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Ideas: the germs that grow into those great, award-winning designs we all want to have our names attached to. We all get dozens of ideas constantly, which typically range from fairly good to amazingly good....

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Ideas: the germs that grow into those great, award-winning designs we all want to have our names attached to. We all get dozens of ideas constantly, which typically range from fairly good to amazingly good. Ideas are an abundant commodity that we all have, as creative people.

In fact, most designers have more ideas than they know what to do with. Yet, most jealously hide their ideas, paranoid that someone will “steal” them and do something that will undermine their own fame as a designer. We’re going to explore some important reasons why it’s stupid to worry about or people potentially stealing your ideas.

Ideas Mean Nothing

First of all, success is 99% execution. The sweat and hard work that go into making a design a reality is really what matters – that’s the important part. Only 1% of success is the idea. Ideas are useless on their own. We all get them – they only mean something if you make them happen. You can have ideas that are sort of ‘blah’, and yet still dominate your field through hard work.

designers gets an idea

The good news is, people who steal others’ ideas don’t realize this. They think it’s the idea itself that is valuable. But the truth is, a mediocre idea executed well is worth a lot more than a great idea executed poorly. So, if you have good ideas, and you work hard to turn them into something, you can always generate more ideas and have success as a designer.

Telling People Gives You More Ideas

Sharing your ideas will usually foster the development of new ideas. If you’re creative, that is (which you are; why else would you be reading this?). The person you share your ideas with can give you an outside perspective and some much-needed feedback about whether your idea is actually as good as you think it is. You can also brainstorm together with others to come up with a myriad of different ideas, each one stronger than the last.

designer confused sharing ideas new and stealing your ideas

If you only have one idea, though, that’s a bad sign. It’s important to avoid ‘one-itis’, or fixating on a single idea to the exclusion of all others. You might be completely convinced that that one, single idea is the end all, be all thing that’s going to make your career, but it probably isn’t. Success is a culmination of the little things, the daily triumphs we make each time we complete a new project that we’re proud of. So go out there and make as much work as you can.

Provide Value To Others

When you share ideas, you help the entire design community. It’s important to give back to your fellow designers who might be struggling with the same issues you did once upon a time. I’m not saying you have to give away all of your “trade secrets” (although even that’s not as taboo as it used to be). But talking out an idea and letting others transform it in their own unique ways can inspire you as well. You might see a completely different approach to an idea that you hadn’t considered before.

Someone Else Probably Thought Of It Anyway

Exactly what it says on the tin. Ideas occur simultaneously to different people all the time, often without them even knowing it. This is why some work can look strikingly similar without the designers even having heard of each other. Great minds think alike. That’s the reason you can’t legally copyright an idea. We humans are just too similar in our thought patterns.

designers shaking hands great minds think alike

The key is taking an idea that other people might have already explored and doing it in your own unique way, using your experiences and skills as a designer to put an unconventional spin on it. As the saying goes, everything has been done before, but not by you.

In Conclusion

Finally, keep in mind that ideas are rarely stolen wholesale anyway. Usually, someone takes bits and pieces of ideas from various sources (or they should, anyway). As we saw earlier, everything is a remix – not a direct copy. Very few designers who have any pride in their abilities at all will actually want to steal your idea entirely. Those are called hacks – they’re very easy to spot, and the design community doesn’t normally tolerate them for long.

Image Source: Ratch’s Portfolio via Shutterstock.

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10 Tips to Help Resolve Creative Conflictshttp://speckyboy.com/2014/04/09/10-tips-help-resolve-creative-conflicts/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/04/09/10-tips-help-resolve-creative-conflicts/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:14:04 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=47833

Collaboration is how things are accomplished these days. With collaboration, we can reach incredible creative heights. To get there, though, sometimes we have to slog through conflicts due to incompatible expectations and creative differences. More...

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Collaboration is how things are accomplished these days. With collaboration, we can reach incredible creative heights. To get there, though, sometimes we have to slog through conflicts due to incompatible expectations and creative differences.

More often than not, the key to resolving these problems is focusing on communication. Making sure that everyone is on the right page and has an understanding of the goals can go a long way towards fixing what has broken down and improving that which has failed to meet high expectations. Additionally, reaffirming hierarchy of decision-making can be a great help.

bad business team creative conflict in office Business fight cartoon
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From clients to copywriters, designers to directors, the following 10 tips can help with resolving creative differences so you can complete the project to its fullest potential.

