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Nathan Powell (7 Posts)

About: Nathan is a visual designer living in Madrid, Spain. He's author of The Designers Guide to Freelancing and founder of nusii an online proposal platform for designers and creative types.
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Finding Your Client Alter Ego

Let’s face it, finding clients is a drag. Finding the right client is a real drag, and finding the right client, who has money, wants to work with you and is a great person, is the dream of every freelance designer. When a potential client comes to your portfolio, the very first thing they see is your brand, or to…

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The Myth of Inspiration and Passion

Inspiration and passion are a designers’ daily bread. Without them we crumble, wither and are reduced to mere pixels pushing hacks. But the problem with passion and inspiration is they’re fleeting. They come and they go. So the question you need to ask yourself is this: what happens when your passion and your inspiration run out? What do you do…

Guidelines to Writing a Web Design Proposal

Writing website proposals is boring. There are no two ways about it, but they’re a necessary evil. The proposal is the final push before our client signs on the dotted line. We need to make sure we have all our bases covered and that we project, as always, an image of professionalism. Photo Credit: Stacey Shintani Whether you intend to…

Wireframes… Who Needs Them?

I do, and throughout this post I’ll try to explain why you do too. So what exactly are wireframes? Wireframes are visual representations of your websites structure, a blueprint to help establish hierarchy. They are usually limited to shapes, forms and text, and they rarely use any colour. The primary function of any wireframe is to show your client how…

Technostress – The Freelancers Disease?

The phrase Technostress is being bandied about all over the shop at the moment. The English Wikipedia defines it as: Technostress is, in many ways, the resistance to change that accompanies newly introduced machines to work, home, and leisure situations. In Spain, however it has slightly different connotations, and almost the opposite could said to be true. Technostress has been…