What should go in your design portfolio
Chris Wolfgang

Chris Wolfgang

Chris Wolfgang has been writing and editing for the technical world for several years, most recently as the editor of The Layout, Flywheel's online design publication. But really, she'd rather talk to you about comics, sci-fi, or manga. Let her know what you think about any of those things on Twitter.

  • What should go in your design portfolio

    October 29, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Whether you’re in college, a few years removed from it, or revamping your online presence after decades of work, you know you don’t put everything you’ve ever done into your design portfolio. Your online portfolio is your highlight reel. “So I only want the best of the best in there, right?” Whoa. Not only. You…

  • 9 things to listen for in a design critique

    October 22, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    It might be a stretch to promise any of you that you can enjoy a critique of your latest design project. But it’s absolutely possible to embrace it as a shortcut to producing better work. It all depends on what you’re listening for. You know you’re not supposed to hear critique as a personal attack….

  • Should you even have business cards?

    October 15, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Who out there has designed their own business cards? I mean, why wouldn’t you? It’s a small project with quick turnaround, and it allows for a decent amount of creativity within a relatively strict set of parameters. You need your name, business, and contact info on a card that fits easily in a wallet. Go….

  • You do what you do, we do what we do

    October 1, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Every once in a while, one of our clients comes along with an awesome story about how managed hosting has changed their business for the better. We adore those stories. And every once in awhile, it’s a story that’s too cool not to share with the rest of you. The challenges of being a creative…

  • What I learned about brand commitment from that article about The Onion

    August 27, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    You’ve no doubt seen Fast Co.Design’s (fantastic) article about The Onion’s art department. Three people, well-versed in Photoshop, churn out custom photo and illustration art for every article on the satirical news site. “Why bother?” asked author Dan Nosowitz. It’s all about commitment, man. The article expresses awe at the lengths the site goes to…

  • Find out if the internship you’re offering is worth it

    August 22, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Let’s answer a few questions, shall we? It’ll be fun. Do you offer an internship through your business? Do you know why? If you answered “No,” or even better, “I don’t know” to either of those, never fear. You probably already know that poorly organized internships are a waste of time for everybody: The intern…

  • Specialization or blind loyalty? Designing only for WordPress

    August 19, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    You, along with many design, dev, and creative shops around the globe, have probably at least considered making a complete shift to building only for WordPress. As a CMS, it’s relatively simple, has complexity where it counts, and clients are finally comfortable with it. Whether you’ve taken the leap, you’re still contemplating, or you’ve decided…

  • The one where I say Stefan Sagmeister is wrong

    August 13, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    I absolutely adored this video of Stefan Sagmeister: “You Are Not a Storyteller.” Mostly because of the way he says “bullshit.” I defy anyone to tell me it is not the most lyrical pronunciation of an obscenity ever. The premise of said video is Sagmeister taking exception to the concept that every creative professional is…

  • Benefits that your creative staff actually wants

    August 5, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    If you’re interested in building a team of the best of the creative best, you have to acknowledge one important bit: The best of the best are already doing a lot of cool stuff. If you want them on your team — and, more importantly, you want to keep them on your team — you…

  • It’s all about the hype: how to market yourself without ads

    July 22, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    As a creative agency, you may decide that advertising is simply not for you. Advertising is what you help other people with. You are advertising. But you still need a clientele, which means you still need to market yourself in some way. So how do you get your name out there in a way that…

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