October 14, 2015

Win an Instant Gallery Wall of Prints - Birthday Giveaway


It’s my birthday - and in honor of my 27th year on this beautiful earth - I’ve partnered up with Ciera from Ciera Design and Sara from Cake Over Steak to bring you this awesome giveaway!

I always like celebrating birthdays - it’s a great excuse to make time for yourself, get together with friends you haven’t seen in a while, and reflect on all of the great things that happened in the past year (as well as great things that lie ahead!)

The winner of the giveaway will win 6 prints of their choice, enough for a stylish gallery wall. You will have your choice of two prints from my etsy shop, two from Ciera’s etsy shop, and two from Sara’s etsy shop. The chosen prints will be printed on high quality archival paper and shipped directly to you! A great way to get some new art for your space, or get ahead on holiday gifts.

Here are some examples of what you have to choose from for your gallery wall:

Brigette I Design

Ciera Design

Cake Over Steak

To enter, fill out the giveaway form below before October 25th - winners will be randomly selected and notified via email. Good luck! :)

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August 19, 2015

4 Ways to Sell your Designs Online

It’s important to have a passion for your design work, but one cannot live on beautiful typography or satisfying b├ęzier curves alone.

One of the great advantages of the graphic design life is the flexibility it affords - you can mix and match full-time, part-time and freelance work to bring in money. But there are a few other ways you can generate income from your designs as well:

1. Etsy - for physical & digital items

List items through a personal shop front. Customers can instantly download purchased digital goods, Etsy can generate shipping labels for physical goods.

$.20 per listing, each time you publish or renew

I have technically had my etsy shop since 2010, but didn’t start using it seriously until about two years ago. I’ve sold custom design items, prints and stationery, and digital printable files - though it can be a great avenue for things like wordpress themes, custom invitations, and digital resources/textures as well.

People search directly on Etsy looking for products, but choosing effective keywords and promoting your shop elsewhere to get exposure is crucial - given the staggering number of shops and products. There are great resources out there to help you get started and learn the ins and outs, including this Skillshare class I found to be really helpful.

2. Society 6 - for prints, clothing & home goods

Upload digital files for Society6 to produce/sell as prints and home goods.

Free, small profit margin

I just opened a Society 6 shop recently, and I was surprised how easy it was to set up. This is a great option for passive income, because Society 6 does all of the work for you with production, orders, and shipping.

Of course, less work means less profit. You control the price mark up for prints, but other items like pillows, mugs, clocks and clothing have set profit margins ranging between 2 and 4 dollars for most items. That may seem like a small amount, but over time it may be worth the investment of a few hours to set up your shop.

3. Creative Market - for fonts, textures, & resources

List digital items for instant download, set your own prices.

Free, 30% of each sale goes to Creative Market

Creative Market is a great option to sell things you may be developing for yourself anyway - like photoshop brushes, custom fonts and stock photography. I have yet to experiment with it, so I asked Jenn Coyle of Hello Brio to share some tips for success:

"Do your research to see how popular shops write titles, descriptions, and prepare preview images. Purchase a competitor's product to investigate how they package it. Once you're getting sales and messages, always make sure to handle customer service and respond to comments as soon as you can. You can get a nice flow of passive income going if you follow these tips: make stuff you love, do your research, upload regularly, and engage with your customers."

4. On your website - for everything!

Sign up for a third party e-commerce site and add it to an existing website.

Free - Varied depending on features

Adding a shop to your existing website is a great avenue if you already get a decent amount of traffic to your site, and won’t need to spend energy promoting a separate shop front. There are a myriad of e-commerce plugins and services out there, and some web platforms have built-in options like Squarespace and Wordpress plugins. For other websites, here are a few suggestions:

shopify.com - $14/month starter plan, pre-built themes, ability to sell in person
opencart.com - Free, lots of features, templated but not 100% customizable
ecwid.com - Free for up to 10 products, easy html addition to your site

All of these ventures will not yield success overnight - there are hundreds of thousands of sellers who use these methods, and it can take time and effort to build up visibility. But it certainly doesn't hurt to give it a shot, you never know what will take off!

Do you sell your design work in other places that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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July 31, 2015

Design Double Clicks | July


There is no limit to the design and business information out there, and I try to draw as much inspiration to bring to my own work as I can. I thought reflecting monthly would be a great way to make the most of that process - so here are some things I keep clicking back to for inspiration, and a few upcoming projects I have percolating:



Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time in the Day, and How to Start A Successful Blog.
I have been admiring the captivating wisdom of Maria Popova and her Brain Pickings blog for a while (I highly recommend to add it your list!), but I recently heard her interview on The Tim Ferriss Show this  month. Her thoughts on writing for yourself, how to become the person you want to be, and the creative process are valuable for any designer, blogger or human being.  

Designer Kelli Anderson's recent work
Kelli Anderson's design processes never cease to inspire me - from this flip book project she posted about recently to "This Book is a Planetarium", a popup book due out this fall. Her ability to think outside the normal parameters of design inspires me to strive to do the same. 


I’m happy to get back to work on some personal projects now that I'm settled from moving at the beginning of the month - that means more type sketching, brush markering and anchor point plotting. I have a few new print designs that will hopefully be ready for action in August!
I also just started a Society 6 shop, which was a really straight forward process. I’m still filling in more of my work and figuring out what new designs I might come up with for the different products. 


8 Steps to Set Up Your File for Print.
A really useful guide from Ciera Design on a sometimes overlooked but important part of the design process.

Share your work without the “ick” factor.
Elembee covered some great tips on self promotion - something I still struggle with.

When should I start branding my business?
A great breakdown from Spruce Rd. on when to think about branding.

What have you been inspired about this month? What have you been working on? Let me know in the comments!

(images courtesy of timferriss.com, kellianderson.com and society6.com)

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