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Logo design company recommendations [on hold]

I've been looking at some logo design companies, but have no idea if they are considered reputable or not. They cost around 250-300$. I would name them, but I'm not sure if that goes against the ...
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Former client is demanding files they lost

I provided all intellectual property files to a former client as each project I worked on for them was completed. All files were delivered and payments were made for my work over 16 months ago. This ...
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How do you convince a client that work is 100 percent original?

I have designed emoticons for a company, but they feel that the work is not original! They sent me an email saying "There are many emoticons on the market which all look nearly the same." How can I ...
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Requirements for clients at the beginning of the design process?

After freelance designing for a little while now, I've realized that sometimes the process between the designer and client goes smoothly mostly when the client has a pretty good idea of what they want ...
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What career paths does a graphic design degree offer?

I'm considering a number of different options, including Computer Science, Graphic Design and Physics. I enjoy graphic design, but I wonder what jobs I would be able to do with said degree - does it ...
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Is there a website where i can just sell drawings?

I am 17 years old and wanted to find a way to make money from my anime/realism drawings. I'm kinda looking more for a website torward startup game designers who just need a drawing done and are ...
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Is it ethical to make derivations (adaptations) of an external agency's work as an in-house designer?

I work as a graphic designer in a big European (but not E.U.) public establishment with two fellow designers. We have a corporate communications coordinator, which usually deals with all kinds of ...
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How much to charge if design is entered into a competition?

I received a request to design a cover image for a scientific journal. However, authors were invited to submit an image and editors will choose from, let's say, 20 images for the cover. Should I ask ...
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How much is the average cost of 1 hour of graphic design in Miami, FL USA? [duplicate]

I have a potential client from USA, and I live in another country. I would like to know (an average price in dollars), how much a graphic/web designer would charge per hour for maintaining the website ...
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Selling a logo to a business who did not ask for one

One of my projects in college was to recreate a logo for a local business. The professor picked the business and I do not believe the business owners know about it. Since my logo has won several ...
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Billing clients for resource expenses

I could use some other designers insights. I'm a freelancer and often I make purchases for my clients - stock photos, website plug ins, domain names, etc. 50% of the time I simply make these ...
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How to handle web design hosting?

I'm very new to web development, it's something I'm trying to learn myself with addition of online courses so I hope I'm not insulting anyone with my questions. my questions were considered to broad ...
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First client's partner demands free website redesign, wants deposit returned - moral dilemma

Sorry in advance for the long read. I'm 22 years old and just finished university for graphic design. I was approached by a small business which wanted me to design them a logo, stationery, and a ...
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App interface design pricing [duplicate]

I am a freelance graphic designer, but also a full time student with a full time retail job. In my regular job I do no design work. The freelance has not been very often, because of how busy I am. I ...
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Buying a logo from a graphic designer: who owns the copyright?

I am working with a graphic designer for a new logo. They are offering the logo, but have said there will be parameters put in place to prevent me from editing the logo myself. Is this commonplace ...
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Future safe jobs in area of graphic design

I've been playing with graphic design for years but never serious. Right now I have the time and resources to go deeper and become really good in a specific area of GD. With things changing so fast ...
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Graphic/Web Designers - Offering a monthly retainer?

After a web design project has been built. Is it standard practice to offer a monthly retainer to support the software you have built? Such as £100 per month that gives the client a maximum of 3 ...
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How to save business card in illustrator to be used in photoshop as mockup?

i have a problem here, trying to design a business card in illustrator and save it as eps to be used in photoshop to create mockup. The thing is, there are bleed line, trim line and safe line. When ...
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Help me decide my business name [closed]

I've been freelancing as a graphic designer for some time now marketing myself with my real name and it's been bugging me for quite some time now. I really want to change that. The issue is not that ...
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Know any books on copyright, trademarks, starting a freelance business for graphic designers?

I want to have a firm grasp of these topics and I don't know where to start. I want to know how to copyright my work, the differences between copyrights and trademarks as well as how to legally ...
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Concerns about handing over assests [duplicate]

I have a sticky situation and I'm not quite sure how to deal with it. As part of branding a company for a friend/client I have created some cartoon type characters (as well a logo, fonts, colours, ...
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Making web hosting plan payments?

I'm a web designer freelancer. I just started freelancing. What is the best process for web hosting plan payments? Do I sign up for web hosting plan myself using my credit card and collect payments ...
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How to manage working for friends or family

I'd like to see peoples opinions and methods for managing jobs for family or friends. Just to clarify, I mean singular freelance jobs. Actual employment would be something different altogether in my ...
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How can I protect my job from a client publishing it elsewhere?

I am designing a brochure of 1,872 pages for a client. This client is asking me provide him with a copy of the job. I am 100% sure if I provide a copy this job is gone. He will print it elsewhere. ...
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How can I find graphic designer partners to build projects with?

I'm working through a free coding camp and building some nice apps as a part of their assignments. The idea behind the assignments is to get hands on experience with code and to build a portfolio of ...
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Has anyone charged a percentage on printing costs?

