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Productivity

How To Increase Workflow Efficiency Without Killing Creativity

We don’t often associate creative workflows with efficiency. It’s not that we view them as polar opposites, just as incompatible. Clients, unfortunately, don’t usually accept “I’ll get it to you when I get it to you” as a due date. Design projects usually come with a deadline, and meeting that deadline does require a certain…

The Iron Triangle Of Design Project Management

Design projects are bound by certain limitations; while designers are often the “go with the flow” type, you’d be hard-pressed to find a client with no budget, no deadline, and no opinion on the project requirements. In the field of design project management, these constraints are referred to as the Iron Triangle. The corners represent…

Seven Projects To Refine Your Graphic Design Process

Most people can’t just walk onto a football field and score a touchdown, enter a kitchen and bake a perfect soufflé, or sit down at a piano for the first time and beautifully play Chopin’s nocturnes; expertise takes trial and error, and graphic design is no exception. Whether you’re an artist between projects, a student…

How to Write a Follow-Up Email After No Response From Client

Clients can be unresponsive for a whole host of reasons. Before you assume the worst, allow me to be your voice of reason. There are several scenarios that could be playing out, and they usually have more to do with them than you – it’s not personal, it’s business. Often, improving communication pipelines between you…

The Collaboration Skills Checklist for Creative Teams

All teams need certain skills to succeed. Collaborative teams, however, have a few more requirements. Teamwork occurs when a group of people combines their individual efforts to work towards a common goal. Everyone has their own task that contributes to the final result, and they can work somewhat independently on that task. Collaboration goes a…

Building Creative Agency Operations One Brick at a Time

Creative agencies are a key piece of the economic puzzle. They stimulate the economy and support businesses by giving clients in especially competitive industries a much needed boost. However, just because they’re vital for the success of other businesses does not mean an agency cannot fail. In fact, they fail all the time. That’s because…

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