1. Stay calm

It’s easy to get attached to an idea and feel upset if that idea is threatened. Getting emotional isn’t going to help the situation. It will be easier to get to a positive resolution if everyone can stay calm and be open to ideas.

2. Restate goals

Sometimes the message and imagery can get too far off from the original goals. Sometimes they can get misconstrued over multiple revisions and long time periods. Restating the goals and evaluating them against what is being discussed can often help to resolve whether the conversation is even worth the breath.

3. Identify agreements

When a disagreement arises, it can feel like the entire project is doomed. When the whole team can see how much is right compared to how much is in dispute, it can be easier for people to come to the table with ideas on how to fix the problem.

4. Listen intently

Not everyone communicates the same and misunderstandings can arise in the most unexpected places. One of the simplest of things you can do to try to head this off is to really pay attention to what is being said. And I mean really listen: If you’re busy thinking about how you’re going to respond, and they’re still talking, you will probably miss the true message.

5. Aim carefully

Aim your praise at people; aim your criticism at ideas. If you criticize people, they tend to feel attacked, while aiming at the idea feels less personal. If you can demonstrate how the idea doesn’t fit with the project, you’ll be more likely to be heard and to sway minds.

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6. Speak clearly

Once again, people don’t always communicate in the same ways. When you are making your case or are asking questions, be as clear and concise as possible. Frame your sentences in your head before you speak them for the best results.

7. Sandwich negativity

Often it can be easier for people to take direct criticism if you can sandwich it between two positives. Say something positive about the person and his or her contribution (or the team as a whole and the work produced thus far), state your concern, then offer a different positive. Bonus points if the second positive attribute you mention could be made even better when your negative concern is addressed.

8. Ask questions

Asking the right questions can really clear up a lot of issues. It can be hard to know the right ones to ask, but some of the best questions start with “why” and “how“. Knowing “why” can make all the difference in understanding and influencing motivation. It can get people to instantly back down and reinforce others to continue to standing up for their position. Knowing “how” can help people feel empowered to move forward with carrying out the task.

9. Accept shotcallers

Sometimes, it just doesn’t matter what you think or say. If you have a supervisor or are answering directly to a client, you can only push for your point of view so far before you start ruffling feathers and risking your work. Ultimately the person who signs the checks will get the final say.

10. Try it

This can be taken two ways. If the client or your boss is asking you for something you think is inferior, and you’ve made your case, rest your case, try what they want, and do it to the best of your abilities. The other option would be to do the project how they want it, but to create another design that takes into account the position of the “losing side” of the argument. If they like the design they originally requested, suck it up and understand that sometimes people want what they want. But if they are disappointed, you could try introducing your alternative design.

Surrender missile attack Creative Conflict
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Do keep in mind, though, these tips are meant to address design, copy, goal and creative issues and do not apply when the disagreement is over ethics. That’s a whole different can of worms.

That said, not all creative conflicts can be resolved with the techniques in this list. Even so, these tips can get you a long way towards helping people come together to solve many common differences and disagreements.

What is your best advice for resolving creative differences when you’re working on a project?

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Some Ideas for Maintaining Your Freelance Mental Drivehttp://speckyboy.com/2014/04/03/ideas-maintaining-freelance-mental-drive/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/04/03/ideas-maintaining-freelance-mental-drive/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:25:49 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=47784

If you’re reading this article and you work from home, it probably won’t be much surprise to you that one of the hardest elements to master is the ability to maintain your freelance mental drive...

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If you’re reading this article and you work from home, it probably won’t be much surprise to you that one of the hardest elements to master is the ability to maintain your freelance mental drive and stability required to push forward in what can otherwise be a difficult, lonely workspace.

I consider myself to be somewhat of a stay at home professional. Like a good number of Speckyboy’s readers I have forged a career from my home office. Yet I could not have done so without learning some really key tips and tricks along the way to keep my mind in the right gear, and on the right road (and in some cases, on the right planet!).

I’d like to share with you the following article of easy-to-implement ideas that have helped me along the way, in essence as a shortcut to the knowledge of how to keep yourself alert, motivated and with a happy outlook in your working life as a home based entrepreneur.

