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June 15, 2019
2019 Logo Design Trends With LogoLounge’s Bill Gardner!
I can never believe it when a whole year has passed, and it’s time to once again sit down with our old pal Bill Gardner, founder of LogoLounge. Listen in as we talk all about the newest crop… what works, what doesn’t, and what might soon be on its way out. We had lots of […]
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70 min
May 24, 2019
Client Off-Boarding & Project Wrap-Ups
A few episodes back, we talked all about how to properly onboard a new client, and kick off a project. But what do you do when the project is over? In this episode, the gang discusses what we’ve been doing wrong in terms of vague endings, and how we plan on wrapping up projects in […]
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52 min
May 10, 2019
Design & Business Tools We Can’t Live Without
As a designer, we have a very particular set of skills. But what about the tools that we use every day that help us do what we do? In this heartwarming episode, the gang goes over their must-have tools in 3 categories: Business Design Inspiration Lots of fun stuff here, so gather round and give […]
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65 min
April 30, 2019
Answering Your Questions: All Audio Edition!
We’re finally back to answering your listener questions, and this time, we had a bunch of audio questions to get through! They cover a wide variety of topics, and we wrap up answering a few last-minute questions submitted on instagram. Want access to all the classic episodes that are no longer on the podcast feed? […]
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69 min
April 18, 2019
When Clients Don’t Pay
One of the toughest pills to swallow as a designer is when we run into that client who just refuses to pay you. I think we’ve all run into this at one point or another. In today’s episode, we’re joined by Steve Pomerantz, CEO of Freelance Collection, which is a collection service for creatives. He […]
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65 min
March 29, 2019
How We Onboard New Design Clients
If clients are the lifeblood of any creative business, the way we onboard them matters. In this episode, the each of us talks about our specific process we use to welcome clients into our business, and how we set their project up for success. Lots of tips to be learned here! We also answer a […]
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65 min
March 12, 2019
2019 Web Design Trends
A few episodes back, we covered all the latest graphic design trends to pay attention to in 2019. Now it’s time to focus on the trends that apply to websites and web design! We talk about design trends, as well as some interesting tech, tools and workflows that are trending now. Not only will these […]
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56 min
February 26, 2019
Legal Tips & Takeaways for Designers
Over the years, we’ve gotten a bunch of legal questions submitted from our listeners. But we never feel very comfortable answering them — until now! In this episode, the gang sits down with Angie Avard Turner, a designer-turned-attorney for creatives. She answers all OUR questions, as well as a bunch that were submitted by you, […]
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63 min
February 13, 2019
Niche Spotlight: Brand Strategy
In this episode, the gang sits down with Peter Stevenson from modern8 to talk about his career as a brand strategist. How he got started, what’s involved, and advice for anyone looking to start a fabulous career in the brand strategy game. We also answer a new audio question about getting started hiring extra design […]
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59 min
January 23, 2019
2019 Graphic Design Trends
We love trends, you love trends — let’s talk design trends baby! In this episode, the gang talks about some of our favorites we can expect to see way more of in 2019. We also answer a new listener question about how to set clear boundaries between our clients and our personal lives. Want access […]
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62 min
January 2, 2019
New Year, New Goals & New Processes
We made it to 2019! In this episode, the gang talks about what we plan to focus on in the new year, and what needs to change in our design businesses. While we’re talking about our own goals and resolutions, this conversation is going to be beneficial to everyone, as we cover some really interesting […]
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49 min
December 17, 2018
When Good Client Relationships Go Bad (& What We Learned)
We love our clients! Ok, ALMOST all of them. Every now and then, we get a client who maybe doesn’t make things easy on us, but you know what? We’re GRATEFUL for those ones. Because there’s a lot to be learned from those failed relationships. Particularly: “what could we have done to have prevented this?” […]
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68 min
December 4, 2018
The 2018 Designer Holiday Gift Guide Episode!
