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January 21, 2022
There are so many factors that can go into taking on a new design project, from the scope and budget to the vibe of the client in question. We asked six designers—Jenny Brown, Valerie Darden, Gia Sharp, Jihan Spearman, Kristen Thomas and Hadley Wiggins-Marin—how they decide a project is right for them.
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January 14, 2022
The financial realities of what good design costs can give even the most affluent client sticker shock, but what do you do when they won’t budge from an unrealistic budget? Ten designers share their strategies.
year in review
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December 20, 2021
Every week in our Trade Tales column, we ask designers across the country to weigh in on how they run their businesses. Here, we’ve selected 12 of our favorite responses from 2021.
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November 26, 2021
The holiday season is a great time to reach out to clients past and present. We asked four designers—Leah Alexander, Elle Cole, Kelly Finley, and Lauren Low—if they send out gifts to clients and how they budget for those expenses.
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November 19, 2021
We asked nine designers—Rachel Cannon, Rodney Lawrence, Jennifer Markowitz, Hilarie Martin, Patrick Planeta, Nicole Salceda, Killy Scheer, Miriam Silver Verga and Georgia Zikas—whether this time of year is busy or quiet for their businesses.
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November 12, 2021
We asked nine designers—Malka Helft, Rebecca Johnston, Amy Leferink, Jennifer Markowitz, Tiffany Leigh Piotrowski, Killy Scheer, Maneli Wilson, Stephen Young, and Georgia Zikas—if they bill for travel time and costs.
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