Have not blogged in two weeks. You can give me the shame face. I will try harder to keep up with the blog pace of one post a week.
So the Disney throwback occurred when ABC Family decided to have a Disney movie night and broadcast Aladdin while I was eating dinner. There was mas histeria because I haven’t seen this movie since high school. Jasmine is one of my top favorite Disney princesses (Mulan is my all time favorite … Asian power) and I love her for being an independent woman and telling it like it is.
It inspired me to create a blog post to my two interests: Design and Disney Princesses.
A budding freelancer myself, thought I would share a couple of my daily go-to blogs that I read on more than one occasion. Coming from a business school (heavy on accounting), keeping up with the latest and greatest can be daunting. Thank you to the powers that be for RSS Feeds, right?
All are great starting points for newbies to check into to see if the freelance route is the right path. Let’s not forget that being constantly up to date with design news will score majorly in the long haul.
The first few are freelanced focused on getting your business off the ground, tips on sales, and finding time management – basically everything you need to know to dance in the freelance. The rest are geared to offer you the latest news on design, the hottest web design tutorials, the greatest pieces of inspiration, and the best tech to bring into your life that will save you time and bring in money.
Don’t believe me? Pursue for yourself to your hearts content. Eat it up, folks.
Having trouble finding that right color for your client’s new logo? Switching back and forth from project to project because there is not a single drop of creativity flowing from your brain to the sketchpad? Can’t even get started on a project because the thought of paying your bills or putting food on the table is getting in the way? You, my friend, are suffering from a block. It’s one of the worst types too – the creative block.
Creative blocks. They suck. Sometimes we have such an overwhelming block that these unwanted events happen:
- Getting stressed too easily
- Feeling too emotional
- Avoiding responsibilities for the rest of the week
- Yelling at the next person that walks into the room
And here we are. Read more
There has been a lot of debate about the importance of the resume, especially in the design field. Some believe that digital resumes will eliminate the need for print, while others still hold importance to the old-fashioned, physically-in-your-hand resume. Well luckily, you need both.
Designers need both a physical and a digital resume to sell themselves as a brand. Everyone just needs to jump on the fast train to technology land and accept that everything digital is here and it is not going anywhere. At the same time, a lot of employers want to see and touch a physical representation of your credentials because not only it shows that you came prepared to the interview, but it also gives you a chance to show your creative side separate from the portfolio.
Why is the portfolio not enough? Read more
Many people have different design processes when handling a new project. Mine is finding a clear mind when doing something out of the ordinary during your routine. Most people end up probably following suit when they get a design block or need some inspiration. Alas, I was doing unordinary things only because I was a little bit angry at the time and needed to clear my head.
This is when I just decided to hang upside down from my bed. It is the simplest thing you could do when you are annoyed or frustrated – and it works wonders.
I was thinking about everything that I have read, seen, done, and had on my mind that it made go into this deep thought about design. Read more