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10 Tips To Help Freelancers Prioritize Tasks

Published September 9th, 2009 in Business/Freelance | 4 Comments

Being a freelance designer brings a lot of challenges to the daily work aside from the expected design-related issues. Running your own business means that you’ll have to deal with finances, customer service, marketing and every other aspect of the business on top of the design or development work that produces an income. For many freelancers this juggling act is the hardest part of the being a freelance designer.

With so many things that always need to be done, and limited time to dedicate to these tasks, effectively prioritizing tasks is essential in order to achieve efficiency and productivity. If you’ve been working on your own for a while you are probably aware of the challenges that you face in this area, and maybe you are interested in working to improve your ability to effectively prioritize. If you are new to freelancing or just considering making the jump, this is a topic that demands attention.

75 High-Quality Free Wood Textures

Published September 8th, 2009 in Resources | 3 Comments

Last week we released a pack of free high res wood textures for use in your own design work. Since there are a lot of high-quality wood textures available, and a wide variety to choose from, you may also have an interest in the textures that are showcased in this post. They come from several different websites and blogs.

wood texture

30 Examples of Inspirational Typography

Published September 7th, 2009 in Inspiration | 7 Comments

For web and graphic designers there is plenty of excellent typography inspiration available online. In this post we’ll feature a wide variety of different styles of typographic design including hand-drawn, 3D, text art and more.

typography inspiration

Freebie: High Res Wood Texture Pack

Published September 3rd, 2009 in Freebies | 7 Comments

Today we are releasing a pack of eight high resolution wood textures. They are free for personal or commercial use and no attribution or credit is required. You can get any of the textures individually via Flickr (click on the images below to go to Flickr), or you can download the whole set in a zip file at the end of this post. The resolution of the photos is 2560 x 1920.

DM Wood Texture #2

10 Rules and Resources for Better Design Feedback

Published September 2nd, 2009 in design | 3 Comments

Everyone loves to get feedback, but it’s not always easy to get the feedback you need, the kind of feedback that brings a fresh perspective and valuable insight to your project. Whether you are a professional designer, freelancer, client, friend or boss, learning to give and receive effective feedback is an essential skill. Here are 5 simple rules you can apply today to make sure you get the right feedback:

1. Start by clarifying the objective

What is the goal of your project? Make sure the people offering you feedback know exactly what is. The response you receive should revolve around better ways to achieve this objective.

Design a Textured Portfolio Site Layout Using Photoshop

Published September 1st, 2009 in Tutorials | 9 Comments

which is easily created with a photograph. At the end of the tutorial you will be able to download the original PSD if you would like to work with it, plus you can get a two-page PSD set that includes the homepage we will be designing, and a secondary page. The PSD set can be downloaded from our portfolio gallery, Folio Focus.

The Final Result:

Before we get started, here is a look at what we will be designing. To see it in full size, click on the image below. Throughout the tutorial the images of the design in process can be seen in full size by clicking on the image.

250+ Light Effect Brushes for Photoshop

Published August 31st, 2009 in Resources | 20 Comments

Creating a web design with lighting effects can be made much easier with the help of some high-quality Photoshop brushes. This post features more than 25 sets of free brushes that you can use to create interesting light effects.

High Res Light Effect Brushes (29 brushes)

High Res Light Effect Brushes

25 Excellent Handwritten Fonts

Published August 27th, 2009 in Resources | 43 Comments

The use of certain fonts is an easy way to give a design a hand-drawn effect. Fortunately, there are a number of fonts in this style that are freely available. In this post we’ll showcase 25 of the best. As always when you are dealing with freebies, be sure to check the usage restrictions from the designer.

Whiteboard Modern Demo

Whiteboard Modern Demo

Win a Free Copy of Billings 3 for Mac

Published August 25th, 2009 in Site News | 87 Comments

Marketcircle has offered to giveaway two copies of Billings time tracking and invoicing app for the Mac. Billings was a 2009 Apple Design Award winner and includes lots of great features, especially for freelancers.

Billings

Design a Stylish Blue Blog Theme in Photoshop

Published August 24th, 2009 in Tutorials | 18 Comments

Today we will be going through the process of designing an attractive blog theme in Photoshop. The design uses a textured background and a basic two-column layout with a right sidebar. At the end of the tutorial you will be able to download the PSD file if you would like to work with it.

What We Will Be Designing:

Before we get started, he is a preview of what we will be designing (click the image to see it in full size).

Blog Layout Tutorial for Photoshop