It’s that time again when the weather gets a little chilly, and people start asking “what do you want this year?” If that question’s got you stumped this year, we have your back! In this episode the gang shares all the cool gift ideas designers should be asking for this holiday season (or be buying […]
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70 min
November 21, 2018
LinkedIn Strategies to Win More Design Clients
Last week we gave all our best advice for completing a desirable LinkedIn profile. This time, we’re showing you how you can use it to your ultimate advantage, and get more of your ideal design clients through the biggest professional network out there. The gang talks about their best pro-tips, best practices and strategies to […]
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63 min
November 7, 2018
Creating The Perfect Designer LinkedIn Profile
We’ve talked a lot in the past about using Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to find new clients, but LinkedIn is all business — so it makes sense to use it if you’re selling design services TO businesses. In this pro-tip-packed episode, the gang covers every base to making the most of your LinkedIn profile, so […]
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55 min
October 26, 2018
MAXin’ & Freelancin’
Well we finally made it happen — all 3 of us recording in the same room! Well, it was an Airstream to be exact, but who’s keeping track anyway? In this historic episode, the gang sits down live at Adobe MAX to talk all about creative freelancing with the girl who co-wrote the book on […]
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55 min
October 13, 2018
When Your Side Hustle Wins!
A big part of being a designer is the art of the side-hustle. You know, when you have your 9-5 gig, but you freelance or work on a passion project business on the side. But what happens when that side hustle becomes more lucrative than your actual job-job? This week we have David Lesue back […]
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62 min
September 27, 2018
Creating Client Personas
The first step to marketing ANY business is knowing exactly who your target client is. And running a design business is no different. In this episode, we break down every step of creating your ideal client persona — a fictionalized person that represents who you dream of working with. What are her goals and motivations? […]
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54 min
September 14, 2018
Be More Efficient in Creative Cloud
As designers, using Adobe’s Creative Cloud is a must. It’s home to all the industry-standard programs, but are you using it to its potential? In this episode, we’re so lucky to have Adobe expert Paul Trani in studio to talk about what’s new and exciting in the cloud, as well as ways to make the […]
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65 min
August 24, 2018
Email Marketing Tips for Designers
In our last episode, we talked about all the different types of lead magnets you can offer potential customers to get them on your email list. So let’s say you’ve got them right where you want them — now what? This week, the gang talks about the next steps: how to deliver the lead magnet, […]
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50 min
July 30, 2018
Lead Magnet Ideas For Designers
No matter where social media goes, it’s still critical to keep an email list of client leads in 2018 — it’s the only means of communication you actually own. Facebook, Instagram or Twitter could go away tomorrow, but your list is yours. In this, the first part of a 2-part series on email marketing for […]
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49 min
July 16, 2018
R.F.P.s: Time-Suck or Time-Well-Spent?
If you’ve ever gotten a request-for-proposal from a would-be client, you know the dilemma it creates. How much time should I spend on this? Will I even get it? Is it WORTH it? In this episode, the gang breaks it all down to a 10 point checklist you can run against every RFP you get […]
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68 min
July 6, 2018
5 Ways to Increase Your Design Rates
I’m sure you love your design career. But you’d love it more if you were getting paid more, right? In this episode, the gang shares five strategies to make it possible to increase your prices. We also answer a new listener question that we just couldn’t resist. Show Links: AdobeMax Los Angeles (Use coupon code […]
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65 min
June 22, 2018
DesignCast 160: Your Questions Answered!
