Creative Reviews Don’t Have to be Torture

by Lorraine Sneed
on November 22, 2010

in Business/Freelance design

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If you’re a creative pro, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a photo, logo, layout, or video, someone’s got to review and approve your work. I’ve never met anyone who thought this process was fun, and it can be a huge hassle, especially if you have a big team of reviewers spread all over the globe.

If you want to stay in business, you must learn to streamline your review process and make the client happy with as few cycles and missed changes as possible. I’ve heard of people still using paper and faxes and all manner of markable materials to try to collect organized input. Then, of course you get the reviewers who disagree with each other, but don’t know it because they can’t see each other’s comments. There’s no getting around it — you can only try to maximize your time on creative and try to spend less in review.

Is this familiar? When you send out review, you:

  • Save your work as a separate, non-native file
  • Send the file to your list of reviewers
  • Go to the gym
  • Get coffee
  • Sleep on it
  • Awake to an inbox with as many replies as you have reviewers
  • Sort through the comments, crossing fingers there are no conflicts
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Get back to creating

Sucks, right? Picture this:

  • In your working file, choose Create New Review and give it a name
  • Invite all your reviewers to comment online
  • Skip the gym
  • Get coffee
  • Hop back into your artwork and find opinions already there
  • Respond immediately for all to see (avoid conflicts!)
  • Get back to creating
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26 fantastic iPhone & Android apps for managing your website

by Jonathan Brealey
on October 25, 2010

in Business/Freelance Resources

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Thanks to smartphones, you no longer have to be sitting in front of your computer to upload, manage, publish and monitor your website. We’ve brought together a collection of applications for both iPhone and Android users.

WordPress

If you have a WordPress website, then you can manage comments, upload images, and write, publish and edit posts all from your phone. Both these apps are free and are offered by WordPress.org.

26 Great iPhone & Android apps for managing your website on the go

Left: WordPress for iOS. Right: WordPress for Android

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Designing Websites that Cross Cultures

by christianarno
on August 9, 2010

in Business/Freelance design

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Building a successful website is no small task, especially if you’re going into business – it takes time, effort and dedication, from working out your business plan and unique selling point (USP) through to designing and managing your website and optimizing it for search engine rankings.

So with all the effort you’re putting into your site, why restrict yourself to just one language market?

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Win a 1-Year Subscription to the Inkd Library!

by Brant Wilson
on June 29, 2010

in Business/Freelance design Resources

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Inkd has offered to give away a free one year subscription to its entire print design library. That includes 50 template downloads per month and access to new content added during your subscription period (a $399 value)! To enter, just follow @inkdtweet on twitter and tweet this post with the hashtag #Inkddmagcontest. We’ll announce the winners next Wednesday-so be sure to tweet away!

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