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Pine Launches A Side Hustle
May 21, 2020

We're still in 'lockdown' conditions here in the UK. In my previous post I mentioned that I'd re-kindled (pun intended) my love for woodwork by making climbing training products for the UK climbing community.

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How I'm Coping With 'Lockdown' As A Freelancer
May 10, 2020

Who would have seen this coming? I'm writing this after 47 days of lockdown in the UK (not that I'm counting). I know that there are much bigger issues at this time but I thought I'd share my experiences as a self-employed person during these troubling times.

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Pine Turns 4: The Highs and Lows of Being a Freelancer
November 25, 2019

It’s been 4 years since I stopped working for a design agency and started working for myself as a freelance designer. It was one of the biggest decisions that I’ve made in terms of my working life, but strangely at the time it didn’t seem too daunting.

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The Importance of Design in The Education Sector
September 3, 2019

Education. It’s such an important part of anyone’s development through life. Designing for this sector helps to project this importance out to the world. To tell the stories of how education impacts the lives of both children and adults.

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Bespoke Websites vs Template Websites: Which Is Best?
August 28, 2019

Thinking of refreshing your website or creating a completely new website? Navigating the world of website building is often very complicated. There are generally two avenues to choose between.

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You Are Not Your Audience
July 5, 2019

It seems simple, right? But as a business owner, it’s so hard to enforce this rule on yourself when you’re putting together the marketing materials for your product or service. Don’t worry, I find it hard too!

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Creative North 2019 Review
June 12, 2019

Reviewing the very first Creative North. A conference for creative copywriters, content producers and designers.

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Tips On Choosing The Right Branding Expert
June 10, 2019

A few quick tips on choosing the right expert for your next branding project.

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Book Review: Company Of One
May 24, 2019

Here's my review of 'Company Of One by Paul Jarvis. A must read for any solo business owner!

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How I Stay Ethical In Business And At Home
May 16, 2019

Recently, I shifted my business ethics to only work with clients who I believe are doing good things in this world. In this blog article I wanted to talk about what my personal ethics and environmental views are, and how they run through to my business.

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The Design Process: No Project Is The Same
May 10, 2019

If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt from my 10 years in the design industry it’s that no project is the same.

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Good Causes - My Definition
May 8, 2019

In my previous blog article I outlined Pine’s new direction: Graphic design for good causes. But what constitutes as a good cause?

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A New Direction - Design For Good Causes
March 28, 2019

I’ve been running Pine as a design practice since 2015. That’s pretty much 4 years I’ve got under my belt. And previous to those 4 years I did a further 5 years in agencies, in-house and as a freelancer. So I’ve kind of covered most of the bases as a designer.

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