We love these listener question episodes. Not only do we get to clear out the inbox, but we get to give directly back to YOU, our loyal listeners. This week, we have 6 new questions on a wide variety of design related topics. Truly something for everyone here, so be sure to listen in full. […]
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50 min
June 4, 2018
2018 Logo Design Trends Revealed!
Well it’s June, and you know what that means — a brand new logo design trend report from the folks at LogoLounge! We invited Bill Gardner back to the show to talk trends, and what they mean to the state of logo design in general. We had a great time with this episode, and learned […]
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73 min
May 22, 2018
Niche Spotlight: Hand-Lettering Design
Typography is one of the most important aspects in graphic design. While choosing the right fonts for the job can make a huge impact, this week’s guest takes that to a totally different level — he does it all by hand (and companies pay him quite nicely for his efforts!) There’s nothing cookie-cutter about Denver […]
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70 min
May 9, 2018
How to Produce Pro-Level Branding Videos With Your Smartphone
By 2019, video will make up 80% of all web traffic. Besides, video is one of the best ways to brand your design business, build trust, and showcase the personality behind the business. This week, we have special guest Cielo de la Paz to walk us through the entire process: what you need, how to […]
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60 min
April 23, 2018
Passive Income Ideas & Tips For Designers
As designers there are so many ways of using our talents to make money — so why do so many of us rely solely on client work? In this episode, we answer a recent listener question about the ins and outs of passive income. And since the three of us don’t do too much of […]
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84 min
April 12, 2018
The Private Brand Niche
Long gone are the days of plain white packaging with bold black lettering. Nope, these ain’t your grandpa’s generics. Welcome to the era of “private brands.” When you shop, I’m sure you notice the proliferation of store brands in just about every category. And you may also notice that they look less like store brands […]
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61 min
March 27, 2018
Plagiarism in Design
As designers, just about every single project begins with inspiration. But where does inspiration end and plagiarism begin? In this episode, the gang discusses the thorny issue of plagiarism in design. We offer some tips to make sure you aren’t accidentally ripping off someone else’s design, as well as what you can do about it […]
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60 min
March 16, 2018
Niche Spotlight: Illustrative Branding
Rolling right along with our design specialty series, this week we got to talk to illustration & branding specialist Jordan Wilson. We talk about how he got into this world, and he’s got lots of great advice for anyone thinking about or trying to break into the niche. We also zag a bit — and […]
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53 min
February 23, 2018
Will Design For Beer!
Remember how we said a few episodes back that it would be cool to highlight some cool niches that are out there for designers? Well we made that happen, and here’s our first such episode. This week, we’re joined by Ryan Wheaton, an independent designer who specializes in BEER! Specifically beer branding and packaging. Not […]
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57 min
February 19, 2018
Making Your Own Luck
Do you run your design career passively, waiting for good things to happen, or do you grab it by the horns and make the good stuff happen? If you’re in the first camp, we’re going to try to change your thinking up a bit. Today, we’re joined by designer and conference organizer Matt Dawson. Not […]
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57 min
January 29, 2018
DesignCast 150: Listener Questions LIVE from Adobe Max
We’ve reached a milestone — 150 episodes, and we have all of you, our loyal listeners to thank! As you know, the whole gang recently traveled to Las Vegas for the Adobe Max conference. We got to meet a bunch of listeners (and get drunk with a few too,) and we also got some fantastic […]
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58 min
January 17, 2018
Here’s to being BRAVER in 2018
With every new year brings a new resolution — so what about being BRAVER in your design career? We are once again joined by the myth, the man, the legend, content specialist Aaron Wrixon. Aaron is here to talk about his brand new content framework that’s designed to make you stand out in the crowded […]
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63 min
December 29, 2017
Web Design Trends Taking Off in 2018
Last week we looked at all the graphic design trends to look out for in 2018, so we thought we’d follow that up with all those trends that are specific to the web design world. In this episode, listen as the gang talks about everything we have been seeing pick up tremendous steam, and will […]
