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What Do You Give Your Clients?

Sometimes, when I’m brainstorming ideas about what to write an article about, I like to turn to Twitter and just ask my followers what they would be interested in reading about. I did that last week, and got a number of different answers. The one that really struck me the most came from Jason Gross, who suggested that I write “A post about giving your clients what they need, whether they ask for it or not”.

Actually, that’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and probably something that a lot of designers struggle with – especially freelancers like myself, whose clients tend to come primarily from the world of small enterprise. When it comes to websites, for example, I’ve found that many of these clients are just looking to get a site up and running. They are either new businesses that are just launching, or sometimes established businesses that have not had a web presence, or who have a website that is clearly old and outdated (both in terms of content and design)

Rarely do they ever have any real experience in the field of web design, and frequently their “wish list” is based mostly on what they have seen on other sites, rather than on a specific need or perceived web strategy. The problem with this is that, more often than not, several (if not many) of the items on the client’s list may not necessarily derive any specific benefit for them. In some cases, these features may even hinder the overall purposes of the site.

What do you do in these circumstances? Do you just go ahead and do what the client wants, or do you take a risk and work at providing them with what you think they really need, even if it’s completely different (and perhaps even in direct opposition to) what they asked for? This is the question that I want to consider in this article.


By Matt Ward | http://designm.ag/resources/what-do-you-give-your-clients/Sometimes, when I’m brainstorming ideas about what to write an article about, I like to turn to Twitter and just ask my followers what they would be interested in reading about. I did that last week, and got a number of different answers. The one that really struck me the most came from Jason Gross, who suggested that I write “A post about giving your clients what they need, whether they ask for it or not”.

Actually, that’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and probably something that a lot of designers struggle with – especially freelancers like myself, whose clients tend to come primarily from the world of small enterprise. When it comes to websites, for example, I’ve found that many of these clients are just looking to get a site up and running. They are either new businesses that are just launching, or sometimes established businesses that have not had a web presence, or who have a website that is clearly old and outdated (both in terms of content and design)

Rarely do they ever have any real experience in the field of web design, and frequently their “wish list” is based mostly on what they have seen on other sites, rather than on a specific need or perceived web strategy. The problem with this is that, more often than not, several (if not many) of the items on the client’s list may not necessarily derive any specific benefit for them. In some cases, these features may even hinder the overall purposes of the site.

What do you do in these circumstances? Do you just go ahead and do what the client wants, or do you take a risk and work at providing them with what you think they really need, even if it’s completely different (and perhaps even in direct opposition to) what they asked for? This is the question that I want to consider in this article. Leer más “What Do You Give Your Clients?”

Collection of Global Warming Art for the Green at Heart


By Prakash Ghodke
http://designm.ag/inspiration/collection-of-global-warming-art-for-the-green-at-heart/

When the temperature of our planet increases, it means that our planet is hot and ill! The rise in your body temperature is called fever, when the same happen to earth atmosphere and ocean it is called Global Warming. So today we have collected 30 incredible artworks related to global warming. Comments are really appreciated.

Help Stop Global Warming

Help Stop Global Warming Campaign

Global Warming PSA Project

Global Warming

Global warming

evolution

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Gorgeous Packaging Designs and Concepts

By Callum Chapman

Packaging design is all around us. On a day-to-day basis we probably see hundreds of different packaging designs, a high percentage of them being food or drink products; especially when making breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking through the grocery store we’ll see thousands of different packaging designs, some good, some bad and some just generally average. If you want your product to stand out from the norm, you need to create something special.

This post features a handful of beautiful packaging designs, from music EP’s to snack food products and alcohol bottles to disposable “take out” coffee cups. Let us know what your favorites are, and why!


By Callum Chapman Packaging design is all around us. On a day-to-day basis we probably see hundreds of different packaging designs, a high percentage of them being food or drink products; especially when making breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking through the grocery store we’ll see thousands of different packaging designs, some good, some bad and some just generally average. If you want your product to stand out from the norm, you need to create something special.

This post features a handful of beautiful packaging designs, from music EP’s to snack food products and alcohol bottles to disposable “take out” coffee cups. Let us know what your favorites are, and why!

Brittany Bosco – Spectrum EP

This EP album is truly fantastic, combining several packaging options into one to produce an interesting design that is not only great to look at, but also gives a great opening experience.

Keen Fruit

Keen Fruit use some gorgeous minimalistic plastic bottles with super sleek typographic labels. The image of the fruit itself is actually printed on the other side of the bottle and therefore causes it to magnify when looking through the liquid at the front of the bottle – an interesting and fun approach. Leer más “Gorgeous Packaging Designs and Concepts”

2000 Free Photoshop Patterns


By Brant Wilson

Flowers Patters for Photoshop (6)

Photoshop Patterns

Photoshop Patterns (12)

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Quality Athletic Websites

Quality Athletic Websites
By Brady Nord | Published August 27th, 2010 in Inspiration

There are not many aspects in life that can bridge gaps between religion, race, and nationality. Although, one that has proven time and time again is sport. There is not a city across the world that you can visit without seeing a team jersey or logo somewhere! Because of this, many sports clubs and teams have a unique challenge of designing their web presence to appeal to an international arena more so then the rest of us. I have assembled what I would consider out of the box and quality athletic based websites.

Whether you love or hate the brand or team, I hope you would agree that these companies are standing out in comparison to what the rest of the field is doing.


By Brady Nord

There are not many aspects in life that can bridge gaps between religion, race, and nationality. Although, one that has proven time and time again is sport. There is not a city across the world that you can visit without seeing a team jersey or logo somewhere! Because of this, many sports clubs and teams have a unique challenge of designing their web presence to appeal to an international arena more so then the rest of us. I have assembled what I would consider out of the box and quality athletic based websites.Whether you love or hate the brand or team, I hope you would agree that these companies are standing out in comparison to what the rest of the field is doing.

Manchester United Football Club

Manchester City Football Club

USA Soccer

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Inspiration: Interesting & Unique Typographic Book Covers

By Callum Chapman

Books offer graphic designers, illustrators and typographers a great way to expand their portfolios. There are endless possibilities that can be explored when designing for book covers, and often are explored, as can be seen in this post.

I’ve had an increased interest in book covers recently after putting together another showcase at The Inspiration Blog on minimalistic book covers, since then I have been browsing for book cover inspiration daily so thought I would share some of my findings here at DesignM.ag. This showcase presents a collection of 64 typographic book covers, all of which are interesting and are genuinely unique. The books themselves are crossed between a number of…


By Callum Chapman

Books offer graphic designers, illustrators and typographers a great way to expand their portfolios. There are endless possibilities that can be explored when designing for book covers, and often are explored, as can be seen in this post.

I’ve had an increased interest in book covers recently after putting together another showcase at The Inspiration Blog on minimalistic book covers, since then I have been browsing for book cover inspiration daily so thought I would share some of my findings here at DesignM.ag. This showcase presents a collection of 64 typographic book covers, all of which are interesting and are genuinely unique. The books themselves are crossed between a number of…

Coney Island of the Mind

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Eight Weeks of Bruce

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Estrella Distante

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