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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'd present it as a triptych: what you originally produced, the changes the client wanted, and the design you finally talked them into. This will show that you can work constructively with difficult clients.


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As others have pointed out, show your designs. The new client needs to see what you are capable of, not what someone else has screwed up. But keep in mind, that the companies might not want you to publish that you worked for them. Maybe make up some fancy company name or names and use those throughout your portfolio.


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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 can be the result of a deeper issue that I want to address before answering your question directly. I think many designers feel they need to do everything a client asks without a second thought. But let's face it, clients ask for some terrible things, and that's okay. They aren't designers. They don't know any better. It is the designers job to help ...


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In these kinds of cases, I publish the design that I made. I am not always the developer of my own designs, and as you pointed out, sometimes the client is determined to have something their way, without really caring about the loss of aesthetics that goes with it. I don't think there's any harm in publishing original designs, non-approved designs, or ...


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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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When you prepare a quote for a project, you should keep for yourself a list of the value of your first drafts, brainstorming, communication, revisions and final files. If this happens again, you'll know what you should charge. It's hard to judge that situation, it depends on the contract. But in general you should have something in it about cancelling ...


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You should consider yourself lucky that he's not trying to circumvent payment completely. What you're describing is generally a good client, even if they are challenging at times. A client who values your time, realizes that even if they choose not to use your work, they should still pay for your time, is a good client to have. If final, production-ready, ...


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You should always charge for the value of your time, skills, talent, and work produced. Even if the experience didn't turn out optimally. Discount only if the discount would be beneficial to all parties involved (including yourself). Otherwise you're potentially setting a dangerous precedent and indicating to the client that your work is overvalued.


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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 usually don't send clients a "contract", but a "project proposal". The proposal includes an explanation of the work I'll do (and not do) for them, the deliverables, what I require from them (technically and content-wise), my fees, terms of payment and other general terms (copyright, source files, what happens if the project is cancelled). In short, it ...


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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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The designer would have to really screw up on their end, not just in design, but in the handling of the project to ever pay for a reprint. Or they'd have to really want to salvage the client and be generous. Typically, a designer will send a final proof to the client. If the client approves it then the designer no longer has any obligation to fund fixes. ...


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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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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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This is a pretty common thing that occurs, don't worry, you'll have people asking you to build them websites and everything else too lol. What you should do just for instances such as this is make sure you have relationships with people who do different things. Depending on the project you could have someone who does 3D modeling take care of that part for ...


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No, you shouldn't accept the project if you can't do it. ...unless you have someone in your network willing to do this project with you and who also has the skills for it. I also suggest you ask a bit more details to your client about the 3D modelling he/she wants. Sometimes clients misname stuff and maybe they're not really after 3D but something that ...


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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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