Freelance Road Trip
Alvalyn Lundgren

Create A Better Portfolio

Whether online or in hand, your portfolio is the primary means of landing a job or finding clients. Art school graduates have focused on developing

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Alvalyn Lundgren

Does Formal Design Education Matter?

Aesthetic sense and talent are raw materials. They amount to nothing without discipline. Education forces you to add skill, discipline and expertise to your talent. And in order to meet project deadlines, you learn to steward your time.

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Set goals, not resolutions by Alvalyn Lundgren
Freelance Road Trip
Alvalyn Lundgren

Set Goals, Not Resolutions

Have  you made resolutions for the new year? What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to change? Where do you see yourself

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Freelance Road Trip
Alvalyn Lundgren

8 Qualities of Successful Freelancers

Freelancing is on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the freelance (contract, temp worker and freelancer — in all industries) economy has a healthy

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Your Working Files and Property Rights by Alvalyn Lundgren
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Alvalyn Lundgren

Property Rights

Although it’s a common assumption, clients are not automatically entitled to a designer’s working files. The tools, preliminary concepts and layouts remain the property of

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Why you can't have the font files by Alvalyn Lundgren
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Alvalyn Lundgren

Why You Can’t Have My Font Files

Business and creative culture now runs on creative rights and intellectual property. Theft, abuse and alteration of intellectual property is as rampant as ID theft,

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Spec Work Is Gambling

Working on spec directly contradicts good business practices and does not even promise payment for work performed.

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email scams targe web designers by Alvalyn Lundgren
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Alvalyn Lundgren

Email Scams Target Web Designers

Commenting on this article is currently closed. Previously-posted comments are full of helpful details. Please read to the end for the latest updates.   Designers

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Advice For Clients: A Designer’s Value

Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance, form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form.   –Paul Rand 

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