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As freelancers, you encounter a variety of clients on a daily basis. Some of them you get along with from the beginning, others not so much. One of many issues can be meeting potential clients who aren't willing to pay as much for your services. In that case, you have several ways of dealing with them.
First of all, you can try and explain why are you a total bad-ass in your job. Elaborate on how cheaper alternatives won't achieve the same quality, and exactly what makes the difference in your pricing - which tools do you use, what kind of output do you provide. When you compare your work to other designers, insist on the best value your client is paying for.
Acknowledging the costs of your services is good, especially if you are confident in your qualifications, and you can back it with the results you have achieved.
If this option seems too risky, and you want that client, you can reply with giving another offer. They are willing to pay something, so tell them what can they get for a smaller price. Later on, they can upgrade your service and have a pretty and shiny product you can deliver.
Showing your character and confidence in your quality is convincing in communication with your client. When negotiating, you are not backing off from your pricing, but are offering another solution, which lets the client know you care about your professional relationships.
Some clients are just not able to afford your pricing. Perhaps they are a start-up and have fewer funds than already established companies. If so, they might be able to work with you in the future. This is why it could be good to ask them what their budget is and make a deal from there. The tone of your response should leave those doors open so that they can come back to you in the future.
While dealing with these types of clients, bear in mind that some of them are just cheap. There are people who will always choose to save some money over achieving greatness in quality. The only reason why they are asking for less is that we let them - the market is full of people who are underpaid in underdeveloped countries. However, if you are driven by your passion for your work, you have the right to produce amazing content and charge what it is worth. You will always find clients who recognize, respect and are willing to pay that.
Author: Nina Petrov
Sharing is caring and, to show you how much we care, we share open-source designer software with you every month. Edit your images, scale and resize your designs for any purpose, and have a top-notch content in a matter of minutes.
Paletton is a new trending app that makes every designer happy to have it. It is a software that implements the rules of color theory, helping you choose a balanced and harmonious color palette. It is designed to be explored by the user, so without many spoiler alerts, we will just share their feature Colorizer - the tool you integrate with the website you're designing to refine the color palette on your pages. Within this project, they also started Colorpedia, a database where you can discover all about color theories and the use of colors overall.
Developed by Buffer.com, Pablo is a Santa's little helper when it comes to creating engaging visual content. Discover beautiful stock images with their easy search engine, pick your font, format it and insert it to your design, and then just pick your social media platform for the app to scale your design in a second. Share or download your design for free today!
GIMP is a GNU image manipulation program, an open-source image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows, and other operating systems. Free HQ image editing was never this real - this sophisticated app lets you change the source code and distribute these changes further. You can add 3rd party plugins and develop the software according to your needs and preferences.
If an app ever smelled like summer, it would look like Easil. Their very own landing page gains your trust by showing you they understand designers and visual advertising. Aside from the really cool brand, they give you a drag & drop machine to edit your designs for free. They have two more plans, Plus for $7.50 and Edge for $59 per month, with unlimited possibilities and their priority support.
This is your social media first aid designer app. Create posts, videos, stories, headers, adds, thumbnails, banners and printable documents using Crello's great collection of templates, and all that with just a creation of the free account. Feeling uninspired? Check their Inspiration page to find post ideas, GIFs, animations, and coolest designs.
Word Swag enables you to add text to your images in no time. Get the app in App Store or in your Google Play, and go nuts using their Typomatic engine. It is more than just a pocket play - it's your best friend for creating art out of your social media posts.
Okay, are you ready? This one is really cool! Visme is a powerful app that turns your analytic data into lovely visual presentations in the easiest way possible. Add charts, graphs, custom icons and a great deal of stock photos to your unique presentation and get ready for the best pitch of your life. They offer a free individual plan, but also a variety of paid plans for businesses and education, as well as the special treat for nonprofits.
You gotta love that social responsibility? Dive into the next experience with one of the new, crispy apps.
Author: Nina Petrov, ninapetrov.com
Collaborations are a wonderful happening, especially when they occur for a good cause. And when writers and illustrators gather around a child's book, the real magic occurs. Italian authors Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli made themselves well-known with their children's books Good Night Stories and Rebellious Little Girls, so it's not a surprise that their youngest audience got hyped about Rebellious Little Child.
Illustrated by dozens of artists worldwide, this book also teaches us, adults, to keep creating a better world for the generations to come, to overcome our differences and use them as our greatest strength. Rebellious Little Child reminds us of a rebellious little version of us, hidden by the age of commerce, struggle, monetization, and time-consuming unsatisfying jobs. Just as transactional psychotherapy does, this book nurtures the child inside you and gets you moving towards your passions, higher goals, and love.
