The Real Freelance Life

Every year, I look forward to Cincinnati Design Week, organized by AIGA Cincinnati. I get to hang out with my design buddies and take part in inspiring and informative workshops, panel discussions, speaking events and more. And this year, I was invited to speak! I...

It’s hard to find really genuine people. Especially in the age of Instagram where people are encouraged to show a fake version of themselves, it can be really hard to find friends that are just REAL. People who aren’t putting on an act, who don’t...

Jaclin Grace Hastings—an illustrator and tattoo artist at White Whale in Cincinnati, Ohio—has a cozy, chill home. The light is dim, incense is burning, plants line the window sills, and lots of figurines, books and objects dripping with backstories adorn the space...

Elaine Wendt’s home feels like walking into a small European apartment. It’s old with reused/repurposed furniture and art on every wall. It looks lived in and cozy, where imperfections proudly and confidently state “there’s more to life than a picture-perfect house.”...

Dear MANMAN, People are always talking about how the best way to get more clients and more projects is to network. But what does that mean exactly? How do I network when I'm sitting in my home office all day?...

Nothing is organized and pristine in Benz Amataya Kuipers' studio loft in Chicago. On the floors, against every wall, in every corner, there are paint bottles with dried paint and half-screwed-on lids, paint brushes so worn that there are no bristles left...

I met Adam Vicarel last year at a week-long design session in Denver. From the onset, I could tell that I needed to get to know him. Besides his sick hand-lettering skills, he’s also extremely intelligent, makes time to travel the world, takes months off...

Roommates and illustrators, Alyssa Gonzalez and Julia Morris, in Kansas City, are recent art-school grads just starting out on their careers (they work at Hallmark and freelance on the side). Meeting up with them was so energizing—they have the cutest space...