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While in a toy store a young girl spotted some play jewelry that caught her eye, a beautiful pearl necklace. She asked her mother to buy it for her, her mother said no, but said if she earned the two dollars that it cost, she would be able to buy it herself. So the following days the girl proceeded to find chores that could earn her some money.

She help her auntie with the cleaning, she got fifty cents. She helped her mum with cooking and got one dollar. Her brother helped her out with the final fifty cents as she helped him clean his bedroom. She eventually went back to the store to buy the plastic pearl necklace which she took home and cherished. It was her pride and joy. Many months passed as she treasured her favorite item, and apart from when taking a bath, she never removed them from her neck.

One evening her father was tucking her into bed and asked her if she loved him. She replied ‘yes’. Her father then asked if he could have her pearl necklace. She hesitated and said, ‘but I love my necklace so much, you can have my teddy bear if you want.’ Her father said okay, and left. The following week the father again asked her if she loved him, she said, ‘yes very much’. He then asked again if he could have her necklace. She clasped her necklace with concern, and said that he could have her doll collection. He said that was fine and left. Again the following week the father approached the girl. She replied, ‘yes I love you daddy’. He asked ‘Do you love me enough to give me your necklace?’, holding her necklace she shook her head ‘not my necklace daddy’.

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Looking for logo types r u?

Designer “Yes, we need the logo in vector format before we can finish the brochure and go to print”
Client “What’s a vector? Can’t you just use the powerpoint version of the logo I sent you? We need to have this finished by the end of the week”
Designer “We can use that logo supplied, but the quality will be very low”
Client “ok, I’ll see if anyone can find it, I’m not sure if we have it.”

Sound familiar? Some times it is just quicker and more painless to look here first. It’s a website that has long been in the arsenal of many a time restricted designer. A massive archive of corporate logos that can be downloaded in vector or illustrator format. It’s long overdue that this was granted an archival page of it’s own. So for the record, bookmark logotypes.

And, it seems at least finally the Russians beat the Americans to something. Gaining in momentum is a similar site, where between the two, you should be able to find the brand you are looking for.

How to be a born again designer

Some of the qualities that make an artist or designers work stand out amongst the crowd are attributes like originality, innovation, quality, technique and character. While searching for some of these qualities in individuals to feature on the site, one of the things I’ve noticed as similarities throughout the talented pool of profiles currently on Heavy Backpack is that, without my prior knowledge, most profiled are either self employed or available for freelance.

Although I don’t particularly believe this is a pre-requisite for the creation of great work, it has definitely presented itself as a running theme. Due to this being a web based platform, the bias in part should be put down to the nature of freelancing and the need to gather exposure and showcase an online portfolio to potential new prospects, but nevertheless, it is definitely a working and lifestyle environment which allows many to blossom to their creative potential. So why don’t more people do it? The transition into freelancing or starting a business from a full-time study or employment position can be daunting, and many find this a difficult step to make. I recently heard a short story which (although a little abstract) might help identify the situation for some people.

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