Work at Home, Graphic Design Business Freebies and Discounts

March 31, 2020

By Janet Dodrill


Working at Home? See for this Month’s Freebies and Discounts to Online Courses, Apps and Subscriptions.

Free: 1-Month Trial to Shutterstock

The Digital Marketing Strategy Ebook Freebie

Lessons in Entrepreneurship: Walt Disney Freebie Course

Free: Shopify 14-Day Subscription

The Top 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read, Free

2020 Mac Productivity Essentials Bundle $29.99

Breaks For Eyes for Mac $9.99

PDF Reader Pro For Mac $39.99

ChargeHub X3: 3-Port USB SuperCharger $29.99

WorkspacePro: Multiple App Launcher for Mac $7.99

Artistic Prints and Note Cards by Janet Dodrill

November 24, 2016

By Janet Dodrill

Euclid Beach Carousel iPad art image by Janet Dodrill

Euclid Beach Carousel iPad art image by Janet Dodrill.

Looking for a unique artisan gift? You can find my note cards and prints in local Cleveland shops listed below. The themes include Cleveland landmarks, carousel horses from the Euclid Beach Carousel, nature scenes from the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Chagrin Falls landmarks, and other subjects.

The images are photography that is manipulated using iPad art apps, and some are then put into graphic design layouts.





Fireside Book Shop, 29 N Franklin St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, (Note cards)

In The 216 shop, 1854 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118, (Note cards, matted & loose laser prints, coloring pages)

Mac’s Backs-Books, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118, (Note cards)

Native Cleveland gift shop, 15813 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110, (Note cards)

Stars on Blue, 165 E. Aurora Road, Northfield, OH 44067, (Note cards, matted images, coloring pages)

The Duck Pond gift shop, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 S. Park Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120, (Note cards)

Western Reserve Historical Society gift shop, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, (Note cards, matted & loose laser prints, coloring pages)

Visit my ETSY shop for a limited amount of original lino-cut prints at

Chagrin Falls iPad art image by Janet Dodrill

Chagrin Falls iPad art image by Janet Dodrill.

Cleveland prints by Janet Dodrill

Cleveland prints by Janet Dodrill.

Cleveland note cards by Janet Dodrill at In The 216 gift shop

Cleveland note cards by Janet Dodrill at In The 216 gift shop.

Chagrin Falls note cards by Janet Dodrill at Fireside Book Shop

Chagrin Falls note cards by Janet Dodrill at Fireside Book Shop.








Do You Know the Color of the Year?

February 22, 2015

By Janet Dodrill

Having been educated in the graphic arts and printing industry in my career as a graphic designer, when color giant Pantone® speaks, I listen!

Artists and designers, you may be interested to know that Pantone® has named the color of the year – Marsala. According to their web site it is described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.”

Additionally, the Pantone® Fashion Color Reports for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 have been announced. These reports are released months in advance, the Spring report was released last September, and the Fall report was released this month (February). These reports are generated in conjunction with scheduled New York fashion shows that forecast clothing trends. I think it is very valuable as a designer to have this information to incorporate in creative visuals over the course of the year.

Color winners of the last five years are on the site, as well as other favorites.

Need inspiration? Browse around the Pantone® Canvas portfolio site. You can also sign-up and showcase your own work!

Image Source:

Pantone® Color of the Year 2011-2015

Resource Links:

Pantone Color of the Year 2015



Pantone® Colors of the Year (2011-2015) and Other Favorites

Pantone® Canvas portfolio site

Data Fees Everywhere; For Tablet Add Another

September 30, 2011

By Janet Dodrill

Someday soon I would like an iPad or tablet, however I do not want to pay for another data plan. I pay for one for my computer internet service, I pay for one for my smart phone, and am looking at paying for one with a tablet. I would like to take the tablet traveling and have access anywhere, hence I would need more than a wireless capability. The computer DSL, smartphone, and potential iPad could currently not be combined by one carrier. Does anyone else suffer from this dilemma?

Amazon is releasing a new tablet, Kindle Fire, available this fall. It is said to be half the size and less than have the price of an Apple iPad [read the Kindle Fire article]. It’s cute [see the Kindle Fire product]. It has web, and the capacity for movies, apps, games and reading (Does it really need a camera?).