I have a client who wants me to handle the printing as well. is there an industry standard figure like 10 or 15% of the total print cost that i can bill to the client? or should i charge a fixed ...
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Are teaser advertisements for main ad campaigns effective?

So we've created a cinema ad for our energy comparison website which is pretty funny and cute an whatsoever… Now the client asked me to create a "funny and creative cinema-style announcement on our ...
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How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?

Recently, I received a request for a quote from a party that promotes and teaches an ideology that diametrically opposes my own beliefs. The job involved designing promotion material for classes and ...
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what is needed for printable psd file in Photoshop? [closed]

what is needed for printable psd file in Photoshop? i need printable file . but i made it with rgb color mode and wants to convert into a printable copy.
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Are portfolios overrated?

It seems like all my designer friends are focusing on their portfolios too much. They tell me, "my portfolio is the most important factor in getting hired, as it demonstrates my skill". So, they seem ...
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business card. Indesign [closed]

I'm not a designer but am trying to find out how to centre my name on a business card in Indesign? I've created a text box but the type isn't completely centred within the box and I don't know how to ...
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As a graphic designer, should I use my personal name or create a business name/branding?

For a designer who begins doing freelance or start (or renaming) his/her own business, there's usually that critical decision that must be made: Should I use my own name or have a business name for ...
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What are good rates for freelance graphic designers? [duplicate]

I'm really, really new at this, so I apologize in advance for anything that I may be getting mixed up. I have been doing some side graphic design work for a local hairdresser here and she's had me ...
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Should I send a separate invoice for each job?

I've done 2 jobs for the same client this weekend. Do I put them on the same invoice or send him two separate ones?
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How to appropriately charge a client for past resources?

Freelance based question..... Scenario: A piece was designed two years ago. In the piece there are several client-supplied photographs. When the original piece was designed, the only image ...
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Is the use of a QR code worth the space it requires?

I recently had a discussion with a client. He asked me if I felt a QR code on a marketing piece would be beneficial. I asked him, "What would the code contain? What information would the code ...
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Client asking for design suggestions

My first-time client, referred by a very loyal client of mine, does not want to follow my designing route (for what I’m assuming are personal financial reasons). They want something “fresh, new, ...
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Charging for responsive design

I'm curious to know what other graphic designers here quote clients for responsive design. As I've only done a few and they're all very different, its not enough to really calculate a consistent ...
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What to do when a client is not managing the project and costing you time / money

I've been a freelance designer for about 7 years, but more recently have been functioning more as an agency with private project and a few staff....I wanted to get some advice on some issues that keep ...
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How do you charge for extra non-design related services?

I find it very difficult to charge clients for "extras." In my particular case this is usually consulting and copy writing. Clients expect my input and often leave me with little to nothing to work ...
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How do I earn more as remote freelance Graphic Designer?

I have worked as a Graphic Designer for almost a year. I was able to earn much more then I expected (I'm autodidact graphic designer), but now I think I have better skills and can price my work ...
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Full-time Illustrators - I'd really appreciate any salary advice

I’m chasing a bit of advice regarding pay rates and contract terms for illustrators... I’m currently working full-time for a start-up as a graphic designer and being paid a decent rate for someone in ...
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Who owns authorship when an employee makes a design for their employer?

Let's say Designer X worked full time for Company Y. While there, Designer X built an illustration to explain how Company Y's product works. Then, some years later after Designer X left Company Y, a ...
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Sign Shop Charge [duplicate]

Does anyone know how much a place like a sign shop will charge for a logo design? I live in California and I have a potential client who wants to meet the designer before paying for work so I want to ...
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Can I reproduce a silhouette of a well known character?

Is it illegal to reproduce a recognisable character illustrated as a silhouette? Say f.ex a custom drawn silhouette of R2-D2 with the roman letters "IV" printed on it, would that be a copyright ...
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Is it legal for a company to request the rights (and much more) to the artworks I created in order to apply to a job/internship?

I was shocked when I recently came across a graphic design internship posting that had the following note in small characters at the bottom: "By submitting a design for consideration in this talent ...
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If/When to stop asking a client for clarification and just design

I am an in-house designer for a small tech start-up business. I create all of their advertising materials. This is an issue I've run into many times with my point of contact from whom I get the ...
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Typo error on printed double sided flyer that client approved. Should the designer pay? [duplicate]

A client sent the text which was copied and pasted for a flyer design. The client approved the final file for print. The flyer is printed but does have a typo error. Is the designer responsible for ...
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Who is responsible for text mistakes in a print project?

I am a graphic designer and my project was to design and print a cocktail catalog. Everything worked fine till the client realized, when I delivered the printed catalogs, that a cocktail΄s description ...
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Best practices for client presentation when not face to face

When presenting a project to a client, I like to walk them through stages. This helps me limit their perception to a specific path of design and tends to go a long way to helping them understand ...