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59 min
December 13, 2017
Graphic Design Trends to Watch in 2018
With 2017 winding down, it’s time to take a look at the year that was, and the trends that we predict will continue to dominate the graphic design world in 2018. So sit back, close your eyes and visualize all the trends we go over, and download resident overachiever Nick’s handy pdf guide of the […]
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63 min
November 27, 2017
2017 Designer Gifts Wish List
Just in time for Cyber Monday, we present our annual designer gift guide! Listen as the gang lists off the things we’ll be asking for this year, because getting cool stuff is really what the holiday season is all about. And Nick will apparently be buying every. single. thing. We also answer a new question, […]
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59 min
November 13, 2017
Positioning Your Agency (or Micro-Agency)
Have you ever wondered how to set yourself or your design agency apart from the competition? Wonder no more, because in today’s episode, we have a very special guest who will shed some light on the subject. Content strategist and copywriter Aaron Wrixon is in the house, and will show you how to stand out, […]
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64 min
October 30, 2017
Our Biggest Takeaways From Adobe Max
Last week, the gang all got together in person to attend the 2017 Adobe Max conference, and we can honestly say it was incredible. Lots of new announcements, feature enhancements, and brand new programs that we’re all super excited to share with you. Mikelle couldn’t join in on this episode, but Wes and Nick are […]
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72 min
October 10, 2017
Designer Fails
Any designer who’s made it will tell you they failed a LOT on the way up. It’s the best way to learn — at least that’s what we keep telling ourselves. And the Deeply Graphic gang is no different. Listen to our tales of woe, and what we learned from biting it over the years. […]
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53 min
September 25, 2017
Clients From Hell
Working with great design clients is what makes our job so amazing. Then there are the OTHER ones. Clients who don’t value your work. Clients who give vague feedback, or who will “know it when they see it.” Most of the time, this is all on us as the designer — we haven’t properly communicated […]
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53 min
September 19, 2017
What’s Coming to Creative Cloud?
Every designer basically lives, works and breathes in the Adobe Creative Cloud. So this week, we have Adobe’s Michaël Chaize on with us to discuss upcoming additions, as well as a few cool things you can currently use that you may not have known about. (We were all surprised by a few things that we […]
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63 min
August 29, 2017
DesignCast 140: Listener Question Show!
We made it to 140 fun-filled episodes, and to celebrate, we’re digging deep into our mailbag to answer six new burning questions from listeners like you. Whether you’re a print or web designer, seasoned vet or newbie, there’s something here for everyone! Show Links: Freshbooks FREE for 30 Days Offer – Important: You must enter […]
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44 min
August 14, 2017
Recurring Revenue Packages
Did you know it costs about five times as much to acquire a new client than it takes to maintain an existing one? Knowing that, why do so many designers “one and done” it with their clients? In this episode, the gang talks about some great ways to keep your existing customers by offering ongoing […]
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51 min
July 29, 2017
Proposals: Put in the Work!
One of our very first shows was about proposals, but we’ve gained a lot of knowledge since those early days, and we have a lot of new proposal tips to share with you. Listen as the gang talks about all aspects of the proposal process, including the writing process, things to include, and how to […]
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67 min
July 14, 2017
An Ad-ucation in Advertising Your Design Business
Unless you have all the business you can handle, AND you are making the kind of money you deserve, you should probably consider advertising in one way or another. In this episode, the gang discusses the various platforms available that work in 2017. We talk about paid options, but Mikelle has another method that she […]
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60 min
June 28, 2017
Talkin’ 2017 Logo Trends in the LogoLounge
It’s that time of year again. The smell of freshly cut grass in your nose, the taste of vodka with just a splash of lemonade on your tongue, and the sweet sounds of Bill Gardner talking about this year’s logo design trends all up in your earbuds! That’s right kiddies, it’s time for the 2017 […]
