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3 Lessons Learned From An Unethical Client

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I have debated about writing this post for quite some time. On my way home from work one day, I saw KingLong Lighting’s ads with design elements that they copied from me on every lamppost. That is when I finally decided to share this story because it is the only way I can turn this into a positive learning experience for myself and for other designers alike. …Read On ›

June 5th, 2013 | Blog | 7185 Views | 1 Comment ›

10 Inspiring Quotes On Design

Quotes are great. They can be motivating, inspiring and sometimes humorous. Here is a selected list of 10 quotes on design. Do you know of any good ones that inspire you with your design work? …Read On ›

May 19th, 2013 | Blog | 10167 Views | No Comments ›

Creative Use of The TM Symbol

Do you know of any great examples of TM marks and Copyright marks being used as an element of the design and not simply placed in because it is required?

1. Goal.com

Goal.com's updated logo

The TM symbol in a circle used as a soccer ball is cleverly considered. It becomes an important element of this updated mark for Goal.com. …Read On ›

May 16th, 2013 | Blog | 7031 Views | No Comments ›

It Is Not My Problem Until I Get Paid

Excellent advice for getting paid for the work you do right from the beginning so to avoid any payment misunderstandings.

“There is no need for us to be tentative about stating our requirement for a deposit before we begin working for the client. We simply say, we’ll get started as soon as we receive the deposit, as is our policy for all new clients.”

“We need not apologize for being responsible business people. Never again should we find ourselves attempting to clarify issues of payment after we have begun working on the engagement. This is the simplest of business tests, one for which there is no longer any excuse to fail: for all new clients, we will be paid in advance.”

Excerpted from Blair Enn’s book, The Win Without Pitching Manifesto, available to buy as hard copy or read for free online.

April 24th, 2013 | Blog | 2115 Views | No Comments ›

Ten Logo Design Tips by David Airey

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Busy designing logos recently – Lucky to say. The last 2 projects that I completed were smooth. Great communication, great process and great results. Both clients were very satisfied with my work. It’s a charm when you land on jobs that are clear and straight-forward but there will be times when you get jobs that feel wrong before you even start. These projects will last forever with countless rounds of revision. In not-so-fortunate cases where I don’t have the option to walk away, I try hard envisioning the day when I can call it done! Meanwhile I take it as an opportunity to better myself as a communicator, designer and to learn how to avoid similar cases in the future. It is because of a not-so-fortunate case, I found this very useful article on designing logos so I am happy to share it here. It is written by David Airey, a graphic designer in Northern Ireland, author of www.logodesignlove.com …Read On ›

April 12th, 2013 | Blog | 6161 Views | 4 Comments ›

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  • "Sure someone else could have created a greater logo redesign for EME Lighting but I was sold on Tim’s diligence & reliability plus I love our new logo! It is fresh, symbolic of who we are while staying in line with our brand intention."

    - Bill Lee
    CEO of EME Lighting
  • "Tim is a trustworthy and effective designer. He redesigned the entire visual identity system for my company & I am extremely pleased with it. As the CEO of a company with over 3000 employees, I would recommend Timmy to anyone looking to have some serious design work done."

    - Tony Ou
    CEO of Senqiu Lighting
  • "Tim effectively designed my website and newsletter. What impressed me the most was his ability to create the images, style and design I was looking for. I highly recommend him if you are looking for someone reliable, flexible and talented."

    - Christine M.
    Owner of Acupuncturebody
  • "Tim has a great personality that makes him a pleasure to work with. He is focused, hard working & always has an attention to details. He has great curiosity and constantly strives to learn & develop himself taking his work to the next level"

    - Slava S.
    Director of Creative Services at STV
  • "Tim conceptualized original ideas & executed the design brilliantly. He always made sure the highest technical & design standards were met. I could always count on him to translate the client vision into reality."

    - Linda G.
    VP Biz Dev. at Real Estate Arts
  • "Tim is a highly talented designer. He has excellent technology skills, amazing dedication & terrific interpersonal abilities."

    - Michael S.
    AD at Real Estate Arts
  • "Timmy is a very talented designer, he is passionate and reliable, his work is always creative & on time. He’s a good person with lots of energy, which makes him a pleasure to work with."

    - Jess L.
    AD at Sudler & Hennessey
  • "Timmy got a great system for helping you figure out what you want, need & putting those ideas down into a tangible product. He has done 3 sites for me already & anyone I have recommended him to has called me back to thank me."

    - Vahram S.
    Owner of Brooklyn Body