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How Do You Find Clients? Designers Share Their Best Advice

How do individual designers and firms get their work seen and, more importantly, commissioned, at a time when freelance marketplaces such as Upwork, Fiverr and 99Designs have thousands of designers competing for work? We reached out a handful of entrepreneurial designers to learn how they snag clients.

Natasha Jen: Design Thinking Is Bullsh*t

99U Conference Talk by Natasha Jen, Pentagram

The Better Way to Pull the Plug on a Creative Project

It may not feel like it's time, but does it ever? Here's how to end your creative endeavors.

Vivienne Ming: Build Purpose to Prepare for the Unknown

'No matter how lucrative the opportunity, how prestigious the job, how profound the potential, my purpose must come first.'

How Deep Listening Can Help You Be More Creative

'When creating, be aware of the mode you are in—inhale or exhale. Ask yourself if you have given enough time or space for the inhale. Do you have enough rich data? Have you sat with it long enough? Have you gotten under the skin of things?' Jessica Orkin of SYPartners offers helpful advice on the practice of deep listening.

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Lessons for First-Time Managers

What if the manager you always wish was in the room is … you?

Don't Underestimate the Power of Empathy

In a world where AI and other technologies are driving rapid change, what skill do you feel is futureproof? For several…

Aaron Dignan: Being a Leader Means Giving Up Control

The author and entrepreneur says too many companies are clinging to Stone Age ideas about what it means to lead.

Kat Holmes: To Be Successful, Ask 'Whose Voice is Missing?'

Google’s director of UX design says the ability to seek out a range of perspectives is a critical skill.

Are Design Competitions for You?

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How These Designers Found Success on the Fringe

Husband-and-wife duo Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy have amassed an impressive following for their often whimsical inventions, eight of which have debuted on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. So far they’ve conjured everything from a poster designed to sharpen your ability to decipher scale to an iOS app that tests your internal sense of time and an indestructible 'forever jump rope.'

Don't Underestimate the Power of Empathy

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