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This free font: Apple-Sans-Adjectives is certainly quite fun, and intriguing, but not so sure on the practical side of things

Apple-Sans-Adjectives was designed by @madebyslurpp & @Rich_Cahill, and they have kindly made this font available as a freed download in many formats, with instructions on how to install and use it.

AppleSansAdjectives Free Font Poster Sheet

 

Visit http://appleadjectiv.es/ to Download Apple-Sans-Adjectives and also the Steve Jobs Posters

Graphic Design Type Posters-using Famous Steve Jobs Speeches

Apple-Sans-Adjectives Using Steve Jobs' Speeches

You can see the full effect of the font in the two posters that were designed using 2 famous speeches by Steve Jobs: The iPhone Keynote Speech of 2007, and the Stanford Commencement Address of 2005.

Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

Steve Jobs Stanford Speech Poster Free Font

Steve Jobs' iPhone Keynote Speech of 2007

Steve Jobs iPhone Keynote Speech 2007 Poster

How to Install AppleSans Adjectives

Step 1

Upload contents of the zip file to your web server's public directory. For example:www.yourdomain.com/css/webfont/

Step 2

Add contents of styles.css to your site's style sheet.

Step 3

Make sure you adjust the paths in code fromstyles.css to reflect the relative path on your server.
For this example you need to prepend/css/webfont/ to all src url definitions. Like this:
@font-face { font-family: 'AppleSansAdjectives'; src: url('/css/webfont/AppleSansAdjectives.eot?#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'), url('/css/webfont/AppleSansAdjectives.woff') format('woff'), url('/css/webfont/AppleSansAdjectives.ttf') format('truetype'), url('/css/webfont/AppleSansAdjectives.svg#AppleSansAdjectives') format('svg'); font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; }

AppleSansAdjectives Font Installation




Some of you designers' may already be familiar with a few very challenging problems that I've experienced with VERY unscrupulous clients, and a very rigid and 'you are guilty until proven innocent' approach by Paypal.

Some of my top-tips are at the end of this post:

Several times last year, after completing several freelance logo design projects—in one case the client actually stating that my work was good, and was just what she was looking for—subsequently filed an 'Item not Received' dispute with Paypal.

The long and short of this means: Paypal immediately put my funds on hold, and actual debited my Paypal account with the amount being disputed, which in one case was £1000, until the dispute is resolved.

Resolving these disputes is incredibly time intensive, very frustrating, and so stressful, not to mention he financial burden.

If you feel that the client will win the dispute, even though you have proof that they DID indeed received the logo designs after spending a solid month on the project, then this obviously leaves one very financially ducked.

I'm happy to say that in each case, after I submitted a considerable weight of evidence in my favour, the disputes were finally resolved in my favour.

The process took weeks to resolve, so that's a lot of needless stress to be dealing with when you're trying to work with other much nicer clients.

Not the end of the Story

After seeing that a VERY small minority of clients tried to screw with me, ultimately trying to get a logo design for free, I decided to limit my use of Paypal to receive project payments for new work.

However, I would still use it on very few occasions: mostly when I had a good previous relationship with a client, but also using a more bullet-proof contract, and work-flow (to prove that I had done my job, and that also to prove the clients have also seen this work).

Surprise

Last week I woke up to find an email from Paypal: one of these past 'clients', even though they'd tried to get a full refund from me by filing a dispute, which inevitably went in my favour, that the client had now decided (a full year on) to file yet another dispute.

Apparently they weren't happy that their scam backfired, so wanted to try again!

This time they were using a chargeback process on the debit card, issued from their bank, which they had used to pay me, which was linked to their Paypal account.

This was a total surprise, and frankly shook me to the core.

Once again, I was now £1000 down in my Paypal account, and once again I had to provide proof that I had indeed done my job, and delivered the final logo designs etc.

That I had already been completely vindicated the first time around, it apparently means nothing when a client decides to go through their bank, if they had used their linked credit card.

In this case Paypal are basically supplying all the proof/evidence that I submit, back to the clients bank, and then the case is dealt with with Paypal an intermediary negotiator.

