Ideally, when a graphic designer begins working on a project (in any medium) all of the content will be ready. In reality, this is rarely the case. Typical scenario [on a Monday afternoon]: I need this PDF info sheet finished by Friday morning. The text? No, it’s not ready yet. The Marketing Department is writing…

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Making beautiful work matters to design legend, Saul Bass*, and it matters to me. “You can get much more quickly to an answer if you don’t worry about those things [making it beautiful]. It costs every designer money to make it beautiful. It means you have to spend more time, you have to futz with…

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Please visit www.daniellebaird.net and leave me some feedback! Special thanks to everyone that has given me feedback and support along the way: Ilise Benun, Marketing Mentor Cindy Lange, the Buzz Division Jeremy Turkin Cindy Baird Kate Webb Dan Lopez Emily Serruto Susannah Hainley Majid Nolley

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“Firebelly is a super-talented team of patient listeners, genius problem solvers and forward thinking designers.” www.firebellydesign.com Twice a year, the geniuses at Firebelly Design open their doors to the rest of the design community for a sneak peak at what it’s like to work for one of Chicago’s hottest design studios. I was fortunate enough…

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(Note: Video originally posted here) Bierut’s stack of 86 notebooks is both impressive and inspiring (and another great defense as to why I refuse to throw design-related items away). The pile of basic composition notebooks contains invaluable notes and ideas that lead to some pretty monumental design work – like the environmental graphics for the…

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I was introduced to Accidental Creative’s Manifesto at the 2009 Creative Freelancer Conference in San Diego this past August. Months later,  I still find myself returning to it in moments of frustration and creative anguish. 1. We create. Everyday. Not because we have to, but because we can’t help it. We empty ourselves because that’s…

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