7 Tips For Running A Creative Design Studio

Melanie Greenwood, Designer & Founder of Vision City Studio

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10 Videos (31m)
    • Introduction: 7 Tips For Running A Creative Design Studio

    • My Story

    • Tip 1: Embrace Your Niche Style

    • Tip 2: Pricing, Deposits and Invoices

    • Tip 3: Creative Workspace Matters

    • Tip 4: Referrals Are Everything

    • Tip 5: Be On Time, Everytime

    • Tip 6: Be A Team Player

    • Tip 7: Open Communication Is Key

    • Final Thoughts and Encouragement


About This Class


In this course, I offer 7 tips to running a creative design studio, based on over 10 years of experience running my own studio, Vision City. I have worked with clients all over the world in the music industry, corporate world as well as start up companies, and I have found these 7 key tips to be vital in running a design business. 

If you are an artist, designer or illustrator and you want to learn how to run your own studio and gain clients...This course is for you.

In each tip video, I will share examples and advice as to how to further develop your studio business. Client service is key to all service businesses and thats no exception when it comes to design. I believe these tips will build your business back bone so you can continue doing what you and I love, being creative for a living!

I am also including  a sample invoice (that I go over inside this course) so you can download it and refer to it for your own invoice creation.

Wishing you much success in your creative journey. I hope you enjoy this course!

Feel free to ask questions and I'd love your review! 



Website: http://www.visioncity.biz

67 of 67 students recommendSee All

Invaluable insight into running a creative business
Laura Whittington

Knitwear Designer, Crafter, Textile artist

I'm only half way through this course but already it has been very encouraging, motivating and educational.
Great class, Melanie is so nice and explains everything clear and to the point, thank you. These are great tips we can have in mind every time to create a better services to our clients and run our own design studios, I have been freelancing for a while but I definetely want to take it to the next level
Sandra Castillo

Graphic Designer





Melanie Greenwood

Designer & Founder of Vision City Studio

Vision City is an graphic design and illustration studio that began as doodles in Melanie Greenwood's sketchbook, while touring Europe with rock musicians in moving vehicles. As a former Model with Elmer Olsen Model Management and graphic design graduate from George Brown college (Toronto, ON), Melanie always had a special passion for music branding and inspirational messaging. When she founded Vision City in the spring of 2009, her work consisted of promotional campaigns for bands and record labels around the world, including photography, album artwork, t-shirt design, concert posters and logo design.

After moving to California in 2011 with her musician husband Chris, (AKA "Manafest") Melanie felt compelled and inspired to find a deeper purpose for her artwork. Thus, the very first Vision City screen print collection was born on November 15, 2011, consisting of 12 black and white inspirational concepts known as the "Born For This" Collection. The collection sold successfully on a private Etsy store and was quickly picked up by FAB, which created a world wide platform for the collection. She continued to develop art print series and showcase in a variety of LA art shows including Unique LA and Renegade Craft Fair. The Vision City brand quickly became known for black and white uplifting illustrations. In the spring of 2013, Melanie had the honour of having a selection of VC art pieces screened onto canvas and added to the fall 2013 collection of the National Children's Decor Retailer, Land of Nod. Vision City was awarded "Artwork of the year" at the 2012 CMGA Music Awards for her work with "The Color" album art.

Vision City is now a tri-purpose company offering design service, art products and now online education.  Melanie continues to work within the music industry while developing the VC art collections. Her newest passion is teaching other artists to develop business practices for their design services, so they too can pursue their dreams. "Vision is not only the ability to see, but also the ability to dream".