25 Outstanding Character Illustrations

by Steven Snell

January 19, 2010 in Inspiration

For designers and illustrators, the Behance Network can be an excellent source of inspiration. In this post we’ll feature 25 character illustrations from members of Behance. If you see something you like, click on the image to go to the Behance page and check out some more work by the designer.

character design inspiration

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How to Design a Portfolio Site in Photoshop, Plus Free WordPress Theme

by Steven Snell

January 18, 2010 in Tutorials

I’m happy to release a free WordPress portfolio theme called Modest Folio. It’s a simple design and layout that will allow your work to take center stage. It features a tabbed featured area on the front page to show the different services that you offer. Modest Folio was design by me and coded by our friends at Snobby Slice. They offer PSD to HTML services, as well as PSD to WordPress (and other CMSs).

ModestFolio, WordPress theme and Photoshop Tutorial

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Freebie: Distressed Bark Texture Pack

by Steven Snell

January 15, 2010 in Freebies

Today we have a free texture pack that includes 5 photos of graffiti/vandalized tree bark. All of the textures are high res and can be used for personal or commercial purposes, but they cannot be sold or re-distributed. You can get any of the textures individually from Flickr (click on the images below).

Distressed Bark Texture 3

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How to Increase the Value of Your Design Services for Clients

by Steven Snell

January 14, 2010 in Business/Freelance

Web designers obviously have a lot of competition from all of the freelancers and design agencies that are out there. Potential clients have plenty of designers to choose from, so there is always a need to focus on doing the best work that you can and giving clients a highly-valuable service. Designers who take great care of their clients and get results for them are usually busy and not lacking for work. Their clients will keep coming back to them and word-of-mouth referrals will be common.

In this article we’ll take a look at a number of things that designers can focus on with the intent of giving their clients a more valuable service. If you want to have more projects and clients coming your way or increase your income, these are some areas that you can address.

1. Focus on Results

In order to make your services more valuable to your clients, the best thing to do is focus on getting results for them. Clients will be happy to pay for services that help to make their business more profitable. Results are ultimately more important to a client project than the aesthetics. Take the time to get you know your clients and their customers, and focus on creating a website that will work for them and meet their needs.

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