Have you met Clint?

I’m Clint, and I want to clear the air. I’m more interested in selling your product than I am in making my portfolio look cool. Let’s schedule a time to sit and talk about your goals over coffee and a waffle. I’m available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. clint@walkingstickdesign.com | 405 627 1193 […]

A Declaration of Value

A Declaration of Value: Walkingstick Design Company At Walkingstick Design, we begin each new assignment and client relationship with a talk. We chat about the value of the results you can expect from our work. Then, we talk about the work involved to achieve those results. We don’t keep time sheets because we don’t sell […]

Making Ideas Useful

Making Ideas Useful We’ve all had a good idea, but what makes it useful? Other people will value it only if it helps them reach their goals. It may sound harsh, but ideas that don’t get used, go nowhere and help no one. I have tons of ideas sitting in sketchbooks. None of them are […]

Thoughts: Perceived safety, Positioning, and Pricing

Thoughts: Perceived safety, Positioning, and Pricing The only thing you get from doing business from a position of comfort is the illusion of safety. Or, at best, temporary safety. When the low hanging fruit is gone, you gotta climb increasingly taller trees. You must continuously challenge yourself, otherwise comfort will choke you out. Nothing bad happens […]

Answered: How do I get better clients?

How do I get better clients? I’ve talked to you about how to get clients. Now let’s talk about the next step. For me personally, the whole client game begins and ends with respect. Respectful clients always get my best work because I want to make sure they stick around. Here are some behavioral attributes […]

Answered: How Do I Get Clients?

How do I get clients? This can be a misleading question. It assumes you’ve already identified a few things about yourself and your work. It also assumes that you’ve made repeated attempts at asking for the work. If you know how what you do helps, you can more easily talk to others about how it […]

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine as an Independent Graphic Designer With the exception of being away or being sick, these the things I actually do almost every morning. My good friend Brian posted this question to his Fbook page: Brian G. April 17 at 1:04pm Question for all you morning gym-goers. Do you eat before or after? What’s your […]

Pricing Design Clients

Pricing Design Clients Full Disclosure: This entire post is about my pal Jason Blumer and his firm. I’m writing this just to get even more amazing information out of him to help my little business work better.     That aside, Jason has some incredible insights into the process of choosing the right people to work […]

Advice for Design Students

Advice for Design Students — Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 — Let’s kick this off with a quote: #clintlovesquotes The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life. — JESSICA HISCHE Make the things you want to see in the world. No one will […]

Goals Over Comfort

Comfort is Americas chief export. What does America produce better than any other country in the world? My answer would be comfort. America produces so much of it that it’s actually killing some of us. Comfort keeps us from achieving our career goals. It keeps us from achieving our health goals. And it keeps us from […]

Make Good Design Choices

How to Make Good Design Choices This was for a talk I gave at the OKC WordPress Users Group on Monday, March 27th, 2017. In hindsight I should have called this talk, Unicorns, Cake, and Clients. At some point in your career, you might ask: Who is my client? Imagine you’re out hunting in a misty […]

No one needs a TICK

WARNING: If you love using credit cards please don’t read the rest of this post.      Yes, it’s a rant. Yes, I’m happy you think I’m wrong. Yes, we can still be friends.   Debt is acid that eats your wealth. -Dave Ramsey   What’s in YOUR wallet? Sulfuric acid apparently. Because credit cards […]

Questions from: The Richest Man In Babylon – George S. Clason

Questions from: The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason First, a history lesson: George Samuel Clason was an American author who is most associated with his book The Richest Man in Babylon (first published in 1926). George was born in Louisiana, Missouri. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the United States […]

Clint’s Notes: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

— Clint’s Notes — How to Think Like an Entrepreneur by Philip Delves Broughton     Caution: This on gets a little…ranty. “Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator, one of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial incubator programs, says the underlying reason most startups fail is that they become demoralized.” Hearing the word “No” tends to take […]

How to Keep Your Perceptions In Check

How to Keep Your Perceptions In Check   Your perception does not shape your reality. It simply colors reality to suit your desires, goals, and feelings.   Okay, I can tell you think I’m nuts…again. So, here’s some proof: Have you ever felt you were correct but discovered you weren’t? Have you ever discovered you […]

How to Expand Your Comfort Zone and Enjoy Your Life Even More

How to Expand Your Comfort Zone and Enjoy Your Life Even More   I recently did this exercise after reading the book How To Stay Sane by Philippa Perry. This, like any other exercise, only helps/works if you do it. So, do it and prove me wrong. Or, go through the exercise and stop caring about proving people […]

Lessons From An Angry Millionaire

Lessons From An Angry Millionaire Wow! Do I have a weird story for you today! On Wednesday, I got a random call during the afternoon that’s usually from a telemarketer. I answer my phone and an older gentlemen begins talking. He tells me he has some documents he wants to add some clipart to. All without […]

A New Kind of Business Plan

Clint Walkingstick’s A New Kind of Business Plan I’ve heard it said that being an entrepreneur is like jumping off a cliff and then starting to build a 747, hoping to have it complete and pull up before you suddenly stop at the bottom of the mountain. But, being an entrepreneur can work. In the […]

Answered: Yes, The Slow Carb Diet actually works…for me.

Answered: Yes, The Slow Carb Diet actually works…for me. Or, How I lost 28 pounds using the Slow Carb Diet.   This photo is of me on the board walk in New Jersey back in college. I used it as my “motivation photo.” My goals were to weigh 175 pounds because then (I told myself) I […]

If the idea won’t work on paper, the idea won’t work. Keep sketching.

If the idea won’t work on paper, the idea won’t work. Keep sketching. I believe in this so much that I manufactured my own sketchbooks! I suffer from having too many ideas. The easiest and fastest way I can tell if they’re worth anything is to put pencil to paper. Everything can benefit from being […]

Be brave enough to be awful at something first

Where are all the awful attempts? I see a bunch of lettering masterworks on Instagram that look fluid and amazing but you never see the 900 attempts that were made before that one 30 sec post. So here I am sucking at drawing some letters with a pencil in my sketchbook. Be brave enough to […]

Make it, even if no one cares

 I recently gave myself a little design challenge: Use the, and I’m using the term very loosely here, “aesthetic” of the Westboro Church to make signs with positive messages. Sadly, my versions of their awful posters would not get the same attention as their negative counterparts generate. But here’s the twist, I made them anyway. Even […]

I have something to tell you.

I was recently interviewed. You can read it here. Interviews have always left me flat. Everything feels very surface level and there’s never any solid advice. After the whole thing was finished I felt I still had more information to give. I decided to change that by telling the world how I actually get things done from day to day. Take […]

How To Get The Best Work From Me

Thank you for choosing Walkingstick Design for your current project. I understand that working with a business like mine may spark a few questions. I want to answer some of them to help you feel more secure in your decision to work with me. My goal as your designer is to get a larger audience […]

My Blog Comments Policy

  As you know, interacting online is all about the conversation. Without a few simple ground rules, that conversation can turn into a shouting match. That discourages others from joining in our talks. I want this blog to be about inclusion, a place where all can feel comfortable about sharing their thoughts. My goal is […]