Episodes

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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