workforce is made up of freelancers; that’s 53 million people!
That means if you’re considering freelancing, you need to do everything you possibly can to get ahead from the start, and transitioning from a full-time 9-5 job to a full-time freelancing job is a great way to do that.
Freelance veterans! What made your transition a success? Share with us in the comments!