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70 min
June 13, 2017
The Mobile Optimization Checklist
I’ll bet most of you either specialize in web design, or at least offer it as a client service. Like it or not, in 2017 (and beyond,) this means you need to know how to design for mobile devices. With over half of Internet browsing taking place on mobile, we as designers can no longer […]
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63 min
May 30, 2017
Designing with SEO in Mind
If you offer web design services, how well do you know the mysterious art of SEO? For any noobs out there, that stands for “search engine optimization,” and is usually a very important aspect to almost any website. Any SEO expert will tell you that it’s always better to plan your search strategy from the […]
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59 min
May 12, 2017
Charging for Your Value
In the world of graphic design, most people charge one of two ways: based on time or per project. But let’s face it, both are usually based on some type of time-based calculation. The problem with this method is that nobody really benefits from it. Your client is ends up paying for the time you […]
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55 min
April 28, 2017
Supplementing with Subcontractors
We love getting topic suggestions from our listeners, and today’s episode is one of those. We’ve talked a lot over the year about subcontracting work out to others. It’s a great way to fill in your skill gaps, or just have extra hands in order to focus on more important business-building tasks. In today’s episode, […]
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68 min
April 14, 2017
Advice for the Graduating Design Student
With spring break well behind us, thoughts turn to summer, and maybe even graduation. Good thing we have our resident design professor Nick to dole out some awesome advice to all you grads out there. And in the spirit of not leaving the rest of you out, this advice is pretty great for any designer […]
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67 min
March 30, 2017
DesignCast 130: A Good, Old Fashioned Listener Question Show
We’ve reached another milestone, (assuming 130 is indeed a milestone?) So we’re back to clear out the ol’ inbox and answer your burning questions. We have seven different ones, so there is really something for everyone in this episode. We know we’ve been doing live episodes for this lately, but we just forgot to tease […]
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58 min
March 17, 2017
Qualifying Your Clients
Whenever you first meet with a new prospective client, they are sizing you up. And if you’re smart, you’re sizing them up right back. After all, you probably don’t want to work with everyone who comes your way. There are many things to consider: their budget versus your rates, their niche, their project, and their […]
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52 min
February 24, 2017
Getting Our Mood Board On
If you’ve ever felt like your first client comps aren’t nailing it, you really need to give mood boards a try. Mood boards are a way to save time by quickly communicating an overall design direction to your client for approval. This can involve just one that they need to approve, or multiple variations from […]
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56 min
February 17, 2017
Project Minimums to Maximize Business
Nothing can kill the productivity of a designer faster than a neverending barrage of small jobs. You have to wrap your head around a new brand, create invoices, and client interactions for a micro-payout. This is why it is so crucial to have a project minimum — the absolute minimum amount you’re willing to take […]
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65 min
January 31, 2017
Be Your Own Trendsetter
We talk a lot about design trends, but when is it time to break away from the pack and try something totally different? And with a never ending supply of design inspiration out there, how do you turn down the noise enough to explore your own creativity? In this episode, the gang explores this idea, […]
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62 min
January 13, 2017
Diving Deep into Discovery
Do you know the best way to deliver real value to your clients? Coincidentally, it’s the same thing that will allow you to charge much more than you’re charging now—Discovery. Discovery is the secret sauce to solving real problems in your clients’ business. When you stop simply taking orders based on your clients’ stated needs, […]
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57 min
December 29, 2016
Web Design Trends We Can Expect in 2017
On our last episode, we covered all the biggest graphic design trends we predict for next 2017, and we wanted to follow it up with trends we can expect to see specifically in the world of web design. Listen as the gang goes over their favorite (and most promising) trends for 2017. Some are purely […]
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53 min
December 20, 2016
Graphic Design Trends of 2017 Predicted!
