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Education: Design vs. software

If all you got is a limited time and the choice stands between preferring software learning or design learning - so go for design.

Design absorbs in its best by working endlessly on "annoying" design chores, from personal stories about projects and discussing design & by watching how an experienced designer reacts to a designed work. what does he look at, what would he prefer or ask to change, the face he made.

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When it comes to software, a teacher helps to understand the logic of the program.
It's  more effective to learn a software in our free time, and just focus during class on understanding what ticks the experienced designer. A software can be learned online. As an employee, you will learn from colleagues until reaching the minimal professional standard. Furthermore, software always updates and changes. The logic usually stays, and sometimes we need to start again from scratch.

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Hi, I’m a Design Business!

What does it mean "being a business". Some learn full degrees in running a business when we are breaking into a saturated market and offer our services. As a design business, we first need to define and answer few basic questions.

How are we called? What do we do? What do we wish to do? What do successes mean for us? What will be a failure? Our prices? Expences? How do we look in the eyes of people? How can we reach clients (Hint: Not with a computer). And above all - What is our advantage compare to other (price, abilities, experience)?
Don't just run out there, eager and naive, give it the respect it deserves.
Some good read to start with:
01. The Little Big Small Business Book. 02. Work for Money, Design for Love.

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e-Book: 100 Rules for the beginner Visual Designer

The 100 rules aim to coordinate, present and try to solve the major challenges that will face every designer in their early years in the field. After almost a decade in the profession forms an understanding about the design labor market. There are so many options out there, and with time and experience, many doors open. Friends, contacts, expertise and also challenges which some of them relates to ethics. 

P.s. In my opinion, the most important group of rules is 65-73, concerning health at office work is in front of the screen.

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Top 7 Reads for the Entrepreneur

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01. The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users

By now it's clear that whether you're promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what determines your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you.

But there’s no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick, who he says is the best social-media person he’s ever met, to offer The Art of Social Media—the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money. Read more >>
With over one hundred practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a bottom-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through steps to build your foun…

10 principles to market yourself as an Awesome Designer

It’s good to keep on a weekly marketing plan. To showcase a project before friends in the social media, Post a blog, Update a site. Participate in networking meetings, contribute in forums, create freebies and above all - Show yourself and your work to others in different occasions. Marketing is a cumulative activity. In the selling point, we will always use the marketing products. Self-marketing, especially at the beginning of the professional way, will work best among friends and acquaintances.

01. The Basic: Brand Yourself & Present your work.
Your Portfolio is Your Proof of abilities. Make it versatile. Show it in mockups. Then make it visible - In your email signature, as a digital signature in forums, on social networks.

02. Make. Show. Repeat.
If you did something but didn't show it, it's as if you've done nothing. Save your works, share outcome & process with friends and clients.

03. Copy methods from brands you admire.
Have you seen a cool video about someth…

The designer's Essential Kit - The 14 items

Inspiration is not only about learning by watching and imitating. Designers acquire confidence from their workspace & the tools they use.
In order to perform optimally, each of us needs a few essential elements that allow us to feel as designers. It might sound odd, but every designer will sense the different in holding a simple scrapbook and a Moleskine scrapbook. Furthermore, those elements help us to create a stylish image for the eyes of others - the once who wish to see a "Designer".
Well then, Let's start.

1. Headphones.
A good Set with a Microphone is essential to make Calls with clients. Never speak when you hold your phone with your hand - You should speak freely and naturally.

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2. Notebook.
Moleskine scrapbooks are for people who appreciate good materials, indeed. However, designers will carry notebooks such as Draplin's Field Notes.

Field Notes Brand: From Seed. See more>>

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3. Wide Screen.
If you're wor…

The search after the best chair for the graphic designer

After yet another day where we had to take a break to help soothe our aching backs we knew it was time to take a deeper look at how we work. As folks that primarily work from home, we can be found doing our jobs from the couch, kitchen table, or our tiny home office. Surprisingly, or not, we've found that the back pain increases when we work from our home office, which means that we've got a bit of a problem and we're pretty sure it's the chair.

First of all, we need to how to sit:

Don't cheap out. Your profession requires you to spend thousands of hours per year at a desk.
Money spent on a good chair is just like spending money on any other tool needed to do your job. Arguably a good chair is one of your most important tools -- you're not getting much good work done if sitting is uncomfortable or, worse, painful.

So, in short, what is the best chair for graphic designers?

Meet theAeron chairIn an almost surprising twist on the original design, the Aeron Chair now c…