Vitamin

Vitamin
Vitamin

Check out Mike Rundle with How C.R.A.P is Your Site Design?

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What is Vitamin?
The web has undoubtedly entered a new and exciting phase. Designers, developers and entrepreneurs are energized, refueled and producing some mind-blowing projects. The buzz is most definitely back! Vitamin is a brand new online magazine dedicated to that new web industry.

Vitamin will inspire you, teach you, advise you and sometimes test you with its in-depth features, audio interviews, training sessions and reviews.

It’s updated every week, and it’s free! So whether you just want to get dirty with the code or plan to topple Google with your next cunning web app idea, Vitamin is your new best friend.

Vitamin is by: Rachel Andrew, Faruk Ates, Mark Boulton, David Greiner, Geoff Grosenbach, John Hornbaker, Gareth Knight, Peter Nixey, Josh Owens, Derek Powazek, Giles Turnbull, Philip Wilkinson, Alex Young

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Andy Budd on NO!SPEC

 Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Andy Budd::Blogography
Andy Budd::Blogography

Creative pitches are toxic

In a recent survey of design agencies, the BDI calculated that unpaid creative pitches cost UK agencies an average of 38,000 per year.

As such, the BDI survey found out that over 25% of projects are not awarded after a creative pitch.

I have always believed that creative pitches provide poor value for the client, and makes choosing a design partner harder rather than easier. I also believe unpaid creative pitches are bad for the designers involved and damaging to the industry as a whole. Apart from the large amount of money lost per year, unpaid pitches relegate design to a commodity, and a free commodity at that. People value things they pay for, while they place little stock in things that are free. This is why so many creative pitches go un-awarded.

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RIP Michelle Goodrich of Mandarin Design Daily

Michelle Goodrich
Michelle Goodrich

I just received a sad email informing me that Michelle of Mandarin Design passed away this weekend. For those of you who do not know Michelle, she was a generous and gracious person. And like others around the internet, I feel the loss.

Michelle was an inspiration to me. Although I’ve never ‘met’ her, I felt her caring personality from first contact. It was her feature on DWB in February. Her reply was warm and humbling. The same went with the additional emails of encouragement and support for my project.

Once she responded with, “I’m pleasantly surprised and flattered when one thinks of me as a ‘designer’.”

Michelle, you are and always will be.

We’ll miss you … anon.

Mandarin Design Daily: The MEG Blog by: Michelle Goodrich

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Successful Blog

ME Strauss
ME Strauss

No matter how busy I am, if I’m near an internet connection I visit two inspiring blogs on a daily basis. Successful Blog, hosted by sweet ME Strauss (Liz), covers branding, writing, customers, ideas, has a weekly Open Mike Night chatathon, and, if you have a decent track record, you’ll come away a S.O.B. [... Continue reading ... Successful Blog

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