With 2016 quickly approaching, let’s turn to what 2017 will likely have in store for us as graphic designers. In this episode, the gang talks about the trends we have all been noticing and are likely to spike in the new year. We talk creative trends, as well as a few trends in the creative […]
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62 min
November 29, 2016
The Designer’s Holiday Gift Guide ’16
The holidays are upon us, and that means three things — some really bad Christmas movies on The Hallmark Channel, getting drunk to avoid family, and the Deeply Graphic annual designer gift guide episode. Seriously, it’s one of our favorite yearly traditions, and this one truly has something for everybody. So strap in, spice up […]
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60 min
November 16, 2016
Tips & Tricks for Designing Facebook Ads That Crush It
Facebook ads are one of the most cost-effective — and overall effective — forms of online marketing available today. This is because you can easily tailor them to the target audience. In today’s episode, listen as the gang schools you on the best ways to design killer Facebook ads, as well as some behind the […]
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57 min
October 26, 2016
Live Halloween Spooktacular! Ask Us Anything
To celebrate our 120th episode, we decided to join forces with the darkest of holidays to bring you our first ever live Halloween Spooktacular! While the live event has come and gone, you can still listen to all the spookiness and listener questions we took during our live broadcast. We got to answer a bunch […]
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76 min
October 17, 2016
Everything You Wanted to Know About Cinemagraphs* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
One of the big forecasted web design trends for 2016 was the widespread use of cinemagraphs. So where are they? Listen in as the gang dissects the benefits or incorporating cinemagraphs into your web designs, email marketing campaigns and social campaigns. We also go over your basic options for making/purchasing one, and what you would […]
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45 min
September 30, 2016
Hot Print Talk! The Latest Trends in the Print World
While we can sometimes get focused on web design, this one’s for all you die-hard print designers out there. Join us as we chat with Nicole and Katie from Tri City Printing about all the latest trends in the print world. We cover all the hottest new print promotional items you can use with your […]
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52 min
September 7, 2016
Why Should Clients Choose You?
All designers want to get to the point in their career where they can call the shots and work with the clients they want to work with. But how do you get there? By being the kind of designer (and businessperson) that clients consistently want to work with. In this episode, we’re joined for a […]
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66 min
August 31, 2016
Finding Design Clients Through Social Media
As creative solopreneurs or agency owners, there are no shortage of ways to find great clients. We can attend networking mixers, send out emails, or rely on good old-fashioned word of mouth. But one we keep getting one particular question time and time again — how do you use the power of social media to […]
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62 min
August 11, 2016
When Your Clients Aren’t Feeling It
Have you ever had an unsatisfied client? At some point, I think every designer has run into this problem. It’s how you deal with it that matters. This episode was spurred on by a listener question we got from a designer who’s client went completely off-the-grid after things went south. Not knowing what to do […]
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45 min
July 28, 2016
Apple Workflow Tips
If you’re like most designers out there, your work machine of choice is a Mac. And if you’re like most Mac users, you have a pretty good handle on your workflow, but there is always room for improvement. On today’s episode, we are joined by Apple consultant (and Mikelle’s new bff) Brett Nord. Brett is […]
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67 min
July 15, 2016
Reality Checking Your Freelance Design Work
The life of a freelance graphic/web designer can be incredibly rewarding. The independence of working for yourself is alluring, but working by yourself comes with more than a few drawbacks. With nobody to bounce ideas off of, or show your works in progress to, how do you ever really know if you’re on the right […]
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58 min
June 28, 2016
Our Newest Secret Weapons
One of the greatest joys of being a designer is when you discover something new that changes your life for the better. While change can be scary, it can also open you up to a whole new world of possibilities. In this episode, the gang each talks about one such discovery that they use to […]
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63 min
June 8, 2016
2016 Logo Design Trends Report
What designer doesn’t love discovering the latest trends? And who doesn’t love a good tradition? Well hold onto your hats, kids, this episode has BOTH! Yep, sitting down with LogoLounge‘s Bill Gardner to discuss the latest trends in logo design has become one of Deeply Graphic’s most time-honored traditions. And this one doesn’t disappoint. Follow […]
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73 min
June 1, 2016
DesignCast 110: The LIVE Show!
