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5 Tips for Designing a Better Logo

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Creating a unique and memorable logo may sound easy, but there are so many things to take into consideration when trying to create the most important aspect of your branding and professional image.

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35 Things To Do With Your Logo

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A logo design is the single most important design element that you can have for your business. It's the first thing people see to introduce your business and you'll use it everywhere.

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Free Wallpaper for October 2020

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I opened the front door of our house this weekend to feel the crisp air and smell the cool scent of fall on the breeze. It’s refreshing after a ridiculously long, hot summer here in Denver and I’m looking forward to what I’m sure will be a short autumn before winter hooks it’s claws into us.

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Free Wallpaper for September 2020

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Hello! It’s almost fall and we’re still here! I call that a win in my book. July and August have been real wild for me, so I’m looking forward to slowing down hopefully a bit as the weather cools down and as I book out the rest of the year (I’m booking for November already…what?!!).

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Design Thinking Strategies for Facilitating Growth and Performance

Speaker: Carrie Cousins, Founder and Freelancer Writer & Designer at Carrie Cousins LLC

Design thinking is at the root of creative success. Seriously! But do you know how to shift your mindset and creative process – as well as that of your team – to create and ideate in ways that are truly innovative? The most inspired and innovative teams and individual designers need to be a part of a culture that enables forward-thinking, acceleration, and efficiency. It’s a combination of creative, analytical, and collaborative approaches that produce results.

Free Wallpaper for August 2020

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Hello fellow humans! I’m happy to announce that I’ve made it through July hanging on by a thread. It’s been a crazy month filled with 90+ degree days, lots of toddler chasing, and trying to keep on top of client work while maintaining some semblance of sanity. But let’s get to the reason you’re here.

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3 Must-Have Brand Items for your New Business

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There are about one bazillion things you need to think about when you decide to start a new business, and none of them seem to be any less important than the others. But the one thing can that separate you from your competitors is how you present your brand to the world. Your business’s image is a vital part of your identity that can set you steps above the others. Creating a cohesive brand for your business can even help build trust with potential clients by projecting a professional image.

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The Easy Way to Get Testimonials From Clients

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Believe it or not, your past clients are some of the most valuable assets you have to get new business. They know your quality of work, have great things to say about you (hopefully) and have the power to influence your future clients who may be on the fence about hiring you. So, how can you tap into this amazing resource? With testimonials! Testimonials are first-hand accounts from people you’ve worked with that verify how stellar it is to work with you.

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10 Things I'd Tell My 10-Years Younger Self

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Someone explain to me how 2000 can be 20 years ago? But also, the 80’s were 20 years ago? Actually, that does make sense because I literally do not feel like the same person I did 10 years ago. I thought about doing some sort of reflection post about the last decade, but it ended up being more of a letter to my younger self and I’m okay with that. Read below for the 10 things I’d tell my 10-years younger self + some fun throwback pics.

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Graphic Design Dictionary | Web Basics

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This month I’m starting a new series to help explain some of the common terms that I use everyday as a graphic designer, but that may not be as commonly known to others. I’ve found myself answering questions about these more than a few times, so I thought it might be helpful to start defining some of these terms that I commonly use when talking with clients. This time I’m starting with a few basic terms that anyone with a website or who is planning to have a website should know.

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Now More Than Ever: Why Communication is Essential For Your Business

Speaker: Danielle Hughes, Chief Personality Officer, More Than Words Marketing

In this presentation, you'll hear from Danielle Hughes, a copywriting and branding expert, on how you can use your personality to connect with your clients and stand out from the clutter. On how being vulnerable and real will create stronger connections and affinity, and how knowing your brand and your audience makes messaging easier for you and more relatable for them.

Why You Should Resize Your Photos Before You Post

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There’s nothing worse than going to a website only to sit and wait for all the photos to load (ok, there are plenty of worse things…but hear me out). With today’s web surfers getting more and more impatient, a slow loading site can mean that your audience is bouncing before they even get to your information. Not to mention that you will get better SEO results for images that load fast because it provides a better user experience (Google loves a fast loading website).

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Free Wallpaper for June 2020

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Hey hey hey! Summer is officially here along with 90 degree days, afternoon thunderstorms, and more watermelon than a small family could possible eat before it goes bad. My time has been limited for work lately (read more below for an update) and client projects are always my priority. So the free June digital wallpaper was the result of an instagram poll to determine the color of the month — it’s coral and I’m obsessed with it! — and a quick + dirty exploration of texture on my iPad.

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Free Wallpaper for August 2019

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Hello all you heavenly beings out there! I’ve got a current branding client who’s materials are inspired by adventure and spirituality and I’m looooooving the designs that we’re coming up with. So much so that I had to create the FREE digital wallpaper design this month based on her inspiration. Bless all your screens with this beautiful design and enjoy! Download the size you need here: Desktop Size , Mobile Size or No Calendar Version.

