Real Reads No. 16

By Steph Martin | A selection of Real Owl’s favourite articles all under one cover

I work for a fixture-making company in a small, industrial town.  They’ve been in business for sixty...

<i>I work for a fixture-making company in a small, industrial town. They’ve been in business for sixty two years, and their employee lineup has been</i> …

Design

I work in a print shop. A client signed off on a proof for a shower invitation. I suggested a...

<i>I work in a print shop. A client signed off on a proof for a shower invitation. I suggested a few changes that she rejected – she wanted what she</i> …

Salt

Client: We have to fix the website. I typed in “Jane Doe” as my username when I was testing the...

<b>Client:</b> We have to fix the website. I typed in “Jane Doe” as my username when I was testing the site, and now it shows up for EVERYONE who tries to …

It's Not Dark Magic

Chances are if you're a web developer you're going to have to write some CSS from time to time. When you first looked at CSS it probably seemed like …

Web Development

What if the thing you are most afraid of doing is the thing you are supposed to do?

I grew up watching <i>Star Wars,</i> and as much as I wanted to gravitate towards Princes Leia like a lot of my friends, Yoda was my guy.From his distinctive …

Mind

Why I’m rejecting the “hustle” mindset

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

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A returning customer who is a repeat offender for wanting last minute orders of hand written sheets...

<i>A returning customer who is a repeat offender for wanting last minute orders of hand written sheets typed up ASAP came in the other day. Her</i> …

Due

So I took on a pro bono project. I enjoy providing free work for those who I deem worth of it....

<i>So I took on a pro bono project. I enjoy providing free work for those who I deem worth of it. I’ve done it in the past and while those projects have</i> …

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5 productivity tips and tools

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

Every day is a new opportunity for growth

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

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I work at a marketing/advertising agency on the West Coast, in an area known for agriculture and...

<i>I work at a marketing/advertising agency on the West Coast, in an area known for agriculture and country-living despite being near to a major city.</i> …

Agriculture

Not a client from hell, but wanted to share this to show everyone that GOOD clients do...

<i>Not a client from hell, but wanted to share this to show everyone that GOOD clients do indeed exist.</i><i>An old client emailed me out of the blue:</i><b>Client:</b> …

Nonprofits

White Space

One of the first things a burgeoning designer might learn is the concept of white, or negative, space. It's the idea that the empty space around your …

Productivity

Reaching people on the internet

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Humor

Advice for designers

Start by asking questions. Sketch, share your sketches, ask more questions. Don’t be precious with your work. Don’t hurry to finish.The post Advice …

Interaction Design

Work from home? Develop these habits

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

Client: I noticed you changed some of the text....

<b>Client:</b> I noticed you changed some of the text.<p><b>Me:</b> I made some slight grammatical changes, yeah. Mostly adding commas where they should be, etc. Is …

I set up, designed, and maintained a vanity blog...

<i>I set up, designed, and maintained a vanity blog for a bored, wealthy middle-aged woman. After a few months she wanted analytics installed.</i><p><b>Me:</b> I’m …

12 Productivity Tips You Won't Believe!

I avoid Facebook.<p>It's a vortex of photos of clickbait links, uncles of people I don't know and a sanguine celebration of the mediocre achievements of …

Productivity

Great Questions Lead to Great Design: A Guide to the Design Thinking Process

Great designers help teams and stakeholders make better decisions by using questions to identify opportunities, reveal underlying needs, and …

Design Thinking

Client: Why aren’t you in touch? You should be calling me once a day.Me: I didn’t think the job...

<b>Client:</b> Why aren’t you in touch? You should be calling me once a day.<b>Me:</b> I didn’t think the job required that much touching base, but if you’d like …

Employment

Client: I’d like to hire you for a wedding shoot....

<b>Client:</b> I’d like to hire you for a wedding shoot. Your website says initial meetings are free - is that right?<p><b>Me:</b> That’s right. I’ll meet you to show …

To Hell With Subtle Design

Don’t try to be so damn subtle in web design.<p>Okay, let me explain that…<p>About a year or so ago, I made a terrible mistake: I tried to be funny; More …

Web Design