Our last live show was so much fun that we’re continuing the tradition, answering your questions live! But if you missed the show, no worries, you can catch up with it now. In this jam-packed episode, the gang answers an insane number of listener questions — some personal, some professional — all while saying goodbye […]
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82 min
May 19, 2016
The Slow Times
All creative professionals have ups and downs — it’s just a part of the life. It’s how we choose to use that time that will make or break your business. In this episode, the gang talks about nine things you can do with your time between clients that will actually help you get more of […]
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54 min
April 29, 2016
Design Consulting as a Service
As graphic and web designers, we do a lot of behind-the-scenes work that we don’t always charge for. But what if we did? In this episode, we expand upon a listener question to talk about the topic of charging clients for all those little things we do that don’t count as “design” work. Things like […]
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51 min
April 13, 2016
The Ultimate Project Organization Method
One of the biggest game-changers for your design business is when you figure out how to get your projects organized. In this episode, the gang is joined by Word Revolution‘s Barbara Carneiro. She has an amazing method of pre-organizing her website and branding projects within her online project management software program that allows her to […]
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59 min
March 30, 2016
Help! My Client Thinks He’s a Designer!
As designers, it’s completely normal to get feedback from your clients. When it can become frustrating, however, is when that feedback turns into a full-on concept with instructions to “just make this.” It can be confusing. After all, they are supposedly paying us for our expertise, not just our ability to trace and digitize. While […]
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50 min
March 16, 2016
Real-Life Rebrands: The Good, the Bad & the Fugly
We’ve talked about rebranding ourselves as creative pros, but this time around we wanted to talk about some recent real-life corporate rebrands to see who got it right, and who didn’t. Want to follow along with us? Download this pdf of all the logos we discuss in this episode. In this episode, the gang goes […]
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63 min
February 29, 2016
Packaging Design Tips & Trends
They say not to judge a book by it’s cover, but we’re all guilty of choosing products based purely on their packaging. In this episode, our resident packaging guru, Nick walks us through the latest packaging design tips & trends that you can use to add value to your next packaging design project. We also […]
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57 min
February 9, 2016
Client-Focused Portfolio Websites
We’ve discussed it before, but it’s a new year, and we have some brand new perspectives on our biggest marketing asset as designers — our portfolio websites. Wes just went through a major redesign, and Nick is currently planning one as well, so listen for our tips on how to make the most of yours. […]
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58 min
January 25, 2016
New Year, New Design Processes
Every now and then its a good idea to step back, and ask yourself what’s working in your design business, and what isn’t. In this episode, the gang reflects on what new processes they want to start implementing in 2016 in order to grow their businesses. We talk about many goals, including raising our rates, […]
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72 min
January 13, 2016
Secrets to Winning $10K+ Web Projects
In the new year, what better resolution can we have than to do higher value work for higher value pay? In this episode, Wes interviews Brent Weaver, founder of ugurus.com about this very subject. Brent talks about how you can find those big fish clients, as well as how to qualify them to make sure […]
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46 min
December 29, 2015
DesignCast 100: Ask Us Anything LIVE!
Well we finally made it to 100 episodes, and we could think of no better way to celebrate the milestone than by spending it with you. In this very special episode, the gang broadcasts live for the very first time, answering your questions in real time. In case you weren’t able to make the live […]
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134 min
December 9, 2015
The 2015 Graphic Designers’ Gift Guide!