I'll leave my upset ramblings there, because the whole system with Paypal is so messed up when a 'buyer' decides to pull a fast-one.

A Fair Warning

I'll end with a big warning to any of you freelance graphic and logo designers, who still use Paypal to receive payment.

There is no guarantee that a client may choose, at any time, to file a Dispute, not once, but twice (with apparently no time restrictions in place, and even if the first dispute was settled in your favour, which is just utterly ludicrous.).

Even if they have said they were completely happy with the work.

 

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Some Tips to Avoid being Scammed by a Client

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself, in order to help yourself provide the evidence needed to show Paypal in such a situation.

  1. Use a project management application—I use Cageapp.com, that allows both the designer and client to add comments, and also 'Approved' notes to any design.This basically shows Paypal that the client had indeed seen your work, and that you were doing what you were being paid for. Even better if you can get the client to 'sign-off' on an idea during the project.Without showing the clients comments that had expressly stated she had both seen my ideas, and also liked them, I'm not sure I would have won the dispute.
  2. Keep all emails (sent and received), take screenshots of any correspondence that show the client has been seeing your work, your progress and any positive comments and/or feedback they have given you.
  3. Ensure they have signed acceptance of your Contract and/or Terms of Conditions, and ensure you get a copy of this signed documents before starting.I use Bonsai to provide my digitally signed Contracts, that has several clear clauses/explanations of what will happen if a client decides to 'play dirty'.It's shame one feels the need to do this, but it sends a message.
  4. Based on this recent 'Chargeback' fiasco, you're not even really safe using Credit Card services like Stripe etc, as you're still open to a client deciding to file a Chargeback dispute, leaving you in exactly the same position as I am at the moment.The only real safe option is to use the tried-and-tested Bank Transfer, Cash, Cheque, PO, Western Union, etc for all monies sent by your client.
  5. An obvious one is not to use PayPal, but this is not always convenient for many designers etc.If you still need to use Paypal, then if you adopt the above, although you'll not avoid having a 'Dispute' being raised, you will be in a good position to win the Dispute with the evidence you have, such as I have on two occasions.

Rest assured, once this current dispute is resolved, either way, I'll absolutely be termination my PayPal account, as not knowing if a client from last year, or year before suddenly decides that they need some money, and tries to file a Chargeback dispute from their bank via PayPal.

I simply cannot live with that uncertainty any more.

Any questions you want to ask, or any other tips you can share, then please do so in comments below.

Previous Posts on Paypal

You'd think with all my bad experiences, and rants and moans, that I'd have learnt my lesson by now, but I'm simply too trusting, and hate to think the worse in people.

However, this current situation has completely thrown me over the edge, so no more 'trust' with Paypal.

  1. Graphic Designers: Avoid PayPal ‘Item not Received’ Dispute
  2. Using Paypal Safely
  3. Paypal a Curse for the self employed designer

 




 

NASA Mars Wanted Posters Designed by NASA

Been meaning to post a link to these NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters for a while, but always something else getting in the way. Finally here we are, as I really do love these posters, and love that animated GIF.

According to NASA, for all those that dream to be a martian:

NASA: Mars needs YOU! In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers . . . but most of all YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day. Download a Mars poster that speaks to you. Be an explorer!

NASA have not just designed these beautiful posters to stir up out imagination, and desire to explore and colonise space, you can download incredibly high resolutions versions, for print, also.

As an example, the high resolution TIF files come in at a whopping 92Mb! The posters are completely free, and can be printed and re-used as you see fit!

Visit Mars Explorers Wanted to download the posters

 

NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Assembly Required To Build Our Future On Mars And Its Moons

Are you someone who can put things together, solving challenges to ensure survival? Dare to forge our future with space-age tools - build spaceships to carry us to Mars and back, and habitats to protect us while we're there.

 

NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Technicians Wanted To Engineer Our Future On Mars

People with special talents will always be in demand for our Journey To Mars. Whether repairing an antenna in the extreme environment of Mars, or setting up an outpost on the moon Phobos, having the skills and desire to dare mighty things is all you need.

