Thursday, October 10, 2013

Time Well Wasted- Coffee & Links October 10th

© Holly DeWolf- Coffee Mug Doodles


Creative coffee talk with Brian & Holly: 
• Creative Coffee-this is a new ongoing podchat to check out from illustrator/designer Brian Bowes and myself called Creative Coffee. Here we discuss actively developing creativity and finding inspiration, to help support you in your creative endeavours. Our first tip, enjoy a nice cup of coffee. 

For you iphone users:
Best cases from Mashable:
http://mashable.com/2013/10/04/grip-cases-iphone/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Storytelling tips:
•Print Magazine: Storytelling
http://www.printmag.com/editors-picks/graphic-design-inspiration-storytelling/

•Pixar's Rules Of Story telling:
http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/22/the-story-spine-pixars-4th-rule-of-storytelling/

Good advice: 
• 5 Ways to be a Happier Creative by Andy J. Miller
http://www.creativepeptalk.com/post/45194261744/5-ways-to-be-a-happier-creative-we-all-know-the
   
And for something fun and Halloweenie to get the ideas going:
• Guillermo del Toros opening for The Simpsons Halloween episode for 2013:  
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/guillermo-del-toros-opening-for-the-simpsons-halloween-episo

• The 2013 Annual AGM Pumpkin carving contest:
http://agoodson.com/pumpkin/

• Instructables Halloween:
http://www.instructables.com/halloween/

And something silly:
• Is it Ikea or metal? 
 http://ikeaordeath.com/

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Life Behind Your Projects

There is this thing that exists behind your projects: it's called your life. 

Life has a funny way of rejecting scheduled things in order to press that random button. We have the best intentions with our clients and our projects but things happen anyway. 

Simply put, life spins madly on despite what you have planned! 

Cautionary Time
Many illustrators such has myself work we live. It's a delicate balance of living, work, laundry, sleep, cooking and downtime. If you've got kids or pets then that changes up the dynamic in a huge way. Art school does not prepare us for this kind of thinking and life juggling. Sadly, we have to learn it by trial and error. 

Whenever I get a project, I factor in 2 to 3 more days beyond the estimated due date. This is my own safety time-call it a blue print for disaster. If you do not give yourself extra time, things could pop up such as:
• getting sick or a loved one getting sick. 
• mistakes or alterations.
• your client may need changes as you progress along. 
• you could run out of materials or hard drive space. 
• the power could go out.
• your internet go could go down. 
• you could have unexpected guests. 
• you could have car troubles, computer issues and the list could go on...  

It goes without saying that you should prepare for the worst but always hope the creative best when it comes to your projects. 

By giving yourself this time it saves you stress, frustration, sleepless nights while not having to explain yourself to a client. It's freelance peace of mind you are going for here. If all goes well, you might be able to turn in the project early before the due date and still have time to make revisions. Or you could take that time to rest for the next project. 

Rememeber: "Chance favours the prepared mind." -Louis Pasteur
Instead of under promising and over delivering try planning then committing so you can deliver your work in a timely manner. 

"What is down will go up. At the same time, you have to be prepared for what is up to go down." -William Shatner 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

What To Do While You’re Waiting!

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” ― Erma Bombeck 

I cannot think of anyone who enjoys waiting. It's one of the downsides to being an adult. We wait in line, we wait for meals, we wait for red lights and so on. When it comes to your career and your happiness while in it, we shouldn't wait. It's extremely liberating when we stop waiting for others to help us, notice our work or promote us. 

Too often I receive emails from illustrators telling me they are waiting for this to happen or for their portfolio to be just right or an agent to take them on. This waiting tends to put them in a holding pattern. If they become stuck for too long, nothing happens, no income comes in and they begin questioning their work. 

The internet is a fickle place and the illustration industry is not exempt. We could stay up all night worrying about it while feeling like we do not measure up to the worlds idea of what is viral worthy imagery. Or we could just keep making work and start taking charge of our own careers despite what others think.  

Being in the illustration industry is one continual experiment. We experiment with our work, style, work hours, types of clients, our tolerance level, our energy and our persistent nature to keep creating. 

It's in us to make things. It's how we're made. It's not complicated! 

We've all heard this expression: If you want it done right sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do it yourself.  

