5 Ways to Break Free from the Comparison Trap

5 Ways to Break Free from the Comparison Trap

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar:

You pull out your phone and tap the bright Instagram icon with the goal of checking your notifications and seeing what's going on outside your own little bubble. You see you have three new followers, 11 new likes, and two comments.

Feeling pretty good about your updates, you respond to the comments and commence scrolling through the feed. As you scroll, perfectly edited photo after photo filter their way past your vision with hearts popping up momentarily as you double-tap each one.

20 minutes later, you blink and look up. You realize you haven't moved since you got your phone out of your pocket almost half an hour ago and you feel like shit. 

As you scrolled through your feed, you saw proof of how apparently better off everyone is. You saw the brightly colored bag one girl carried through the streets of Venice, the pair of new shoes (how does she always have new shoes) another woman is showing off in downtown Seattle, and how productive another fellow woman entrepreneur was today. 

8 Things Every Designer Should Have on Their About Page

8 Things Every Designer Should Have on Their About Page

For many, the about page is an afterthought, something they think they need to have because everyone else has one. For some, the about page is seemingly worthless (the client is hiring you for your work, not your background, right?).

The thing is, your about page is so important to potential customers! So much so that it’s one of the most visited destinations on any website.

So, if your about page is anything but lead conversion friendly, don’t worry. Let’s walk through a few key elements of a successful designer’s about page.

4 Key Elements for a Successful Content Marketing Plan

4 Key Elements for a Successful Content Marketing Plan

Here's the thing: there's so much content out there on the Internet now, but not much of it is targeted to the right audience and even less has a content marketing plan behind it. 

If you're looking to stop the floundering, then you've come to the right place. To begin marketing successfully, you need a strategy, point blank.

Fortunately, it's not as difficult as it sounds, and I'm here to help you create your own marketing plan for your content strategy. To get started, here's the four most important elements you need for your plan to be successful.

7 Design Trend Resources Every Seattle Designer Needs to Stay Informed

7 Design Trend Resources Every Seattle Designer Needs to Stay Informed

Whether you’ve been a designer for over ten years or you're a recent graduate, staying on top of design trends is the difference between creating a leading innovation and becoming old school (and not in the cool way!).

With so many freelancers and design studios competing for many of the same clients, having a style that follows current trends may be the only difference between winning and losing a client.

Content Strategy: The Quick Guide for Design Bosses

Content Strategy: The Quick Guide for Design Bosses

Have you ever walked into a room and said “alright, what are we doing today?” and have everyone look back at you with a blank stare? That’s kind of what maintaining content marketing without a strategy feels like. Not great, right?

A content strategy, at it’s essence, is a road map for you to follow as you develop content for your brand. It ensures that all content is published consistently, on time, on brand, to the right people, and targeted to the right audience. A great plan also establishes goals for you to meet throughout the year.

How to Start a Successful Design Blog

How to Start a Successful Design Blog

Let’s be honest here: your website is awesome. How could it not be? That’s what you do. It looks really awesome, flows smoothly through the user experience, and tells a story about your company that draws new clients in. Yet, the one thing you’re missing is a kick ass blog.

Blogging is an important way to show off your value to potential clients. With it, you attract new customers by creating educational and engaging content that benefits your readers. Essentially, if you’re helping people find solutions to their challenges, you’re sure to be successful.

4 Ways to Find Graphic Design Clients in 2017

4 Ways to Find Graphic Design Clients in 2017

Unless you put in the effort to market yourself or your agency, high-paying clientele will be all-but-impossible to come by. Here’s four ways you can find amazing graphic design clients that won’t take much time or effort away from your creation process.