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AddisonDuvall (72 Articles)

Addison Duvall is the author of Food Identities, a blog that explores the crossroads of food, design, art, and culture. She’s written some things, designed other things, and eaten a whole lot of food.
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The Deadly Communication Sins Freelance Designers Commit

Alright, freelancers – it’s time to confess! How many of you are guilty of not communicating regularly enough with your clients? Maybe you’re running behind on your deadline, and you’re…

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Does A Designer’s Opinion Mean More Than The User’s?

Okay. I’m going to come out and say it. Designers are often way too territorial about their designs. It’s only natural, of course. You spend years and years developing your…

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The 15 Best Lightroom Presets for Landscapes & Travel

Create beautiful and immersive travel photos with these Lightroom presets. From Morocco to the Scottish Highlands, these travel and landscape presets have got you covered!

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How to Improve Your Communication With Clients

Improve your communication and get down to the nitty-gritty with clients, so that you won’t waste time assuming that they need to know things they don’t.

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Dealing With a Panicky Design Client

We discuss panicky clients and cover methods that will not only de-escalate their panic but also bring them around to your point of view.

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You’ll Never Be a Design Specialist by Generalizing Your Skills

We take a look at why design generalists are inferior to design specialists, and what freelance designers can do instead to boost their desirability to potential clients.

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Growing Your Audience as a Designer

We share the key principles that allow community builders to rise above others in terms of platform building, and how you can learn from the examples they set.

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The 10 Golden Rules of Simple, Clean Design

These rules of clean design are based on the 10 principles by Dieter Rams but modified to fit with a more general goal of simplicity.

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Good Font, Bad Font: How to Pick the Best Font

Type can be confusing for designers today, who have access to thousands upon thousands of different fonts, many of which are free to download and use. This results in an…

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Stop Worrying About People Stealing Your Ideas

We explore some important reasons why you should stop worrying about anyone potentially stealing your creative design ideas.

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Sketchbooks – The Designer’s Cookbook

As a food lover, I absolutely adore cookbooks. I have a ton of them – all filled with pages and pages of delicious recipes for me to try and experiment…

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Must-Do’s When Ending a Freelance Design Project