This book takes children to a whole new dimension, encouraging them to be rebellious and to design a revolution in their own la-la land. A child is inspired to draw and fill in the book while riding a unicorn, or standing upside down, reflecting on things they love, their dreams, fears, things he/she most is proud of.
Distinguished with its unique adorable design, the blanks in the book are to be filled with letters to a child's future self, protest banners for a better world, activism action plans and adventurous travel fantasies.
With over one million copies sold worldwide, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has become a global movement and a symbol of freedom. The authors Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli return with a hundred new, beautiful stories to inspire girls - and children - to dream without borders: Audrey Hepburn, who ate tulips to survive hunger and then became an unreachable icon of style and an extraordinary philanthropist; Bebe Vio, very strong fencing champion despite a serious illness; J.K. Rowling, who turned failure into a strength and changed the history of literature forever.
Rebellious Little Child presents poetesses, surgeons, astronauts, judges, acrobats, entrepreneurs, vulcanologists: a hundred new adventures, a hundred new portraits to inspire us again and tell us that at any age, age and latitude, it is always worth fighting for equality and proceeding step by step quick towards a more just future.
Unlike the Disney characters we grew up with, imagining that the world will unravel before us, this movement inspires children to take action, demand the world of their own design, strive towards peace, seek, create and take their very own custom-made opportunities.
"Once upon a time ... a princess? Of course not! Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to go to Mars. There was another one that became the strongest tennis player in the world and another one who discovered the metamorphosis of butterflies. From Serena Williams to Malala Yousafzai, from Rita Levi Montalcini to Frida Kahlo, from Margherita Hack to Michelle Obama, 100 women are told in these pages and portrayed by 60 illustrators from all over the world. Scientists, painters, astronauts, weight lifters, musicians, judges, chefs ... examples of courage, determination, and generosity for anyone who wants to make their dreams come true."
Rebellious Little Child is more than a book - it is a story that redefines heroes and achievements. It teaches our children of their right to want more for themselves and to always seek happiness. We live in the age when success needs a new definition, the age when playing is more important than having when we value experiences more than real estate.
Think about everything that makes you happy... And now ask yourself what gives? Let's make the world a funny, playful place to be.
Got inspired for a new, groundbreaking collaboration with your fellow designers and illustrators? Search your partners in crime in the COLOURlovers community!
Photos from the website.
Author: Nina Petrov, ninapetrov.com
Podcasts are so IN this season! If you didn't get yourself hooked on them yet, let us make a selection of our best picks - podcasts designed for designers, artists, creatives and innovators.
Led by an artist and educator, Emily Jeffords, this podcast is intended to boost your creativity and help your career. Emily talks about her professional life as an artist, the common issues of surviving in the art world, improving your social media, digital tools such as video editors and photo editing apps. She is sharing her movement from a starving artist to a successful creative entrepreneur.
As fruity as it sounds, this podcast finds its audience among artists, creatives and art lovers. Through their experience of color mixing, creative process, mixed media, we are being led by Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher, which are using humor and storytelling to open these important topics for COLOURlovers and artists.
A unique podcast that interviews artists who are also mothers, whose guests share personal stories about pursuing their art careers while also being present as parents. Exciting episodes are taking us through questions on commitment, ultimate dream vs reality topics, creating art while breastfeeding, and many more.
The pitch of this podcast is sharing behind-the-scenes stories about art, craft and the creative process. Julie Marriott aims to inspire a new generation of artists and creatives, share meaningful insight into a life of an artist behind the curtains - exploring the process of creating an artwork, collective art-making, artist studio development. You can also find out about the resources you can use and didn't discover yet.
Starring Cynthia Erivo, directed by Dan Blank, this not-a-podcast is bringing something more than just a story. The authors are creating a unique audio experience, and they are riding you through a storyline that is more than an audiobook. The character we are following is a truck driver who picks up a loaded trailer, not knowing what's inside. This drama, mystery, horror, and comedy is a precious 20-minute experience that makes you look forward to the next one but also lets you think in a wider framework - mixed media, storytelling, audio-visual mystique.
Do you like our choice? Get your daily creative vibe with your favorite podcast apps or on your browser.
Author: Nina Petrov
We live in a digital world, and everything around us is a worldwide web, coded and embedded, and to be present nowadays means to be online. This is why an essential part of being a freelancer, an artist, a creative studio owner, is having a branded website, with a kick-ass domain name, perfect (minimalist) design and well-structured website map.
If you don't find yourself as a website builder, an HTML and CSS master, and you want to avoid hiring a developer to build you a perfect website, and then update it from project to project, maybe we can help.