I think what makes a really great illustrator is one who sees themselves as a business, an idea generator and a creative entrepreneur. This also means going out on a limb by going in the other direction. The reality is, not all illustrators will get an agent. Some illustrators choose not to have one and some do not offer what some big agents need. 

I was once told that it was more likely to get hit by lighting then to get an agent. I personally have no idea if that is true or not. What I can say is this: do not judge your style, your experience or your success with that kind measuring stick. You'll drive yourself crazy! 

Being independent does have it's upsides! When you get a moment, make a list. 

So in the meantime while you feel you are waiting, just keep making. Time does not stop when you're in limbo so you might as well use that time for good. 

Go make something. Sketch an idea. Make notes. Create a great playlist to work to. Go for a walk. Connect with other illustrators. Join a group. Do something for someone without expecting anything in return. Be weird again. Make some mistakes. Experiment with your ideas. Enjoy the process.  

Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's My Sunday-I'll Be Lazy If I Want To!

© Holly DeWolf- Drifting


Being lazy is important. You read it right- laziness is good.

What kind of laziness am I talking about? The kind that allows you to shut off, be quiet with your ideas that takes your creative brain off the clock.

So here I am on my deck reading articles. The hummingbird keeps coming over to eat his sugar water right beside me. Three dog walkers just went by. Crickets are buzzing. The water across from the house is like glass. I hear a boat going by. There is a Deer to my left, by the step looking at me cautiously.

It's nothing but it's also something.

Perhaps doing nothing is stopping and looking around once and awhile. These observations are your little piece of get away time. You know, the stuff we are often to busy to notice. I once wrote that being quiet lets the good stuff in. My best out of thin air thoughts occur during this time.

I also wrote that sometimes we need to step outside of ourselves in order to see. Come to think of it, I think the reverse is true as well.

Is it introversion I'm talking about? No. I think being quiet is good for all creative walks of life types. We don't always do it. I think it because many of us suffer from FOMO... fear of missing out. It's an affliction that set up shop in some of our lives from all this social networking stuff. When we stop for awhile it's lets us realize we are missing ourselves and our whimsical creativeness that gets lost in our scheduled lives.

Confession: I have over two weeks a year to be in this world by myself without my kids. It's an odd time. It throws me off my schedule. In fact, I had Cheezies for supper the other night. I watched crap on TV and I took a walk at 5 am. Why? Because I could! I also organized my house. I do this during the summer time-call it a late Spring cleaning.

Confession #2, my house is so organized that if the power went out, I could find whatever you needed in the dark. Yup, I'm THAT girl!

Odd you say? Sure, why not. But maybe it's a little bit of weirdness working it's way back in because its needs to be there. So yay for weirdness-glad it's back. I'm am illustrator not a 9 to 5 girl. I didn't want just any job- I wanted something different so I made it up. Freelance is like that... sort of made up in a way because we all have different creative needs, households, lives to live and best peak times to create. Freelance isn't about working for free as some non illustrators believe. It's about being free to just do what we do best but on your time without the constraints of an actual boss over our shoulder. It also means allowing some much needed laziness to restore the balance so we can get back to what we do best.

It may sound boring but I'm certainly not bored. Enjoy your Sunday. There is a storm heading our way. Another great distraction to relax to.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Coffee And Links July 16th: Time Well Wasted!

© Holly DeWolf- Coffee Mug Doodles

It's hot, like Krakatoa kind of hot! My coffee mug doodle was definitely inspired by the stifling weather we have been having. Actually my mug doodle was a toss up between a hot steamy theme and silly SharkNado spoof. I may still do that one. Stay tuned! 

Question- Do you find it hard to work/concentrate when it's really hot out? Do you take frequent breaks? Go to the beach? Nap frequently or do you love the heat waves? 

Let's get this post rolling! Since we are pleasantly distracted having coffee, how about some humour? Comedians getting coffee is fitting I think! 

• To beat the chaos, take a thinking day by John Donahoe

Ask yourself this, are you creatively satisfied? from Design Taxi

Clients vs customers by Seth Godin 

How to change your mind! From Rapitude! 

• Cartoonist Lynda Barry Helps College Students Tap Innate Creativity from NPR.  

• A web business from home can put a strain on space – physical and personal from The Guardian.

• Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material by Jane Friedman. 

• Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

• An artist who has prevailed against the odds!

