Category Archives: Designer Advice

You’re Not A Pig: How To Avoid Commoditization, With Brennan Dunn (1/2)

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If I told you that for only $49 I could show you how to double your rates, you would probably call me crazy (or think I was trying to scam you out of $49). And even assuming it was somehow possible to double your rates, why would you need to someone to tell you how to do it?

That was pretty much my mindset when I first found out about Brennan Dunn’s book. I was pretty sure whatever advice was in there didn’t apply to me. Read More…

GroupTalent’s Andrew Kinzer on Finding, Picking and Hiring Designers

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Folyo is by no means the only company that helps you find a designer. On the low end, 99designs has conquered the “get it done for cheap” market.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for higher quality work, Scoutzie is targeting the same market as Folyo and seems to be doing well too.

But keep climbing up and increasing project scopes and budgets, and you’ll find GroupTalent.

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Can Clients Trust You?

I recently recorded an extremely interesting interview with Brennan Dunn, the author of Double Your Freelancing Rate.

Now don’t let the title fool you. The book is not about miracle remedies, and all about rethinking the way you envision your freelancing career and yourself. Anyway, you’ll learn more about all this when the interview is published.

That being said, one thing we talked about seems so important to me that I didn’t want to wait any longer to tell you about it. Read More…

Dribbble Isn’t Enough

Here’s an interesting stat from the Folyo database: out of 948 designers who have applied to Folyo, 55 (or about 5%) have submitted their Dribbble profile as their portfolio site URL.

This number is still relatively low, but I believe it’s indicative of a recent trend among designers: more and more people rely on their Dribbble profile instead of setting up their own personal portfolio site. Read More…

Being a Professional

Imagine you’re at the restaurant. The food is OK, nothing special but not bad either. But the waiter somehow remembered your name from the last time you visited. What’s more,  she helps you order by suggesting her favorite dish, and brings your food right away.

Sounds like a nice place, right? I’m willing to bet that despite the average food, you’d be happy to go back. Read More…

Promoting Yourself as a Designer

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Do things, tell people. These are the only things you need to do to be successful. — Carl Lange, Game Developer.

Freelance designers don’t lack of advice on how to do things: whether it’s for the print or web, apps or sites you can find tutorial after tutorial explaining the intricacies of design. 

But what about the second part of that advice, the “telling people” part? Its importance is often underestimated, and it can have a big impact on your career.

So today I’d like to focus on how you can tell people and promote yourself as a freelance designer.  Read More…

Common portfolio mistakes (and how to fix them)

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Be sure to also check out our quiz on evaluating your portfolio site’s effectiveness.

As the curator of Folyo, I see a lot of different portfolios go by. And I can’t help but notice the same patterns of bad design cropping up time and again.

Being designers, we should be aware of how much look and feel can influence the way content is perceived. Yet for some reason we’re happy to forget all about this when it comes to displaying our own work. Read More…