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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.
How to Stop Getting Burned by Your Design Clients

How to Stop Getting Burned by Your Design Clients

It seems like every designer has a horror story or two (or seventeen) about getting ripped off by a client who refuses to pay. Once it happens, there’s not too…

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

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…

The 15 Best Free WordPress Themes for Photographers in 2021

The 15 Best Free WordPress Themes for Photographers in 2021

All of these free photography WordPress themes put your photos into focus and allows your visitors to get a glimpse into your photography style.

Doing Away With Bad Design Ideas and Moving on to the Good Ones

Doing Away With Bad Design Ideas and Moving on to the Good Ones

There’s a common saying in the fiction-writing world: kill your darlings. No, this isn’t some morbid encouragement to do bodily harm to your loved ones. Killing your darlings means that…

Finding a Niche as a Designer Isn’t Just an Overused Cliché

Finding a Niche as a Designer Isn’t Just an Overused Cliché

Here’s a scenario for you. Post-COVID, you’re out with your friends, and you’re getting hungry. The members of your group start suggesting places where you can go and grab some…

What Happened to the Great Plans For Your Design Career?

What Happened to the Great Plans For Your Design Career?

So your great plans of achieving your design career goals are have been flushed down the drain. What happened? Is there a practical reason?

How a Culinary Technique Could Make You a Better Freelancer

How a Culinary Technique Could Make You a Better Freelancer

Incorporating the mise en place idea into your creative process allows you to prepare yourself to power through your work with less stress and fewer headaches.

How To Avoid Design By Committee

How To Avoid Design By Committee

Here’s a scenario for you: a woman has three young children, each armed with a handful of crayons. They’re happily drawing on a large sheet of paper, cooperating and sharing…

Simplifying Your Designs for the Smartest User

Simplifying Your Designs for the Smartest User

We talk about simplifying your designs using the very same principles a chef uses to ensure that you have the most pleasant eating experience possible.

The Deadly Communication Sins Freelance Designers Commit

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…

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

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…

How to Improve Your Communication With Clients

How to Improve Your Communication With Clients