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Copyright on free work

About a year ago when starting out on graphic design in school I started doing a bit of free work (something I'm not doing any longer) for a 'client' here and there. For this one client I provided a ...
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should I give client more logo options?

A client requested a logo design and branding for his start-up; it's business consultancy company. The deal includes 3 logo design options with 7 items designed for the brand, for X amount of money. ...
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Should I include experiences as a freelancer on a resume? If so, how?

I have experience interning and working at several companies before graduating University. After that, for about one and a half years, I worked like a freelancer (means work alone, not in the office). ...
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How to change mind about taking on a freelance project

I currently met a man that was my car sharing driver who asked if I did business card design and I said I did and that is something I could help with and gave him my card. THEN we talked about his ...
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What to do when you are unable to finish the work for clients?

I started doing freelance and I got a client for website design. I am more of a graphic designer than web designer. I started working on it and some problems occurred where I don't know how to solve ...
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How can I do some free design work?

I am a designer that wants to do some free design work for people, but the problem is, how do I find people to do free work for? Is there any place online? The reason behind this is that I am good at ...
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How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?

One issue I face personally is how can I, as a designer, effectively explain my work to potential clients or people that do not have a creative side. I know how to explain what software or process was ...
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First year student: Is $50-100 too low a rate for a logo design? [closed]

I'm a first year graphic design student, but I have had experience working with the local county fair, my old high school, and identity work for my uncle's business. So far I have not been paid for ...
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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 ...
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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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How much to charge for a project involving only editing the texts of all the product packages for a skincare line?

The company I primary freelance for right now wants to give me another project involving editing all of their products' packages (total of 20 products labels and outside packagings.) I will only need ...
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Brand Identity Printing

Does a freelance graphic designer send a brand identity project to a printing company or is that the clients job?
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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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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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What podcasts should every freelance designer listen to?

I listen to many podcasts every day. When I'm in my car, on my bike, before I fall asleep, and in other rooms in the house that I shouldn't mention here. Most of them are about the business side of ...
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How much should I charge for freelance work for a project that involves mostly resizing preexisting logo? [duplicate]

Ex: The first job I was given is resizing the logo to print window decals for the business.
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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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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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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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General advice for portfolio-building and employment [closed]

I'm a graphic designer fresh out of college looking for general advice on how best to approach the job search. What quantity and type of work is absolutely necessary in a portfolio? Do I need my own ...
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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 online freelancing a viable source of income?

Fed up with the university life, I thought I would try to be a freelancer. I am familiar with coding. How can I earn money online as a web designer? Is there any reliable way to earn money? I saw ...
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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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Advice on freelancing in the same field as your day job

I have a day job in graphic design, but I'm looking to start doing some freelance on the side. I have a couple of questions/concerns... 1-All my work on my portfolio site would be work I created at ...
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Which PC hardware specifications should a Graphic Designer focus on?

I am new to this forum and am looking for some advice on a PC specification which I will be using to re-skill with Adobe CS6. I have played about with Adobe in the past as a web designer but I want ...
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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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Is it an usual practice to request portfolio rights?

I'm an amateur graphic designer. I've been doing work for local companies and initiatives for just over a year now. I recently got a job designing for a pretty big client (by my standards). They ...
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Should I ask for client's budget before the initial first meeting?

First of all, is it a good idea to ask a a potential client for a ballpark budget they are thinking to work with? I just don't want to meet with somebody who has a very low budget, and who could be ...
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Can I “donate” source files to non-profit for tax deduction?

I created a template for an 8-page monthly print publication and created the publication for print each month for 7 happy years. The client hired a new PR person who suddenly let me go and demanded my ...
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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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Should I charge less for being a freelance entry level graphic designer?

I've been told that this company has paid others $40/hr. This would be my first work at a professional level. They've already seen my portfolio, and love my work- and have had trouble finding someone ...
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What is a good systematic approach to increasing the rates I charge?

In the past year, I have been getting more and more freelance projects along with my work as a graphic design teacher. I've been working in the graphic design field 10+ years. Because these contracts ...
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Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio?

So, I've been freelancer for many years, as a Graphic Designer and Web Developer. Last few days I've found myself filling a huge portfolio for a creative company - Videos, Websites, Branding and even ...
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Where can graphic designers go to find collaborative jobs?

I want to find a site where I can go and search for design or coding projects that customers upload and hope to find professional proposals by teams, not solo freelancers. A site where professionals ...
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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 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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What should I do if a potential client claims my pricing is too high?

I gave a possible client a price estimation for concept of a character, and making it 3D as well. Now I find out that my estimation is double what he is paying his current artists. He never mentioned ...
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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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As a Freelance Production Artist, are clients entitled to native files? [duplicate]

As a Freelance Production Artist, are clients entitled to native files? My now ex-client gave me images to edit for their website and marketing g and are now requesting all the PSD's so they can have ...
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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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GUI Based Workflow Tracking Solutions for Designers

I have been interested in finding a way to track my progress and tasks for client work with a visually engaging workflow program, that isn't like a git-hub style solution. I'm looking for a program ...
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How can I write requirements for a graphic designer?

A friend of mine is in need of some graphic design work. I'm trying to explain to him that his make-me-something-like-X-but-different-approach is not a very good way to communicate his needs. We tried ...
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When sub-contracting is it important to be transparent with the client?

Bit of a spin off of this question... Do you tell the client if you are sub-contracting their work? Morally is it an obligation, or do you pass it off as your own? When choosing collaborators, do ...
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What are common non-traditional Graphic Design requests, and how to handle them?

Naturally you would expect that a graphic designer is proficient in logo, print and web graphics, but what else do clients commonly request? (Web, email, motion graphics, 3D animation etc...) I've ...
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Title for a company owner/freelancer doing design, web dev, writing and photography

I'm about to branch off into the freelance world. I'm starting an LLC and I'd like some input on what I should title myself as the owner. For example "creative specialist" or "creative technician" or ...
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Why was my experience with a logo contest so miserable?

I'm starting out as a freelance designer (and no job experience at any company before) and I decided to join "contests" held by freelancer.com's users. I've joined several of them already and I can ...
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Does the designer or client provide the design contract/terms of work?

I'm a freelance designer and I have written up a design contract with my client to which he signed and agreed to. However, a few days later, he sent over another contract, which is significantly ...
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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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Advice when hiring a freelancer for creating a company logo

I'm about to hire a freelancer to create a logo for my IT consulting company. My personal thoughts: The logo will be vector based as I might need to use it at different sizes. It should look good in ...
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What is “standard markup” for purchases which need to be passed on to the client?

Let's say I'm designing a site, and Client and I agree that I'm going to purchase a slideshow to use on Client's site. The slideshow code costs $30. I will mark this up to compensate me for my time ...