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Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into ...
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Print catalogs: should pdf version have selectable, searchable text? Even if ten pages?

I do in-house graphic design for a retail store. We outsource the production of our short catalog-flyers, roughly ten facing pages and two covers. Among my duties is to maintain the ecommerce side of ...
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How much less to charge as a senior/new graduate for a identity+web package? [closed]

First off, some context: I am a second-semester senior in a graphic design program and will be graduated for most the the project described below. I have worked in an agency before as the main ...
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Can backdrop design be resold

I created a backdrop design for a magician. The design was created specifically for his show. He has other magician friends that like the backdrop and wish to use it for their show. He has no problem ...
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When Clients ask for all of the fonts you use in their branding materials

What is the correct way to handle a client if they ask you for all of your native design files and specifically the FONTS. Do you charge them for the native files if they have already paid for the ...
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Is it frowned upon as a designer if you don't use “top” software?

This question crosses my mind from time to time as I am a Windows user and have often thought about going down the cheaper route by using a Linux based OS such as Ubuntu and getting free software that ...
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How can I legally design something which looks like US currency notes?

I've been asked to create artwork for a mock US currency bill. Similar to those fake novelty bills you can purchase. The end goal is not to reproduce currency accurately, but to trick the reader ...
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How can I work with a client that doesn't know what they want?

Hi all the professional out there, I am helping a client/friend with a website design. He is a conceptual thinker. Yet his ideas are always inspirational but not practical. He is always wanting a ...
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Are there any tangible benefits to becoming an Adobe Certified Expert?

I've been doing a little research into improving my skill set and I thought it could make sense to take the test, becoming an Adobe Certified Expert. For those unfamiliar, The Adobe Certified Expert ...
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Flat Rate vs. Hourly: Fast work = lower pay?

I'm new to designing graphics for clients, I normally did things just for myself or for friends when they needed something done and I had a free minute. I've also worked at a retail store that does ...
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What is the Right Way to Ensure Design You Really Want?

When working with logo designer, what is the correct model of communication in helping designer to envision what you want and improving chances of delivering what you have in mind? Do I "direct" ...
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Should I ask for payment for my logo and website design when I delivered them late?

I have designed a logo and a website for a company. Because I took a little longer than usual (3 weeks), they are talking about hiring someone else. I delivered the designs, (10 Logo Designs with at ...
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Should I mention rush fees in my quote?

I've had a new client request a web site in 2 weeks. Not only I already find that pretty quick but I'm totally loaded so I charged a rush fee that I was comfortable with. I wrote the rush fee in my ...
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When a client wants 2 of my logo concepts and I quoted one

So I estimated a job for a new client. 3 concepts, 1 logo, 1 revision. I gave them 4 to get a feel for their style. They liked none and drew their own. I executed that one plus another original ...
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Critique: Military Veteran Themed Business Card Design

I am looking for a sort of Review of some work that I did for a contest (I didn't win). Personally I think that the business cards look awesome. I used graphics and such from the client's site. I ...
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Do I have to license Google Design Guidelines to implement them as best practices?

I really like google's approach in design, it's clean and simple.I want to use their guidelines in one of my up coming projects (which is quite a big one). what is the legal status for using ...
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How much should I charge?

I have a friend who is a jewelry designer that works for a small jewelry shop and she mentioned to me that her boss is looking for someone to edit some images of the staff, not sure how many exactly, ...
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How should the design of a business' in-house web app differ from the business' website?

I'm currently sorting out a proposal for an in-house web app build, and design is a factor that I'm thinking through. I expect there's minimal budget for design, but I want it to look good, so some ...
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What are some good ways to gain practical experience to add to my portfolio?

I passed the ACE exams for InDesign and Photoshop a few months ago, but I am stumbling on how to get practical experience. I have a couple of years of news page design, and a very small number of ...
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Would moving away from urban areas affect client acquisition for a freelance designer?

I am an entry level designer contemplating a move to the country. This move would give me lots more time to work on my portfolio and develop my skills, but also isolate me from the more white-collar ...
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How should I handle a client when they ask for my opinion about another designer's work?

I met a client that currently works with a designer whom I don't know - the client showed me his new logo and asked my opinion about it. I answered that I don't like "grey on grey background". That's ...
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Is there benefit to old-world, analog, customer appreciation?

I got to thinking...... Years ago, when you became Adobe Certified, Adobe mailed you a package. In that package was a nice foil embossed certificate, a small Adobe-branded notebook (great quality) ...
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Do theme developers create their own graphics?

I'm a developer trying to strengthen my design skills. The problem lies with my expertise being in code versus design. So my question is, when creating a theme to sell, and the focus is the ...
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Client is selling her business - can she on sell the design work I've done for her over the years?

