The Present Group, one of my favorite organizations, recently announced their latest endeavor: Web Hosting that Supports Artists. “Web hosting is something many of us are paying for anyway,” says co-director Oliver Wise, “we wanted to give people a choice to do something good with those dollars. Instead of the profits going to a faceless company, we’ll recognize worthy artists and fund artist projects that we collectively choose.”
In addition to your hosting dollars going towards supporting … Read more »
I’ve written a few posts before about my own experience with accepting credit cards, but I’ve finally put all of info together in one place. Enjoy!
When I first decided to start taking credit cards, it took me weeks to sort out the fees, the terminology and the parties involved, and even longer to feel secure that I was buying what I needed at a reasonable price. To save you some of that hassle I’ve laid out the process below.
Step 1: Estimate whether your business can afford to accept credit cards.
For a small business, accepting Visa and Mastercard for in-person … Read more »
As I transition (hopefully) from managing toy lines to doing more freelance design, I thought it would be good to calculate what my base hourly rate should be. Once I’ve finished prepping all of my financials for tax time I should have a much more accurate idea of this, but in the meantime I was able to get a decent estimate from the FreelanceSwitch hourly rate calculator.
It only takes three minutes or so fill out, but it’s good to have a calculator handy, because most of the numbers they ask for are annual. … Read more »
Maybe it’s because I just saw that “Helvetica” movie, but I thought I should share this with you: Brian Hoff’s “10 Common Typography Mistakes.” This is a great primer for anyone DIY-ing the design of their own marketing materials. Even if you have no professional design training, using these tips will get halfway to having a professional-looking brochure or web site. via swissmiss
Ever need a handwritten font that doesn’t look like a cheesy cousin to comic sans? TripWire magazine has come to the rescue, curating a page of over 45 free handwritten fonts that are actually good. Be careful what you use these for, though. Each one has its own license, and not all of them are okay for commercial use.
Ever wanted a font that looks like your handwriting? One that gives you the speed of typing with the thoughtful look of longhand? You can have that free too, courtesy of … Read more »
This fall, Lifestyle Crafts (a division of QuicKutz, which makes scrapbooking stuff) is due to come out with the “L” Letterpress system, a kit that you use with a tabletop die cutter/embosser like a Cuttlebug or QuicKutz’s Epic 6. The starter kit will come with impression plates, paper, and some ink, and will retail for $69.99. A kit including both the L pack and the Epic 6 will be available for $149.99.
At first glance, … Read more »