Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website

Advertise here with BSAMany trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas. But that doesn’t...

What Designers Can Learn From Copywriters

Designers and copywriters have a symbiotic relationship. In our modern, web-based industry, one can’t really exist without the other. Copywriters provide the engaging content that snags users’ attention and prompts them to buy, and designers provide the overall framework that facilitates a great experience for said user. In fact, designers and copywriters have quite a...

Creative Personal Work Versus Commercial Work

The debate between creative personal work and commercial work is one that has been going on since the design industry was born. Technically, creativity and commerciality can’t exist without each other – you need funding to continue designing, and there would be nothing to design for pay without creativity. Is there a difference between so-called...

Are Personal Portfolio Websites Dead?

We all know blogging and personal portfolio sites have been very important for designers looking to increase their visibility to clients and others who admire their work. But there are some key developments that have risen up over the past decade which, in my opinion, are threatening to eliminate the need for having a personal...

First Steps to Building a Killer Graphic Design Portfolio

Creating a truly stunning graphic design portfolio can be quite the challenge. It’s simultaneously your first impression, a comprehensive definition of your personal style, and a showcase of your best work. But, then again, so is everyone else’s. So how do you make your portfolio stand out from the crowd? Learn what employers and designers...

What Should New & Inexperienced Designers Be Learning?

Today I’m speaking to those just getting started in design. Maybe you just graduated from design school, or you’ve read through all the fundamental lessons offered here and on other design blogs, and you feel you’re ready to start taking on clients. Or maybe you have a couple of projects under your belt and you’re...

Stop Worrying About People Stealing Your Ideas

Ideas: the germs that grow into those great, award-winning designs we all want to have our names attached to. We all get dozens of ideas constantly, which typically range from fairly good to amazingly good. Ideas are an abundant commodity that we all have, as creative people. In fact, most designers have more ideas than...

10 Tips to Help Resolve Creative Conflicts

Collaboration is how things are accomplished these days. With collaboration, we can reach incredible creative heights. To get there, though, sometimes we have to slog through conflicts due to incompatible expectations and creative differences. More often than not, the key to resolving these problems is focusing on communication. Making sure that everyone is on the...

An experiment in selling bullshit, plus a brand new website launch

As my first post back since I wrote about unconventional marketing tactics using your testimonials (in October 2012!) I wanted to give a bit of background on where I’ve been, what’s been happening behind the scenes and where we’re going from here (spoiler alert: onward and upward). Over the past couple of years, I have...