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A re-launch of my side project Iain, my cartoon website

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My cartoon website www.iain.dk has just been re-launched. As with my other side project, my football website thedandydons.com it is an opportunity for me to develop skills and express myself on my own terms. I greatly enjoy working with clients, but it is nice on my personal projects to do exactly what I want. It also makes me a better designer when working with clients, and a bit less of a control freak.

The drawing style for Iain.dk is very different from my commercial illustration style. And is a very enjoyable way to work. I now have a brand new Facebook page to bring people into. It currently has precisely six! Hint, hint. www.facebook.com/iaindk

Follow Iain on Facebook

 

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Cartoon design history of the RAF logo

The classic RAF logo is something of a design classic. It is simple classy and instantly recognisable. You can read about the logo (roundel) from the RAF’s site here.

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Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A by NamelessFaithlessGod on deviantART

 

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Hipsters in the design studio cartoons

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My top 4 tips on starting a design and branding agency

1. Don’t blow all your start up capital on toys!

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2. Do you want to work with your friends or lose your friends.

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If you are starting a business with friends because it will be fun, you are going in with the wrong attitude. If they don’t have the same work ethic and/or commitment as you, you may well ruin a business and a friendship.

3. Be wary and be prepared

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In business as in life the vast majority of people are hard working and honest. However every now and then you meet a bad one. Some are such skilled con men and women they will have conned you without you even knowing. Read about contracts. Look at contract templates. Cover yourself. Alternatively find yourself a hit man in need of a website/logo design. Just kidding… for legal reasons.

4. Get an accountant

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Unless you really love accounting just get an accountant. Take away the hassle and stress of dealing with the tax man/woman…

Lies graphic designers say to art directors

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‘Lies graphic designers say to Art Directors’ is based on my time working in agencies as a graphic designer working under Art Directors. Some of whom have been incredibly inspiring, talented people, who have taught me an immeasurable amount.

Hopefully that covers me should I run into any of them…