Ross Simmonds

Foundation Joined over 3 years ago

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  • Posted to What Is The Difference Between A Great Startup Designer And A Mediocre One?, in reply to Martin LeBlanc , Nov 20, 2017

    This point you made in particular stood out:

    "The last thing I would add is to make sure designers in startups are ready to switch tools, workflows etc. Being flexible and have a broad skill set is great for startups."

    I love the idea of embracing flexibility when it comes to startups. The agile method is one of the most common approaches discussed - Is there any concepts/ideas you've seen to help ensure that designers stay flexible?

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  • Posted to Freelancing: How did you get your first client?, May 15, 2017

    Relationships are key.

    I've landed the majority of my clients at events and from referrals. When you're looking to land your first client, consider attending local events where your target audience will be.

    For example, if you're focused on designing logos - why not attend a local startup event where you know there will be a group of people who are just starting their business in attendance? If you're focused on web design - why not attend a local real estate event and build relationships with realtors who need a new web site?

    The majority of the people at these events will be Realtors or founders. So by not being like everyone else, you'll actually be a unicorn who everyone wants to connect with and learn from. Embrace this differentiation.

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  • Posted to Is there a free Illustrator alternative?, in reply to Alec Lomas , Apr 17, 2017

    Wow. Never heard of that before. Such a great tool - Thanks Alec!

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  • Posted to The Color of Your Video Player is Affecting Your Play Rate, Oct 04, 2016

    Very interesting - Love the data and info that Wistia has been putting out lately.

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  • Posted to Seven Must Read Books Recommended By The Top Product Designers, in reply to Marc Olivier Lapierre , Sep 29, 2016

    Nice - Thanks for sharing Marc! Looks like a good one.

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  • Posted to Seven Must Read Books Recommended By The Top Product Designers, Sep 28, 2016

    I'm always looking for books that can help shape my design thinking!

    Any recommendations from the DN community? I'd love to spend the rest of my Amazon Gift card :)

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