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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Checklists are a must for running an efficient design business. They allow you to keep on top of every step involved in a task or project. By using checklists you ensure things don’t get out of hand.read more
A home office is essential if you plan on running your graphic design business for any length of time. Sure the kitchen table can make due in a pinch, but if you're serious about your business you will want to carve out a bit of that home real estate and claim it as your own.read more
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It’s the capacity to be aware of, control, and express your emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.read more
As a designer, you will receive criticism on your work. How you deal with that criticism will determine what kind of designer you are.read more
Your goal as a designer is to turn all your clients into repeat clients. But you can't do that unless you build a relationship with them. After all, clients would much rather deal with a good designer they like, than a great designer they don't like.read more
As a designer, you are also a problem solver. Your job is not to do what the client asks without question, but to question what the client asks.read more
What you should charge as your hourly design rate is an often debated topic amongst designers. Everybody seems to have their own opinion as to how to calculate what you should charge. I guess I'm no different because on this episode of the Resourceful Designer podcast I do just that. I give you my opinion of how you may want to choose your hourly design rate.read more
What are Legacy Plans you ask? Legacy Plans are when someone continues to pay a certain price when everyone else is paying more for the same service.read more
Proofing errors are the bane of all graphic designers. Anyone who has been in this business long enough knows that clients will almost always try to blame you when they find errors on their project.read more
One problem when people present their designs is they usually explain how they designed it when what they should do is explain why they designed it.read more