freelance

Cloudapp - A Great Utility for Getting Files to Clients & One of the Best General File Sharing Utilities Period

In the ongoing quest to to continue to smooth out my freelancing workflow, one of the things I'm always on the lookout for are great solutions for moving files around to people. Recently I've been getting a lot of mileage out of the Cloud.app service. So far it's the fastest and easiest way I've seen to get files around to clients. I have primarily been using the Dropbox Public to get review Quicktimes and smaller deliverables out to people, but Cloud.app bests other solutions for a few reasons.

First is the shear simplicity of it. Drag a file from anywhere to the menubar icon, and the file is automatically uploaded and a publicly accessible URL is copied to your clipboard. Just hit paste to Email or IM the link and away you go. These guys have done a great job on the simplicity of the service. The corresponding website to retrieve the files is beautifully designed in it's simplicity, and looks like new little features are being added on a regular basis to make it even better. By default it's also setup to automatically upload all your screenshots. I had no idea how handy something like that was, I use it all the time.

The real beauty of this service is unlocked when you sign up for the Pro account. Not only do you get increased upload limits (free account is limited to 25mb/file, pro accounts increase it to 250mb/file) but the coolest feature is the ability to use a custom domain.

By setting it up to use your own domain or sub-domain you get customized links to share that make you look like a pro. I just set up my account to use the files.jordanlloyd.com subdomain. What's great is that other than setting up the domain for use with Cloudapp (using a simple CNAME record), all the work is still done by Cloudapp on their servers and their storage (which I assume is S3?). So technically files are not hosted by you or your domain at all, but rather just accessible via your custom domain URL. I really like the setup this way, and it might make clients feel a little more at ease receiving files from a more personal URL rather than a (likely) unknown URL/service they haven't heard of.

So I definitely recommend checking this out if you move a lot of files around during the day, especially if you deal with slightly less tech-savvy clients. Definitely look into the pro account for the added convenience of larger files and the ability to setup your custom URL. It's cheap too, $5/month, $25/6 months or $45/year.

You can checkout Cloud.app in the Mac Appstore or at (www.getcloudapp.com).

2011 Reel - Motion Graphics Design

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Cut together a quick new reel to highlight some of the recent work/projects I've completed over the last couple months. Not quite a total refresh, some new & some old.

More Great Advice: 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know - Jamie Wieck

Some more great advice, this time in the form of 50 things every graduating design student should know, but I find this stuff just as applicable to those who have been out of school for a while grinding it out in the 'real world'.

The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know - Jamie Wieck - Design, Illustration & Creative Thinking.

A couple of my favourites in particular:

50. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take your work seriously, take the business of your craft seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. People who do are laughed at. #the50

Fact. Don't be one of those designers.

47. Share your ideas. You’ve nothing to gain from holding on to your ideas; they may feel precious, but the more you share, the more new ideas you’ll have. #the50

This is so true, the more you share the better off you're likely to be. Ideas are useless without execution anyway. If someone is more passionate about your idea then you are, you're probably better off.

45. Be an auteur. Regardless of who you’re working with, speak up if something’s not right. Take it upon yourself to be the barometer of quality. #the50

I've been guilty of this a lot in the past. I'd fold faster than Superman on laundry day for ridiculous client requests that hurt the project, because I really just didn't care about the work. It really comes down to genuinely caring about the work you are doing.

38. Do not underestimate self-initiated work. Clients get in touch because of self-initiated work. Ironically, business is excited by ideas untouched by the concerns of business. #the50

Ditto.

Lot's more great advice in the full list, definitely recommend checking it out.

The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know - Jamie Wieck - Design, Illustration & Creative Thinking.

Good Advice in “How do I get freelance work??”

A lot of great advice as usual from Jessica Hische, you know her from this awesome 'Should I work for Free?' flowchart you saw on the internet last week. All of it you should have heard before, but just read it again. And again.

If you were a normal person in the process of opening your own restaurant, how would you go about hiring a designer? You certainly wouldn’t think “hey, why don’t I go see what’s happening on Design Observer today” or “why don’t I spend the day browsing that obscure design magazine?”. You would ask your friends if they knew any designers. And those friends would ask their friends. So essentially, if you’re not a few degrees away from that potential client, your chances of working with them are slim.

via “How do I get freelance work??”.

Recommended reading for anyone who typically wears trackpants to 'work'.