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How to charge clients as a Freelance Graphic Designer

How to charge clients as a Freelance Graphic Designer

You’re starting out as a freelance Graphic Designer. How much will you charge your clients? There are a lot of ways to calculate and it can be confusing. I’ll share what I feel is the simplest way. I suggest charging either a flat rate or a flat rate plus hourly. There may be small projects that you charge a flat rate for. For example, a simple edit to a photo in Adobe Photoshop. You know the work will not take…

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Experience Interior Design for Yachts

Experience Interior Design for Yachts

I talk a lot about Interior Design on this blog. And it’s usually about houses or buildings. But what about Interior Design for yachts? We’re mixing design with travel, which is what this blog is all about. I went to the Progressive Norwalk Boat Show last weekend and there was a lot to see. People do actually live on boats. Not all of them are luxury mega yachts. Some are modest sailboats or motorboats. But they’re people’s homes. They want…

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Interior Design Inspiration: Living Rooms

Interior Design Inspiration: Living Rooms

If kitchens are the heart of the home, then living rooms are the lungs. (I made that up myself.) They come in second but are still very much needed. And they help turn a house into home. Three things stand out to me when it comes to living room design. First the furniture, then the walls and lastly architectural elements. Living Room Furniture You walk into a living room and it’s stuck in a time warp. 9 times out of…

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HTML Shortcut Codes For Beginners

HTML Shortcut Codes For Beginners

Are you learning to code in HTML? There are a lot of codes to remember. I’ll help you remember the ones you’ll use most. 1. HTML Headings and Paragraphs When you’re writing in code, your headings and paragraphs look like this. When they are put into a web browser they end up looking like what you see below. It’s important that you use end tags. If the text in your paragraph starts with <p>, then you will need to end…

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Package Design that Catches Your Eye

Package Design that Catches Your Eye

We buy things that appeal to our eyes. That’s why package design is so important. We will choose the item in the best packaging. It’s just human nature. Want to get an A+ on your package design skills? Check out the following brands. The cute bottle above is from beauty supplement producer, The Tonik. I like that they chose an uncommon bottle shape. The packaging is simplistic and cute at the same time. The next design is also simple, but…

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Minimalist Bedroom Interior Design

Minimalist Bedroom Interior Design

Minimalist design is a big trend right now. So many people are decluttering. There are so many books about it. I can’t count how many times I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’m still not a true minimalist. Though I envy those who are. I love the bedroom above. The rug takes an otherwise bland room and makes it very unique. The eames-style chair is also a nice touch. It adds a nice mid-century modern touch. The night…

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Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Camera manuals and photography how-to videos can be very overwhelming . What are the most important things when you are just starting out? I can think of three things that really stand out to me. Aperture in Photography In photography, the aperture is the amount of light you are letting into the lense of the camera. There are places that have limited natural light. You will need to adjust the aperture to let in the needed amount of light. Aperture…

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Which colors for your design project?

Which colors for your design project?

Colors have a large effect on us. They can push us or discourage us to do a certain thing. How can you use colors in your design to bring your message across? Fun and Playful Colors When a brand is looking to create a product with a fun and playful image, they use colors that represent life and vibrancy (above). Yellow, red and orange can be used to describe a product as being fun and playful. These colors show consumers…

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Interior Design Inspiration: Kitchens

Interior Design Inspiration: Kitchens

Kitchens are the heart of the home for good reason. They bring everyone together and give a house life. That’s why designing a kitchen you love is so important. And this doesn’t mean gutting your whole kitchen and starting over. Kitchen Seating Add kitchen chairs that really make a statement. If you have a bar, use stools that are unique and not like others you have seen before. Interesting Light Fixtures Lighting, especially in the kitchen, really brings warmth to…

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Luxury Vintage Car Showcase

Luxury Vintage Car Showcase

It’s been a long time since since I’ve posted anything about automotive design or cars in general. My phone has been holding up these stunning photos. The photos are from the Greenwich Concours D’elegance Car Show. Every year the car show is held in Greenwich, Connecticut. I haven’t attended in a couple of years and hope to be able to attend this year. The show showcases some of the rarest vintage cars in the world. Now you can see why I…

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