Embrace Your Desire To Escape

Free Days

Every time someone asks me why I do what I do I find myself saying something along the lines of "well it means I can go surfing, or play tennis if I fancy it one day". That is entirely true, but making that reality as positive as the theory had previously been a struggle.

The fact is: doing something you enjoy on a day you think you should probably be working can make you feel very, very guilty. If you’re anything like I was you can’t help but think to yourself that you’re being lazy and workshy. You know you’re going to enjoy taking some time out, but the build up to it is not often a happy one, it almost always makes you feel restless and unproductive.

surfer vector set vintage surf elements retro label Freelance Mental Drive
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Once you recognise this pattern in your own behaviour – you can begin to make some changes. Set some monthly goals – so this month I will take 1 day off to rest, and 2 days off to hit the waves. Doesn’t sound so bad, just 2 days in a month. In fact that’s slightly less than you’d receive from a full-time employee position. You need to allow yourself to be excited about these things, look forward to the next day that it’s so sunny you decide to go to the beach. Don’t beat yourself up about it, its all part of the schedule!

Lunch & Break Times

I eat out for lunch, every day. I do it because it means I get out in the world, lift my head up, see the sky and hear the people and you’d be surprised at how effective a tonic that can be for those who’ve felt the pressure of the home environment bearing down on them each day.

I started this as a young chap with barely any money to spare. I didn’t turn the heating on in the evening because I couldn’t afford it. But I still went out and had lunch every day in town with just a £2 budget (there’s no better way of finding out where all the best bargains are than having a very restrictive budget).

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I’ve worked in retail before and sometimes it seems like you’re on a break when you only just had one five minutes ago. This is due to the rules for the number of hours you can work before you are legally required to take a break and the science under-pinning these laws is about looking after your mental health. So don’t starve yourself of breaks at home. Don’t feel guilty about that daytime tv programme you like to watch, factor it in. Or even better, go for a wander for 20 minutes or so, nothing like a bit of vitamin D from the sun! Breaks are another thing that used to make me feel guilty about not being productive enough. I soon learnt that with the right amount of ‘me time’ I can actually be far more productive with the hours that I do spend in front of my desk.

Look After Your Body

Eating Habits

I know, I know, I sound like your doctor! But here’s the difference, I’m a practical man, here is something you can do to keep your body healthy during work hours.

Find a snack or three that you love, that’s healthy. It can even be something you just find acceptable, as long as it’s good for you. For me its carrots, grapes and dried fruit. Carrots if I want something to bite into, grapes if I’ve got a sweet tooth and dried fruit for variation.

We all feel the need to snack, and we need the continual flow of nutrients to keep our brains well fed(!). With healthy food, you can usually eat whole bags for hours on end, satisfying your cravings for food and keeping your body ready for the day ahead, moment by moment.


It is an over emphasised point, you don’t need me to explain this one, but think of a way of getting exercise that doesn’t cost you much in terms of effort.

I personally combine this with the points above – heading into town for lunch and going for walks on break times, but that in itself isn’t really enough for me.

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I’m willing to bet that you won’t meet many successful people who don’t exercise early in the morning before work. I don’t personally think the gym is a good environment for this (nothing worse for feeling like you’re on a treadmill ;) ) so when I’ve got little motivation for the day I pull myself out of bed half an hour early and put my running gear on. When I first started this I thought to myself, ‘this is early, its cold and I don’t want to do it’. But after a few weeks I began to actually look forward to it. Exercise is addictive, you’ve just got to get started. Make yourself do it, reward yourself with an iced bun when you return – its the stimulation you want in this case, not the weight loss!

Look After Your Mind

Learning Something New

I think its crazy how easy it is to overlook this one, and how devastating not paying attention to your mind’s needs as well as your body’s can be.

Sometimes working from home using the same graphic design software or web design frameworks over and over can be truly and utterly droll. But its your job right? Spot on, but as a professional, you have a responsibility to yourself to be on the forefront of your industry. So why not get involved in the latest, newest, untested technologies? Dig deep to find a use for them, be part of a community like Stackoverflow or Dribbble. Learn, learn, learn and learn. If there is nothing in your industry you’d like to know more about then choose a related industry. Use something that makes it fun and interesting, a platform like Codecademy or Treehouse. Learn French at Busuu. It really doesn’t matter what it is, all that matters is that it intrigues you, and you can engage with it for an hour before work starts every few days.

