024 The Local Method – The Top Five Tips For Graphic Designers Or Any Business

by Albert on August 11, 2012


The Local MethodOn today’s episode we will be talking about top five tips for graphic designers or any business for that matter.  This episode contains some good information about branding and design as I interview a graphics designer from here in Thunder Bay. There are a couple of really cool announcements as well.


Graphics Design Here In Thunder Bay


I’m excited to be my second interview of a business from my hometown. This is something I am trying to more of. I want to hear what is going through the minds of local businesses. How did they get to where they are today and how are they using social media? These and other questions are going to be answered on this weeks show.

A few months ago Travis and I ended up going out for coffee at our local Starbucks after connecting with me on Twitter. Since then we have stayed in touch. After our last meeting at Starbucks I asked him if he would be kind enough to come on the show and share some of his real life business experience with my listeners. He agreed.

About a month after our first meeting Travis surprised the heck out of me as he took the information in a book I talked about with him and put it into action. The book was Built To Sell by John Warrillow (link). Since I was a subscriber to his email newsletter I noticed he had created a process he called “Logo +”. In the Podcast we talk about what Logo + is and how it could help his clients and how it could help his business. 


Top Five Tips For Graphic Designers


During the Podcast Travis also offers us his top five tips for graphic designers. These tips can be applied to any business. So, even if you’re not a graphics designer think about how you can adjust these tips for you.

  1. Pricing: Make sure you’re losing on some of the jobs you bid on
  2. Networking: Make sure you’re annoying someone
  3. Keep getting better, even if it’s by minuscule increments
  4. Use Freshbooks
  5. Never design something that sucks


My Small Business Week Speaking Gig


I’m happy to say that I just firmed up some details about my presentation at small business week in October. I recently had coffee with Ryan from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and we have  narrowed it down to a couple possible topics. It was over a year ago I first offered to do a free workshop for Chamber Members so needless to say I am pumped to finally be able to present.

I am considering sharing that information with listeners of the podcast and members of the The Local Method Market Leadership email newsletter. Have you signed up yet?

I still have a couple of months prepare so look for more details on the blog here as we get closer to October.


A Special Thank You


I also want to give a special thank to the folks that have taken a few minutes out of their busy day to leave me a rating and review in iTunes. I thank you and appreciate it.

Firstly having you listen to the show means a lot to me and second, the reviews go along way in spreading and sharing the message of the Podcast with more people.

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Be sure to check out these fine folks by clicking on the links to their Podcasts.

*Note: I noticed I gave an incorrect address in my completed Podcast and it was too late to change it. The correct address is albert@thelocalmethod.com to contact me.

Here’s a little more about this weeks guest…..

Travis Ulrich is the owner of Ulrich Design; A graphic design company in Thunder Bay, that specializes in Identity & Branding. Ulrich Design uses a process called Logo+ (“logo plus”) in which a client’s Logo is designed using Ulrich Design’s 5-Step Logo Design Process and then the “+” branded items are designed. You can view Ulrich Design’s website at: ulrichdesign.ca. Follow Travis on Twitter: @ulrichdesign

Travis has lived in Thunder Bay since 2000. He graduated from Lakehead University where he double-majored in Marketing and General Business Management. Travis also coaches Midget hockey and blogs about his coaching experiences.

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