I've had an amazing client for the past three years who I've done regular graphic design work for - mostly product promotions (print & web), product brochures, posters and point of sale. She is ...
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What’s the difference between an art director and a creative director?

I have seen both Art Director and Creative Director as titles, but I'm not sure what the difference is. Is one to do with visuals and the other with content? Are they more or less interchangeable? Do ...
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What should be in a job contract?

Inspired by the great answers from this question, what are things you would include in a graphic design job contract? Are there items or conditions you would have in a freelance contract that aren't ...
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How should a designer communicate price is negotiable to a client?

While in the stages of a bid, quote, or proposal I was curious how should a designer communicate "price is negotiable" in a professional manner instead of stating the simple fact. I know it's ...
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Where can I find web design projects?

I am a recently graduated graphic designer. I would like to know if there are any worthwhile websites that I could present my portfolio and receive or look for job offers. I have came across the ...
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Stock Photo resource collections for Salons?

I apologize in advance if this may be off topic (I'm new here so I am not quite sure) But I have sifted through many Stock Photography resources and I have found very little to none, reasonably ...
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How do I know when I'm ready to start doing professional work?

I was searching around and I found this question here talking about how a designer knows when thier work is 'good'; and it has a lot of crucial information. My question is almost an extension to ...
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Is a resumé/CV required for a freelancer?

Since a freelancer usually (or from what I understand) takes on all aspects of their work, they don't really get hired for permanent positions and thus work off individual projects. A client hires the ...
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How to give back as a designer?

What are some places or areas where one could donate graphic design services for the greater good? I don't really mean local not for profit organization, but more on a regional, national, or global ...
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Concept Design and Card Art freelancing prices

I'm a beginning freelancer and I have a client that wants character concepts (napkin sketches) then finished card art. He also wants a 3D figure of the character to create playable tokens. So he will ...
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How do you manage samples of physical design projects?

As a designer creates work, more and more "samples" start to stack up. With digital projects maintaining a library of past projects is fairly easy. All it takes is a dedicated hard drive and a ...
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Design Reflection for business cards [duplicate]

I've designed a perspective view in which i show off my business card design. To make it realistic I want to use lightning conditions effectively. In some Cards I they use beautiful frosted glossy ...
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Whats a good way to find a good designer? [closed]

I'm running a company that needs design work from time to time. Things like business cards, web design, marketing materials, etc. We probably have about 20 hours a month of design work on average. ...
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How should a designer handle the request to repurpose a design?

Scenario: You design a piece for Company A. The piece performs very well for Company A. So much so that they use the piece for several years. Eventually Company A shuts down. A few years later, you ...
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What are the essential must-read magazines for the design industry? (UK)

What are the essential must-read and industry magazines in the design & advertising world? (UK, printed) What should I expect to find on a coffee table at a high end design house? (Why? you ...
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Which is a better design pricing model?

I'm curious which pricing model other feel best fits freelance design, in what situations, and why. I am not seeking dollar values. There are a few basic pricing models a freelancer can use: ...
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Is it legal to make a vector of another companies product?

So I own a business that will soon start developing mobile apps for platforms such as the iPad. I am wondering if I can legally make a vector graphic of other companies products such as the iPad to ...
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businescard disguised as a real iphone, anoyone knows a good mockup / sample?

I try to create a businesscard like below. I searched for the internet for an template to no avail. So playing now around with Illustrator but im not that of a design guru. Does anyone know if below ...
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Business cards: Cannot save according to Illustrator template

I want to make a business card in illustrator. Here is my design: Question 1: The design labeled (1) is perfectly aligned from back to front. I've downloaded a template for illustrator here. The ...
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What is a portfolio, and what should it consist of?

What is a portfolio, and what should it consist of? Please include details such as the format, use of, number of items, types of items, etc.
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How much should I charge for designing 300 business card templates.? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What price should I charge for design services? Ok guys so I was called for a job interview and I was hired. but this will be my first job as a designer. How much should ...
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Who are the main exponents (and books) on Design Strategy?

At my web shop we have been studying Content Strategy to implement it and raise the business value of our web development service/product. Upon modelling our business process I stumbled upon what ...
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Are logo design contests considered “spec” work and what are the pros and cons of participating as a designer?

I know logo design contests and the whole "spec" work issue is a controversial subject. As a designer given the AIGA's position on spec work what are the pros and cons of entering such contests?
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What is a good serif font that goes with DIN Black for detail?

I am designing a business card, and was using DIN Black as a title font. I was thinking of putting the contact information in Georgia, underneath. Anyone have any experience working with DIN Black as ...
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What are some good guidelines when designing website for telecom-business [closed]

I know that this question might be tossed out, and I apologies for that, but here goes nothing: I work at a small call center in Sweden as a IT-technician. Since we´re so small we cant afford to hire ...