Online education Vector illustration.
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You might not technically need to know it to be the best at what you do. You might however, need it to stay in the game long enough to be recognised as the best at what you do.

Let Yourself Be Yourself, Oddities Required

Smile at Yourself Daily

I asked my friends to pass on tips of their own whilst researching this article and most of their answers fell into this particular category. We all have our own little oddities, the things we find amusing, our guilty pleasures. We have them for a reason, they help keep us sane.

I personally keep soppy old cards with pictures of kittens and puppies on my desk (from aunties and uncles who haven’t yet worked out I’m no longer 5 years old!). Why? Why not. It makes me laugh, and somehow their existence is proof that no matter how much of a Precious Andy (read: nuisance) my client is being, its all OK.

Some ideas from the list of oddities put forward by home working friends:

  • "Making a list of all the things I’m not going to do that day", Hamesh.
  • "Role play with cold callers", James.
  • "Asking my 4yr old about his life problems", Ellie.

They might be a little ridiculous but these are the sort’ve things that make you laugh to yourself, under your breath, even when no-one else is around. You just can’t help but find it amusing – even if everyone else thinks you’re nuts. Don’t hide these things away under the guise of being a professional. An office environment without laughter is without doubt a bad place to work – and its not something you should surrender in your home office either. If you’re short on material, try Funny Typos. Laugh out loud, I dare you!

The Essence of Home Working Happiness

In my own experience, somewhat conversely, the underlying issue for most of the problems that stem from working at home are to be found in the very benefits of doing so. A home working environment will only ever be a happy place to exist when you allow yourself to be happy and enjoy the time you spend away from your actual desk.

Its fair to say that my life is better for each of these little tricks, I’ve found a place I can both inhabit personally and use as a productive environment for web design. Its time to swap your oversized stapler for a picture of a puppy and smile next time you get a cold call. Take a peek into the latest HTML developments or learn a bit about game design. Go out for lunch and get hold of some super attractive jogging or cycling gear. You may still be utterly crazy at the end of the day, but in the end, its better to be the person randomly giggling to themselves than the person wondering why, and how that person manages to stay so darn happy :)

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Inspiring and Creative Designers’ Video CVshttp://speckyboy.com/2014/03/27/inspiring-creative-designers-video-cvs/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/03/27/inspiring-creative-designers-video-cvs/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:26:17 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=47696

In this job market, having a great CV is more important than ever. More and more people are competing for each job, so it is obvious that a standard double-sided A2 piece of paper crammed...

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In this job market, having a great CV is more important than ever. More and more people are competing for each job, so it is obvious that a standard double-sided A2 piece of paper crammed with information won’t get a designer a job. Instead, designers are having to pull out all the stops to ensure their CVs stand out from the pack.

One great new way designers are doing this is through video CVs. Like music videos for designers, these videos can show off a designer’s skills, personality and experience in less than two minutes. If you’re keen to create a CV that stands out from the pack, scroll down because we have gathered six of the most inspiring and creative designers’ video CVs out there.

1. Luis Revuelto – Multimedia Designer

The dramatic music hits your ears almost before you’ve realised the video has started, and a passport flies into view. The empty spaces begin to fill in, as the image on the passport turns to watch it all happen. These are just the opening couple of seconds of Luis Revuelto, a web design specialist based in London. The music refuses to let up, seeming to push the video CV on.

Next, we see tourist destinations in Spain and West London, superimposed with the details of where he studied and what he has read. Then an old-school map with dotted lines show were his work has taken him. Then comes the rapid fire showcase of all the websites and other things he has worked on, which moves on to graphs that show just how skilled he is with certain software. Finally, it finishes with his contact number lingering in view as the music fades down.

This video takes its inspiration in his immigration from Spain to the UK, and it uses travel as a constant motif. While he could easily use that motif in a static PDF or print CV, he makes the most of the format to really showcase his skill as a multimedia designer. The music gives the whole thing a sense of urgency, making him seem like an exciting addition to any design team. All in all, it makes him look like a great candidate, which is what a CV should do.