It is good to know that different platforms are available and affordable for you, to build the perfect website to showcase your artwork, all by yourself. As a designer, or a visual artist, you know exactly what kind of website would do you right, and it is super easy to dive into playing around with elements and pages of your own branded website.
Jimdo is a website builder software specialized for artist portfolio websites. What Jimdo offers you, except the digital tool, is a step-by-step instruction kit guiding you from building the website to selling and search engine optimizing your work online. They offer a great deal of advice on what is good practice when you are promoting your work, and how to optimize the content presentation itself. It is great for beginners who want a simple and awesome representation of their style, for the type of website you can show off on your business card when you work.
They have various templates you can choose from, and you can also pick your domain name on the spot. Jimdo is cool because they let you play with the website for free, and then upgrade it to another plan when you feel ready. You can choose among five different plans, starting from $0 to $39 per month, depending on how many seriously cool features you want.
You. Have. Got. To. Love. This. Builder. PageCloud is not as famous as Wordpress or Wix, but it deserves to sit at the big boys' table. It is super easy to use, has a drag and drop system where you can arrange the elements of how you see fit and edit every page to match your style. It offers a number of integrations, including a simple e-commerce system, so your shop can stay a part of your all-inclusive website. You can either choose a template or create your own page layout, stylize it with the right font, add your images and embed your video. Among many integrations, there are some of our all-time favorites: MailChimp, Instagram, Shopify, PayPal, and Instagram. For more serious players, it lets you change the source code and get the most of your web presentation.
How much for all this, you wonder? They do not have the usual plan system; instead, they give you everything for $20 per month. Pretty good, isn't it? On top of that, you get a 14-day free trial to see if you are happy with what they are giving to you, and as a bonus, you get a free domain name and Google G Suite for the whole first year.
Artsquare is not really a website builder, but a very unique and useful tool you should try out for sure. Their tagline says "One portfolio to rule them all", which is why you won't regret this clever network of the apps you love. Artsquare enables you a simple way of posting your visuals to all the platforms at once, making it easy to reach your audience. They partner up with selling websites such as Ebay and Amazon, so you can set up your shop easier than ever. Once your product is sold on any of the platforms, it is automatically sold on all of them, and off the market. Ship and sell your originals worldwide, with no limits and this awesome time saver builder.
The best part of Artsquare? It is completely free for everybody. You get unlimited uploads, integrations and career advice absolutely free. I'd sign up now if I were you.
Did you try your luck with any of these tools? What is your experience? Tell us everything in the comment section below.
Author: Nina Petrov
You have a new project, but you are feeling uninspired? Here are our top pics for websites where every designer can find the right dose of cool designs to jump-start the creativity for the day.
When looking for design inspiration, Colourlovers is a great place to be. This community helps you connect emotions, words and colors, all in one place. Find experienced, creative colourlovers and their best-featured palettes on our website. Engage in design-related conversations on our forum and widen your knowledge every day.
This is a website we probably have mentioned already, but it doesn't harm to make a reminder, and this time really opens that bookmark. Dribble chooses highlights from designers and creatives from everywhere on the planet. From business card designs to app mock-ups, you can definitively find what you are looking for on Dribble. And if you join that community, you have the chance of showing your work to thousands of people. What are you waiting for?
Now, Fonts In Use, unlike other websites listed here, presents a collection of designs where popular or unusual fonts are used. Ever wondered how the font you are choosing is going to look on a cover album? Do you want to know if somebody used it like that already? If there is any chance of you finding that out, it lies on this website.
If you have read any of my previous website reviews on Colourlovers, you would know how awesome I find Pinterest. Here is a hint: this is not a sponsored article for Pinterest, yet here I am, telling everyone how much I'm using it for every line of my work. Pinterest goes from one of the best apps to scroll in the toilet, with nothing to do, to the greatest professional support you can get. Search for the terms you are interested in, and let yourself be splashed with waves of ideas, visually captured from all over the internet.
Which website do you go to when you want to feel inspired? There is a website called Site Inspire. You don't say? Yes, there really is. Besides pretty design, you can also find interesting insights into the design process of well-known designers, so aside from inspiration, this website is professional support to designers worldwide.
Their name speaks for itself, but their tagline really says it all - Trend List is exploring visual trends in contemporary graphic design. Amazed by the simplicity of their website, they gained my full trust, saying that they know what they are doing. Graphic designers, click subscribe today.
What is hot in the world of typography? You don't know? Typewolf does. This website takes you on a tour of current trends in type, spicy letter designs, and magic fonts. This website comes quite handy when you are designing a big brand that cares about being the best.
