Resourceful Designer - A Graphic Design Podcast
Resourceful Designer offers a graphic design podcast aimed at helping home based graphic designers and web designers streamline their business.
Each week, I shares advice, tips and resources to help you with all aspects of running a successful graphic design business.
But who am I?
I'm Mark Des Cotes, a graphic designer and web designer. I've been designing for over 25 years and I've been running my own successful graphic design business for more than 10 years. I thought it would be fun to host a graphic design podcast and share some of the knowledge I've gained over the years. If you want to know more about me please visit the About page.
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We graphic designers are creative people. It's in our blood, it's who we are. And as creative people, we need an outlet for our creativity. We get some of it through client work but limitations and restrictions hold our full potential back. The only way for us to truly unleash our creativity is by working on personal projects for ourselves.read more
Here are a few tips to stack the odds in your favour and improve your chances of winning over design clients on the phone, through video or face to face.read more
A Virtual Assistant is someone who can help your graphic design business by freeing up your time and allowing you to concentrate on growing your business.read more
I'm trying a different approach to this week's podcast. Instead of talking about a single subject related to running your home-based graphic design business, I'm going to share 12 random graphic design tips with you.read more
At it’s most fundamental level, a design portfolio is simply a way to say “look at me, see how great I am, you should hire me”. It's a way to showcase what you are capable of doing in the hopes of impressing potential clients to want to work with you.read more
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Using Holidays to Build Your Graphic Design Business. But bare with me. I’m not talking about drumming up business while on your family vacation. Although if you can, more power to you. What I’m talking about is promoting the actual holidays themselves.read more
Every industry has its own language, design is no different. When talking to clients we have to remember that they’re not part of our industry and if we’re not careful we may scare them away.read more
In this week's episode of the Resourceful Designer podcast, I tackle the longtime debate on whether or not you should use the pronoun “We” or “I” on your marketing material.read more
There will be times in every business when things just pile up. You feel tired, overwhelmed and have no idea how you got to that point, or how to get out of the hole you're in. You feel stuck with no obvious path out. You’ve found yourself in a productivity slump.read more
In this episode of the Resourceful Designer podcast, I talk about setting goals for your graphic design business. I don't mean resolutions. I know it’s January when I'm releasing this episode, the time of year for setting resolutions, and that’s all fine. But what I’m talking about are goals. Whereas resolutions are more ongoing, like becoming a better illustrator or improving your coding skills. Goals, on the other hand, have a set target to achieve.read more