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I think it is very important to use your own name. It is not egoistic at all, it is your name and you are using it as an artist ( graphic artist ). Stefan Sagmeister, Karlsson & Wilker, Massimo Vignelli, all use their names. Vignelli expanded into Vignelli Associates. You can always use DBA in case of expansion, at which point you can use another name. ...


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Depends how you want to market yourself. Some designers refer to themselves as "we" or "us" and pretend they're a big business, whereas some freelancers like to be honest and upfront, and keep it personal. I'd market yourself as yourself, get your name out there and maybe think about making a brand long-term.


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It matters less than the product. If what you're selling is fantastic, then you could call your company "RayWenderlich.com" and people would would still hold you in high regard. If you're not going to use your name, I recommend following the guidelines in the book, "Made to Stick", in which it has as much of the following as you can cram into it: ...


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I responded to a similar question at Freelance.SE. I've actually run all 3 types over the years..... a business name, as myself, and as a business name which included my own name. The gist.... Using a business name: People tend to treat you as an "intern" or some random employee. I often find conversations, at least at the beginning, are very abrupt and ...


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This question has TOP priority also in my mind and I made research for this a lot. Some other benefits: Using a Business name: It gives the opportunity to sell the business later if needed (of course if you know for 100% that you will not sell, then forget about this); Better because if your business doesn't go as you planned, for example, you get some ...


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I feel it is a very simple choice. Based on your intentions or the intentions of your business. Do you want to freelance and make a name for yourself? -> Pick your name. Do you want to hire people as soon as possible? -> Pick a company name. My opinion: don't be that one-man-company writing emails referring to yourself as "we". It's insincere. If you ...


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Easiest solutions are: A. Make the text box the width of the space you want the text to be centered in. So in your case this would mean make the box the width of the business card. B. Alternatively you can right click your text and do uh... Fit Frame to Content (going from memory so might not be exact wording)


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I think this is primarily an opinion-based question. Here's mine. Should I use my own name or have a business name for my services? Yes. In other words, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. It may matter to you personally, but not really in any legal or strategic way. Using your personal name may make it a tad harder to form a ...


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I think its mostly a trend thing. It boils down to a few things: Do you see yourself as an artist? If you do then it is quote natural build a name for yourself, like most artists through the ages have done. There is also a natural tendency to want to do this early in your career/school as you need to eventually sell yourself. Once your brand starts to grow ...


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Don't worry about it, only one of two things will happen. A ""nobody"" will steal it and post it somewhere.............. n that's it.... it'll just be somewhere... and people will see it.... maybe even think "wow that's cool"... then move on with their life... and that's it... Some company will steal it and turn it into a huge billion dollar thing that ...


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NEVER just give in and start designing, dig as deep as you need to dig to get to the core of the project. What it sounds like to me seeing that this is an ongoing thing with the same company is that they lack Brand Identity, otherwise there wouldn't be as many mysteries as to what should be done. I just revamped my questionnaire and it's 30 PAGES... I do ...


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Well... the Universe has a way of giving us things we didn't expect to receive which seems to be the case here. No matter HOW MUCH you stress the fact that you do designs, people for some reason naturally trust and seek you out for other things, DON'T BRUSH THAT AWAY!!! Investigate it more and add those services to your Business. I encountered the same ...


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It sounds like she needs Corporate Identity and Brand Development but just doesn't know it. Every client who says "I just want something simple" only says that because they're trying to push you into giving them the lowest price possible. Once you give them a lowball price they open up and start telling you what they REALLY want.... which isn't always so ...


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if all you're doing is emailing them photos.... PLEASE don't be that petty to charge them. sure you could charge them, but little things like this is why our industry suffers the way it does with people coming through the door with a million tricks up their sleeve to screw us around somehow. If this client RESPECTS you and APPRECIATES you, I would suggest ...


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Give them the file. Tell them (in writing) you retain copyright ownership of it. If they want the rights, then enter into a license agreement. We also ask for first right of refusal for printing it or digitally reproducing it. The only time we don't do this is if its for a logo design... but logo's cost a lot and we still add a licensing clause (you ...


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I've paired Din Pro with Proforma. Because of shared origin and history I thought they should share some qualities. I didn't have Documenta, which I think, could have been a better pairing.


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The best way to give back as a designer is by: Helping SMALL community projects and foundations Unlike the Unicef and other big names who aren't anyway accepting the services of non-firm based designers (they have huge budgets), small community projects and foundations do need help to raise funds and have very limited budgets. In fact, most of their ...


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Donate to a public domain site like Open Clip Art at http://www.openclipart.org As a benefit, an artist can provide a blurb as well as promotional link per submission to his or her own site and services. For example, submit your Adobe Illustrator vector art, write a blurb that includes a description, your webpage address, your services, say, $40 an hour for ...


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QR codes are a good use in public places, like parks, malls, cities, fares where a code can embody the information about an event/location/rules etc... In any other business use I think it has failed to grasp its traction, people are slowly moving away from it because it was a poor UX design, you need a 3rd party scanner ( most of the time ) as an app to be ...


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If you are currently being paid a salary, you are performing what is known as "work for hire" and your employer retains all rights to your work, unless you've somehow managed to negotiate otherwise. Try freelancing for a while and you'll quickly find out your value in the market. If you have the skills people want, you'll be able to charge more.


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You could to start selling your illustrations on your own website. You can still keep this job but if you're starting to have a particular style, then this is where you might regret later sharing it with the world at low flat hourly rate; a hourly rate doesn't generate any extra income for you and you don't get any credit either. For example, one day you ...


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I suggest you simply ask your client what is his/her preference. For some of them, it's easier to manage separate invoices and taxes if the projects are done for different brands. If the projects are done for the same brand than it's usually less of an issue and it can be on one invoice. One thing clients don't like about multiple invoices: they need to ...


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If it's two separate tasks yes, if the same thing for 2 different versions then no.



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