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Solving design problems: uniqueness

10 April 2011

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Solving design problems: uniqueness

I’m redesigning my portfolio – as you surely know – and I’m finding a problem quite difficult to solve: choosing the images for my portfolio… it’s not an easy task if you have so many portfolio pieces to choose from. The problem: as many as possible When I started designing I used to work for […]

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What do you do when a client refuses to fill a brief?

25 January 2011

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What do you do when a client refuses to fill a brief?

Some days ago I received an interview by email, somebody asked me about the way I write my briefs when designing by order. At first time it looked like Spam so I didn’t care too much, but on a second read I thought it would be a good blog post. So let’s talk about the […]

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6 Web design mistakes that I won’t make… again

19 December 2010

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6 Web design mistakes that I won’t make… again

Some time ago I announced about the redesign of SOSFactory, my corporative web. It was designed 6 years ago, when I still had no idea about web design. The current design (SOSFactory V1) has been profitable but it has restricted me in many aspects. It´s an involuntary but systematic attempt to break every principle of […]

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5 reasons why you should enter design contests.

22 November 2010

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5 reasons why you should enter design contests.

A few days ago, I published a post about crowdsourcing webs. Clients come to these webs with a project, and designers compete for a prize. I received many comments for and against these webs. So I thought it would be interesting to examine these pro-crowdsourcing positions in depth. First of all, I must admit that […]

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Design for dignity (a 99designs review)

10 November 2010

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Design for dignity (a 99designs review)

UPDATE 16 March 2011: 99designs tried to censor this post due to an inexistent copyright infringement. This post is a product review and fit within the Fair Use doctrine. The contest object of review is now private, I bet my review went further than I predicted. Please, share this post in your social profiles. Something´s […]

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Random questions from the blog’s users

9 February 2010

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Random questions from the blog’s users

Hey buddies, I’m finally back from my “holidays” (they weren’t holidays really, I spent this time to move to Berlin). I’m already settled and ready to go on with the blog. Today we have a post with some questions from the blog users: about copyright, confidentiality, how to improve our drawing skills and how to […]

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Random questions from a newbie illustrator

29 October 2009

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Random questions from a newbie illustrator

From time to time I receive interesting emails from newbie designers or illustrators, who are trying to open up this complex industry for themselves, but they don’t know where to start; they ask for my help and of course, I do my best to help them. It occurred to me that maybe, if I publish […]

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Start making passive income with your designs

23 October 2009

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Start making passive income with your designs

If you´re a designer, probably you have lots of unused graphics, webs, loops and Flash files, and you don´t get any profit from them. You could sell the rights of use of these designs (stock design) for a very low price but lifetime. You won´t become a richman but some extra income is always welcome, […]

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When does a good portfolio replace an official degree?

10 September 2009

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When does a good portfolio replace an official degree?

Some days ago we commented the advantages and disadvantages of self-taught training versus official training, and we reached the conclusion that it would depend on our working aspirations, our personality and our resources. I’m really glad I received so many comments from people who make a living by themselves, without an official degree. Some people […]

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8 top questions for newbie designers

5 September 2009

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8 top questions for newbie designers

A couple of days ago our friend Andreu, SOSNewbie reader, sent me an email with a serie of questions; it’s not the first time that that someone asks them, so i thought in writing this post. 1.- Do i need a degree to work as a designer? The answer is… depends… on what you want […]

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