Just as their name says, Typo/Graphic Posters is a wide archive of various poster designs. Explore many artists and their playful ideas, pick your favorite and spin of their posters! Just for fun :)
Yale School of Art and Architecture opened their Tumblr blog, where you can discover various art forms and impressive artwork. This blog inspires you to think out of the box and be courageous in design.
Desket is essentially an online mug store, but they do have some funny and clever designs which can find their way to your table. They also offer their resources, which are worth checking out.
Behance is also one of our favorite online communities for visual art. Many artists and designers join Behance every day, getting feedback for their design from leading artists in contemporary design.
Book Cover Archive is exactly what it says it is. Like Typo/Graphic Posters, they keep their own collection of book cover design. If your project is to design the worlds greatest book cover, this website is made to inspire you and show you what to do and what not to do :)
What are your personal favorites? Tell us in the comment section below.
Author: Nina Petrov
Nowadays there are a lot of stores offering goods for renovation. But the toughest thing in the renovation process is the choice of wallpaper. The selection is great today. And the main thing is to know how to distinguish high-quality product from cheap stuff.
First you should determine the kind of wallpaper you are going to buy. Don't hasten to buy the first wallpaper you like only because of a captivating pattern. Usual wallpaper may cause a lot of problems and tends to form clots when you hang it on a wall. That is why many people opt for photo wallpaper now. It is preferable option.
Any kind of wallpaper has pros and cons but the benefits of photo wallpapers prevail over their disadvantages.
The pros include:
There are few disadvantages such as:
When it comes to variety of wallpapers, photo wallpaper can be divided into three categories by material: vinyl, non-woven fabric, paper. Paper options are also available in two versions - matt and glossy. The surface can be smooth, textured, and self-adhesive. People differ in opinions about the best choice, but experts recommend buying wallpaper made of non-woven fabric with a protective layer, making it resistant to toughest water impact. There is also 3D wallpaper. Now it is the most popular option, especially for the children's room, which looks very stylish with it. The guests will appreciate your choice and it will gladden your eye.
Photo wallpaper is a rather expensive treat but its cost is justified. It is a high-quality product that lasts on the wall for many years. Besides, you can order it with any pattern you like. With your kid's favorite cartoon - for the children's room, with a family portrait - for the hall; this kinds of wallpaper can suit the taste of the pickiest customers and can be made for any premise. Taking into account superior quality and long service life, the price of this product is quite reasonable. You can also choose ready-made options with images of animals, flowers, landscapes, patterns, etc. It can be a good choice if you don't want to wait and have found the wallpaper you like among the ready-made ones. And it would be cheaper than the wallpapers with custom designs.
With such a large palette of colours available to us now, it can be extremely difficult to know which ones to use in our home. We can stand forever and debate the difference between dusty pink and nude pink, but it can get tedious rather quickly and it’s not as difficult as you think.
A good place to start is thinking about what your favourite colours actually are. By starting with colours that you love yourself, not only are you choosing something more personal but you’re not bound by the color schemes of specific decorating styles. By choosing the colour that’s right for you as a base colour, you can literally build the patterns and schemes of the entire room around it. What’s more inspirational than your favourite colour and an entire theme stemming from it?
Websites and magazines dedicated to interior design are the obvious places to go and look for inspiration if you’re struggling yourself. In the age of technology we’re lucky enough to be able to scroll through pages and pages of design inspiration at our leisure. Specifically retail websites are a great way to give you overall room inspiration, because remember that
whatever colour you go, you’ll need furniture to match! Sometimes it’s a lot easier to go neutral on the walls in order to be able to be more extravagant with your furniture. Another plus to going neutral on your walls, is that if you’re looking to sell your home, particularly if you’re looking to sell quick with Ready Steady Sell, you’re more likely to get more interest in a house that’s neutrally painted because it leaves a blank canvas for the buyer to work on.
Other great places to look at online inspiration are Instagram and Pinterest, which are updated and refreshed in real time meaning you’ll get new ideas through all the time.
You don’t have to study Colour Theory in depth to be able to use it effectively. A little colour wheel can help you all the same. With something as simple as the turn of a wheel, you can see how well different colours relate to each other, and see for yourself the very basics of colour theory. It’s safe to say you’ll probably not want to use the exact colours on the wheel, but they can be used to inspire you with the same colour but in different shades.
Sometimes using a statement pattern can be a great way to pull out the colours you might want to use for your walls. For example patterned bed covers, pillowcases and throws can provide you with ideas for painting - and if you’re looking to create a feature wall, you can choose the boldest colour available on these! If you are however looking for something a little more subtle, looking at the patterns in more depth and picking out the colour in small details of the fabric might be better for you. If you take a swatch of whatever fabric it is you’re using to the paint shop, you can’t go wrong. Match them up, and you’re ready to go!