Illustrator 101 from Alt.
• Stevyn Colgan's 5 Favourite Things! What are yours? From Creative Boom.

• Freelance truths I didn't believe from American Writer's and Artist's Inc.

• Getting You Paid, Part 1: What Goes Wrong-By Lauren Panepinto on Muddy Colors. 

• Got kids that make art/illustrations? Here is a site they can be part of-Launchpad.

Please join the Business Side of Illustration group on Facebook!

• Authors & Illustrators in schools.

And for some miscellany: For a new view, google the word "askew!"

Have a great week! Now go and make something GREAT! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Too School For Cool!

It's true, I'm too school for cool during the summer. For me, summers are for learning. While most people are vacationing and taking trips, I take time to try to update my skills. It's a very short opportunity of time so I do as much as I can before September comes.

Don't get me wrong, vacations are good to take and I do take mini ones from time to time. For me, summer is my time to work on things. The kids get to play and relax and then it's my turn to go back to creative school!  

This summer I'm learning about the basics of Adobe Illustrator, updating my illustration skills, working on doing some pod-chats, updating my website and improving my creative writing skills. If I have enough time, I'll try to get my driving learners permit. Better late than never! 

Another thing that I am doing is combining this love for learning with my kids. It never occurred to me until recently that my kids are my closest art community and my biggest fans. We started a regular theme that we illustrate and research called What We Learned Today. Everyday (unless something summer-ish comes up like the beach or a road trip) we pick a theme they want to learn about. From there we research it and illustrate it. The benefits of this combined creativity:

• They get to do learn something new.  
• It gives me a chance to illustrate something new and different. 
• It keeps the creativity machine going. 
• It's great family time. 
• The girls get to make a fun decision everyday on what to learn next! 

Illustrators never stop learning and so I'm definitely in the right career. What new things you are learning and working on this summer? 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Coffee & Links July 8- Time Well Wasted!

Coffee Mug Doodles
© Coffee Mug Doodle July 8th

It's been a really hot summer! Finally today we got some cloudy rainy relief so it's good day to post on the blogs. When it's hot, what things do you do to keep productive in all this heat? Reading great articles is a good start! The following links focus on resumes, marketing mojo, rethinking failure, storytelling and your audience. As a bonus, I've attached an mp3 illustration conversation with illustrator Brian Bowes where we chat about creativity, Seth Godin, motivation and other things. 

• Reframe how you think about failure by changing its definition from LifeHacker

• Morning Gorgeous- the designer Charlotte Hancock about this positive creative banner project.

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design From Brain Pickings. 

The latest How Conference- This 52-page download is packed with HOW magazine articles from 11 of the most popular HOW Design Conference speakers.

30 Creative Resume Designs.

Remember to respect your audience!








*And as a BIG bonus- I've attached a illustration conversation with Brian Bowes and myself. Have a listen to some Creative Coffee!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

What makes you feel inspired?


"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." -Dr. Seuss 

Inspiration. I find this concept immensely interesting. I think true inspiration happens when we step back and really notice what is happening around us. Tuning out the noise, the daily mishaps and busyness is something I am focusing on lately. When we step outside of ourselves to really see-that's when we let the good stuff in. 

Finding the humour in things and looking for the positives is a good practice even though it's often hard to do. This thought shift has really been helpful for me. I guess it comes down to the little things like this:

• We had a Deer in our yard last night that just stood there in the poring rain chewing on grass. He didn't care it was raining. He just stood there for over 30 entertaining minutes and my kids found this hilarious. 

• During the day I can hear our neighbours horse neighing  When he does this it sounds like he telling us he still there, "Hey, I'm in this field and I could use a juicy apple right now." 

• Waking up to paper, crayons and markers all over the living room floor is inspiring. This tells me good ideas are happening here. It just says productive free learning all over it. 

• Cartoons remind me that life isn't as serious as we adults feel it is or in the habit of feeling like it is. Gravity is defied, time is no object, no one gets old, and animals talk. It's all about being in the now, the ridiculous and escapism in a good way. 

• Creative underdogs are really inspiring. They just do, make and keep it going despite lack of notoriety or social networking fame. Not caring what others think is liberating. We worry too much.  

• Sometimes true wisdom can be found on t-shirts. Short, sweet and to the witty point really amuses me sometimes. 

