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Ever wonder about the numbers behind a small design agency? Like how many hours are tracked and where they go? You're in luck. We designed a beautiful infographic to explain all that, and more. Take a peek!

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Why do we wait until a project fails before we ask ourselves why it failed? An argument for proactively discussing failure.

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Drawing comparisons between mowing grass, destroying garbage cans, bosses who scream obscenities, and design as a business. Believe it or not, they all link together.

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Seems like an easy question to answer, doesn’t it? If you’re a designer, you want to sell your design services: perhaps logo design, print design, web design, interface design and so forth. The reality? Yeah, you should be selling that. But there’s much more that you should be selling. You should be selling comfort, reliability, […]

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Interlink may have changed my life. For those who don’t know, Interlink is a boutiquey sort of web design conference: small, focused, and a lot of fun. It’s held in Vancouver, and it hosts amazing panels of speakers every year. This year’s conference was tied to the idea of “craft”, and a collection of hugely […]

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Us web designers… we like to jump right into the creative ball pit sometimes, and get right to the fun stuff in Photoshop & CSS. I know I’m guilty of it sometimes, and I bet you have been too in the past. It’s not the end of the world, but it really isn’t best practice […]

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This is a guest post by Ashley Janssen of AgileStyle. Thanks Ashley! The success or failure of a project, no matter what industry you are in, often hinges on how effective the communication is between all involved parties. When speaking specifically about web design/development, this doesn’t just refer to communication between you and your client, […]

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Those of you who are regular Paper Leaf blog readers will have noticed that we have been posting less frequently these days. The main underlying reason is a good one – we’re very busy – but the end result is undesirable. The past week I took some time off, and during that time off I […]

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As both graphic & web designers, we create a lot of websites for small businesses. We are frequently asked if, in our opinion, the client should include a blog in their new website. Of course, there is no blanket answer for this question; each client and each site has different needs. However,outlining the benefits of […]

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The other day, I was surfing reddit. I swear it was on the weekend. Anyway, somewhere in a redditland conversation, someone posted this comment: I think you’re confusing cost with value. This got me to thinking – of course, in terms of running a graphic & web design business – how many of us confuse […]

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