Showing posts from August, 2006

How to Charge a Client

this is a re-post, the original article is here

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

"It's you -- Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist."
So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

"It's perfect!" she gushed. "You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?"

"Five thousand dollars," the artist replied.

"B-b-but, what?" the woman sputtered. "How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!"

To which Picasso responded, "Madame, it took me my entire life."

Even Picasso struggled with the same pricing issues that you face as an IP. He understood that it's the skill, the expertise, the end re…

Just say NO! to Speculative work

I've posted this in my email group but not on my blog. This is a very important foundation for a creative professional. Read on.

The NO!SPEC campaign: Serves as a vehicle to unite those who support the notion that spec work devalues the potential of design and ultimately does a disservice to the client.

Our mission: To educate the public about speculative, or 'spec' work.

Our target: Those who use creative services, as well as creative professionals (designers, photographers, illustrators, writers and those in marketing, branding and advertising).

What you can do:

1) Place a "NO!SPEC" logo on your site.

2) Sign the NO!SPEC petition.

3) Distribute the "NO!SPEC" posters.

4) Contact us with your thoughts, comments, articles and insights.

Requirements: The only requirement for participation is putting the appropriate value on your profession.

Head on to their website. It is an interesting read, I promise

The Millionaire Mind

This are excerpts from a the book by Thomas Stanley "The Millionaire Mind". This show shows the insights of how millionaires in the US think and act. This book is a result of a survey of many millionaires and their similarities. Why review this book in a blog that discusses design? Well, I want to be a millionaire, that's why!And principles taught in this book are applicable to all.

Most of the people profiled in this book became economic successes in one generation. They came from economic ground zero. Most inherited no money. They never received the proceeds of an estate or income from a trust account. How did they do it? Because they are of the millionaire mind.

You may never be able to generate the sizable income that many of these millionaires have earned. You may not become a multimillionaire in a few short years. But you can still benefit from understanding how these people maintained an enjoyable lifestyle at the same time they were accumulating wealth. Only a few …

Useful Plug-in for Bloggers (Any blogs)

Performancing for Firefox (or PFF)is a full featured blog editor that sits right within Firefox
Works with all major blog softwareEasy WYSIWYG EditingTrackback, Technorati and support
Once installed, just hit F8 or click the little
pencil icon at the bottom right of your browser window to bring up the
blog editor and easily post to your Wordpress, MovableType or Blogger

A word of caution, just like any blogger tool, you still have to publish your blog post in blogger manually because it has the word verification process. Just like in the youtube video uploader. Enough rant, check it out.

The Benefits of Having A Web Site

Whatever your business it can benefit from having a web site. If your competitors have web sites you need one too to maintain your competitive advantage, but as well as this, your web site can benefit your organization in many other ways.

A brochure - but unlike traditional paper brochures your site is easily updated, always current and cost-effective.

Your web site acts like a company brochure, but unlike a traditional company brochure your web site is always current and can be accessed 24 hours a day.

Your web site is also high quality, full color, up-to-date and interactive.

Your site can be updated quickly and regularly, keeping product offerings and prices accurate without the costs associated with updating traditional printed literature and the delays of printing, publishing and distribution. A more environmentally friendly solution than traditional paper-based literature and without the distribution costs.

Your products, services and company information can be seen worldwide 24 hour…