• I love when one idea leads to 20 more. That's a great feeling. 

• I love when my kids cannot wait to show me what they made. Their happiness and enthusiasm is so contagious. Sadly we lose that fearlessness as adults an we end up questioning every idea and the things we make. 

• Stepping away from the computer, reading books, sketching and doing something old school is really good for my brain. It's a short period of time where I feel like I am sticking it to the man! 

• I love the busy sound of pencil crayons on paper. It's fast and determined. If free creativity had a sound, that would be it for me. 

• I love stumbling upon a new song that makes me wonder how I never heard it before now. I love that surprising feeling. 

• The mist moving over the mountains in the morning has a very relaxing mesmerizing effect. Almost like a lava lamp.  

• The first cup of coffee in the morning when the house is quiet is the best. It's just about me and my relationship with a fine homemade cup of caffeinated love! 

• Great conversations, although rare for some of us, can motivate and level out creativity on the days when I've been in the creative house bubble too long. A real meeting of the minds is important. This positive energy can help you feel you are part of something bigger than what goes on in your studio. 

What inspires you? 


"Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life." -Simone Weil

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Musical Musings June 22nd- Whistle While You Work!

I'm welcoming Summer by posting some weekly musical musings. I am 
always asked what I listen to when I work. When I'm not listening
to tunes, I listen to podcasts and webcasts too. 




Coffee & Links June 22-Time Well Wasted!

© Holly DeWolf- Coffee Doodle June 22

This week's coffee doodle is in celebration of the beginning of summer. Summer is also a good time for reading. Grab a coffee and read up on this collection of links- a mix of some inspiration zen, time management, leadership thoughts, working with art directors and a fun test at the end! Enjoy! 

-John Hall for Forbes Magazine

International Freelance Academy

An Awesome Instagram Resume -Business Insider



• Five Steps to Closing a Deal from Maria Brophy 

Tig Notaro gets zen in an interview about life, loss and embracing the void-in a good way.



The right mindset for creativity from Creativity Post


Create a personal budget and sticking with it from Freelancers Union 


12 Famous Writers on literary Rejection from Aerogramme Writers' Studio





• And one for fun: Discover your design alter-ego! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Coffee & Links June 15th- Time Well Wasted!



Coffee Doodles
© Holly DeWolf


Grab a cup! This week is a great list mixed with a fond farewell, social media ideas, thoughts on contests, good illustration vibes, 2 videos and something random at the end! Happy weekend all! 


















"The most successful people are those who are good at plan B!" ~James Yorke

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Why I Like The Colour Orange

Funny story about my relationship with the colour orange...



KD © Holly DeWolf
I'm sure we all have our personal reasons why we are attracted to the colours we like. Mine goes back to my childhood and a interesting picnic involving Kraft Dinner. 

Personally, I can't stand the stuff and when I was a kid I detested it even more. When you are young and attending picnics put on by your family, not everyone attending understands your delicate palate. 

So as the story goes... 

Picture a group of kids all eating at picnic table. It's on a hilly slope. It's summer in Montreal. Bugs are buzzing around us. I'm with my sister Tracy and my cousins. We are served Kraft dinner for lunch. Imagine me, a little girl playing with this orange noodle concoction. I'm then told to eat this because my Aunt made it. It would be rude not to I'm told. My stubborn self refuses and the imagination starts. 

How do I get rid of this awful mutant powdered cheese lunch?

I couldn't call the dogs. That would be obvious. I had no pockets to hide it. My sister didn't want it nor did my cousins. Darn.

Well, I was at a big table. The natural answer for a child would be to drop it on the ground and forget about it.

Problem-I didn't know much about physics and gravity back then. 

My parents, Aunts and Uncles were chatting below this hilly slope. Something caught their attention. It was an odd shaped ball of something orange rolling down a hill. Almost alien like. Yes, my Kraft dinner outed me and escaped out from the picnic table. Busted! 

According to my mother, it was comical and fascinating to see a ball of kd rolling down a beautiful sea of green lawn. She said no one spoke. They just watched it roll. I could have gotten into trouble...you know the '70's old school way of doing things. But instead, they laughed it off and it became a vivid childhood memory that I remember still like it happened yesterday. 

How could I not love orange after that?

What colours do you gravitate toward and why? Share them in the comment section. 

