Real Reads No.13

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

Please, don't call me

I get nagged for never answering my phone. Whilst not 100% true, I do admit to ignoring most unscheduled calls.<p>And just to make myself really clear, …

It’s all about flexibility

I’m changing my opening hours; Real Owl’s no longer open 10am - 5pm. Why?<p>Firstly, I’m a freelancer, my own boss, one of the perks being that, I can …

I’m a freelance designer, working on a local businessman’s website.  The client wanted 4 or 5 pages...

<i>I’m a freelance designer, working on a local businessman’s website. The client wanted 4 or 5 pages on the site, but never specified what he wanted on</i> …

Freelancing

Client: Could you move the image closer to the edge by 2mm?Me: Do you mean 2 pixels? Client: No I’m...

<b>Client:</b> Could you move the image closer to the edge by 2mm?<b>Me:</b> Do you mean 2 pixels? <b><br>Client:</b> No I’m measuring my screen right now… The ruler says 2mm.</i> …

Design

Comics of the week #373

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we …

Web Design

Think Social Media is a Waste of Time? Usage Stats That Prove You Wrong [Infographic]

Do you think marketing your business on social media isn’t worth the time and effort? Are you aware just how much time people spend online?Mediakix …

Marketing

My employer just asked me to create a full brochure and flyer for a product that...

<i> My employer just asked me to create a full brochure and flyer for a product that does not yet exist.</i> <i><br>They want it done for tomorrow.</i>

Mirror Effect

View demo Download sourceToday we’d like to share a little effect with you that you might have already stumbled upon on the Web. It’s a kind of a …

Design

Working from home: 3 amazing secrets to boost productivity

Everyone I have asked either seems to love or hate working from home. The people who love it enjoy the freedom that comes with working unsupervised. …

Productivity

Building design success from failure

The longer you work as a designer, the more opportunities you’ll have to look back and say, “What was I thinking?” It’s a natural part of your …

Web Design

Talas by Anti

Posted inIdentity PackagingTuesday, 03 January 2017

Design

Off-color client

<i>A while back I ran a design and repro bureau. A new client wanted a newsletter she had “designed” printed. She submitted the file, I ran the job, and</i> …

Design

From Eat Street, with Love Self-promotion

Designed by Zeus JonesPrinted by BookmobileWe got a copy of this book back in December and I was immediately intrigued by the premise. Needless to …

Design

What are the most popular marketing techniques for small businesses?

<i>Chart of the day</i>: Small businesses are missing out on some of the most effective marketing techniques.Salesforce, a content partner of SmartInsights, …

Small Business

Evergreen marketing quotes to inspire your 2017 strategy

Draw inspiration from the greatest strategists and marketers when creating your plan for the year aheadIt's the time of year for setting out what you …

Digital Marketing

Me: Sorry this is taking a couple minutes to render, our computers are a bit slow.Client: I’m in a...

<b>Me:</b> Sorry this is taking a couple minutes to render, our computers are a bit slow.<b>Client:</b> I’m in a hurry.<b>Me:</b> I know, sorry for the wait. It’s about …

Software

Prepd

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Comics of the week #374

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we …

Web Design

Yozhik&Co 2017 Cat Calendar

Designed by Jessi AdrignolaPrinted by Barrington Print & CopySometimes the tools we have on hand to create are underused or overlooked entirely. This …

Typography

8 simple steps to better icon design

Icons are everywhere. From app icons on home screens to graphic representations that lead users through a design, icon design is a big deal.There’s a …

Digital Design

Felice Type Specimen

Designed by NootypePrinted by Cover: Spind<br>Body: Z StudioFor this short run of promotional type specimens, Nootype fancied up the presentation with …

Graphic Design

Lez Spread the Word Magazine, Issue 01

Designed by Emilie DeshaiesPrinted by L'EmpreinteA new magazine is making the rounds, testing the waters of the markets, and learning about photo …

Design

About 15 years ago I was contracted to design a business card for a client. The front of the...

<i>About 15 years ago I was contracted to design a business card for a client. The front of the card was to be a full-sized image of him holding his</i> …

Design

I am an architect by trade, and also do a lot of graphic design freelance.Client: Could you please...

<i>I am an architect by trade, and also do a lot of graphic design freelance.</i><b>Client:</b> Could you please make me a sign for the local sports arena to …

Graphic Design

Homecoming

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