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Free Wallpaper for July 2020

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Hello and happy July! I hope everyone’s been hanging in there through this summer. It looks much different than I’m sure we all imagined. For me it’s been all about backyard playtime, warm evening walks, and dinners on patios. The patio is our own and we’re making the best use out of it since we moved in 7 years ago.) The summer is already flying by. Probably because living through what feels like a never-ending pandemic makes time move in strange ways!

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Recession Proof Your Business

Speaker: Ean

Facts fight fear. This presentation will outline specific actions you can take to protect your cash manage debt to increase your chances of success in an economic downturn. Suitable for all size businesses (side hustle to C-Corp) with any bookkeeping system.

My Top Tips For Writing Web Content

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Obviously in my opinion, your visual brand is what makes the very first impression on your website and hooks your audience. But once they’ve decided to stay and look a little closer, your content is what’s going to keep them there. First off — what is website content? Your content is the meat of your site. It’s all the writing that tells people about you + your business. It’s the literal voice of your company, and it can be one of the hardest parts to nail down during the web design process.

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How One Question Can Save You Time and Money

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By now, putting a contact page and form on your website should be basic knowledge so that potential clients can get in contact with you and know that you’re a legitimate business. We all have the basic fields on our contact form: name, phone, message, etc. But there is one simple question you can add to your contact form to give you important insights into your clients and tell you where your time and money should be spent…. How did you hear about me?

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3 Types of Logos & Which is Right for You

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There are three main categories that I typically group logo designs into: illustrative, iconic, and typographical. All three have many great attributes, and each also has drawbacks. But the best way to know which is the right one for you is to figure out how you will mostly be using your logo. Once you do, you may find that you want to focus on a specific style. Illustrative An illustrative logo is exactly what it sounds like - it has some element of illustration incorporated into it.

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How to Ensure Your Website is Working While You Aren't

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How long has it been since you updated your website? Heck.how long has it been since you've even looked at your website? Sometimes we forget (and I'm just as guilty of this) that while we may not be working on nights and weekends, our website is on the clock 24/7 making the first impression that many potential customers or clients see. Here are 5 easy steps to take to make sure your website is working while you aren't - and not embarrassing you behind your back!

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Practical Financial Advice for Creatives in Crisis

Speaker: Jason Blumer, CPA

This webinar provides practical and honest financial advice for those running creative businesses in crisis. The economic disruption brought about by the spread of the coronavirus has caught us all by surprise. Come learn how you need to act now in areas of cash, finances, tax, and the financial side of your business. There will be a time for Q&A as well

3 Things To Do When Business Is Slow

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I’ve been freelancing for 6 years now. And I think that I’ve finally come to accept that there are ebbs and flows when it comes to the amount of work I have. I used to panic every time I had a little lull (ask any of my business besties about the frantic phone calls they’d get). But nowadays I try to embrace the slower times and have faith that it’ll come back around.

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Free Wallpaper for July 2019

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Are you a cake cone or waffle cone kinda person? It’s hot as balls here in Colorado this week and that sun is a scorcher, just in time for the 4th of July! So cool down with this FREE digital wallpaper design with all the ice creams. Slap this sweet little ditty on all your screens to fancy them up for the month. Please share and enjoy! Download the size you need here: Desktop Size , Mobile Size or No Calendar Version. PERSONAL NEWS Nothing too crazy to report here this month.

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Free Wallpaper for May 2019

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Hey friends! It’s May and I’m here for all the Justin Timberlake memes. The weather’s warming up, grass is getting greener and spirits are starting to lift. This month the free May wallpaper design is inspired by spring growth and is made from a recycled floral illustration that wasn’t used in a client’s logo design. But she deserved to have her day in the spotlight. Grab this beaut’ to decorate your digital devices using the links below and please share and enjoy!

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Free Wallpaper for November 2019

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Hello and happy November! The snow is falling and the Christmas decorations have been out for a full month already. The free wallpaper this month started as a meditative sort of exercise in creating a pattern, but then I liked it enough to share with you all! So grab the file you need below and decorate all your digital screens with purple to purdy them up. Please share and enjoy! Download the size you need here: Desktop Size , Mobile Size or No Calendar Version.

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Web Design for All: Accessibility, Inclusivity and Beyond

Speaker: Eden Spivak, Design Expert and Editor at Wix & Nir Horesh, Accessibility Lead and Senior Product Manager at Wix

When we design products or websites for people like ourselves, there are many others who are, as a result, left out. In this webinar, we’ll delve into why accessibility matters. Yet however well-intended, website accessibility is too often seen as a checklist to be marked off at the end of the design process. Our goal is to shift the discussion around accessible design from accommodating the needs of a small minority group to creating better, more inclusive interfaces for us all - no matter our identity, background, knowledge, or ability.

10 Blog Post Ideas For Your New Website

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Did you know that blogging is one of the best ways to improve your search engine rankings so you’ll appear higher on Google? Everyone poo poos on blogging, but it could be the one thing that truly helps you get in front of more people. I get it, I get it…you don’t think you have anything good to say that anyone would be interested in. Or you feel stupid talking on the internet when it feels like you’re just shouting into the void.

