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Ad Agencies vs In-House

If you go looking for blogs & articles about being a designer, almost everything you find is about freelancing. How to work for yourself. How to manage a business. But not all designers want to be freelancers, and I found it hard finding information about what’s it’s like to work for an agency or in-house. And what do those terms even mean?

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Guide to Pricing Your Work

Ask any freelancer out there, and they'll tell you that pricing their work is one of the hardest parts of the job. It's hard to tell someone how much you think your skills are worth. Imposter syndrome is real and something you'll have to deal with at some point or another. But we can't let that keep us from charging what we deserve for the work we do. You've worked hard to learn this skill and your personal style is valuable!

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What is Branding?

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘branding’? Maybe you think of brand names like Nike or Chick-Fil-A. Or maybe you think of iconic logos like the Olympics rings or Starbucks mermaid. While logos are a big part of branding, there’s a lot more to it than that.

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Intro to Photoshop

Last week I gave you an intro to Illustrator, and this week I’m going to walk you through Photoshop! There are some similarities between the two programs, but Photoshop is definitely unique.

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The Importance of Inspiration

Whether you know it or not, you need to be inspired as a creative. You need things that make your heart happy and things that challenge you. Imagine quitting whatever creative outlet you currently have (even if it’s your full time job), taking down every decoration in your house, never listening to music, and only eating tan colored foods. Life would suck.

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Intro to Illustrator

Happy Saturday friends! Today we’re diving headfirst into Illustrator and it’s going to be fun! Learning to use Illustrator (and Photoshop) is a learning curve for sure, but with practice it’ll become second nature. Illustrator is my favorite program to use and I know you’ll love it too! Let’s get started…

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Finding Your Style & Noticing Trends

With so many beautiful styles of design out there, how do you find your own? How do you form your own style without looking like everyone else? What are trends, and should I be following them? What’s the difference between a trend and a movement?

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Tools You Need

Welcome to week three of Saturday Skills! Today we’re going to dive into the Adobe Creative Suite and all the other programs and tools you’ll need as a designer. There are actually so many, so I’ll try to include all of the ones I can think of, even if I don’t use them. Let’s get started!

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Concept & Strategy

The second thing I learned about in school was concepting and strategy. They were honestly a little difficult to wrap my head around, so I wanted to dedicate a whole session of Saturday Skills to it since it’s a crucial part of being a designer and a creative in general. Don’t worry if it doesn’t all make sense at first! As you get into it and practice, it will become foundational for everything you design. Let’s jump in!

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