What are the ways people justify it as a business expense? I know it would make a great traveling portfolio for any graphic designer or web designer.

Be Your Best in Business

August 26, 2011

By Janet Dodrill

Are you doing everything you can to grow a successful business? By being self-employed, doing some things could put you in a better position to get work, grow your business, and acquire and retain the right employees. Katherine Miracle of Miracle Resources gave an inspiring presentation tonight to CDPUG members at Virginia Marti College of Art & Design on Cleveland’s west side. Her best advice is to read the book, “The Successful Business Plan”, by Rhonda Abrams.

A few things covered were, that, as business owners, we need: money to start the business, a good networking source, self-confidence, and a role model/mentor. Also, we need an accountant and attorney to stay legal. When selling our company and services, we need to inform what sets us apart from the competition and state how the potential customer could benefit by using us. Do we have an operations plan for the business, in case we are away, so things can run as usual? What criteria do we have for hiring, and are we prepared to resolve internal employee-related problems, as well as client-related problems?

How much profit are we making on projects and are we tracking our income and expenses monthly? Do we have money set aside for a business emergency, and are we always asking for a deposit on projects, and/or receiving progress payments?

It may be a good idea to communicate regularly with your client to give them a project status, even if it is in a short email. Build alliances with other designers in the event of overflow work to subcontract out or accept in.

Review projects well to avoid mistakes and to keep costs in check.

Stay flexible with this economy and be prepared to reinvent yourself and your offerings to stay appealing and relevant. Get opinions and feedback.

Most importantly, be good to yourself and get what you need each day, and each week. This will help you to be the best you can.

Press Release

November 24, 2009


Janet Dodrill – Paintings and Prints, Art Exhibit and Reception, December 2009

Cleveland, Ohio – November 24, 2009 – Artist Janet Dodrill will display paintings and prints at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, December 1rst – 30th during library hours.

A reception is scheduled for December 5th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. where you will have the opportunity to meet graphic artist Janet Dodrill and view the exhibit, while enjoying holiday music by a jazz duo. Her style and subject matter varies, but she especially enjoys using animals and nature as subjects.

Dodrill received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, and studied studio art and writing in Lacoste, France. She works as a print and web designer and has designed sites for The Cleveland Institute of Art and several local artists, and has exhibited work at Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls.

The Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch is located at 4645 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121.


Contact: Janet Dodrill

General Contact: Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Phone: (216) 382-4880

Recent Favorite Links:

January 1, 2009

By Janet Dodrill

Online Utilities for Graphic Designers
and/or Web Designers:

Louder MP3s

Alter raster images online

Convert bitmap images to vector images

Securely share files that are too big to e-mail for FREE!

Improve your site’s visibility in Google search results


Get an awesome ‘Friends’ TwitterMug


Hulu is an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at and other online destination sites – all for free, anytime in the U.S.

Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill in association with the Getty Images Short & Sweet Film Challenge

A little ditty about dead magazines

Articles and Blogs:

24 ways to impress your friends/24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks

49 Great Website Designs Using Hand Drawn Elements

A – Z of Web Design

Cool Stuff:

Photo Viewer By Flickr

1. Type note here.
2. Set as homepage.
3. Get to work!

2008 Twitter Tree

Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008

Pleasing the Customer vs. Defending Your Ideas in Graphic Design

December 15, 2008

By Janet Dodrill

Which is more important, pleasing the client with your graphic design concepts or designs, or satisfying your professional integrity and design sense derived from your education and/or experience?

The important word in the above question is ‘client’, for without it we have no business. But is it also our duty as a hired designer to guide and steer our client toward good design? Yes. What about presenting them with risky or edgy or innovative design? If it meets the project objectives, yes.

We need to fulfill the project objectives and use our good design sense and please the client. One way to achieve this is to present the client with concepts or designs that they want to see, but ALSO present them with concepts or designs that you as the hired designer want them to see.

By showing the client visual options backed by sound reasoning, any new direction can be more easily persuaded.