Dave Gouveia speaks candidly about transitioning from being a company co-owner to freelancing and the current state of the graphic design industry. He also offers some practical advice for anyone wanting to become a freelance graphic designer.
Share your thoughts on the current state of the graphic design industry in the comments below? Do you think the industry has been taken over by inexperienced hacks or do you appreciate the lower industry pricing?
If you’re wondering how to find a great graphic designer, watch this video. Dave G gives us some pointers on how to hire a great designer, what questions to ask them and why designing something simple like a logo is not always as simple as it seems.
In the comments below, share your experience working with designers. Where did you find them? What tips can you give others who are looking for or working with a designer for the first time?
Clients often approach designers thinking they want one thing but really needing something else. Dave explains how good designers can draw out a clients real requirements to produce great creative stuff for them.
Have you ever had to deal with a tough client issue? How were you able to finally draw out their real needs? Share your insights in the comments section below.
The mundane, day-to-day work can drain even the most creative people. Find out how Dave and Chris's book Creative Stuff can give you a shot of inspiration, jump-start your brain and keep those creative juices flowing.
What do you do to keep your creative ideas flowing?
Getting a book published can be a long and challenging process, or sometimes you can get lucky and land a book deal. Dave G tells us how speaking at a conference landed him a book deal and how he and co-author Chris Elkerton proceeded to write and publish Creative Stuff - An activity Book for Visual Thinkers.
Have you written or published a book? Share your insights and experience in the comments below.
Dave Gouveia and Chris Elkerton are known as “legendary” speakers at the How Design Conferences. Find out what sets them apart (plus the wacky things they’ve done) and how you can become an unforgettable speaker too.
When giving a talk or speech, whether it’s in front of 12 or 1200 people, have you ever done something that made people remember you? Leave a comment and let me know.
Speaking at conferences doesn’t always result in thousands of clients knocking on your door. Dave G shares his insight on how to effectively leverage your networks to find the real (paying) contract jobs out there, especially when times are tough.
What is you primary method of finding contract work? Share your own advice in the comments below.