How a Blog Can Boost Your Creativity and Your Career

How a Blog Can Boost Your Creativity and Your Career

There’s this rumor that blogging is only something that natural-born writers can do, but that’s not the case. Blogging is something anyone with an opinion and a voice of their own can accomplish.

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5 Common Problems That Limit Your Creative Success

5 Common Problems That Limit Your Creative Success

After working on Design Instruct as its editor for the last 6 years and being a creative professional myself, I can say that there has been no shortage of life lessons and insights along the way.

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5 Reasons You Need a Design Book Collection

5 Reasons You Need a Design Book Collection

We have a small collection of art and design books here at Design Instruct and it’s obvious we need more.

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5 More True Things Every Creative Already Knows (or Should Know) Vol. 2

5 More True Things Every Creative Already Knows (or Should Know) Vol. 2

Here are a few more true things we all know.

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Google’s Redesigned Identity Gets it Right

Google’s Redesigned Identity Gets it Right

Google’s redesigned identity hits the right notes and is a masterclass in design thinking.

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Why is the Notion of Unpaid Work Readily Accepted in the Creative Industry?

Why is the Notion of Unpaid Work Readily Accepted in the Creative Industry?

I’ve worked as a creative in some form or another for all of my adult life. At every turn in my career, the topic of working for free never fails to rear its cheap, ugly head.

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Before You Say No to a Client, Think About Saying Yes

Before You Say No to a Client, Think About Saying Yes

Just because a client doesn’t accept your project proposal or your price quote unconditionally, it doesn’t mean you should say no right away.

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Do Mobile Devices and Apps Really Have a Place in the Creative Workflow?

Do Mobile Devices and Apps Really Have a Place in the Creative Workflow?

Can creative work be done on tablets and phones? I’ve always thought that a pencil and a piece of paper is infinitely more valuable to a creative professional than a very expensive touchscreen. But I could be wrong.

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Practical Tips from an Experienced Freelancer

Practical Tips from an Experienced Freelancer

The world of freelancing makes it seem that you are “free” to do what you like, with whomever you like, and for whichever pay you like. Now, that makes it all sound too good to be true, right? Well, it kind of is, because “easy” is a word you can cross off your list of benefits in this job. Believe me I know, I’m a freelancer!

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Why Startup Culture is Bad for Creative Firms

Why Startup Culture is Bad for Creative Firms

This is the tale of two companies… Company A comes complete with ping-pong tables, a beer keg, climbing wall, Xbox, an unlimited vacation policy, and a fun-filled event calendar.  Company B has none of these perks.  All things being equal, which one would you rather work for?

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Stock: It’s What You Do With It That Counts

Stock: It’s What You Do With It That Counts

During the past decade, stock photography’s standing has fallen dramatically in the creative industries. Often derided, stock is considered cheap, predictable, cheesy, forced, and unnatural – the list goes on… but is the tide turning?

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Increase Your Freelance Rates and Keep Your Clients

Increase Your Freelance Rates and Keep Your Clients

It’s a classic rookie freelancer mistake: You’re just starting out; you’re talented but inexperienced; and either in an attempt to lure clients, or out of pure ignorance you price yourself way, way too low.

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