Designers Blog

Artisan Talent’s designers blog offers a captivating look at the freelance creative and digital marketing industries—with blogs written by insiders who know the business.

Design History: 5 Radical Modernist Works by Dan Friedman


Proud Sponsor Alert: Artisan's Chicago office is a proud to be on the list of sponsors for our friends at the Chicago Design Museum. Here's their latest Guest Blog, written by Co-Founder Tanner Woodford.

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Why Referrals Make Better Hires


“Who you know” is the most important thing when searching for a job. In fact, it just might be the one factor that could tip chances in your favor.

Recruiters review resumes for skills, but if there are only “six degrees of separation” between you and the competition, they are always more likely to take a closer look at a job candidate. Hiring managers know that words on a page can be exaggerated. A personal referral can help provide an important character reference that a resume cannot.

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Guest Blog: Be more than a freelancer. Be a professional freelancer.


The unwritten rules for attending dinner parties. We know them. We abide by them. Never show off. Never act like some jerk. Never comment on how the lasagna’s right up there with Chef Boyardee. Grace, kindness, dignity—all golden tickets to a second invite. Maybe more.

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Artisan to Co-Host "In-House Perspectives" with AIGA Chicago


What happens when your client is your co-worker? In-house brand teams are on the rise and leveraging proximity to positively impact the bottom line.

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What Is a Candidate-Driven Market and How Does It Affect Me?


Good news for job seekers: It's a candidate-driven market again.

What is a candidate-driven market? Basically, a candidate-driven market means waves of hiring surges are bringing competition back to the job market.

It means now is a great time to be looking for work as there are more jobs for talented creatives. A high demand for specific skills paired with the longer amount of time companies take to fill open roles is good news for job seekers, but not so great news for those doing the hiring.

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Guest Blog: Final Thoughts on Marketing with GA


This is week 5 of Changing Course to a Career in Marketing: Back in the Saddle by Guest Blogger and Artisan Talent Sarah Antao. Get up to date with her first post here, then read on to learn her final thoughts on General Assembly's marketing class.

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Can I Deduct That? Tax Time for Freelancers


It's tax time for freelancers!

Freelancing is awesome. That is – right up until it comes time to file your taxes. If this is your first year freelancing, you may not realize that you are going to be taxed two times. What we mean is that your freelance work counts as personal income on your taxes. But you are also in business for yourself, and so you are charged a payroll tax.

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Artisan Sponsored Event: A Day in the Life of a UX Designer


After the success of our General Assembly + Artisan Denver event, we're proud to be sponsoring another UX themed event, this time in Chicago!

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Guest Blog: Back To School in Digital Marketing, Week 4


This is week four of Changing Course to a Career in Marketing: "Math on Purpose" by Guest Blogger and Artisan Talent Sarah Antao. Get up to date with her first post here, second, and last week's post here...then read on to learn about doing math on purpose!

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Before the Ax Falls: 3 Steps to Head off Employee Termination


It's expensive to lose an employee. We’re not talking about employee retirement or someone going off into the sunset for a better job. We’re talking about the dreaded ax – employee termination – the “You’re fired,” that none of us really want to deal with.

It may be necessary; the employee could be a bad cultural match or not have the right skills. But before you give them the ax understand it’s going to hurt you as much as it does them.

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At Artisan Talent, we know that our clients and our freelancers are busy professionals who do not have enough time in the workday. As such, we wanted to create a blog where it is possible to get the scoop on all aspects of hiring web design, development, content creation and digital marketing in one place. We do not stop at that; we go the extra mile to make sure every post is useful, easy-to-understand and even enjoyable to read.

Stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world of design and marketing and learn how each innovation impacts the way companies, employees, and freelancers work together. Check out the latest posts and follow Artisan’s designers blog. Our talented bloggers scour the web to keep you up to date with the latest techniques and happenings in all areas of digital marketing and design. Plus, Artisan provides winning strategies to help clients and freelancers connect and work together for the common good.

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