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Teach On Mars And Its Moons

Learning is out of this world! Learning can take you places you've never dreamed of, including Mars and its two moons, Phobos and Deimos. No matter where we live, we can always learn something new, especially with teacher-heroes who guide us on our path, daring us to dream and grow!

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Surveyors Wanted To Explore Mars And Its Moons

Have you ever asked the question, what is out there? So have we! That curiosity leads us to explore new places like Mars and its moons, Phobos and Deimos. Just what lies beyond the next valley, canyon, crater, or hill is something we want to discover with rovers and with humans one day too.

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Farmers Wanted For Survival On Mars

Got a green thumb? This one's for you! In space, you can grow tomatoes, lettuce, peas, and radishes just like you would find in your summer garden. New ways of growing fresh food will be needed to keep brave explorers alive.

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Work The Night Shift On Martian Moon Phobos

Night owls welcome! If you lived on Mars' moon Phobos, you'd have an office with a view, mining for resources with Mars in the night sky. Settlers below on Mars would see Phobos rise and set not once, but twice in one day!

 

NASA Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

Explorers Wanted On The Journey To Mars

Hike the solar system's largest canyon, Valles Marineris on Mars, where you can catch blue sunsets in the twilight, and see the two moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos) in the night sky.

 

NASA Mars Recruitment Graphic Design Posters

We Need You

We need many things for our Journey To Mars, but one key piece is YOU!

 




Color-Lisa-Color-Palettes-by-Claude-Monet-for-Graphic-Designers-1

I do love poking around all the various color palettes, and colour swatch libraries currently available online.

I frequently visit such established colour palette websites as ColourLovers for inspiration for new logo design, and other graphic design projects.

Color Lisa is a tasty variation of existing color palette and swatch libraries, based on painted masterpieces of the worlds greatest artists, for us Graphic Designers.

Color Lisa was made by Ryan McGuire, who also made the free photo image website, Gratisography.com

The Color Lisa website  is simple enough to get around; there's only one long page listing the artists from A-Z. Click M in the top list of letters from A-Z, and you'll jump down to Monet, for example.

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THE DREAM by Pablo Picasso

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RAINBOW by Bille Apple

Color-Lisa-Color-Palettes-for-Graphic-Designers

Color Lisa is a curated list of color palettes based on masterpieces of the worlds greatest artists. Each palette was painstakingly created by color obsessed designers, artists, museum curators, and masters of color theory. Palettes are constantly being added to help keep your designs colorful and fresh.

Color Lisa was made by Ryan McGuire, an artist, photographer, designer, and lover of color. Fun fact about Ryan: he drives a bright green (HEX #A5C955) and orange (HEX #E9AF42) 1971 VW Beetle he turned into a dinosaur. Questions, guest curator requests, and praise :) can be sent to [email protected].




Logo Designers: Don't Promise Deadlines

As a graphic designer, I'm sometimes asked to 'promise' an urgent deadline as well as providing a logo design the client loves: Don't Promise Deadlines.

Somethings one can promise; other things, however, would be foolish and irresponsible to promise.

When a client asks me to promise, guarantee, or even stipulate in the contract, that the project will be completed by a certain date, I absolutely refuse to make this promise. Not because I'm being awkward; because I simply cannot keep that promise.

As a Graphic Designer, what shouldn't I Promise a Client?

So this is easy: don't ever promise a client that you can 'finish' a logo design project by a certain date.

If a client is really pressing you hard to commit to a deadline, you still need to try and avoid getting tied up with promises that are almost impossible to keep, or certainly guarantee.

But Why Can't I Promise This?

There are various reasons that make it almost impossible for a graphic designer to promise, and guarantee, that they'll have a logo design, that the client likes, by a fixed date. Even more so if the schedule is urgent, or needed in weeks, rather than months.

The main reason, that's beyond a graphic designers control? You can't usually foresee, with absolute certainty, which idea a client will really like.

So if you can't know when/if a client will like any submitted ideas, how can you then guarantee that you'll come up with something they'll like by a promised deadline?

What Can I Promise then?

You can promise that you'll have either a set number of logo design ideas, or a at least a few by a certain date. This is much more realistic, and is certainly something you can promise.

