June 2005

From the IFD Mailbag … Portfolio Building

Member wants to build portfolio. What are OpenType fonts? Help with Kerning and Leading.

10 Surefire Ways to Shift Your Career Into High Gear

Master Designer Lori Haller tells 10 ways to find clients and get paid assignments.

From The Golden Thread Mailbag … “Back-End” Products

Scott Rempe talks about back end products.

Quick Tip: Instant-Energy Breathing

How you can instantly energize yourself.

How Being a Good Listener Can Make You a Successful Copywriter

Discover a simple secret that can help you get to know your prospect better.

From The Golden Thread Mailbag … Marketing Yourself

Scott Rempe talks about marketing yourself.

Quick Tip: Why Writing Web Headlines Is Different

Nick Usborne reveals what sets web headlines apart.

11 Easy Things You Can Do Right Now to Fix a Client’s Website (and Yours!)

John Forde shares eleven easy strategies from making your website stronger.

Quick Tip: 5 Secrets to Make One or Two Colors Look Like Many

Using two spot colors in a project can be as exciting as a 4-color design – and since it costs less to print, it is more profitable for your client.

From the IFD Mailbag … Program Assignment Layout, and Resources

Guidance on layout and graphic design resources

Student Success Story: Dennis Rome Proves You Can Really Make a Living in Graphic Design

Design member Dennis Rome shares advice on how to get started in graphic design.

Special Feature: What You Need to Know About PDF Files

Learn an easy way to convert Word Documents to PDFs.

From The Golden Thread Mailbag … What to Charge for DM Packages

Scott Rempe answers a letter from a member about what to charge for direct mail packages.

Quick Tip: Look Professional by Using "Styles"

How using consistent formatting makes your work look more professional.

The Wrong Words … and the Right Ones … for Travel (and All) Writing

Jen Stevens teaches you how to write better, more engaging descriptions.

From The Golden Thread Mailbag … Contracts

Scott Rempe shares member tips about using contracts in your business.

Quick Tip: Getting Over "Book Guilt"

Reading guidelines to help you become a better-read person without becoming overwhelmed.

The Well-Read Life

Michael Masterson explains how you can benefit from reading widely.