Before Hiring a Designer - The following tips can help you identify a competent web designer. (I would suggest reviewing three sites before hiring someone.) This list is important for recognizing which things don't reflect on the web designer and which things do.
Evaluate These Five Elements Before Hiring A Web Designer - I still do some moonlighting in Web development from time to time, and one of my older clients—a small management consulting shop—finally decided to hire a full-time Web developer. Since the site had very little back-end programming (only a CGI script for form processing), the manager was mostly concerned with user interfaces, effective coding, and the ability to get pages updated quickly. He asked me what he should look for in a Web designer. Here’s what I recommended.
Find a Graphic Designer - Searching for a graphic designer? Here are a few things to keep in mind
Hire a Designer (Top Pick) - Let me say up front that the relationship you are looking for is one that is beneficial to you and your firm, and one that is valued and beneficial to the designer or web master you hire. So, here are your six questions, and my six answers...
Hiring a Graphic Designer - You’ve come up with a great product. You’ve got the sales letter written for your website. Now you need the graphic design to complement your product and the text that describes it. Not being artistically inclined or adept at the technicalities of computer graphics, you decide you need some help.
Hire a Graphic Designer - If you can afford it, you may want a graphic designer to create your logo and work on your Web site. Obviously, when you hire a graphic designer, you should look at their portfolio, see what other companies they've worked for, and look at other logos or Web sites they've designed.
Designers, A Quick Guide for Clients - What do they do, and why? I thought I’d try to explain this and a little about what, in my opinion, separates the good designers from the not-so-good.
How to Hire a Qualified Web Designer - This is reading that every small to mid size business should have on hand when approaching a web designer or design company.
How to Find A Trusted Graphic Design Company or Web Designer - Building all your hopes and dreams with one designer could leave you high and dry when they up their rates after you've committed to a job. So how do you go about finding a trustworthy graphic design company?
Hiring a Graphic Designer for Your Small Business Marketing - How to Hire a Graphic Designer for Your Small Business Marketing
Hiring a Web Designer - Hiring a web designer requires some research, just like any other business decision. The purpose of this page is to make the research process easier by offering some basic questions you should ask yourself before you start searching.
to Choose a Graphic Designer - Many clients have
difficulty choosing a graphic designer, simply because they
aren’t sure what to look for. Here are some things to
consider when choosing a professional graphic designer.
How to Hire a Graphic Designer - A designer's job is to communicate your vision in printed materials or often, on the Web. Graphic artists blend together typography, paper, color, illustration, photography--and pizzazz--to deliver a message to your customers on a business card, logo, brochure, poster, invitation, book or even a T-shirt. If you don't know Helvetica from a hole in the ground, it's time to find yourself a designer.
How to Hire a Graphic Designer - Most people will benefit greatly from hiring a professional to make graphics for their web site, but finding someone who is right for the job may not be easy. In hiring a designer, look for someone who has experience creating graphics for the web, who has a style that appeals to your tastes, who can provide all the services you need, and who is in your price range.
How to Find a Good Graphic Designer for Your Marketing Materials - Create slick and professional-looking marketing materials with the help and expertise of a good graphic designer.
Is Your Graphic Designer Costing You Money? - The pitfalls of using an inexperienced graphic designer can have financial and emotional consequences. Designers must understand what software program to use for the task at hand. Gary Reichel, experienced pre-press designer shares his experiences with Design Tools
Should You Design Your Own Web Site or Hire a Designer? - Once you've decided you need a site of your own on the Web, the first question you should ask is "Should I design it myself, or hire a designer?
To Hire A Designer, THAT Is The Question - Web design is an art all in it's own and it takes someone with talent and experience to really create an effective and appealing design.
Website Design - How To Find A Web Designer - So you need a designer. Who's right for the job?
Where To Find A Graphic Designer And What To Look For - Your search for a graphic designer will bring you in contact with highly educated, creative people eager to show you samples of their work. But before that happens, you need to know where to find a designer.
Why Hire A Graphic Designer? - Think you can't afford a graphic designer? Think again. Here are six reasons why you should hire a graphic designer.
Why Hire a Graphic Designer? - First impressions are everything, especially in business. The moment you meet a prospective client, you are judged in every category: hair, make-up (for women), accessories, clothes, shoes, your handshake, the expression on your face, and your business card.
Why Hire A Graphic Designer? (PDF)- Think you can't afford a graphic designer? Think again.Here are six reasons why you should hire a graphicdesigner.
Why Hire A Graphic Designer For Logo Design? - Why hire a professional to create your company logo when anyone can log on to the internet and contract a logo design for under $50? Why pay more when most everyone has a computer with software that allows him or her to put pictures and words together in no time?
Why Hire A Web Designer? - You've been researching. There are so many options available to you. There's software that can produce a complete website with just a few mouse clicks. Hey! You don't even need to know anything about HTML or scripting. It's all right there for you!
Why Should I Hire A Web Site Designer? - To save time. Hiring a web site designer will help you save precious time so that you can concentrate on your business, your vocation, or your organization. Even the best web site software takes time to learn. Many are expensive. Some limit creativity and are not compatible with each other.
10 Things to Keep In Mind when you’re “Hunting” For a Designer - I’ve realized that many newcomers to the online business have no idea what are the things they should look for when they select their next designer.
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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