And on a side note, I do plan on illustrating this somehow or making a story out of it. Should be fun. ~Holly 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How I Got Over Writer's Block

Outside of illustration, I like to write. I often write because it helps with my creativity and I like to share ideas. Writing has become another way to communicate outside of making images. It makes me feel part of something larger than my four walls in an effort to contribute. 

Like many talented folks before me, I developed writers block. I must confess, I didn't fully understand this affliction right way. The thing about me is, I am always "on" and I definitely do not suffer from boredom. I knew the ideas were there-I just couldn't get them out.  

So how did this happen? 

I think it was a combination of not being physically well for a while which caused lack of energy in combination with a busy life. Not a good mix for creativity right? I hear you, I could use a vacation.

Even though I was unable to write, I still felt the need to put words together. It didn't really make sense to me so I stepped away for a while. I decided to do a little experiment to see what could work to help me move through this word blockade. The following list are some ideas that helped me through it.   

1. Watching stand-up comedy-
Laughter can be the smartest way to distract yourself. Not only does it lift your mood, it releases all those happy chemicals in your big brain to open up the hand of thought. Laughing is not a waste of time. It truly is amazing how the littlest things about life can be constructed on stage in a very side-splitting way!

Best part: it's contagious. It lets you forget about your long to-do lists so you can escape for a while. Odd observations and comical life issues have a funny way of making you feel human and grateful that we make it in this world everyday!

2. Watching TED Talks-
I found when I watched TED talks on creativity and new ways to do things it motivated me to take action; any action. I enjoy the process behind success and ideas. I love how people can just get up on stage and talk about their experiences in very inspiring ways. These talks gave me tips, advice and made me feel that just doing and trying are the best parts. 

Best parts: I got to watch these talks-
Shawn Achor-The happy secret to better work. 
Amanda Palmer- The Art Of Asking.
• Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life.
• Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are.

3. Listening to webinars and podcasts-
On the rare days I do not want to listen to music as I illustrate, I will listen to podcasts or web chats. I listened to creativity, social networking, business, writing and some on the concept of being happy. I tried to grab something that could be useful from everything I listened to. 

Best part: It has motivated me to want to have my own podcast! 

4. Taking a break from writing-
Yes, like I mentioned earlier I walked away from it for awhile. I still made notes and jotted down ideas but the main task of writing was temporally ignored. Forcing ideas and pushing against that stubborn wall was not going to happen. Having any type of creative block in my opinion is your brain trying to tell you something. It's often a sign that you need a break. The problem is, we don't always stop long enough to pay attention to find out whats wrong. 

Best part: I got over the need to be working all the time. It's one of those personal permissions I always go on about. Yes, we need to work to pay bills and we need to take breaks for our health too!

5. Reading lyrics-
We have all sorts of reasons why we listen to the kind of music we do. With that said, how often do look at the lyrics or even have a true understanding of what these songs are about? When you stop and look at a song you see that lyrics are written in haiku like snippets and parts but not always in full sentences. These snippets are subtle, metaphorical and often times very cryptic. When you find a good one, the words can be very visual and useful. 

Best part: I got to update my infinite work play list. Also, I gained many new ideas for new portfolio work. That is a huge bonus because I am currently having my website redesigned!  

6. Writing down ideas in point form- 
When you feel blocked, just making a paragraph happen can seem like one great big army crawl. Jotting notes down is a liberating exercise to just make ideas happen but without all the control. Who cares that you left out a period or you spelled a word wrong. Just get it down. Chances are, you will be the only person deciphering it later anyway. If it ends up reading like Klingon mixed with Ikea furniture instructions, you might want to pull back and have it more legible. 

Best part: I am able to now get ideas down faster without the worry of having to add every little detail. 

7. Poring over magazines and books on creativity- 
Similar to your note making, magazines use buzz words and short headline sentences. This is a good training ground to sum up your ideas. Your brain may feel like one big run on sentence, but your writing does not need to be. 

Books on creativity help because they focus on the whole point of your career; making stuff! Of course you will get endless lessons out of it. 

Best part: I picked up new books for my office library and it gave me more and more ideas for illustrations. 

8. Hooking up with words! 
I love thesaurus.com. I spend a lot of time looking up words, their meaning, and spelling just because words are cool. Illustration is linked heavily to narrative so it makes sense to jump into that. 