2. Rudransh Mathur – Visual Designer & Media Artist

He says from the beginning that this video CV is “more of an experiment with Plexus”, a plugin system, than something created to get a job, but visual designer and media artist Rudransh Mathur still went all out on his video CV.

Called CV in Motion, the video is very text heavy: he simply lists the things he does, from motion design to design for print and more. But the way the type come on to the screen is really impressive. They fly on, then seem to get caught in the thin moving lines in the background, like flies in a spider’s web. The lines keep changing and shifting, but when they catch a phrase, they freeze momentarily, holding it in place until they let it go and it flies off the screen again. The education segment is a timeline, covering his birth and his advanced education. The awards section looks more like puppetry, with the thin lines acting as both marionette manipulator and the control bar that the strings are attached to.

Throughout the video, the lines in the background move almost organically, like those 3D renderings of robots designed to traverse remote interstellar environments. The soundtrack, too, is more electro than exciting, but the overall effect is of a designer who understands digital and mechanical movement almost instinctively.

3. Macri Miruna

Called Passfolio, this video by Macri Miruna, opens with a startling confession: she faked her Romanian passport, and she has lost the fake. Then, she reveals that she didn’t fake her passport at all. Instead, she put her CV into a passport format, made 20 copies and dropped them in agency buildings around New York City. After all, she reasons, people look at the pictures and passport stamps first thing before even seeing if they can return a passport. It stands to reason, then, that they will remember a CV provided in such an unexpected way.

This video ends up showing off her CV as she printed it in her “passports”, so it acts as an advertisement for her project, a CV and an introduction to her style of design. As a result, viewers get a real sense that, as a designer, she will be full of surprising, imaginative designs.

4. Fellicia Yonata

This video by Fellicia Yonata strikes a completely different tone. The music is light and cheerful, and the viewer is first greeted – literally – by a cute little animated version of the designer. After a short introduction, we realise that she is on a mission, and that mission is about to turn into something like a computer game demo. The music becomes more digital, like a soundtrack from a classic computer game, and the little animated designer gets into position to fight a “project”, an angry piece of paper that doesn’t want to be completed.

It uses deadlines, briefs and other attacks to nearly defeat Fellicia, but she uses her strong skillset (and a health boost from coffee and cake) to eventually triumph. She then invites the viewer to join the adventure, urging prospective employers to bring her fun, charming and ultimately winning skillset to their companies.

It’s not the most complete video CV out there – she doesn’t even cover her education or experience – but it is one of the cutest and most memorable.

5. Antonin Waterkeyn

Initially, Antonin Waterkeyn’s video CV looks a lot like Fellicia’s: it also starts with an animated version of the designer. It soon takes a different direction, as it uses water colour effects, melting animations and patterns to move from one section of the video CV to another. The look of the video melts from watercolour to cardboard to typography to purely digital design, all whilst maintaining a core feeling – which is no easy task.

This video also forgoes “unnecessary” elements like experience and education, but you are still left with the sense that you know this designer, what he can do and what his style is like much better than you would have if you had just looked at a piece of paper. There are even a couple of cheeky jokes thrown in for good measure, giving viewers a real insight into this designer’s personality and philosophy on life and design.

6. Alberto Rossi

From motion graphic design to web design, Alberto Rossi seems to be able to do it all (and he can even do it on both Mac and PC). His video CV, then, could have all the bells and whistles. Instead, he proved how effective holding back can be. The video starts with some moving typography and simple illustrations taking the viewer from his birthday, through his childhood, until we see how he has developed his passion for design.

A graph grows onscreen, illustrating just how proficient he is in various design programs. We then see what he designs – logos, print, apps, web design and more – before examples of each section pop up onto the screen. Finally, the video closes with a lingering shot of his email address.

The bulk of the video concentrates on the work he has completed. The range of examples gives us insight into his range as a designer, too. Here, a serious, straightforward e-commerce site is given as much prominence as hip logos and cute print ads. He has a range that makes him a great choice for lots of different aesthetics, so it is understandable that he would need to spend more than half of his video just showing off his full range.


