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Ask a Pro! YOUR Q&A with a graphic designer and an illustrator

FREE Webinar!

Presented By: Rebecca Blake & Ed Shems.

Originally aired in August 2016.

What’s it like to be a graphic designer or illustrator in the real world? Our experts tell you all! New York graphic design guru Rebecca Blake and Boston illustrator Ed Shems will answer your questions about working in the “real world” of graphic design and illustration.

Our Ask a Pro webinar series are developed for students and individuals new to the industry, and are free for viewing.

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More About This Webinar or Presenter

“Ask A Pro” is designed just for students to talk about the real-world side of being a creative professional.

  • What’s an invoice?
  • How do I land my first client?
  • What should I charge for a logo that will be used in print and also on the company website?
  • Do I need a written contract for every job?
  • When and how should I copyright something?

About the Presenters:

Rebecca Blake is Design Director at Optimum Design & Consulting, a full service design firm in NYC, and as a Guild board member, has conducted numerous webinars and seminars on pricing and estimating. She also heads a workgroup with ico-D, the International Council of Design.

Ed Seems ( is a RISD graduate with 25 years’ experience in digital illustration for children’s books, chapter books, magazines, and other projects too numerous to write about in one small paragraph. Ed is the co-founder of Creative Relay and is the special guest coordinator for MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo).

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