Best part: I have a full notebook of ideas for work, a new book proposal, and many blog post ideas.  

9. Sleeping more- 
It's good to be be lazy. Who knew? We are never okay when we are overtired. Not enough sleep, too much coffee, lack of light and feeling rushed can be a real creative downer. At some point, coffee stops working when you've hit a certain level of exhaustion. 

Best part: My insomnia is gone plus I am getting up earlier. This extra quiet time helps lengthen my day before the kids get up. 

10. Focusing on health-
How you physically feel really does affect everything you do. Similar to creative block; it reminds you to pay attention when you are not feeling a hundred percent. So proper hydration and eating better can seem basic but we often lose sight of it. I also make myself get up from my desk more often to give my eyes a break.  

Best part: Very few headaches and less eye strain. I also get to include my kids in exercise. I never have to give them an excuse to jump about and play loud music. Also, I'm starting to feel like old self again. 

11. Using my smart phone for voice memos- 
My neighbours probably think I'm nuts when I chat at my phone while not necessarily having it up to my ear. I should mention I do this at the bus stop. Why do these ideas happen there? I have no idea. I'm just going to go ahead and say it's like the shower effect for many. You step away, you get busy and then bang!...all the ideas hit you at once leaving you scrambling to save them somewhere!

Best part: I'm not losing anymore thoughts or ideas when I am doing the Mum thing!

12. Changing my morning routine.
By nature, I work best when I get up early. I no longer want to get online right away. I am making a conscious effort to steer clear of negative energy or images as I wake up. I try to read something motivating, watch something inspiring or I sit quietly with my coffee and let ideas just percolate. I never gave much thought about waking up differently or better. Now that I am older, I am realizing how waking up well can effect your whole day. 

Best part: My energy seems to be on an even keel. I notice when something inspires me, that theme carries on all day like an archaeological dig by making me going deeper with it. This jump starts the learning process and that makes me a happy girl!

Hope some of these ideas help. Of course, many of these ideas can be applied to illustration too. Have a great week. Happy creating!
-Holly 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Coffee & Links- April 30th!

Coffee Doodles!
© Holly DeWolf- Coffee Doodles



• How To write a sales e-mail from Inc. 

• Getting picked (need to vs. want to)-Seth Godin 

Video- Patti Smith's advice to young creative people from Laughing Squid. 


Hey Doodlers! Doodle for Blik! from Doodlers Anonymous. 

• How to do vector art brilliantly with the queen Helen Dardik-Q&A mini art lesson with Lilla Rogers! 


• How to Use Your Alone Time More Productively (and Actually Enjoy It) from Lifehacker. 

Virtual networking: bring the conference to you! from Freelancers Union. 

One Thing I knowHard-earned insights from Creative Leaders.

I completely disconnected for 10 days. Here's what happened from Lifehacker.

Positive Pins from the San José State University Pinterest account!

10 reasons why an editor might reject your pitch from Recipe For Press. 

Annoying things people say to freelance writers (this can apply to illustrators too) from The Freelance Strategist. 

Customers want emotional connections from Adweek. 

Podcast- Ep 72 Scrappy Do from The Human Business Way.

• Modcloth's Key Strategy: Be a Friend to Customers First from Inc.

10 questions with an art director from Chase Jarvis. 

May Desktop calendars from Smashing Magazine. 

• 19th-Century-Style Mailing Promotes New Picture Book from Publishers Weekly. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Coffee and Links April 21st

Coffee doodles
© Holly DeWolf- Coffee Doodles 

Due to some extreme busyness, I missed posting links last week. So here are 9 articles that got my attention the past two weeks plus 1 from me.  Enjoy!  

• Artist Makes Notes About The Wastage Of Time, In Candid Letterpress Series from Design Taxi. 

• A Non-Negotiator's Guide to Negotiating from 99u.

Relaxing background sounds from Rainfor.me 

• How to say “no” without losing a client from Leaders West

Avoid the custom bully by Seth Godin  

• 13 Desktop Wallpapers To Kickstart Your Creativity from 99u.

• Creativity Tips From 5 Very Funny People from Inc. 

• Tools for organizing your dummy from Simply Messing About 

10 thoughts for illustrators 

Creative new ways to land your dream job from Fast Company