6 Crucial Interview Questions To Ask Clients Before Accepting a Job

Client questions

As an agency owner, I often receive questions about our client and web project on-boarding process. When a lead comes in, what are the right interview questions to ask potential clients before accepting a job?

From a client’s perspective, I’ve noticed that asking technical or design-oriented questions causes more problems than not, and of course, we aren’t just hired hands. When a potential client contacts you, consider yourself a business consultant and approach their project as a solution to a problem they current have–not someone who takes the exact need of the client and blindly builds it on command.

To understand a potential client, you have to understand their problem. This is by far the biggest question you will be trying to solve in the discovery phase. After determining their problem, you must explore the scope, cost, and timeline of the project. You’ll notice most of these questions revolve around the project management concept of the triple constraint. Let’s dive in!…

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14 Amazing Resources That Reveal the Secrets of DIY Photography

Learn Skills for DIY Photography

Photography is one of those skills that comes in handy for any creative career. If you know how to take and edit a great photograph, then you can save yourself some time and make a little extra money. Of course, some jobs will simply require the work of an experienced professional, but very often as a graphic or web designer, your client may not be able to afford the high costs. And you can offer photography as an extra service to add on to the invoice. First, though, you will need to find some learning resources for DIY photography before advertising this service, and photography tutorials – both videos and articles – are an excellent place to start…

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Ultimate Guide to Color Theory for Designers

Guide to Color theory

If a picture is worth 1000 words, then how much can we say about an interface? Well it turns out quite a lot, and there’s often many different topics worthy of discussion. One such topic is color theory which comprises the basic techniques of picking a matching color series.

This guide explores the subject of color relative to web and graphic design. The information is meant to be introductory while also getting into more applicable topics for digital designers. Advanced color theory is something best learned through practice rather than theory, but in order to improve, you have to start somewhere. Along with helpful tips and ideas for designing with color, you’ll also find plenty of valuable resources interspersed throughout the article…

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The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Design Blog

Guide to Design Blogging

Are you looking to get more clients for your design services? How about establishing your name recognition and becoming a respected authority in the industry? Would you like to supplement your income and not rely completely on client work? Writing a design blog can help you to accomplish all of these things and many others as well.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic of blogging for designers with the goal of helping you get more out of your own blogging efforts.

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Designers Rejoice! Microsoft Kills Off Clipart – 15 Free Microsoft Clipart Alternatives

Clipart Is Dead

Well, they’ve finally done it. Microsoft has announced that it is removing its clipart from the Office Suite and replacing it with a Bing Image Search. After years of no one actually using the product, it was definitely time for it to die. In fact, it was probably safe to assume that the Office clipart has been dead to designers and developers since, well, always. And most of you readers already know that much better alternatives abound…

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Limited Time Holiday Special! $30 Off Vandelay Premier

Vandelay-premier-Holiday-Offer

If you’d like design better, design faster and run a more profitable business, a subscription to Vandelay Premier can help! Vandelay Premier gives you access to thousands of graphics and business resources, so instead of worrying about buying resources individually, you get unlimited access to the entire Premier library so you can download as many files as you like each month. With a Vandelay Premier subscription, you’ll spend less time creating designs and business documents from scratch and more time focusing on the bigger picture of your business.

And for a limited time only, you can save $30 off an annual subscription. That means you can enjoy a full year of unlimited access to the entire Vandelay Premier library for as little as $49!

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13 Key E-Commerce Features To Create Exponential Growth

Sell More

Running a successful and profitable e-commerce website involves a lot more than just setting up a website and adding some products. Of course you will need to have products that customers want to buy at prices they are willing to pay, and you’ll need to be able to get your site and products in front of the right audience.

While it is possible to generate revenue with just the basic e-commerce functionality, there are some additional features and functions you should be adding to your site if you really want to cause exponential growth on your website. In this article we’ll take a look at 13 different features that you can add to your e-commerce site to help you grow you site by leaps and bounds. These features will cover all different aspects of your site including marketing and customer service.

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Should You Run Holiday Sales as a Designer?

holiday sale

It’s that time of year again when nearly every business is offering holiday sales and specials as consumer activity increases by leaps and bounds. You may even know of fellow freelancers who offer discounts for the holidays, but is this something that you should do as a freelance designer? Do holiday sales hurt or help graphic design freelancers?

The first thing to realize in order to answer the above questions and ultimately decide whether or not to extend discounts is that every freelancer is different. You have different goals than the freelancer just down the street from you. And not just because you are a graphic or web designer. Discounts may work for the web designer across town but not for you – it all depends on your unique situation…

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Ultimate Guide to Responsive Web Design

Responsive Website Designs

When I think of responsive web design I think of Transformers: Websites in Disguise. With one set of code you can build a website layout that runs flexibly from desktop to mobile. But instead of fighting off Decepticons we’re fighting an even worse antagonist known as bad design.

Responsive web design is still a fairly new concept which has grown in popularity because it fills a void. Back when CRTs were crushing our desks and cryptic dial-up tones connected us to cyberspace it was a pleasure just to access the Internet. Design was important but didn’t have a prodigious overzealous support group…

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