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Who owns the design?

Recently, I hired a graphic designer to design a brand, a web site, business cards and several other things. After the initial design was complete and we launched, we have continued to make changes ...
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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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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 can I hire a manga artist, and what are the general cost factors associated with producing a comic?

If one had a story that was as yet undefined but wanted to work out the economics of a manga publication - how would one go about it? How does one get to top artists (any artist, otherwise)? Are ...
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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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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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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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How to tell my boss his webdesign attempts are bad/hopeless?

I'm a web dev. My boss is an outdated physical media designer. We're working together on a relatively huge food delivery web system. He just keep coming with these poor and ugly layout ideas. Clearly ...
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Advice on re-quoting a client for a freelance project

I took on a graphic design job recently and I quoted the client for 36 hours of work. About half way through the project the client got stalled out because of upper management's indecision and because ...
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How to use value-based pricing for design projects?

tl;dr What is the best way to use value-based fees for design projects? What would the "value" be? I see that a lot of designers use time-based pricing (hourly, daily, etc.) Time-based pricing is ...
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How do graphic designers backup all tools?

I've just encountered a situation where, for the first time since I started designing, I am switching from one desktop to another with a completely new OS (Win 8.1 instead of Win 7) and will be ...
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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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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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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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How to sell a design to a company?

I am planning to design a couple of phone cases which contain features other phone cases don't have. My plan of action is like this: Design phone cases on computer Send emails around to companies ...
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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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Usage fees / royalties for re-purposing an existing illustration

a client paid me a fair fee to be allowed to use an existing illustration I had done as a background image on their website. Now they have contacted me to ask whether they could print the ...
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How to handle freelance designers that fail to meet expectations?

Lately we've been slammed we decided to out-source projects that a few designers would provide source files to. Per the initial contract terms and requirements with a spec delivery sheet are agreed ...
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What Adobe License do I need as an Individual that sells designs?

I want to do Photoshop design work, and sell designs to people. I don't have much money right now to invest in Photoshop, but I'm definitely thinking of saving up to whatever amount that is required ...
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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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Is it permissible to hire another freelancer to take over my client's work?

I'm a graphic design freelancer and I was asked to design a logo by a client. I designed the logo for my client but the client did not like any of my logos and asked me to design more. I have a ...
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What does “Great typography skills” mean in the context of a job requirement for a web developer position?

I'm looking at job requirements for Jr. web Developer positions. Some jobs need "Great typography and layout skills." What does typography mean? What skills are they exactly looking for?
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Is a poorly designed website better than no website for a commercial enterprise?

For businesses, a website is a channel of communication. For all except web-based businesses, it's not the only channel of communication available. Given that anyone could make a DIY website for next ...
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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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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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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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What to charge for a first request to use a design for packaging

I've just been approached out of the blue with a request to use one of my illustrations on the packaging on a snack food product and the website that will market it. I've never had such a request and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Need help determining pricing for designing a very ambitious app [closed]

I know its alot but please read all of it so you can fairly assess the situation! The Important Backstory I am a 17 year old self taught user-experience designer that is pretty far ahead in the ...
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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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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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Web design for retail / e-commerce site - essential elements?

I'm developing a Rails site for my company that's going to be a web store for our entire inventory. I don't really have a lot of experience with design (I am the one-man IT department at my company, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I charge my first client before or after the design is complete?

This is my first serious client and their first design experience. I am designing a Logo and a business card for them. We haven't discussed price yet and I haven't started on their design either, so ...