The LEGO brick turns 50 at exactly 1:58pm today. This timeline shows fifty years of building frenzy by happy kids and kids-at-heart, all the milestones from the LEGOLAND themed sets to TECHNIC and MINDSTORMS NXT, as well as all kind of weird curiosities about the most famous stud-and-tube couple system in the world.
How well you do last year as a freelancer?? As for me, I really had a blast through out the year 2007 where I’ve come up with several good contacts + potentials clients + lots of sucessful projects graphic related. Here’s the EsharkDesign income statistic through last year 2007 which is supposed to be confidential but in the end I like to share with all of the freelancers out there.
Here are some key points which I’ve been practicing through last year which I think best to share with you guys out there :
Business card is the easiest + simplest way to represents your design services. Even though business card is just a simple kind of promotion to yourself and there are thousands of them, but one thing you need to understand is why people have to look at your business card more than two times. Create + design your own business card uniquely different from the others, put some ‘WOW’ factor on the design which might catch the intention of a new clients.
Built up good continous contacts among the best. Make a good contact relation with friends that knows how to deliver good designs. For instance you are good in doing illustration but not on web designing while one of your friend are really good at it, so why not making a collaborations and start building up good design business together.
Join Community Design Online
There are hundreds of community online and forums where you can register for free as community member. Registering with a popular community online offering you to showcase your artworks among a number of groups of professionals, amatures, beginners and a hardcore. This will give you a chance of learning + understand fresh new ideas also having a good online discussion among the best with wide range of design topics + problems + solutions. Here are some good communities which I think you might love to join : Coroflot, NewWebPick, DeviantArt, AllGraphicDesign, DesinersTalk.
Create a Website
The fastest + easiest way to get your creative projects online and in front of the right people is to showcase your artworks through online. Compile + make a collections only of your best previous/recent artworks online will create a wide range of potentials clients. If you don’t have any idea where to start one or you don’t even know how to make one, you can choose from one of popular free blogs like Blogger or WordPress.com which recently is now offering 3GB of storage.
Make your priority based on How Much You Get In The End. You have several list of clients wanting you to do a Logo design for instance, lets say Client A has given you design job for 3 logos at $200 each, while Client B has given you the same design job for 1 logo at $2000. At this point you should complete the design job for Client B first then only you complete the rest as the amount you’ll get is $2000 at one go instead of having $200 for 3 logos which might result only one of the logo is been approved.
How much it will cost you for your design? That’s a question for you to answer it brilliantly. First thing you need to understand is how’s the level of your clients buying power. Are they a big shots companies or are they just a small agency with few workers. Secondly, what is your levels towards the eyes of your clients . Keep your pricing as affordable as it can be for your new clients based on their buying power, once you have built up a good business relation with them after a number of successful projects, gradually increase your design pricing as this will reduce your design job listings while it will increase your income.
Good graphic design resources will helps your ideas bloom and up-to-date. There are hundreds of good quality blogs designs resources out there useful for your reference. Here are some few good resources for you to check em out Digg, FreelanceSwitch, ColourLovers, WebDesinerWall, Mojizu,
That’s what I’ve been practising and I’m not a PRO and I’m not as good as what you think and I’m not as some says I’m the best. I’m still learning and eager to learn some more, it’s just I love to design and I got style!!..
What about yourself?
After stunning artworks from the previous 3 rounds, the final round of The Crestock Photoshop Contest 2007 finally getting all contestant display their maximum creative ideas with really amazing results. The winners are determined 40% by public vote, 60% by Crestock highly qualified judges’ votes. Here’s the final round winner..
Music nature by Rarz, 1st Place.. winner of MacBook with dual 30″ display.
and here are few from the top15 contestant..
Where music from by Lyanwing
Telefantasy by Ishbu
Original sin by Darioberadi
Doug’s topiary garden by Dogtrombone
Magic world by mOsk
Joker by Daewon
Now….This what I call a notebook.
Introducing the brand new super bad-ass world’s thinnest note book.. MacBook Air is ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else, powered with Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB on-chip shared L2 cache running at full processor speed. But you don’t lose inches and pounds overnight. It’s the result of rethinking conventions.
I wonder what makes the air so thin.. amazingly thin, flat-out at 0.4cm to 1.94cm of height, 32.5cm of width and 22.7cm of depth sleek and sturdy anodized aluminum at only 3.0 pounds.
With glossy 13.3″, widescreen LED backlit MacBook Air display is similar viewable size as the screen of the previous MacBook. The moment you open MacBook Air, the 1280 x 800 resolution gives you rich vibrant images + colors at full brightness full-screen performance with all the benefits of a slim design. The mercury and arsenic-free display is also more power efficient, which translates to longer battery life.
MacBook Air keyboard is full-size keyboard and it have goes further by adding backlit key illumination, making it easy to work in low-light settings. A built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts keyboard and display brightness for optimal visibility. MacBook Air also includes an oversize trackpad with multi-touch technology where you can pinch, swipe, or rotate to zoom in on text which similar to iPhone and iPod Touch technology.
MacBook Air comes with a built in 2GB of RAM.. wow! that’s so generous, and as for the storage capacity is 80GB hard drive with the option to upgrade to a 64GB solid-state drive, which has no moving parts for enhanced durability. Will cost you starting at $1799.
Apple introduces the new super fast + super powerful Mac Pro ever built, with eight-core processing (standard) powered with the latest technology from Intel, Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Harpertown” processors. Runs at 3.2GHZ (man that’s fast!!) and was built for you with Double layer burner X 2.. means backing up your data to two double-layer DVDs at once.
As for graphics comes with double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot with one of the following graphics cards installed :
- ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT - 256MB of GDDR3 memory + two dual-link DVI ports
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT - 512MB of GDDR3 memory + two dual-link DVI ports
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 - 1.5GB of GDDR3 memory, two dual-link DVI ports, + one stereo 3D port.
which provides great performance for typical creative applications, plus you get dual 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display support out of the box.
This new Mac Pro also comes with massive storage at 4TB with four 3.5-inch internal hard drive bays. Each bay provides its own independent 3Gb/s channel for fast access to data. And it’s cable-free + direct-attach installation system.. means, adding/replacing the hard drives is a surprisingly simple process (even my grandma can do it!). For more details specs + reviews, visit Apple.com
What I can say is… a perfect new machine for a new beginning of 2008.