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What if we could avoid common design industry frustrations, deliver products we're proud of and that people love to use, maintain great relationships and grow business, and most importantly, be and make people happy with our work?

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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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Adding texture to Illustrator vector art can be a little tricky, especially if you need a working file that you can change the colour of during the creative process. Here's a better, little-known way to add textures to your artwork that keeps you in creative control.

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Paper Leaf started as a 2-person operation (well, 4 if you count cats). Andy & I did everything in house ourselves: design, development, client relations, proposals, you name it. We checked each other's work here and there, but there was no art director → designer relationship on any projects.

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Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re starting a website design project, and the client wants to tackle their own content – or maybe there is an outside copywriter. So as to keep the project moving along, you decide you will just jump into design using lorem ipsum (or perhaps bacon ipsum) before you get […]

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A little while ago, I wrote an article on the steps to take before starting the web design workflow. The steps mentioned in that article ensure that a solid groundwork is laid for a successful web design project. The next logical step? Let’s chat about my web design workflow for a standard website project. Before […]

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The online design community has its fair share of articles, comics and websites about the downsides of design work. Forums and comments are rife with stories about being “forced” to create poor work; dealing with irrational clients; breakdowns in communication and more stress-inducing cons of being a design professional. These negatives can’t be denied – […]

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Not too long ago, I received a book in the mail: the uniquely titled The Blue Lady’s New Look and Other Curiosities. This book – a collection put together by jones knowles ritchie design firm – contains 52 articles related to design & marketing, and is a solid read for any designer looking to think […]

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Freelancers and small design companies do not have large marketing budgets. There may be a few dollars here or there to spend on Google AdWords, Facebook ads or perhaps a small print campaign, but by and large we survive on one things: referrals. When someone begins his/her freelance design career, all we have are referrals: […]

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On November 15, 2010, some fine ladies & gents launched a fun contest for graphic designers called How Low Can Your Logo? The gist of the contest is for designers to “willingly create that which you spend your entire life trying not to create: the worst logo ever. ” It’s an awesome way to bring […]

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