Ana Labudovic


Research: PROJECTS

Research often begins with the brief itself, as some clients tell you their preferences at the start.

Topic: Profiles


Apart from having a better chance of securing more work, being capable of working across disciplines keeps you entertained, as jumping from one discipline to another is seldom boring.

Topic: Design Reference

Motivation: CREATIVITY

For Klas Ernflo, motivation was a hard word to define: "It's not really the money that drives me, even though I wouldn't mind getting some, but I've always been getting a lot of satisfaction from simply doing my work; drawing, doing things that feel meaningful, doing a lot of more artistic work—that's what makes me feel good.

Topic: Professional Development


The first step is always the most difficult.

Topic: Professional Development

Getting All You Need from the Client: Project Management from A-Z

Things that need to be discussed, but are not a part of the design brief itself, are budgets and timetables as well as how communications will be managed or with whom will you communicate.

Topics: Design Reference, Managing Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets


In order to organize and communicate their message, designers arrange colors, shapes, images, type, materials, and textures with the goal of generating aesthetically pleasing communication material.

Topic: Professional Development

Illustration: Graphic Design(ers)

It is safe to say that most designers at some point flirt with illustration.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Interactive Design, Packaging, Pattern & Palette, Product Design, Type

So-Called Techniques: Creativity

There are days when inspiration runs dry and you stare at a blank page of something that was supposed to be your masterpiece.

Topics: Design Reference, Managing Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Get Your Hands Dirty: PROJECTS A to Z

With the problem identified, all the research done and necessary information gathered and analyzed, it's time to mould your concept.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Design Reference, Profiles, Random

Versatility vs. Specialization: GRAPHIC DESIGN(ERS)

The search for original ideas and visual solutions will never end.

Topics: Professional Development, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Trends or Style: GRAPHIC DESIGN(ERS)

Being on the constant lookout for a project that makes your portfolio shine does not really make for a creative process.

Topics: Branding Identity, Layouts, Professional Development, Studio Secrets


"Modus operandi" is just a ten-dollar Latin word for 'mode of operation,' that is, the way you work.

Topics: Design Reference, Layouts, Managing Design, Professional Development, Random

Never Too Late: Peter Mendelsund

Peter Mendelsund is a senior designer at Knopf, an art director for Vertical, and an independent Japanese-American publisher.

Topics: Branding Identity, Layouts, Professional Development, Profiles

Optimize Your Creative Output: CREATIVITY

One thing you can't be taught, not even by books or the Internet, is how to create or control the "force" behind all of your work.

Topics: Branding Identity, Packaging, Product Design, Professional Development, Profiles

Omnipresent in the Present: GRAPHIC DESIGN(ERS)

The amount of visual input we receive daily is growing exponentially.

Topics: Professional Development, Random, Studio Secrets