I'll promise a client, without any doubt, that I'll have at least one idea, and likely a few ideas, by the clients deadline.

What you can't promise, off the back of this, is that the client will like any one of those designs. 

I'll make it abundantly clear that: my promise of delivering logo design ideas by a deadline, isn't the same as: promising the project will be completed by that deadline.

I'll also make it very clear that: I'll obviously try my very best to meet any suggested deadlines, but the client must be aware that the project could well run past their ideal deadline, and to make accommodations for that.

The shorter those deadlines are, the less likely the design will be as well researched and thought out, as one that doesn't have restrictive deadlines.

Keep it Real

When all is said and done, we graphic designers are mostly not miracle workers, when it comes down to the VERY subjective nature of graphic design.

We cannot usually predict how a client will react to any presented design, and we certainly shouldn't make promises that we simply cannot keep, even if we really feel we are the best logo designer in the world.

Remember: By all means promise a client you'll have x-amount of ideas by a deadline, but you cannot promise that within this initial bunch of ideas, will be one the client likes.

Don't Promise Deadlines: It's just not a wise, or appropriate thing to promise.

The very least you'll have some constructive feedback to work off, and hopefully you'll have narrowed down the creative directions that you can take. Once the client sees you are working, and delivering evolving ideas, this is usually enough for the client to ease of the gas pedal, and give you the time you need.




"No. I don't make free logo designs" Poster

Yesterday I received a Tweet that just really irked me. Someone just came out and asked me if I 'made' free logo designs, and if I would, could I DM them.

I think anyone that knows me, or knows of me a little bit, would know that this is the sort of thing that 'fires me up', and provides me a little fun with a return salvo.

 

Even if you don't know me, it would seem common sense that asking such a question is just pretty rude, and disrespectful.

Sure, you never know unless you ask, but if what you are asking is stupid, then you must also expect some kind of reply that will probably not be to your own liking.

I replied to that tweet with this, which I felt was pretty straight talking for me:

Then I read it a few times and it reminded me of a poster I designed a few years back: No. I don't design logos. I pull them out of my ass, and I felt there was some more mileage to get out of that poster format.

Download 'No Free Logo Designs' Graphic Design Poster

So here we are: a revised version of the 'ass poster' still typeset in Helvetica, now targeting anyone who'd dare ask for a 'free logo design'.

I love graphic design; oh the freedom.

Feel free to download and print it etc.

The ZIP file contains: PDF & editable Adobe Illustrator .ai files in case you want to change the colours, but please don't remove my name and details from the bottom. Ta.

No. I don't make free logo designs poster No I Don't make free Logo designs Graphic Design Poster

No I Don't make free Logo designs Graphic Design Poster




UIGradients Colour Gradients for Designers

UIGradients Titanium Colour Gradients for Designers

UIGradients Back to Earth

UIGradients Bloody Mary Colour Gradients for Designers

UIGradients Purple Bliss

UIGradients Blush

UIGradients Parklife

uiGradients: Modern Dual-tone Colour Gradients for Designers & Developers by Indrashish Ghosh

uiGradients: Beautiful Colour Gradients & CSS Code, by Indrashish Ghosh (@_ighosh), is certainly some very pretty, and quite useful, eye candy that will please many graphic and web designers.

I've had this lovely website bookmarked for a few weeks now, after initially tweeting it; it's been in my 'to blog' list until now. Christmas is all but here, and I wanted to post something colourful and useful.

If you struggle to come up with pleasing gradients for your designs, then uiGradients is worth bookmarking. It'll allow you to select from a healthy library of colour gradients from which to bring your web designs to life.

You can also 'Get the CSS Code' (as below), which makes it super easy to make your website look really pretty:

 

UIGradients Influenza CSS Code

If you're the sort of person that likes to give as well as take, then you can also 'Add your Gradient', for instant Karma points:

Adding a gradient is easy. All gradients are read from agradients.json file which is available in this project's repo. Simply add your gradient details to it and submit a pull request

 

UIGradients-Add-Gradient




Country Graphic Design Poster by Bo Lundberg

'Around the World' - Colourful Modern Vintage Posters Designed by Bo Lundberg

"Around the world, cities and countries" is the full title for these gloriously colouful modern vintage posters, designed by the talented Swedish illustrator, Bo Lundberg.

