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For some reason, the topic of sustainable graphic design keeps coming up lately in my reading (I think I read too much). We’ve been implementing green practices in our design studio for awhile now. Thanks to these green resources for designers and marketers, I have lots of new ideas…

Do you know of other green resources especially for design and marketing folks? Share them here!

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Dogs who dig design

Essie: a set on flickr

I’m proud to announce that my office assistant Essie made it onto the HOW Design Blog!

Her passion for design is quite evident in the fact that she regularly naps in front of my stack of HOW Magazine back issues, not to mention her honest critiques of my design work (woof!! = yes, it’s very good. arrooo = nope, not quite there yet).

Though she was more than happy to model the sticker on the HOW Design blog, we hear dogs aren’t allowed at the HOW Design Conference in Denver (sorry, Essie). But maybe next year…

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677514537_b8ed333c43Part of a series of post-Creative Freelancer Conference postings:

5. Look for trends in your industry and target markets: what is the next direction? What is going away? (inspired by Petrula Vrontikis’ keynote session)

These days, I’m finding it’s not enough simply to stay current with software — staying on top of industry and marketing trends is crucial. Lately, I find myself reading and learning about social media marketing and SEO, in addition to keeping up with my design reading.

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tropicana040209After experiencing my own frustration with the new Tropicana orange juice packaging (where the heck is the one I usually buy??) I started following online discussions from others who are displeased with the design. Here’s proof of how your brand can make or break a sale.

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cavallini_clipiola

Looking for a unique client gift? Redecorating your office? Head straight to OFFICE PDX and peruse the multitude of design-savvy supplies, like business card holders, desk accessories and binders. I was thrilled to find the much-loved Cavallini & Co. Clipiola circular paper clips I have been searching for. Not to mention the fact that it’s headed up by a couple of graphic designers (but I’m biased, of course).

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cutpaste1Even if you aren’t a designer, I guarantee you’ll enjoy the live design tournament known as Cut&Paste. Watch as Chi-town designers compete for the greatest 2D, 3D, and motion graphics—created right on the spot among a cheering audience.

Cut&Paste hits Chicago next Friday, April 4th at the Congress Theatre. Get more info here. If you can’t be there, watch the live webcast and cheer on your favorite designer.

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