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    How To Handle Creative Disasters

    How To Handle Creative Disasters
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: Last week I finished a painting and it was an unmitigated disaster. There was nothing about it I liked! Do you have any hints for dealing with situations like this where the thing you just finished is a complete wreck? -Raphael J., San Francisco Thanks, Raphael. [gate] [widget:inarticlebulleted_interview] If you had high hopes for your current painting and ...
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    How To Deal with Slacker Clients

    How To Deal with Slacker Clients
    You've just landed this heaven-sent project. You know that this one will be perfect for you to show off your skills. You're also stoked because this project is something you really believe in. And, the best part, there's a budget for it. When things are too good to be true, are they really? Sometimes they can be, especially when the client ...
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    How To Price Your Interior Design Work

    How To Price Your Interior Design Work
    You’ve worked hard. You have experience, resources, access to products, materials and finishes not always available to the general public. You are trained and have solutions for your clients. They are coming to you to save time and money, and of course, have a new, beautiful, finished project. But….How will your clients pay you for your services? There are a variety ...
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    How To Work with a Client with Bad Taste

    How To Work with a Client with Bad Taste
    When it comes to the phrase “bad taste”, do you immediately go to stereotypical images of front porch flamingos and plastic-covered furniture? No, that’s the bad taste grandmother to the current generation’s mix of over-abundance in color, pattern and all things “trendy." If in your first meetings with a client you can sense a not-so-keen eye toward design, fear not – ...
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    How to Expertly Turn Down a Design Job

    How to Expertly Turn Down a Design Job
    A first response to this question may be, “Why would you think of turning down a job in this economy?” Some might say this falls into the “nice-problem-to-have category” — But how do you turn down a job without negatively impacting your reputation or the impression it may leave with the potential client? The number one rule to remember when turning ...
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    How To Be Creative Even When Uninspired

    How To Be Creative Even When Uninspired
    Inevitably, there will be some projects in your create-on-demand role that you will be – let’s just say – “less than passionate” about. In fact, there will be some things you’re required to do that seem downright ridiculous and generally like a waste of time. How do you do with these projects? Do you rush through them so that you can ...
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    Scare Off Design Clients With Your Contract

    Scare Off Design Clients With Your Contract
    You should always take measures to protect yourself from being taken advantage of by a client, and one of the best ways to do that is to work with a solid contract that ensures that both parties know what is expected of them. That being said, it’s important to temper your defenses with an element of restraint or you risk scaring ...
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    Protect Yourself with a Beefy Client Contract

    Protect Yourself with a Beefy Client Contract
    Today I’d like to go into a little more detail about your best chance at protecting yourself, your Illustration work, and your freelance business: your contract. If you’re not already, you should start taking your contract very seriously, because it’s your first line of defense if things go sour. A bad situation is made immeasurably worse when there is no contract ...
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    How To Work Within A Client’s Tight Budget

    How To Work Within A Client’s Tight Budget
    As I mentioned in a recent article, Is Your Client Clean or Dirty?, I believe that some clients who are perceived to be difficult do in fact have innocent intentions. Unfortunately, bad experiences sometimes make some Illustrators unnecessarily fearful or defensive when they encounter new clients who send up possible red flags. One example of this is a client who has ...
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    Successfully Designing Under Client Direction

    Successfully Designing Under Client Direction
    "I would like a drop shadow on the text with a side of a distracting image behind the body copy and oh yeah, center it all please." Sound familiar? Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if every single creative project you've had the opportunity to design allowed for you, the designer, to make the calls on every design-related aspect of the ...
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    3 Questions to Ask Your Illustration Clients

    3 Questions to Ask Your Illustration Clients
    Have you ever had trouble figuring out what the heck your Illustration clients actually want? Whether they’ve worked with an Illustrator before or not, it can often be difficult for your clients to put their thoughts into words. Or, perhaps they’re not even sure themselves about what they’re looking for. The creative process can be tricky, especially if your client doesn’t ...
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    Creatives Beware: When Clients Attack!

    Creatives Beware: When Clients Attack!
    As a creative being, it's important to be prepared for an attack. As there aren’t repellents or safety equipment for these situations, it's important to have a clear set of guidelines for survival. Brace yourself, fellow creatives — chances are it will happen to you if it hasn't already. An attack can happen when you least expect it. You may be ...
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    Seriously Bad Web Design Clients

    Bad clients. They're every freelancer's nightmare, and yet, almost everyone who has ever done freelance web design has a gem of a story to tell. Whether it's strong (and wrong) opinions, fantastically bad taste, or just general unpleasantness (one of our finalists was asked to photograph Polish sausages as part of a design!), we've gathered the most cringe-worthy client stories ...
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    What If The Client Cancels The Contract?

    What If The Client Cancels The Contract?
    This article is part of a larger series. Click here to read the entire "The Nitty Gritty on Contracts" series. So far, we talked about the overall sections that should be included in design contracts and what to offer. Of course, all of the items in a contract should be catered to the job and client at hand and customized to ...
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    What to Include (and Not) in Client Contracts

    What to Include (and Not) in Client Contracts
    This article is part of a larger series. Click here to read the entire "The Nitty Gritty on Contracts" series. Last time we talked about the ever-important contact/Client information and other, overall information that needs to be included in your contract to set the record straight from the start. Always remember to put the date on all your documents - that ...
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