Just like asking for your mother-in-law’s secret recipe, asking a colleague for proprietary information can be a little touchy.  

Tip: When in doubt, start with, “I’m not sure if this is proprietary, but I’m hoping you can help…”

Keep in mind who you’re asking for help.  A trusted friend whom you’ve known a long time and regularly swap business stories, tips and resources with is more likely going to tell you which printer they use or what fonts are in their designs.  Someone you approach on social media who you don’t have a relationship?  Not likely that they will respond.

It can often take a long time for a person to find and develop sources they are comfortable using, so be respectful of your industry peers and know that people will share as much or as little as they are comfortable with.

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