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graphic design Archives - The Punk Rock MBA

Guides
March 13, 2016

How to get freelance clients

As anyone who's been a freelancer will tell you, DOING the work isn't the hard part— GETTING the work is the hard part, especially at the beginning of your career. Once you build up a name for yourself, you'll start to get new clients via word of mouth, but until then you need to grind for a while with the specific goal of getting new clients. Like most things in business, the formula really isn't that hard-- you just have to put in the work. This article is specifically geared toward visual artists, but the basic template applies to anyone. Note, this article is only for people who want to be truly excellent. It's for people who are filled with a burning desire to kick ass at what they do and build a name for themselves as a hot up-and-comer in their field. So if you are content being average and just…
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Alumni Profiles
January 31, 2016

Alumni Profile: John LaCroix of Ten Yard Fight, While You Were Sleeping, and much more

John LaCroix is one of the many people who I never knew back in the day, but whose name always came up in conversation. He's probably best known for playing guitar in Ten Yard Fight and Unrestrained, but I've always been a big fan of his work behind the scenes as the brains behind magazines like Extent, While You Were Sleeping and Swindle. He was also one of the first hardcore kids to become a legit "creative professional" outside of the music/ skateboarding/ etc world, with a very impressive resume as a Creative Director where he's worked with clients like Samsung, NASCAR, Apple, and ESPN-- check out his portfolio for more details. He's one of the best examples of what I'm trying to document here on PRMBA: people who used the skills that they learned from DIY culture as the foundation for a successful, inspiring career as a creative professional. Very stoked to…
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Alumni Profiles
August 2, 2015

Alumni Profile: Joshua Namdev Hardisty of The MVA Studio and MCAD

For whatever reason, it seems like "graphic designer" is the #1 career choice of ex-hardcore kids and skateboarders (I was no exception, having spent quite a few years doing graphic design myself). I think a big part of that is because visual art plays such a huge role in both cultures: from album covers to show flyers to magazine ads to deck graphics to t-shirts, graphic design is in many ways just as much of a part of these cultures as music and skateboarding are. I mean, how many of us picked up our first record because it had a cool cover, or got into skating because some deck had a sick graphic on it? Which brings us to our latest PRMBA Alumni, Joshua Hardisty. I wanted to talk to Josha because he came up in a very specific subset of hardcore that I also spent a lot of time in, the…
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Alumni Profiles
July 28, 2015

Alumni Profile: Chris Gliebe aka Devi of Lightborne

Growing up, the only thing that I cared about as much as hardcore was graffiti. I'm not going to say that I was the king all-city bomber, because the truth is that I was too scared to ever really get up a ton, but I spent thousands of hours tracking down copies of Can Control, drawing outlines, and trading flicks with other kids from all over the country. I've always thought of hip-hop and graffiti as fundamentally the same thing as punk/hardcore: independent culture by the kids, for the kids, so I am stoked to have Chris Gliebe on PRMBA to represent graffiti on here. I know Chris from some Scribble Jam many years ago, and then from freelancing at motion graphics/broadcast design agency Lightborne, where he is now the Executive Creative Director. He's not only an awesome writer, but a great designer/illustrator and most importantly one of the nicest human…
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