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Comic Neue Teaches an Old Font New Glyphs

Posted by Jillian Kurvers on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 06:25 AM

Untitled_designComic Sans had its fun, but now it's time to pass the torch to the new font on the block. To celebrate its arrival, here are five hilarious ways to incorporate Comic Neue into your day-to-day activities.

Some have noted, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that there's nothing funny about Comic Neue. Others have called it a sophisticated alternative to what was once the only convivial font available. Well, the times have changed. Meet Comic Neue, the font you'll want to laugh with, not at.

Topics: Font Friday, Casual Fridays

Take Your Design Career to the Next Level at HOW Design Live

Posted by The Creative Group on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 05:15 AM

HDL_2014No matter where you are in your design career, experts say it's essential to always have your portfolio in tip-top shape. Of course, a portfolio is key when you're looking for a new job.

But it's also helpful in making your case for a raise or promotion. It's critical when you're pitching to new clients. And updating your portfolio is a great way to take stock of your best work.

Does your portfolio need refreshing? The Creative Group executive director Diane Domeyer is coming to HOW Design Live to present "Putting Together and Pitching a Digital Portfolio That Lands You Work." Consider this an investment in your career with a potentially significant ROI!

Topics: Events, Portfolio, Personal Branding

Why We're Not Work Friends

Posted by Jillian Kurvers on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Work_FriendsAre your friends around the office few and far between? Here are two compelling reasons why that could be.

Making friends at work can be tricky. As with siblings, you don't get to choose who you work with (unless you're the boss). Instead, coworkers are bestowed upon you out of necessity and chance. And while you're all in it together, aligned with business goals and mothership strategies, you may otherwise have little basis for friendship.

Topics: Career Advice, Office Culture, Op-ed

Social Networking Etiquette: How to Handle Sticky Situations

Posted by Alison Strickland on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 05:20 AM

Social_Networking_EtiquetteWhen it comes to social networking, there's nowhere to hide. No matter how careful you are with your privacy settings, people will want to connect and engage with you – and you may not always feel the same.

So how do you handle unwanted friend requests or embarrassing content that's tied to your name? The answer is not always easy, but social networking etiquette guidelines can help.

Topics: Career Advice, Social Media, Online Etiquette

3 Easy Ways to Turn Freelance Work into More Freelance Work

Posted by Bryn Mooth on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

business_developmentAs a freelance creative professional, business development is your most essential activity – and probably your most challenging. Researching new opportunities, connecting with prospects and doing all the follow-up can be difficult and time-consuming. Here's how to make it easier.

If you're seeking more work, finding ways to spin more projects out of the freelance work you're already doing presents a smoother path to business development.

Topics: Career Advice, Freelancing

5 Lessons in Client Management from 'Mad Men'

Posted by Eileen Burick on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

client_management_mad_menThe new season of Mad Men will transport us back into the late 1960s ­– and if the rumors are correct, the early '70s. But when you step away from the fashion and social turmoil portrayed on the show ­– and the three-martini lunches – it also offers some timeless lessons in client management and the creative process.

Topics: Client Management

Hot Job: Creative Director

Posted by The Creative Group on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hot-Job_Creative-DirectorDesign master. Magnificent mediator. Highly skilled multitasker. A good creative director brings it all to the party.

Who makes sure creative team members work together like a well-oiled machine, consistently cranking out genius deliverables, never missing deadlines and frequently landing coveted work from desirable clients? It couldn't happen without the guidance of a creative director. 

Topics: Job Search, Salary Trends, Job Title/Description

I Love My Job Because …

Posted by Alison Strickland on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 @ 05:35 AM

Love_Job_Feb._21,_2014Working in the creative industry is no doubt challenging, but it's also very rewarding. Despite the daily struggles of our jobs, there's often a silver lining.

Lengthy to-do lists, unrelenting deadlines and demanding clients can take a toll on any creative professional – sapping our energy, creativity and morale. Sometimes, we even have to make a concerted effort to be happy at work. But despite these headaches and hurdles, at the end of the day, many of us love our jobs.

Not convinced? We recently asked a simple question on our LinkedIn company page: "What's one thing you love about your job?" The responses rolled in – and it was quite uplifting.

Topics: Casual Fridays

Career Q&A: How to Follow Up on a Job Interview

Posted by Alison Strickland on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 @ 05:25 AM

In this Career Q&A, a reader wants to know how to follow up on a job interview without coming across as annoying or desperate. 

TCG_Career_QAI just interviewed for a UX design job and feel the meeting went really well. The hiring manager seemed impressed by my portfolio and responses, and we seemed to have a lot in common – a good sign considering he would be my future boss. Now that the job interview is over, what should I do next to increase my odds of landing the position? – TCG Blog reader/job seeker

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search, Career Q&A

6 Presentation Styles

Posted by Gavin McMahon on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 @ 05:15 AM

Presentation_Style_WebinarThe pitch. It's the big moment in any creative professional's life. The chemistry meeting went well. You have a handle on the brand. They asked for a big idea.

Since then, the team has been toiling away for weeks. Late nights, endless cups of coffee, arguments, creative differences, brilliant ideas and a lot of hard work. Your masterpiece is ready to be unveiled to the world. It all comes down to this. Is the way you present the work as good as the work?

Topics: Events, Skills Development