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Do You Need a Degree to Be a Graphic Designer?
Do You Need a Degree to Be a Graphic Designer? 848 310 Nick Saporito

I’ve been a freelance graphic designer since 2011 and in that time have worked for over 1,000 different clients to-date. My work has spanned a robust variety of clientele, ranging from smartphone accessory startups to intra-company hockey teams to branches of Fortune 500 companies and everything in-between. Despite the vast diverisity of people I’ve worked…

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You Need to Start a Youtube Channel
You Need to Start a Youtube Channel 848 310 Nick Saporito

I haven’t been on Youtube for very long. I initially opened an account back in February of 2014 just to subscribe to and keep up with a handful of channels I liked. It wasn’t until June of this year that I decided to start creating and uploading content of my own, but in that short…

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Fast, Good, Cheap. Pick Two.
Fast, Good, Cheap. Pick Two. 848 310 Nick Saporito

This is going to be somewhat of a rant about some of the outrageous requests I receive as a graphic designer, and I’m also going to underscore a core principle you should always remember when going about your freelancing endeavors. Please bear in mind that the majority of work that is presented to me is…

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Most Designers Leave a Horrible Impression with This One Mistake
Most Designers Leave a Horrible Impression with This One Mistake 848 310 Nick Saporito

When a prospective client is looking to hire a graphic designer, they’re not just looking at you. They’re looking at a handful of designers. The amount of time he or she may spend reviewing what you have to offer could be as little as 10 seconds. In that time, they are judging the book by…

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Here’s Why Potential Clients Aren’t Hiring You
Here’s Why Potential Clients Aren’t Hiring You 848 310 Nick Saporito

If you’re a graphic designer struggling to be awarded projects on freelancing sites, despite restless effort, you’re probably making some mistakes. It’s typical to struggle early on, especially when you’re new to the platform and haven’t established much of a track record, but if you’ve been going at this for any longer than a month…

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6 Things Your Logo Designer MUST Know Before You Hire Them
6 Things Your Logo Designer MUST Know Before You Hire Them 850 500 Nick Saporito

You may be shortchanging yourself if you hire a logo designer simply because they have an impressive portfolio. Ideally, you should first communicate with a prospective designer you’re considering hiring to make sure they fully understand the answers to the following questions… 1. What is the featured selling point of your product/service?     Simply…

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5 Clever Ways to Monetize Your Graphic Design Skills Online
5 Clever Ways to Monetize Your Graphic Design Skills Online 850 500 Nick Saporito

So, you know design. Maybe you went to school for it, or maybe you’ve learned the technical proficiencies of the software and the principles of effective design on your own. You have this highly valuable skill set, and now you want to know how you can put it to work. I’m going to show you…

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5 Free Resources Every Graphic Designer Should be Using
5 Free Resources Every Graphic Designer Should be Using 850 310 Nick Saporito

We have a lot on our plates as designers, and we should take advantage of everything we have at our disposal to make our jobs easier. Here’s a list of 5 awesome and free resources that will make your job easier as a designer. 1. Pixabay Free stock photos are hard to find. Free high…

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Here’s what a $5 logo really looks like…
Here’s what a $5 logo really looks like… 850 310 Nick Saporito

Fiverr is a well known online marketplace that connects buyers and sellers. Sellers provide an array of digital services in exchange for $5. One of the best-selling services on Fiverr is logo design, and being a logo designer myself (who charges far more than $5,) I was curious about what kind of logo I could…

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99 designs for designers
99 Designs for Designers: It’s Like Online Gambling
99 Designs for Designers: It’s Like Online Gambling 850 500 Nick Saporito

99Designs is an online platform that connects graphic designers with buyers. Buyers simply post a “contest” outlining the work they need done, then, a swarm of designers all get working on the project, investing their valuable time and technical proficiencies in a project they’re most likely not going to be paid for. Once submitted, the…

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