These 1960's Swedish inspired posters make me feel so happy when looking at them, and I was immediately drawn to them when I first spotted them on Bo's Pinterest board.

I'm also taken back to the gorgeous 1960's Air Canada poster that I posted a while back, when I see these posters from Bo. That's a very good thing by the way.

Around the world, cities and countries: Every now and then Bo tries to find time to come up with interpretations of different cities and countries.

He first imagined that he was a designer during the sixties who had been commissioned to design travel posters.

And if I'm not mistaken, that could quite well be Helvetica…

 

Country Graphic Design Poster by Bo Lundberg

Country Graphic Design Poster by Bo Lundberg

Country Graphic Design Poster by Bo Lundberg 1960's Swedish inspired Country Graphic Design Poster by Bo Lundberg 1960's Swedish inspired Country Graphic Design Poster by Bo Lundberg 1960's Swedish inspired Country Graphic Design Poster by Bo Lundberg

60's inspired posters by Swedish illustrator and graphic designer Bo Lundberg. More here.




Introverted Freelancer

Struggles Of An Anxious and Introverted Freelancer

When I first saw one of these cartoons from: The Daily Struggles Of An Anxious and Introverted Freelancer, on Design Taxi, I immediately felt that 'this person' knew exactly how I can feel at the best of times!

I actually felt a sense of relief when I started scanning all Sow's cartoons, as one-by-one I realise I surely wasn't the only freelance graphic designer to feel these things.

Being an introvert I can totally relate to pretty much ALL of the cartoons that Sow has so brilliantly drawn for his Tumblr: Struggles Of An Anxious and Introverted.

Some of the ones I REALLY relate to: "The hardest is not the 10 hours you spent on a difficult design. It's the taking the phone to call the client.", "People just don't get how important work is to me…", "I know I should not, but I take every "no" very personally. I suck.", "Sometimes you lose all your ability to speak when you have to answer a very important email…"

I'm sure there are people out there who think this line of thinking is just pathetic, and bordering on the 'really feeling sorry for yourself', but the reality is far more complex that that, and I'd flip it back to say that these people are simply 'trivialising things/emotions they can't, or don't want to understand.'

This is how Sow explains his cartoons:

"Hello, I’m Sow, a freelance designer and illustrator. And a huge anxious and introvert person.

As it is really not easy and I don’t know who to share this with, I thought I could share it with you on the internet.

I think many of the comics can be applied to many other situations, even for non introverts or non anxious people.

So, thanks for enjoying those."

Introverted Freelancer

Find Sow Elsewhere

You can find Sow's work on these other social media platforms. Here are some links :
website - art tumblr - twitter - instagram - patreon

Sow's project: "Struggles Of An Anxious and Introverted Freelance Designer", has also been featured on many websites, which must be a massive boon: Bored Panda / DesignTaxi / Metro UK / Demilked / Next Shark / Blazepress / Nomades Digitais (Br) / DailyBest (It) / In Pixel I Trust (Fr)

 

Introverted Freelancer

Introverted Freelancer

Introverted Freelancer

Introverted Freelancer

Introverted Freelancer

Introverted Freelancer

Introverted Freelancer




When a Client Loves Your Logo Design

When a client 'loves your logo', hearing those words can make all the difference to your day, your feeling of self, your confidence and just providing a general sense of work satisfaction.

 

Loves Your Logo Design

 

Yesterday this email just flew into my Inbox, and although it's short, it's incredibly sweet, and it just hit-the-spot.

In particular just the, "I LOVE THE LOGO!!!!", all in upper-case and multiple exclamation marks really stoked me.

This email from Andrea really made my day.

 

Hi Graham,

I am writing from the new chemav e-mail account and you can use it now on.

I LOVE THE LOGO!!! So, I'd like you to proceed with the next stage including colours evaluation.

Many thanks, I love it

Have a nice evening

Andrea

Dr. Andrea Volpato Chemav Consulting

Logo Design Concept and letterhead