Mariah Carey may only have a single wish this Christmas, but then again, she’s not a graphic designer. This holiday season, curl up with a cozy sweater, a mug of “coffee” and this episode of Deeply Graphic so you know exactly what to ask for this year. The gang each brings 3 gift ideas to […]
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54 min
November 28, 2015
99 Problems But a Pitch Ain’t One
As creatives, one of the most challenging aspects of our work is winning business from good clients. The thing that separates the successful designers from the rest is that they aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and show their potential clients exactly why they are the best for the job. And I don’t mean […]
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53 min
November 14, 2015
Unique Client Gift Ideas
With the holiday season underway, let’s not forget about those that make our business possible: our clients. In this episode, the gang each brings their own unique ideas about what you can do for your clients this year, no matter what your budget. Whether it’s snacks customized with your own branding, or a complimentary add-on […]
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52 min
October 28, 2015
Running an Agency Remotely
Most of us creative freelancers and solopreneurs have never thought about working out of an actual office space. High overheads, leases and actual employees are definite roadblocks, but there is good news: Running your business remotely can work quite well for most of us. But, are you doing it right? In this episode, Wes interviews […]
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50 min
October 11, 2015
Web Design Trends Going into 2016
With 2015 almost turning to 2016, the gang takes a look at some of the more popular, innovative and controversial web design trends going on right now, as well as what 2016 web design trends will look like. As with all trend shows, we want to reiterate that just because a trend exists, doesn’t mean […]
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56 min
September 29, 2015
Personal Branding Revisited
Branding is one of the most important considerations for any business, especially for freelancers. With as much competition we creative freelancers face, ya gotta be memorable to survive. In this episode, the gang discusses the steps you should be taking to find the inner personality of your company or solopreneurship, and then how to carry […]
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49 min
September 11, 2015
Ten Kickoff Commandments
Every design project should start with the client kickoff meeting, and in this episode, Nick walks us through his version of the “10 Commandments” of a perfect kickoff. Kickoff meetings are important for several reasons: you get to dig deep with your client and find out everything you need to know to get the job […]
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48 min
August 26, 2015
Moonlighting by Design
The life of a designer is a widely varied one. Some of us 9-5 it, some freelance, some do both, with going full-time freelance as the goal. But in this episode, our guest David Lesué shows us that doing both in the long-term can be its own reward. David has a full-time job as a […]
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46 min
August 13, 2015
Design by Committee
All designers have been the victim of having too many cooks in the kitchen at one point or another. Unfortunately, pleasing multiple people (and having to incorporate their input) is just a reality for any working designer. BUT, there are things you can do to sidestep, or at least minimize this scourge. In this episode, […]
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51 min
July 29, 2015
DesignCast 90: Revenge of the Listener Questions
With another milestone (90 episodes) comes another listener question show! We can’t get to all your amazing questions in our regular shows, but we certainly try our best to get through as many as we can every tenth episode. This time around, we answer your questions about: Color matching and file prep between your monitor […]
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51 min
July 6, 2015
2015 Logo Design Trends
The LogoLounge 2105 Trend Report just dropped, chronicling all the newest trends in the wild world of logo design. In honor of that, we were lucky enough to have Bill Gardner, the trend-master himself (and founder of LogoLounge) return to the show to go over the list, and share his unique insights with the gang […]
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52 min
June 22, 2015
Take the WORK out of Networking
As creative professionals, there may be no single more important thing to our business than to properly network. It’s how we find clients, collaborators as well as fellow designers we can look to as friends. This week we were lucky enough to be joined by top rated HOW Design Live speaker Terri Trespicio, who gives […]
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50 min
June 10, 2015
Artisan Business Cards
While it sounds like the premise of a Portlandia sketch, the art of handmade (or letterpress) business cards is back in a big way. In this episode the gang discusses the topic of artisan business cards – whether you make them by hand in small batches, or pay more for that handmade (yet professional) look. […]
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47 min
May 25, 2015
A Farewell to Mad Men
Very few shows have held such niche appeal to career creatives as AMC’s Mad Men. Its visual style, creative subject matter and unforgettable characters have left an undeniable impression on the world, especially us designers. Now that it has concluded, the gang sits down to discuss all things Mad Men: from Saul Bass’ iconic credits […]
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59 min
May 11, 2015
Takeaways from HOW Design Live
This past week, the gang all got together at the HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, one of the most prestigious design conferences in the world. We know most of you didn’t make it, so in this episode, we will go over our experience, what we learned, and our recommendations for future conferences. In addition […]
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68 min
April 28, 2015
Is the Apple Watch for You?
Designers worldwide have a natural affinity for all things Apple, but their latest innovation, the Apple Watch has people divided. In this episode, the gang breaks down the pros and cons of the new device, revealing what it can do, as well as its lengthy list of limitations. So where do we come down on […]
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60 min
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