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My Busiest Year Freelancing (2017 Year In Review)

My Busiest Year Freelancing (2017 Year In Review)

Every year I like to look back at what I did during the previous 365 days. It’s a great way for me to reflect on how my year went and make sure I’m heading in the right direction. Here’s my past years for comparison: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. 2017 was my 6th year as a...

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The thing that got me interested in graphic design

The thing that got me interested in graphic design

Unless you're a long-time friend of mine or went to high school with me, you might not've known that I grew up skateboarding. In my early teens, I spent most of my free-time skating with my friends, filming videos, and constantly being surrounded by music. I used to...

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Why Sketching Matters in Design

Why Sketching Matters in Design

Sketching is an excellent way for you to quickly explore design concepts. In this video I share why sketching first matters, and how it's impacted my design process. I work with a lot of aggressive deadlines, and the only way I'm able to work through a ton of...

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How I Make a Living as a Freelance Graphic Designer

How I Make a Living as a Freelance Graphic Designer

There are two ways I'm able to make a living as a freelance graphic designer, and that's what I'd like to share with you in this post. 1. Client Work Last year client work made up about 61% of my annual income. I design t-shirts – mainly for the music industry. That's...

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How I Make My Own Textures

How I Make My Own Textures

Creating custom Photoshop brushes and vector textures for your work can be a powerful way to add interest and depth to your designs. In the video above, I share how I created my one of a kind Rolled Ink Texture Collection. The Supplies Making your own textures can be...

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My Proudest Year Freelancing (2016 Year In Review)

My Proudest Year Freelancing (2016 Year In Review)

What a year it has been! I’ve been a full-time freelance graphic designer for over 5 years now, and this is the first time I feel like I’m starting to figure things out. At the beginning of the year I made the daunting decision to go all in on t-shirt design. I...

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T-Shirt Design FAQ: Do I Get Paid for Every Shirt Sold?

T-Shirt Design FAQ: Do I Get Paid for Every Shirt Sold?

As a freelance graphic designer specializing in t-shirt design, I like to take on a lot of band merch projects. This has given me the awesome opportunity to work with bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Gavin DeGraw, Memphis May Fire, and so much more. When...

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How to Use Type on a Path to Create a Badge in Illustrator

How to Use Type on a Path to Create a Badge in Illustrator

In this tutorial I share how to use the Type on a Path tool to create a vintage style badge in Adobe Illustrator. The basic use of this feature in Illustrator can help elevate your graphic design work. I personally use this tool in my own design work, whether it's for...

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Freelance Job Sites: Are They Worth It For You?

Freelance Job Sites: Are They Worth It For You?

Chances are you’ve heard of freelance job sites like Upwork, Elance, Freelancer, 99designs, Fiverr, and even Craigslist. And if you’re starting out or struggling at all with finding consistent work with your freelancing, then these sites are going to look very...

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How To Stand Out Online as a Freelance Graphic Designer

How To Stand Out Online as a Freelance Graphic Designer

Many designers out there are struggling hard on getting noticed – not knowing how to stand out, especially online in such a saturated market! How do you get clients to come to you instead of you having to chase after them? I’m going to cut straight to it: standing out...

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