6 Tools to Stay in Touch with Design Clients when Travelling

Whether you’re a freelance designer, work with international clients, or simply travel a lot, you probably already know the importance of staying connected on the road. When travelling to remote areas, you can lose your service, not to mention contend with the high cost of roaming charges. When you’re travelling but still need to get in touch with clients about important projects, it’s worth looking into travel apps and other tools.

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1. Satellite/GSM Phones

At the moment, a good 80% of the globe has yet to be served by a mobile phone network. If you’re travelling to more remote destinations and still need to be in touch with clients, one of the first options is to rent a satellite phone from providers like Iridium or Globalstar. Another option is to opt for a cell phone that’s configured for the GSM network with Nokia Networks or other providers, which is used in most countries. There are also combination satellite/GSM phones to cover both in-network and remote regions.

2. Google Hangouts

In addition to making physical phone calls, you can stay connected with clients using social tools like Google Hangouts, an app tied to Google Plus. This allows you to make voice or video calls to other users. You can conduct conference calls and video chats, making it an easy way to get together for a virtual meeting with all the members of your team when you’re abroad. If you’ve been working on the road, you can present your portfolio or design ideas and even stream a live broadcast from your business’s website.

3. Skype

Skype functions similarly to Google Hangouts, providing the capability for online meetings and video conference. For calls to other Skype users within the network, the service is free. If you work with a high volume of international clients, it’s probably cheaper to use Skype than any international calling plan.

4. MailChimp

Do you need to send newsletters, invites, or email marketing campaigns while you’re away? You can take care of this easily using the MailChimp app, which integrates seamlessly with Google Analytics so that you can track just how successful your campaigns are. Your network of followers might want updates from the road, and you can send emails with links to your latest work to up to 2,000 subscribers at no charge.

5. Evernote

There’s nothing like travel to open up the mind, and many design professionals find that they have their best ideas on the train or while hiking up a mountain. Avoid losing those sparks of inspiration by downloading the Evernote app, which lets you jot down your ideas in an organized fashion. What distinguishes it from a good, old-fashioned notebook is the fact that you can also clip web articles, capture photos, and save handwritten notes in one place.

6. TweetDeck

Social media provides an invaluable form of networking for designers, but it can be a real pain to sign in to each account individually when you’re pressed for time. Apps like TweetDeck allow you to update several accounts all at once, while viewing them from a single platform. This cuts down your time for social media maintenance and allows you to give clients and followers quick updates on the fly.

Although sometimes you just want a vacation free from contact with clients, there are other times when it’s vital to stay connected. These tools will help you stay organized and in touch no matter the distance.

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How To Print High-Quality Photos

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Long-gone are the days you had to send away your negatives and wait several weeks for your photos to be printed. These days, there are plenty of printers available on the market that can bring your camera’s memory card to life in a few minutes.

Some are better than others of course, and there are ways in which you can improve the quality.

Take a look at these tips to help your printed photos look the best they can with high-quality home printing.

Use ink instead of laser

Laser printers are great in the right capacity. For instance, in an office environment where quantity is more important than quality and copies of documents and contracts are printed liberally. For high-quality photo printing, you must look at inkjet printers or even a dedicated photo printer.

Most inkjet printers will be able to produce a good quality print of a photograph if you use the right settings. It will take longer to print but the results are worth it.

Look for 48-bit colour support in a printer to produce higher quality photos. You’re best off looking for this from a specialist ink retailer, such as Phoenix Direct.

Test direct printing

Many printers offer the chance to print directly from the camera or the SD card, which might be worth considering if you intend to send a lot of images to print. Without the need for a computer program to act as the middle-man, you can sometimes get better quality direct from SD or memory too.

Do not just use this option because it is convenient, though. Test print the same photo both ways and you will be able to see which one is better for you. Some people like to adjust the quality of their photos before printing – adding more shading or brightening the contrast – so you’ll need to consider whether this applies to you.

Take as large a photo as you can

Camera SD cards are affordable these days and you should always have some spares to hand. Photos with higher resolution and plenty of megapixels will take up more space on your memory card but will yield better results when it comes to printing.

It is unlikely that you will have the capability at home to print a full 4608 x 3456 image, for example, but the higher the resolution when you take the snap means it’ll have better quality when compressed on paper. Remember, large photographs can always be scaled down, but expanding smaller photos to fit a bigger space can cause the image to distort and not offer the best quality.

Don’t go overboard with editing

Photoshop is a fantastic tool to help with your photography, but there is such a thing as overkill. The key thing to remember here is that photos, when printed, usually look slightly different to how they appear on screen. The screen might make it brighter or darker to the printed article so get to know your printer and adjust settings accordingly to get the best result.

If there is a photo you want looking its absolute best, you need to adjust the settings of your printer and adapt the image to strike a good balance. A little trial-and-error may be needed at the beginning but after this it will just be a case of selecting the right settings and pressing print!





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A Look At Web Design Trends For 2014

Every year we can see online businesses coming out with fabulous designs and features. In an effort to make their site more interactive and attractive to visitors they make improvements on older features or replace them with new ones that allow more freedom and interactivity for users.

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How to Sell Your Digital Art Online

Selling your digital artwork online can be difficult at first. This is because traditional sellers often have the keywords and search terms to generate more traffic.

