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, …

Time Management

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 …

The Workplace

I’m a freelance designer, working on a...

<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> …

FPO: Pantheon 17th Anniversary Poster

This kind of project makes my fingers itch to touch, and my brain go wild in coming up with a project that calls for laser etching—the search for a …

Typography

Client: Could you move the image closer to...

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

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 …

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 …

Infographics

My employer just asked me to create a full...

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

FPO: Manual Prático do Tipógrafo

This book is not the first nor the last on the topic of letterpress, but it does a very nice job of communicating the information, while showcasing …

Typography

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 …

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. …

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 …

Talas by Anti

Posted inIdentity PackagingTuesday, 03 January 2017

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> …

FPO: From Eat Street, with Love Self-promotion

We got a copy of this book back in December and I was immediately intrigued by the premise. Needless to say the content is great, and the production …

Typography

FPO: LetterMaker Zine

Some projects need to be hidden from my children—that is, if I am to get a turn enjoying them. And this is one that with fun and interesting pages …

Typography

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, …

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 …

Marketing

Me: Sorry this is taking a couple minutes...

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

Prepd

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 …

FPO: Yozhik&Co 2017 Cat Calendar

Production Lesson(s)<p>All of the Yozhik&Co desktop calendars are specialty cut, loose sheet format. Some designs range from a different cut for every …

Graphic Design

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 …

UI Design

FPO: Felice Type Specimen

For this short run of promotional type specimens, Nootype fancied up the presentation with gold foil stamping on a rich, dark blue stock, and adopted …

Felice

FPO: Lez Spread the Word Magazine, Issue 01

A new magazine is making the rounds, testing the waters of the markets, and learning about photo shoots, production, and fixing things that don’t …

Typography

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> …

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 …

Homecoming

Anyone know the original artist of this? Reverse search turned...

Anyone know the original artist of this? Reverse search turned up nothing :(