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How can one ensure that the style guide is maintained and used?

How can one ensure that the style guide is maintained and used? I'm specifically working with UX styleguides.
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What do I do if I don't own the client's brand font?

I'm a newbie and haven't had this happen yet — I have a client with a set brand, and I do not own one of her font types. What should I do? Do I ask her for the file? It's not free...
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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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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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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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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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Pros and cons of running a freelance design business from home

When running a small (as in, one person) freelance graphic design business full-time, what are the pros and cons of working from home? I'm just wondering if anyone has experience running a studio ...
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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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Logo design company recommendations [closed]

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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How can I work with a client that doesn't know what they want?

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 different direction after I show him ...
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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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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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How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?

If you design a piece for print. It gets reproduced several times over the course of a few years. Then the client doesn't return for any work for a few more years. And suddenly you are contacted ...
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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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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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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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What do I do when I quote a price for a design but the client keeps asking for revisions and redesigns?

I'm a freelance graphic designer, so mostly, my pricing and what not is pretty casual and I don't work 24/7 as I have other things to take care of, so when I quote someone, I figure out how long it ...
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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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Where can I post a job listing to outsource a graphic design project?

I'm on the stage of hiring a graphic designer for my Android app and I was thinking that it will be a better idea to hire the right person for this task. I know about websites as elance, odesk, 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? I was called for a job interview and I was hired. This will be my first job as a designer. How much should I charge for ...
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Is QuarkXpress still relevant?

I'm looking for jobs all over the interwebs and I keep seeing postings by companies saying that applicants need to be well versed in most Adobe creative solutions softwares and then QuarkXpress. But, ...
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Is it possible to become a creative director by starting out as an art director?

I am interested in becoming a creative director, but I have learned that it is not a job you can simply get straight out of college. Is it possible to become an art director and make your way up to ...
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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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How/where can I find paying clients? [duplicate]

I've been a graphic artist since 2002. Since then, I've had a difficult time finding paying clients to the point that I changed careers. However, I missed working as a graphic artist and got back into ...
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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 I have in mind? Do I "direct" the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 Design Pricing [duplicate]

I have a client that wants me to create some designs to promote their book. I have done work for them before, but having a hard time trying to come up with a price for this project. The project ...
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Is NDA necessary for this?

I have a client that requires me to submit at least a homepage of my proposed website design. However, I just recently known that he already contacted some other freelancers who incidentally are my ...
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Pricing for Website Design (Graphics Only)

I was wondering if someone could advise me on pricing for a website design. I'm redesigning a blog/travel site for an individual. The site is about 8 pages plus some modules, etc. I'm also ...
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Offline billing software for freelancers

The billing/invoicing/time-tracking software I use, iBiz, is no longer being supported by its manufacturer. I am a freelancer, so I need software which allows me to: Track time on jobs Track tasks ...
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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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What can a designer do if a client claims that the work delivered is unacceptable and refuses to pay?

I recently had an experience with a client that was a bit messy, and now they don't want to pay for the work I did. They needed some presentation decks, one of which needed to be editable (text to ...
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What price should I charge for design services?

I was hoping I would find some people in the industry that could help me decide what's the best price to charge to design (in this case) business cards. What are standard prices for professional ...
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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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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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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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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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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 do you deal with clients who bash your designs?

This has happened to me a few times, in bigger or smaller scale, and I think it happens to many of us. We as designers have the pleasure/curse of leaving quite a bit of us in every design. When ...
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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 ...