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The Best In London Based Office Design


It may be hard to believe, but your office place and your workspace both play an important role in your day to day life and that of the business world. If you pack your employees into an unsightly, badly spaced, morale sapping office environment, you’ll simply stifle their desire to work. They should be inspired and look forward to heading into a stress-free work atmosphere each and every morning.

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7 Advantages of Responsive Web Design

Websites, nowadays, are explored from numerous devices – Big and Small. And, responsive website design is the solution that caters to the demands of varied audiences using different types of devices.

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It’s Never too Late to Get into the World of Graphic Design

It’s a fact of life these days that many of us seem to think we know all about design. We all have our own opinions about what looks good and what doesn’t, but unless you have gained a graphic design degree you are unlikely to carve out a very successful career in this field.

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Three Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know

Small business owners have to wear many hats as they work on building their business into a medium and even a larger business. To get to this point, there are quite a few things that a business owner should know or growing may never happen. After all, there are so many businesses out there in direct competition.

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Here’s how you land on your Dream Designer Job!

We see the work of graphic designers in advertisements, magazines, books, menus and on computer screen. Designers work well to communicate the message and manage to deliver it in the most creative way possible. Graphics has become a part of our daily life and we see its wonders in ordinary things from candy wrappers to huge things like bill boards to the T-shirt that you wear! Graphic designing is spreading everywhere and touching our life’s tiniest details. Graphic designing enlightens influences, manages, inspires, positions, identifies, attracts interest and endows with pleasure.

Designer Job

So while living in a world rich in graphic designing wonders it makes it for a graphic designer to find a job both easy and hard at the same time. Competition is advancing and the demand is rising for creative designers. Being a creative may give you an edge but even great designers once struggled with finding a job. No doubt it is a stressing task but by the end of this article I am sure your stress will be minimized.

Understand yourself, your work and the market

The first thing that you need to do while looking for job is to know yourself. You should know what motivates you, your strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, you must be aware of the challenges of your field, its variety and nature. Lastly you must know all about the nature of the market, your competition, designs and the industry itself.

Come up with the best portfolio

While creating your portfolio add in it your best work, the work you are proud of and like to talk about! A portfolio is the only way to convince the interviewer that you have what it takes so don’t compromise on it and give in time and effort while creating your portfolio

Take your mentor’s advice!

Asking the advice of teachers and mentors is the best way to come up with unique and attractive portfolio. Ask your teachers and fellows that what do they think about your portfolio and also give a serious thought to their feedback!

Go for informative courses

If there is a course being offered in your school or any other institute about how to assemble a portfolio then do take that course and learn how to market yourself!

Don’t leave out the resume

No doubt that portfolio is the best way to portray your abilities but resume should not be neglected in this course. Having an attractive resume is essential for all the applicants but for a designer it is even more important. Your resume can show what a great designer you are if it has the right kind of typography to reflect your skills. Remember to include all the facts that your employer wants to know and will be impressed from. Don’t make it too long and make it as easy as possible to read. Also mention your contact details so that employers can contact you whenever they want.

After catching up with all these details you need to look for the organization that you want to work in. So explore the industry and see the opportunities it holds. After keeping all of this in mind you will for sure end up with a job of your dreams.

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Find the Designer within you through Graphic Self-Study!

Suppose you want to sell something, persuade someone to buy it, amuse someone, demonstrate a procedure or explain a complicated design. In simple words, you have a message that you want to communicate to others. How will you manage to do that? You could tell them one by one or air it on the radio. This form of communication is verbal communication. Earlier people used to stick to this one form of communication only, but now as things have changed people have learned the ways to make things more interesting. Enter: Visual aid! If you use any form of visual medium to deliver your message then that’s visual communication. For instance you write a letter, design a logo, make a poster, bill board, voucher, magazine ad or even a printout, you are using the form of visual communication called graphic designing.

Designer Graphic

At present time, graphic designing is on its way to touch new skies of success. Delivering anything without visual form of communication has become impossible and in order to give a neck to neck competition everyone is utilizing visual communication. This is the reason why graphic designing as a study and as a profession has progressed through leaps and bounds. This makes it the perfect time to strengthen your career as a graphic designer!

If you are interested in this field then self study can be the stepping stone towards your bright future, have a look at these simple steps and enhance your graphic skills through self study:

1.      Suite yourself with graphic education

If you are interested in learning graphic designing but not sure if it is worth the shot then it is not necessary that you go for a high-class university degree. As a beginner you can even go for a short course or a diploma. This way you can get job as a freelancer and then you can make the decision if you want to make it a career choice.

2.      Get familiar with graphic tools

As graphic designing is a rapidly growing field, there is a lot of software coming up to support it. So familiarize yourself with all those tools available and experiment on your own. Chances are with all the experimentation and playing around you might end up with something creative and unique.

3.       Keep your eyes open for ideas

Sometimes we are looking but not really seeing! So while you are on the road to self study, look around for all the ideas available around you. Observe the graphic mediums used and grasp the new techniques that you see progressing in the world.

4.      Learn from well known designers

Study the techniques and forms used by famous designers of the world and learn from them. Go for contemporary designers with whom you can relate with!

5.      Work hard and find your own style!

Every designer has his own unique style, the style that he is born with. You have it within you so all you got to do is find it and be creative. Also work hard every time no matter how big or small the project is.

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