How to Become a Successful Freelance Designer Today

Becoming a freelance designer can be a challenge. Unlike an employee that is getting paid every month, you have to find your own project. You also have to take into consideration your competition and how you meet all the deadlines. Unlike companies that can provide you with all the necessary tools, you will have to spend for your own software and hardware. And most of the time, it requires a lot of money in order to be a freelance designer.

But of course, being a freelance web designer can also have its perks. Not only can you have a vacation anytime, you can also earn more. Here are some things that you want to remember if you want to become a successful designer.

Branding

The very first thing that you will have to worry about is branding. You want to make sure that you are going to be seen by potential clients as a good designer. This means that you will need to have your own website and even your own social media presence. Be sure to have your LinkedIn account as well.

You will also have to find the right photo. This way, they can have a good first impression of you. Keep in mind that these are just some small things that can make a huge difference.

Gain experience

Next, you also want to be a bit experienced if you ever end up getting clients as a freelancer. Keep in mind that this will give you the confidence that you will need in order to get the job done smoothly. Also, this can help build your own network. A lot of designers that start from scratch really don’t have anything to showcase to their potential clients. Now, you want past proven works. Also, you want to learn from your past mistakes and success. A lot of potential clients will also refuse to take risks when it comes to getting a newbie.

Create your own portfolio

One of the best ways that you can convince a potential client is to have your own portfolio. This can help them understand what exactly you can offer to the table. For a lot of potential clients, they always look at freelance designers as a gamble. There are freelance designers that simply can’t get the work done according to their taste. And one way to avoid this kind of scenario is to show them your best works.

Take fast and small jobs first

As a beginner, you want to take the small jobs first. This can help you improve your network. In addition to this, it is also additional experience on your part.

Always ask for other projects

It is a good idea to always have consistent work when you are a freelancer. You can always stick to your old clients. This way, you also don’t have to adjust anymore. You become familiar with each other. And because of this, you know what they expect from you.

If you are serious about becoming a freelance designer, it is a good idea that you turn to these tactics in order to increase the chances of finding success.

Modern Web Design That You Want To Apply

A lot of people are looking for a website. However, you will need to make sure that the website has a modern design. So what are the modern design trends that you need to apply as a designer?

One of the things that you will need to implement in a modern web design is that it should be able to adapt to the different screens. Keep in mind that majority of today’s traffic comes from mobile. This only means that people don’t have to go to their computer in order to see your website. This only means that it should fit smaller screens.

You also need to consider the color of the website. Not only should it blend with the branding, it should even have to follow the trendiest colors that are being used on top websites today. You may have to do a bit of research in order to find the right color.

You also need to incorporate either a photo or a video whenever you are going to design a website. Keep in mind that the website should be aesthetically pleasing. It is even a good idea to ask your client to ask for custom photos rather than just stock photos.

The future is Fintech – Infographic

How Fintech is the future – this Infographic sent into the us by Fintech Compliance explains why. Thanks guys, it looks great!

The top 10 Logo Designs according to Bulldog Graphic Design

When it comes to your business branding is everything, and the first step to branding is the logo. Having said that logo redesign can have a drastic effect be it negative or positive. But if you don’t believe me, check out this infographic from Bulldog Graphic Design.

Home Safety

Locksmiths are our number one go-to guys for keeping our homes safe. They’re there 24/7 for all our needs and when our homes are put in jeopardy, and it’s for that reason that I personally have them ranking high in my contact list. What about you?

Thanks to Fast Keys Online for this great infographic!

The history of Beer Bottle Packaging

Beer is a popular alcoholic beverage throughout the world. You can find beer at almost all occasions and gatherings. The reason for its popularity is its availability and affordability. Compared to wine, beer can be purchased almost anywhere with much cheaper prices. However, beer distribution wasn’t always a worldwide. Beers were packaged in jars and kegs before beer bottle packaging was invented.

Beer bottle packaging was first used in the beer industry somewhere around 1700s. The first bottles were similar in design with the wine bottles. And just like wine bottles, earlier beer bottles used corks instead of cap crowns or twist-off covers.

It was not until the late 1700s that beer bottle packaging started to part from the wine bottle designs. The bottlenecks became shorter. The bottle was often called a porter. More than 50 years after porter beer bottle packaging was introduced, lager a new style of beer was released in the American market. The early bottle designs were similar to the bottle designs for mineral water. However, the porter design became the beer bottle packaging for lager somewhere in the 1850s. Even with the porter bottle being used in the market, another design that is now the foundation of current wine bottles was introduced in the market by the 1870s. The champagne beer bottle packaging has a narrow body and is widely used for beer, champagne and other kinds of beer such as root beer and small beer.

While the champagne beer bottle packaging was released, Weiss beer bottle was also introduced at the same time. The Weiss beer bottle has three variants which were traditional. These 3 bottle packaging were used for German brew or Weiss beer. When beer gained popularity somewhere around 1900s, it became an exported good. The earlier export beer bottle packaging has a wide body and a long neck. This allowed greater capacity than the local counterparts. However, some beer companies have adopted this design for local beer distribution. These are the different beer bottle packaging designs before the current beer bottles.

The beer packaging industry has evolved and is now not limited to bottles alone. There are kegs, which have been used ever since beer was commercialized, and cans which are now gaining the same popularity as beer bottles. With such a great history not only on the types of beers but also the different beer bottle packaging, you can always think back and imaging the different beer bottles that have been developed before the one in your hands next time you have a bottle of beer to enjoy.

Infographic by Inhous: The 3 most important factors to consider when moving to London

I came across this Infographic on Inhous’s Twitter, and upon seeing the reaction it got over there, I couldn’t resist sharing it to The Design Can audience. It’s a really well put together infographic with a nice use of typefaces. Top work from Inhous relocation services!

 

The best brand I’ve seen this year

Branding is essential to being memorable, and companies will spend so much money to perfect their brand.

One brand I recently saw which I thought was fantastic was The Lock Father. A locksmith company, the name The Lock Father not only a play on the fantastic God Father films, but the name stuck well in my mind.

I also have a keen eye on brand names and logos, if you’ve seen one that you feel can match this get in contact and let me know.

Infographic: Creating the perfect email

Creating the perfect email, easy right? Maybe not so.

When creating email marketing templates for clients, the main point of the project is creating something that is engaging and ultimately convert.

EmailOctopus have created this great and well-designed infographic for those who are or want to get into email marketing with handy tips on creating the perfect email!

Review: Wrapsody gift wrapping service

Now you may be thinking why am I reviewing a gift wrapping service on my design blog, but hear me out!

Now the Christmas dust has finally settled and all the decorations are crammed back in my garage, I though I’d take the time to reflect on one of the services I used over the festive period.

Wrapsody gift wrapping service offer bespoke gift wrapping – I was able to give them my gift, decide a theme if I so wish, and Wrapsody would do all the hard work. The reason I decided to use this service was not because I was too lazy to wrap my gift (although I can’t wrap to save my life!), I actually wanted to add a special touch to my girlfriends Christmas present.

Now I did forget to take pictures of my gift, even on Christmas morning, as she was way too eager to open her present, however there are plenty of examples on their website. I do highly recommend checking it out!