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Free Wallpaper for May 2020

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Happy May! How you guys hanging in there? I’m honestly having the hardest time writing this right now because I have no idea what to say. We’ve been quarantined and staying home for the last 6+ weeks now and it doesn’t feel like the end is anywhere in sight. So I just keep reminding myself that this won’t be forever , even if it seems like it. And maybe you can tell yourself that, too, if it helps you keep going. But regardless, a new month still means a new free wallpaper design !

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Free Wallpaper for January 2020

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I really like the concept of choosing a word for the new year to focus on what’s important. So for 2020 I’ve chosen the word realign. My goals these days are more about creating the life + feelings that I want to experience rather than trying to attain something. Over the last year I’ve had to redefine what makes me successful, motivated and essentially who I am as a person. And I’m so excited to keep working on it this year.

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Free Wallpaper for April 2020

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Hellooooo and happy April! Weird times are upon us, friends. Weird times indeed. I feel like I’ve had to start every email for the past few weeks with “hope you’re sane and healthy!” and all my clients seem to be handling things differently. Some are hyper-productive and some have fallen off the face of the earth leaving me to assume they’re obviously living that bubble boy life ?????

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What in the World is a Force Majeure?

Speaker: Michele Berdinis

This session will answer business law questions that people are asking most during the pandemic.

Free Wallpaper for September 2019

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Hello all you happy people! September marks 6 years that I’ve been doing the free digital wallpaper for Six Leaf Design and sometimes I hate it because it’s a hassle and time consuming, but most of the time I love it when it’s done because it literally doesn’t matter how it comes out and I’ve had so many people tell me that they love it. So no worries, I plan to continue and this month I’ve got a super fun design for you that I’ve poetically named “Blobby Blobs.” Please share and enjoy!

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Free Wallpaper for March 2020

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Hello March! It’s good to see you because that means we’re on our way to spring and that’s what I’m really looking forward to — sorry, Winter. The free wallpaper design for March came out of 1) laziness because we’re heading to Arizona this week and I just realized that it’ll be March by the time I’m back in the office, and 2) because my kid is learning to scribble and that’s such a fun development!

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Free Wallpaper for February 2020

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We finally made it through January, friends! It was one heckuva long month but here we are on the other side and I already feel better. January is a tough one for me trying to get back into the swing of things after the craziness of all the holidays and the bleakness of the season. So I’m glad to have made it through and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. Onward to the wallpaper!

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Getting Started Freelancing

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Every once in a while an email floats into my inbox asking me about how to get started freelancing. Where do you get your clients from? How do you price your services? What’s the most important skill you’ve learned?” All great questions and I love to answer them when I have the time. So, I thought I’d put together some of my thoughts and give you my (possibly unsolicited) advice on getting started as a freelancer. Finding Clients I'm starting right off the bat with an apology. I'm sorry.

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Free Wallpaper for February 2019

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Hello and happy February! I’m switching things up a bit with the monthly wallpaper post format. So first things first, may I introduce you to the FREE wallpaper design for February ? This one was so fun to create and really therapeutic to draw all the little pattern elements while sitting in the coffee shop where I sometimes work. My future sis-in-law said it gives her major Saved By The Bell vibes and I take that as the highest of compliments.

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How To Create a Design Direction For Your New Logo

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Designing a logo is more than just creating a pretty looking icon or choosing fonts and colors. A lot of time and consideration should be put into how you want your logo to look and {more importantly} WHY you want it to look a certain way. Before you even get started on the design, you should take some time to decide on the design direction of your new logo to make sure that you are properly representing your business and starting your brand off on the right foot.

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How To Make a Logo Slider on Squarespace

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One of the biggest jobs your website has is to build credibility for you. And there are lots of ways to do that, but social proof is a super powerful one. That means showing that other people have had a great experience using your product or working with you. Testimonials are one great way to do that ( and you can see how I create a fancy-pants testimonials slideshow here ), but another great way to do that is to display the logos of big companies you’ve worked with or been featured by.

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Free Wallpaper for December 2019

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Happy December + last month of the decade! I can remember my dad hanging up our Christmas lights every year outside our house. My mom loved the sleek looking strings of all white lights but dad always liked those huge, colorful lights that were real popular in the 80s. I’m with you, Dad! And that’s what the inspiration for this month’s FREE digital wallpaper design is all about. So hang these lights on your screens by clicking the size you need below to download. Please share and enjoy!

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Free Wallpaper for January 2019

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Happy New Year, friends! I just spent the last two weeks relaxing, traveling and updating my portfolio. And let me tell you, it’s been so refreshing. I’m all charged up for 2019 + excited about my business and what’s in store. Last year I got to work with some of the best, most gracious clients. I found a great flow + process for my packages and feel like I’ve really hit a groove with freelancing finally.

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