If your thinking of getting something for the artist life, this guide is for you. Birthdays, holidays or just a gift for Monday and Tuesday. Here's a wish list:
Green Guide for Artists: Nontoxic Recipes, Green Art Ideas, & Resources for the Eco-Conscious ArtistInspire your craftsman with this Green Guide for Artists. If you think he or she will be into creating non-toxic paints, glues and recycling paper then pass this one on.
Whether you're getting ready for the holiday season, a birthday or even without an occasion here's some graphic design related gifts that are on my wish list.Update: Read the full book review.
Trying to put your best foot forward in your portfolio is a task all designers strive to improve at. Here's a guide to get your started.
More informationYou might want to check out Building a Strong Design Portfolio, a question and answer session with Nomi Altabef, Associate Education Director at DesignMentor Training.
When starting out in a new career or career path within your field it seems like everyone is looking for someone with years of experience. It's always a big question, how do you get experience? Whether you are a college student who hasn't worked, a print designer moving into their first web experiences or a web designer getting into illustration or book cover design ... this guide aims to help you get the experience you need. For all of you working graphic designers, how did you start out? Share your stories in the comments!
FreelancingThe Graphic Artist Guild has a sample agreement you can adapt and start from. This is a business and you want to show business savvy. This is standard. When trouble arises, the contract is backing you up. If things begin to go wrong, you can't just make up late fees on the spot. The contract is necessary to keep both you and your clients on track. The contract should at the very least: define the project, provide limitations on how the work may be used, describe the terms of payment and artist credit, and describe procedure in the case of a dispute. If an oral agreement is made, writing a simple letter of agreement which puts the project in writing might be sufficient. After the experience, keep in touch with the people you've freelanced with, let them know if you are accepting more work, and ask for a letter of reference if necessary. For more information on this topic including a ton of sample contracts, check out the Graphic Artist Guild Handbook. This is a great time in your career to proactively establish good business practices. It becomes much easier to communicate with clients when you have an established policy that you can quote. Simply saying "It's my policy to work only after a written agreement is made" can save a lot of trouble. Know ahead of time that clients who have a problem signing an agreement are probably ones who don't want to follow the terms that protect you. Having policies also helps the client better understand their role and can really make it easier for them as well. Some example policies include:
- • to only work with a written agreement
- • to not accept work-for-hire freelance projects
- • to not work on spec
- • to not quote estimates without time to fully consider the project