In this week’s episode we are pumped because we’re actually answering three questions, from listeners Izzi, Maureen and Danielle. Each of these wonderful listeners have very different questions around design, but we are really excited to dig deep for all of you at home and provide as much value as we can muster. Let’s get into the show!
In this week’s episode, we dig into everything to do with your portfolio. As designers, our portfolio is like our shop front for the world. This week we really go deep into what makes a good portfolio, the steps it takes to improve what you currently have, and how to present your work in the best light. We also think outside the box, when it comes to our social medias beginning to take over as our modern day portfolio in many respects.
In this week’s episode we’re joined by the very talented Joanna Fallon, a multi-disciplined designer working from the Cotswolds in the UK. If you follow Design Cuts you may recognise Jo from her weekly vlogs where she’s been documenting the ups and downs of growing her creative business. This week we pick Jo’s brain and dig into the reality of what it really takes to get a design business of the ground.
In this week’s episode we look at the benefits of working with clients remotely vs. working with them face to face. We dig into why there really is no substitute for in person interaction, but do give you some tips for how to mimic this personal interaction in your emails and digital correspondence with clients. This episode is a real guide of how to think about dealing with clients and we hope that you enjoy it. So without further ado, let’s get into the show!
In this week's episode we look at focus and productivity for designers. Often it can be all too easy to get sidetracked or to struggle to focus on what’s really important, whether that’s a client deadline or that primary thing that you know will progress your creative career. Today we dig into our personal struggles with finding focus and offer our best tips for what’s actually worked for us. There’s no shiny productivity hacks to be found here, just genuine solutions from the four of us. Let’s get into the show!
In this week’s episode we look at the power of saying ‘No’ as a designer. Most designers we work with are lovely hardworking people, however they hate letting people down, and can often back themselves up into a corner after taking too many projects and juggling too many things at any one time. If this sounds like you, you’ll love this episode.
This week we look at the positive aspects of being a designer. We all absolutely love what we do and it’s sometimes important to stop and think about how awesome it is that we all get to create and design for a living. It can be easy to get swept up into some of the negatives of dealing with clients and other headaches, but really there is a lot to be grateful for.
This week we take our first listener question from Connor, who is struggling with some issues involving feeling a lack of confidence and general anxiety in his work. We discuss some ways for him to find more enjoyment in what he's doing, and relieve some of the pressure that he's currently feeling about his creative work.
This week we're thrilled to have our first guest on the show; hugely influential design blogger Chris Spooner. Chris has built up his design blog SpoonGraphics over the past 10 years, and is the undisputed king of creative side projects. This episode we dig into how you can use your creativity to start fun, profitable side projects that you're passionate about, as well as a host of other design and business related tips.
This week we have a tongue in cheek rant about the negative aspects of being a designer. We typically keep things positive on this show, but this week we manage to laugh at the woes of difficult clients, sleepless nights and doing a job that nobody else seems to understand. You may relate to a few of our pet peeves from this week's show!
It can be all too easy to dismiss non-designers and instead focus on impressing our creative peers. However, no matter how geeky we get about design, it's crucial to respect the end-user, and have proper conversations with the client, on their level. This episode looks at how to communicate effectively with non designers, to ultimately make you better at what you do.
In this episode we talk about each of our design processes. We look at everything from the initial brainstorm, to the initial ideas, early stage designs, refinements, and final mockups. This is an insight into the workflow of four successful designers.
In this episode we talk about alternative ways you can make money as a designer. This ranges from 'passive' income, to full-on side businesses. Alternative income streams can support you doing what you love, and really help you to be less reliant on client work.
In this episode we talk about the importance of selling yourself as a creative. Sales can feel sleazy and unnatural for many of us, but it doesn't have to be! When done right, properly selling yourself is an essential and positive part for any creative business.
In this episode we talk about how to transition away from a full time job to become a freelancer. This can be one of the scariest things to do as a creative, but ultimately, one of the most rewarding. Today we look at tons of key tips for easing this transition, from not burning bridges with your employers, to communicating your dreams with your loved ones.
In this episode we talk about how to use social media as a designer. Social media can be powerful for landing new clients, building your brand, and making career-defining connections. It doesn't need to be daunting, as we break down some of the best ways to get started, and get traction on your social platforms.
In this episode we talk about the importance of strong design theory behind your creative work. We delve into some of the best principles for your designs, and look at how proper design theory has helped our careers.
In this episode we talk about how to overcome creative block. If you've ever been stuck in a design rut, you know how frustrating this can be! We discuss how it's something every designer goes through, and look at some effective ways to get your inspiration back.
In this episode we talk about how to get the best quality feedback on your creative work. Feedback can be one of the single best ways to improve as a designer. We also touch on adopting the right mindset, and how to avoid feeling down about criticism.
In this episode we talk about how to stand out and get noticed as a designer. Whether you’re looking to attract new clients, or get more attention on social media, this episode is packed full of actionable tips.
In this episode we talk about the relationship between designer and client. Specifically, we look at how to establish a positive relationship, choose the right clients and avoid any headaches in the process!
In this episode we talk about what we would do each do if we were starting out as a freelancer from scratch. We discuss some successful tactics from our earlier careers and combine these with the experiences we’ve learned along the way.
In this episode we talk about isolation as a designer. We compare working from home to working with a team, and look at some ways you can find a happy middle ground, that suits your personality type.
In this episode we discuss how to price yourself as a designer. We also look at if you should ever take on free work, and the taboos around designing for ‘exposure’.