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I receive a lot of emails and comments from designers who are just getting started in their work as a freelancer and looking for advice. With that in mind I thought it would be helpful to many readers to provide some tips or pointers for getting those first few clients. This post is intended for those who are fairly new to design and not so much for designers that have been employed by an agency for several years before beginning to freelance.
1. Start with Personal ProjectsThis first point isn't about finding new clients, but rather about preparing yourself for when you do find those clients. If you haven't done any freelance work before, it can be pretty frustrating when a client wants something that you don't know how to do. Having some personal projects to work on will allow you to gain some experience in an environment where it's ok to experiment and maybe make some mistakes. With some projects under your belt you'll feel a lot more prepared when you begin working with clients. Personal projects can also help you to have some work to show potential clients if they want to see what you are capable of. Some designers have gained loads of exposure by having a personal project featured in design galleries, although this isn't easy to do for new designers.
We try to provide readers with links to resources that will make designing easier, more effective, and more fun. Today we have a collection of free Photoshop brushes that will allow you to easily add spray paint effects to your design. Have fun experimenting and see what you can come up with! High Res Spray Paint Brushes (18 brushes)
A few weeks ago a new membership-based site, MediaLoot was launched. It is an online toolbox of premium design resources, and they have kindly offered to give five readers of DesignM.ag a one-year membership to the site for free!
In many cases the small details of web design are what separate good design from great design. Last year we published 30 Web Designs with Amazing Attention to Detail, and today we're following up with another showcase of inspirational designs. In this post we'll showcase websites that are examples of designers who are focused on completing a design by paying attention to even small details. I think you'll find some great examples here that will give you some ideas for your own work. Intuitive Designs Textures, borders and transparency are used with great detail on the site of Intuitive Designs