11 Lessons Learned from Browsing ThemeForest

If you’re a web designer, chances are you are familiar with ThemeForest. For those who have not visited ThemeForest before, it is a theme and template marketplace owned by Envato that allows designers to sell their work to a very large audience of potential buyers. Designers can submit their themes and templates to be approved into the marketplace, and once approved the designer will earn between 40% – 70% of sales if the items are available exclusively at ThemeForest. The designers then do not have to deal with transactions, and any additional marketing is optional.

ThemeForest

Win 500 Premium Business Cards from UPrinting!

Our friends at UPrinting have offered to give 500 free premium business cards each to eight readers of DesignM.ag! If you’ve been wanting to impress potential clients with some high-quality business cards, this is your chance to get them for free.

UPrinting

Showcase of Beautiful Digital Painting Portraits

Last year we published a few posts that focused on digital paintings, and we figured it was time to do a follow up with more items for your inspiration. In this post you’ll find 25 digital paintings done by various artists from around the world. To see the source, click on the images.

For more on digital painting please see:

Alicia

Alicia

25 Amazing Photographs of Storms

Photography is a favorite source of inspiration and a hobby of many designers. In this post I’d like to showcase a collection of photos from various photographers that have captured storms.

Storm Photography

Photo credit: Scott Butner

33 Places to Buy Quality Premium WordPress Themes

It seems like almost every week I come across a new seller of premium WordPress themes. There’s obviously a strong demand for quality themes, and this can be a good option for getting the design and functionality that you want without paying for a custom design. In this post we’ll feature 33 websites that sell premium themes. Some sell themes individually, some offer memberships or clubs with unlimited access, and some serve as a marketplace where designers/developers can sell their own themes.

WooThemes

WooThemes

How to Set Up Your Freelance Business for the Long Haul

When starting a freelance design business the natural primary concern is how to find clients and to start getting paying work. While this is necessary in order to achieve success as a freelancer, there are a lot of other details that need to be considered as well. How quickly you’re able to get those first paying clients will actually have less impact on your long-term success than the amount of time and attention you dedicate to setting up your business on a proper foundation.

In this post we’ll look at the early stages of a freelance design business and what aspects can have a significant long-term impact. Focusing on these important issues from the start will help you to save time and headaches down the road, and your business will be more solid because of it.

1. Know Your Goals and Priorities

Not every freelance designer wants the same thing out of their career. Some may want to simply do a little part-time freelancing as a creative outlet that gives them time away from their full-time career. Some may want to use a short stint as a freelancer to build up their portfolio and profile in order to help land a job with a design agency or as an in-house designer. Others may want to freelance full-time for the foreseeable future, maybe even with the possibility of expanding and hiring some employees at a later date.

The goals that you have will impact how you go about marketing your business, and even how you set it up. If your goal is to use freelancing as a gateway to full-time employment, the long-term aspect is probably not a major concern. For the purposes of this article we’ll be focusing on those who want to establish a career as a freelancer and those who want to eventually transition from freelancing into an agency by hiring others.

One example of how your goals and priorities would impact your approach is in regards to your name. If you’re attempting to build your profile within the industry you’ll most likely want to operate simply using your own name, as this will help to build name recognition and to brand yourself as a leading designer. However, if you’re hoping to hire other designers down the road or even sell your business at some point, you’ll probably want to operate under a business name. Any work you do to brand your business or build up a reputation will have a greater impact on the long-term health of your business this way.

Showcase of 30 Well-Designed E-commerce Sites

E-commerce websites often have the reputation of being unattractive or poorly designed. In this post we’ll show that this is not always the case. Here you’ll find 30 sites for your own e-commerce design inspiration.

The Gingerbread Construction Company

The Gingerbread Construction Company

17 Tutorials for Designing Your Own Business Card

Business cards are a necessity for designers and other creatives. In this post we’ll feature some tutorials that will teach you how to design an attractive business card. You can follow the tutorials exactly or use parts of them to learn new tricks and create something unique for your own business card.

How to Design an Abstract Business Card in Photoshop

How  to Design an Abstract Business Card in Photoshop