When you’re just getting started as a freelancer, it can be hard to justify adding any new expense to your fledgling business. In the early months of going out on your own, it can take some time to become profitable (and get paid!) and at the beginning, your focus is primarily on making rent and praying that you’ll be able to eat more than oatmeal and ramen noodles for every meal.

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The 2018 Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet, an ‘inventive and imaginative’ shade of purple. It’s a shade that Pantone calls complex, contemplative, provocative, and thoughtful. In their dramatic unveiling of the 2018 Color of the Year, Pantone makes references to pop culture, politics, and the cosmos. It’s a tall order for a color, but we’re on board.

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Creating the written content for your online portfolio can seem like an overwhelming prospect when considering the entire process as a whole. Each page requires multiple necessary elements for telling the story of your business and work, while also encouraging visitors to get in touch with you to discuss business opportunities. If writing really isn’t your thing, the idea of sitting down and getting everything done can be something that ends up getting pushed back indefinitely.

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There are many different aspects to being a successful freelance designer. You have to manage everything from bookkeeping and marketing, to presenting and invoicing. There’s a great deal of variety to a freelancing career, but also a number of different areas to handle all at once. It’s often a good idea to compile some essential resources to speed up different aspects of the design process. Chosen carefully, resources can make a big impact on your productivity and success in each stage of a project.

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December 25th is just around the corner, so we’ve created a list of icons, patterns and illustrations to inspire and enhance your holiday design project. From hipster santa and watercolor wreath illustrations to shiny, shimmering snowflake patterns and classic Christmas icon collections, we have all of the festive elements you need to create the perfect greeting card, flyer, stationery, wrapping paper, website backdrops and backgrounds and more for Christmas.

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