No, it’s nothing complex. Literally look for the colours in the artwork you’re hanging in the room of your choice, and use select shades to inspire you for your overall colour scheme. Whether you’re wanting to match them or compliment them, using your art to create your room is a lovely, creative way to fill your home with colour.
Last but certainly not least, allow yourself to be inspired by nature in the outside world. Bringing the outside in, whether that’s by filling your room with houseplants or taking design ideas from outside colours, is very popular in interior design currently. You could look the using the laid-black blues that mimic the sea, the foliage greens of the forest, or the luscious reds and oranges of the sunset depending on the vibe of the room you’re creating, and either way it’ll look beautiful. However, before making any major decisions (like painting your entire living room burnt orange), remember to view the paint sample in natural lighting, both in the day time and night time, with your windows open and closed. This way, no matter what the season or weather, you’ll know how well your chosen colour compliments your home.
When you select new doors and windows for your home you need to be very creative and focused on a great value. But at the same time you want to avoid rushing as picking the wrong colors might end up being a problem. Patience is required here as you do want to acquire the best possible value and experience, and the payoff can be really good.
One of the main things you want to do is to select the manufacturer first, before you go with a certain color. That’s because painting windows and doors can be a tad expensive at times. The idea here is to make sure that you go with a high-quality manufacturer. The last thing you want is to deal with any problems and that’s why you need to use paint that will last for a very long time. The more you focus on paint quality, the better it will be in the end. That’s valid for garage doors, home doors and windows too. Don’t skimp on quality and instead focus on the best possible value and experience, it will be worth it for you in the end.
We believe that it makes a lot of sense to go with white at first. Simple, yet refined, white is a color that a lot of people go for because it’s really nice, creative and a lot of fun to use. It’s all about understanding what features you need to opt for and the payoff alone can be really good if you do it right. As long as you do that adequately, the payoff will be very good. Some people go with red, gray and even black for their windows and doors. The idea here is to come up with a color that complements the home color too. You don’t want to step away too much from that, as there will be problems. Pay attention to the process and the entire experience, and the payoff will be great for you in the end.
Some people go onward and come up with some creative door shapes for their rolling steel doors, windows and front doors. What really matters here is quality. If you really like a product and you want to have the best value and quality, you should always focus on the experience and making it as good as possible. There will always be challenges that can arise, as long as you are committed to value it will totally be worth it. Some like circle-inspired, honeycomb windows and many other shapes. You can be as creative as possible, as long as it makes sense with the home shape and style.
As you can see, selecting colors and shapes is all about creativity. But at the same time you also want to make sense within the context of your home. As long as you come up with a color that suits your needs it will be a very good idea. Avoid any rush and try out numerous colors to see which one works your needs. And if you need to go for color combinations, go for it, as it can work great!
This summer is all about loving the sun and the heat, dancing all night to new wave music, traveling to an exotic country and taking your friends with you.
Following the amazing rise of popularity of yellow color and all its variations, it is safe to say - bring every yellow piece of clothes you love AND something perfect to combine it with.
Darker yellow shades are a great match with a white - casual white shirt with an ocker yellow skirt, formal white dress with yellow details and jewelry, deep waist white pants with a yellow T-shirt inside... The list goes on. To make this combination shine, a blue or green detail is needed. Think about turquoise shoes, glasses, hats or bags to fulfill this dreamy combination.
Lighter shades of yellow are best combined with dark green, olive green, dark blue or polka-dots black. A beautiful yellow evening summer dress matches perfectly with a black blazer and black shoes. This kind of combination does not need any more colors or details to be just as amazing as you want, but if you feel like you need something more, a blue or white belt would be a safe choice.
Now that we know yellow is an obvious choice, the question remains to which design are we going to choose for our swimsuit. A yellow speedo is great for many reasons - it is simple and very in this season, while it is easy to combine with flowery designs of your towel, beach bag, or robe. With sunglasses that match your face type, you will be the hottest person on the beach since the filming of Baywatch.
Which designs are most popular this summer, though? The number one animal design this year is inspired by a flamingo, which results with the happiest T-shirts we've ever seen on the streets. Pineapple had a lead last year, but the "yellow fever" is turning that around as well. Fruit-inspired designs that will dominate this summer are bananas and lemons, and we will not be able to get enough of them. This makes a retro bathing suit with lemon print to be an absolute winner when it comes to figuring out the content of our travel bag.
What do you think of our choice? What will the content of your travel bag be this summer? Tell us in the comment section below.
Written by: Nina Petrov