These six video CVs show very different approaches to the genre: some focus on the personality and design philosophy of the person, whilst others act as animated, but otherwise rather traditional, CVs. Which works best depends on what they want to get out of the video, of course. Personality is more entertaining and may therefore be shared more, but full CVs are more informative and may lead more directly to more job offers.

Still, if you are thinking about creating your own video CV, all of these videos illustrate that if you are true to yourself as a designer and create something that truly reflects your skillset and your personality, you’ll have a winning combination. Then all you’ll have to do is wait for the job offers to roll in.

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Exciting Design Specialties to Broaden Your Skill Sethttp://speckyboy.com/2014/03/24/exciting-design-specialties/ http://speckyboy.com/2014/03/24/exciting-design-specialties/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:27:40 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=47089

Designing, whether for print or the web, has never been a more diverse career. Generally speaking, the more you can do for a client, the better and the more work you’ll be able to accept....

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Designing, whether for print or the web, has never been a more diverse career. Generally speaking, the more you can do for a client, the better and the more work you’ll be able to accept.

But what exactly should you focus your attention on when it comes to learning new skills? You probably want to pick skills to learn that have universal appeal and can be applied to many different types of client projects.

Here are 5 exciting design specialties to broaden your skill set.


This is an obvious one. Taking your own photos has many advantages, both creative and legal. Learning about lighting, camera angles, and photo composition can improve your designs immensely. Many designers are already being expected to perform the work of a photographer, so why not take a few classes and practice to build some genuine professional experience in the field?

Photography Design Specialties Skill Set

When you take a photo, you own it. It’s your intellectual property, and you don’t need anyone else’s permission to use it for client work. Having this power can speed up your design process, and, if your photos are good enough, can also help you get noticed by relevant media channels. If you or your client has something to promote, it will be an enormous help to have professional-looking photographs ready to be plugged into a blog or print publication.

Video Editing

An extension of photography, only with “moving parts,” so to speak. Video is a field with tons of opportunities, that is growing with popularity even as you read this. There are over 4 billion hits on YouTube alone… every day! People have long since decided that they enjoy watching videos online, and your clients are waiting for someone with the expertise to take advantage of this huge market.

Video Editing Design Specialties Skill Set

If there’s an opportunity for your clients to take advantage of the medium of video, it’s your duty as a service provider to make them aware of that and communicate the possibilities to them. You will have clients begging you to incorporate video into their businesses, once they see how simple it can be to do so. You can learn the basics of video editing for free (ironically) on YouTube. The best part about learning video? You can double the amount you currently charge your clients for design, and perhaps event triple or quadruple it.

Motion Graphics

Long used in the advertising industry, motion graphics are making their way onto the web as well. Motion graphics can be applied to everything from animated typography to responsive mobile app design.

Motion Graphics Design Specialties Skill Set

Software such as Adobe After Effects can help turn you into a motion graphics pro. Of course, motion graphics software is not cheap, but the percentage increase of what you can charge for your work will more than make up for it.

3D Effects

3D is absolutely exploding right now in the design world. Especially with the advances in 3D CAD technology, which is taking the craft from the esoteric realm of product designers and animators and placing the power in the hands of the common people to create virtually anything they can dream up. The rise of 3D printing is also helping to generate more interest in 3D. Free software like Blender and SketchUp can get you started in this exciting field.

3D Effects Design Specialties Skill Set

If you’re thinking that 3D design is difficult or complicated, think again. Simplified, free software made for 3D printing can nearly eliminate the learning curve, and the growing library of free 3D base models to use even lowers the amount of modeling you need to do to create something cool.

Mobile Web Design

More and more, companies want to take their web applications to mobile devices. It’s estimated that, as of 2013, 91% of all people on earth use a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device to access the web, communicate with others, and organize their lives.

Mobile Web Design Specialties Skill Set

Yes, that’s right: over 4 billion people currently use a mobile device. That’s a lot of potential customers that your clients want to reach. The more you know about mobile design, the more valuable you will be to a wide variety of clients.

Just The Beginning

As you can see, there are many exciting design specialties to explore. You can broaden your client base and make more money the more you know how to do. Of course, these are just five of the most popular and potentially useful skills, but the possibilities are endless if you know how to dominate a design niche. Things like calligraphy, origami, or even knitting and basket weaving can help your career take off. You just have to know where and how to apply an expertise.

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