As creatives, we often see our work as “for-the-client” or “for-the-company.” We work towards what the client wants, their goals, and their needs. However, sometimes, designers and artists get a chance to also work for causes that touch the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people all over the world. Read on to learn more.
As a web professional, standing out and becoming competitive is getting harder and harder. The reality is that excellent skills — which were a competitive advantage not so long ago — are merely an entry requirement now.
If you spend enough time doing something you love, you’ll inevitably gain some perspective on the nature of the work you do. Over the years, through our work on Design Instruct and as freelancers, we’ve come to realize a few things about being a creative. You’ll find them listed below.
Freelancers, especially those of us just starting out, often live in constant fear that starvation is just around the corner, and that every client is going to be our last. This makes us prone to accepting any new client and project that come our way, even if they are not right for our business.
Upon looking at these posters created by Malleus – a trio of Italian artists devoted to rock music – one will no doubt be impressed by their amazing artwork but also by the fact that each every poster they produce are all handprinted, unique masterpieces.
Designers have certain traits that those who choose a different profession don’t have, or aren’t motivated to acquire or learn. I’d like to share to you traits that I’ve repeatedly seen in designers from all over the world.
You probably know already that it can be hard to get things done and still have a balanced life when you’re a freelance designer. On one hand, if you work too little, you won’t be able to make ends meet. On the other hand, you’re also worried that if you work too much, you’ll miss out on your life.
Karen Kurycki, a designer and illustrator based in Florida, has an interesting style of work: She infuses her graphic designs with watercolor. In this feature article, we put a well-deserved spotlight on this skillful artist’s work.
I used to have a profile on Match.com. I met a lot of nice people though online dating. But ultimately, it never work out for me. I found that online dating was a limiting and awkward way to start a relationship. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are just as bad.
The art of calligraphy is a centuries-old craft that’s steadfastly becoming a rarity in our digitally dominated world. The featured free calligraphic fonts in this collection are excellent in design projects that want to embody the graceful and endearing imperfections that are intrinsically a part of human handwriting.
Designing characters sounds like a dream job: Who wouldn’t want to illustrate and draw for a living? But it takes a massive amount of talent and skills in order for you to succeed in this highly desirable career path. In this feature article, you’ll discover the excellent character illustrations of California-based designer, illustrator and "action figure connoisseur" Christopher Lee.
It seems that too often great designers get lost in the mix simply because they don’t take the time to market themselves well. I mean let’s face it, most designers — especially those of us working independently/freelance — find ourselves continually juggling the roles of accountant, salesperson, and marketer, and rarely do we find the energy or resources to really develop big marketing strategies after all of our other tasks are done. And, while many do just fine with personal web portfolios, growing competition is making getting noticed harder and harder.