Real Reads No.14

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

Don’t stop sharing what you know

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Employment

Blooming Colors And A Bit Of Magic: Wallpapers To Get Your Ideas Springing (April 2017 Edition)

April Is The Nicest Month<p>“T.S. Eliot wrote in 1922 that ‘April is the cruelest month,’ but we quite disagree. April is the month when spring has …

FPO: The Design Letterpress Poster

The amount of detail in this letterpress poster is breathtaking, I can only imagine the pressure of sending out the file hoping that every thin line …

Graphic Design

Love and proposals

CHICAGO. Spent my Sunday writing a contract for the ________ design. I find I really enjoy writing proposals. It gives me a chance to see the whole …

Interaction Design

A Lucky Fella

YESTERDAY I took a bath. Doesn’t sound like much, but it was quite a treat.I’m staying in a hotel room in Chicago, and there’s a tub here.I have a …

Snow White

FPO: Relicários de São Tolosa LP Package

I am loving both the process and the final design of this LP package where the cover and the back cover use the same color palette but different …

Graphic Design

FPO: Alexia Roux Business Card

If you were to look in your business card archive/stack I doubt you will find one that catches your attention by being a soft baby pink—let alone …

Graphic Design

"Hotshot website designers needed! You must be a NON-SMOKER, non-drinker, non-drug user with NO..."

“Hotshot website designers needed! You must be a NON-SMOKER, non-drinker, non-drug user with NO tattoos. No foul language. Period.”<br>- <i>Via</i> …

Language

Focus on What You Do Best and Outsource the Rest

With consumer expectations growing year after year, high quality web design and development services are in top demand. If you want to be the one to …

Small Business

The pros and cons of working from home

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Commuting

Do you tell your clients you're on vacation?

One of the perks of being digital can also be a downfall when you want to plan a vacation but are not sure how to break it to your clients.Unlike a 9 …

Social Media Marketing

Comics of the Week #387

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

23 Words or Phrases to Eliminate from Your Website [Infographic]

Does your business website include needless words that water down your message? Want to streamline your copy and make your site more …

Writing

How to be more productive when you work from home

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Business Development

Client: (on phone) I wanted to email you about some revisions to your design, but my keyboard won’t...

<b>Client:</b> (on phone) I wanted to email you about some revisions to your design, but my keyboard won’t work. Could you come help me?<i>I went over to his</i> …

Gear & Gadgets

Finding Inspiration In The Little Things Around Us

Spark Of Science<p>Still shot of short film. Beautiful perspective.<p>Perfect Morning — Dark Hedges<p>Perfect morning light at the Dark Hedges, Northern …

I set up a basic blog for the client. They asked for something bare bones, but suitable for instant...

<i>I set up a basic blog for the client. They asked for something bare bones, but suitable for instant use. After explaining where everything was and</i> …

Writing

I run a small cyber security firm. I was doing some work for a client who asked me to do some...

<i>I run a small cyber security firm. I was doing some work for a client who asked me to do some compliance work. After waiting about a week and a half</i> …

Cybersecurity

What I’ve learned about freelancing with anxiety

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Freelancing

I designed some shirts for a sporting club.Client: Can we put sponsors logos on them?Me: Sure, just...

<i>I designed some shirts for a sporting club.</i><b>Client:</b> Can we put sponsors logos on them?<b>Me:</b> Sure, just email me their logos, I’ll clean them up and …

T-shirts

Why entrepreneurs should embrace mistakes

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Entrepreneurship

FPO

Not so long ago as designers we were challenged with translating print for the web—for this promotional piece it was the other way around. An online …

Graphic Design

FPO: Karipidis Winery Brochure

A lovely combination of white, black, and copper present the beautiful photography in this brochure in a restrained, elegant way. Bonus details like …

Typography

I had this client. He said he wanted an E-commerce website building (E-cigarettes and Vapes)....

<i>I had this client. He said he wanted an E-commerce website building (E-cigarettes and Vapes). Completely custom. I was starting out, and accepted to</i> …

Intellectual Property

FPO: Element Three New Employee Welcome Kit

This Welcome Kit is a good way to get a new hire stoked about joining the team. Thoughtful in its contents, cared for in its quality, and considered …

Typography

I made a living as a writer and editor for a small but popular site for the better part of a decade....

<i>I made a living as a writer and editor for a small but popular site for the better part of a decade. Unfortunately, when the original owner decided</i> …

Correspondence

Things I’ve learned after being mistreated as an independent contractor

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Time I

I worked with a company for five years, doing nearly all their marketing design over that time. Last...

<i>I worked with a company for five years, doing nearly all their marketing design over that time. Last year, they decided they could save money by</i> …

Marketing

How to earn 2X more as a freelancer

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Employment