Recommended Skillshare Courses For Logo Design

Here’s my curated list of the best design courses you can take on Skillshare. First up, is a trio of logo design courses from George Bokhua who is an excellent logo designer and uses solid design choices based on geometry, proportion and grids. Design a Logo in Modern Style Learn how to create a simple, solid, and modern brand mark in this popular logo design class with designer George Bokhua! Each lesson makes it easy and fun to get inspired, learn techniques, and gain skills for designing your next logo. Knowing how to design a great logo is a core skill in a…

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How to Show Confidence Without Having to Know Everything

In my last blog I explained why admitting that you don’t know everything is such an important part of confidence. But I’ll be the first to admit that it’s one thing to claim you’re okay with not knowing everything, but it’s another to get that across to the people you’re talking to. How do you effectively diffuse a new situation by explaining that you don’t know everything without giving the impression that you don’t know, well, anything? Here’s what I like to do. Asking Vs. Telling Where a lot of people trip up is subscribing to the idea that admitting…

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recommended design books

Essential Design Books Vol. 2

Here’s our list of design books for your collection. These books showcase the best in contemporary design.  By making a purchase through any of our affiliate links, we receive a very small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps us on our mission to provide quality education to you. Thank you. Graphic Design Visionaries by Caroline Roberts Buy on Amazon & Support The Futur Josef Muller-Brockmann Pioneer Of Swiss Graphic Design Buy on Amazon & Support The Futur Paul Rand Buy on Amazon & Support The Futur Art of the Book: Structure, Material and Technique Buy on Amazon…

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Why Saying “I Don’t Know” Is One of the Most Important Steps to Being Confident

How do you feel when you walk into a meeting as a facilitator? If you’re like a good 90% of designers, the idea makes you a least a little uncomfortable. So how do you react? Do you try to convince the client that you know the answer to every problem they’ve ever had, or do you admit up front that you don’t know everything? As counterintuitive as it might seem, it’s the second option that truly leads to confidence. Here’s why. Understanding the Context So you walk into a room to give a presentation to a client. You feel like…

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How to Boost Your Confidence By Finding Someone to Emulate

In my last blog, I talked about building confidence by figuring out what you’re good at. But what do you do after that? You can be the best person in the world at something, but if you don’t present yourself that way you’re not going to feel any more confident. I’ve found that the most effective way to translate that inner feeling of confidence to the people around you is to find someone to emulate. Why Copying Someone is One of the Best Ways to Grow Your Confidence We all know someone who oozes natural confidence, even if they’re not…

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Building Self Confidence As A Designer: Foundation

If you made a list of your biggest assets when it comes to asking for a sale, confidence would be right up near the top. But what about building self confidence as a designer? Do you consider yourself a confident person? If you don’t, it’s time to start changing how you think. Confidence isn’t an innate trait. It’s something you can (and really need to) develop. In my experience, there are three components that go into building confidence. The first of those is building a foundation. What Can You Do Better Than Anyone Else? I’m not a particularly outgoing person,…

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Essential Reading For Creative Professionals Booklist Vol. 1

Here’s out list of the top books you must read if you’re an aspiring or practicing creative professional. The best books on business, design and creativity as curated by Futur founder Chris Do. By making a purchase through any of our affiliate links, we receive a very small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps us on our mission to provide quality education to you. Thank you. Win Without Pitching Manifesto Creative Strategy & The Business of Design 101 Things I Learned in Business School Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose…

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Why Listening To Understand Is Such an Important Part of Making a Sale

If you’ve read our last two blogs, you know that listening is important, and you know how to listen well. Today I want to make it clear just how important listening is when it comes to sales. We’ve all heard the cliche of the door to door vacuum salesman who bullies his way into your house and harasses you to buy – even when you don’t have a carpet. None of us want to be that guy. That’s where listening comes in. Listening to Understand Listening to understand a potential client is absolutely critical if you’re trying to make a…

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Finding Your Sales Mindset

Asking For The Sale: Having The Right Sales Mindset To Guide You To the Sale

You’ve got something to provide. Your prospective client needs what you have. What’s the best approach to get from point A to point B? That depends. What’s your sales mindset? There are a lot of different ways to think about how you approach and present yourself to the people you may do business with in the future. Today I want to take a closer look at two of them. The first approaches sales by being focused and direct. The second encourages clients to come to you through cultivating education and influence. Which one is right for you? Sales Mindset 1:…

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Three Principles of A Great LIstener

The Three Principles Of A Great Listener

The Three Principles of a Great Listener Are you a good listener? How do you know? And if you aren’t, how do you get better? Knowing the answers to these questions is crucial to getting where you want to be in business and life. In my experience, being a great listener comes down to three principles: listening to understand, asking great questions, and validating what you hear. Here’s my take on how to leverage these three principles in your next conversation. Listening Principle #1 – Listening to Understand How much do you really understand when you listen to someone? It…

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