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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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Why Do Bad Designers Always Seem to Get the Best Jobs?

We’ve all heard the saying “a designer is only as good as his/her clients.” Some designers, regardless of skill level or experience, seem to always have the most interesting assignments…

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How to Test Your Marketing Efforts as a Freelancer Designer

In today’s freelancing climate, one of the best things you can do in terms of marketing yourself is to think in what I like to call “Test Terms.” What does…

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10 Free Portfolio & Lookbook Templates for Adobe InDesign

These free InDesign portfolio templates are certain to appeal to a wide audience all while offering a convenient and beautiful way of presenting your work.

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Teach and Become the Best Designer You Can Be

It’s been said many times that, if you want to learn more, you should teach. Taking on proteges, apprentices, students – whatever you want to call them – who will…

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10 Things Designers Can Learn From Pastry Chefs

So, I have a confession to make. I’m not actually a pastry chef. But I did work in a professional kitchen once upon a time, and baking is one of…

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How to Further Educate Yourself as a Designer

Everyone knows that education is the best investment a designer can make to further his or her career. But what does that mean, exactly? Should you go back to school…

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The Symbiotic Relationship Between Designers and Copywriters

Designers and copywriters have a symbiotic relationship. In our modern, web-based industry, one can’t really exist without the other. Copywriters provide the engaging content that snags users’ attention and prompts…

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Exciting Design Specialties to Broaden Your Skill Set

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…

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The Make People Buy Things Secret For Designers

Audacious title, ‘The Make People Buy Things Secret,’ isn’t it? Imagine a single element that any designer – serving clients in any industry – can use to make a target…

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How a Culinary Technique Could Make You a Better Freelancer

Today I’m going to tell you the story of two cooks: David and Jenny. Both are equally talented in the kitchen, and both are about to prepare a 6-course meal…

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Flat Design vs Minimalism

Flat Design. It’s everywhere these days. The newest, highly influential release of iOS 7 for the iPhone has got even non-design lovers talking about it. But many people seem to…

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What Happened to the Great Plans For Your Design Career?