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Questions about business and the commercial aspects of the graphic design industry. Ask anything relevant to graphic design such as promoting, managing and operating a design business.

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Should Graphic Designers be paid for reprints of past work?

Seeking "best practices" from experienced designers.... A design is completed for a direct mail sales piece. The piece is printed, mailed, and used by the client. The project is paid for ...
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How to extract a client's logo expectations

I have a several years experience doing visual identity design. I primarily do them for companies from small startups to mid-size businesses. I have been paid by a friend who used my services for ...
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Client wants to use my designs on multiple websites - Do I charge extra?

I'm a freelancing screen designer and a client (a small agency) asked me, if I could design a landing page template which they can use on multiple clients websites from the same niche (real estate). ...
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How should I make my retainer contract fair for me and the client? How do retainer agreements usually work?

Theyre kind of a big corporation with multiple brands. They had a full time offer for me but I said I can't do it since their office is too far so I opted for their part-time option. Now they have ...
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How to distinguish between graphic design proposals

I received a number of Web design proposals for a project I'm working on. Most of the proposals are extraordinarily generic; the only thing that I, as a non-design person can easily distinguish ...
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Logo too similar or not? [closed]

Hi we have a logo I designed, it is UK trademarked registered, we recently asked a company in the USA to help market us, and the said that we would have to change our name etc, as it was too similar ...
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Should you offer multiple logo design options to the client or just one final design?

When designing a logo for a client, do you offer multiple options, so 3 different logos for example? Or do you offer just 1? How do you price for these?
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I am a client and my work is being delegated without informing me

I am a client who posted on Linkedin a request if somebody would be interested in designing a thesis cover for me. I had a few responses and decided to go with a person who offered me the following (...
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How to handle rejection from a client and would you bill for work not used? [duplicate]

Would you bill a client even if they end up not using your work? A client of mine had initially liked and chosen one of my designs but then a friend of their friend offered something different that ...
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Turning down a job while leaving the door open for future work?

Would love some tips on how to turn down a project while still leaving the door open for future work with a client. Background - This potential client saw an annual report I created for a nonprofit ...
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Is volunteering my time as a graphic designer for charities a viable way to get some client-facing experience?

I realise that working for free would change the relationship between me and a client compared to paid work, but the end result (a quality design that helps the client make money and improve their ...
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Is the graphic designer asking too much of me as a customer?

I contacted a design team to redo my company's website (small company, <100 employees, in the construction industry, been around for about 30 years). The graphic designer told me that I need to ...
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Are graphic designers required to print things for clients?

I'd like to start doing design work but I always get caught up on this question... If I design something for a client, am I also required to handle the print work?
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Business card texture and cutouts

I am fairly new to the print media parts. I have a client that requested a business card design. However they want their business card to have a certain texture and some parts need to be cut out. ...
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Should I be charging for the social media versions of designs?

I'm designing A1 posters with a Facebook header and Instagram post version of each poster. I'm charging hourly for the posters, but should I also be charging for the time it takes to design the ...
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Rebranding announcement timing

I've been searching all over the web about the Rebranding Announcement strategy and was not able to get to a solid conclusion about whether or not to make the Rebranding announcement before the ...
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Is it right to use the ideas of non-winning designers in a design contest?

I am a mobile developer. I want to create my own mobile app, so I ran a contest for the mobile design. Many good designers participated in the contest. I get lots of good ideas from almost all of ...
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How to get a B2B company to take chances on their image?

Study after study shows people respond best to things that evoke emotional responses: https://medium.com/@FlorentGeerts/research-shows-the-most-effective-advertising-focuses-on-emotion-6b442b0d5572 ...
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Business Leads Icon

I'm building an interface for an admin page. The admin clicks a button to choose an icon to see how many business leads received. I have always been stumped as to which icon is best suited for use on ...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

I know this is subjective to a degree. I am asking for best practice or experienced input. TL;DR: How willing should a designer be to share specific job specifications with a past client after the ...
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Is it normal practice to screen share with a client?

I have a client who has asked if it's possible to screen share so that he can watch/dictate changes in real time. The issue is, I've already made several requested revisions per his direction. ...
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How to control Adobe InDesign from PowerShell/CMD - for: open file, use data merge, export to pdf

I want to automate business card creation. My idea is to setup a simple web page for user to fill, then data will be inserted to *.csv file. At this point I know I can use Data Merge in InDesign, so ...
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How to keep the portfolio updated while working at design studios?

In my experience, when you work with branding agencies or design studios or organisation of such nature, you are kind of bound by law or contract not to disclose your work for a certain period of time ...
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When to use a QR code on a business card?

The client suggested putting QR code that leads on his website (domain name is 10 symbols). I think there is no reason to do that as it is not that long and can be typed manually. Also, QR codes are ...
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What can be done to avoid your design having a second meaning?

Occasionally, you hear about a graphic that has been published, but unfortunately the designers missed a second way interpreting of it. For example, this ad that was actually published: Source: A ...
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How to get feedback about our prices

I sent prices to the client and did't receive a feedback. What is the best way to ask, is my price ok for them? How do you think a phrase like "How do you like our prices?" would work?
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How to ensure international logo can be ethnically neutral enough so it won’t be offensive?

We are launching an initiative in the field of informatics for which I asked for a logo. Our graphic designer took care of it and indeed showed me a very nice logo, where a man with a hammer in one ...
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How to prevent someone from copying my work? [closed]

If I were to design a shirt or any type of clothing with a graphic design. And I don't want anyone to steal my design and claim it as their. What should I do to prevent it?
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Looking for way to sell 3D models without sharing my personal info [closed]

I've been practicing 3D modelling for a few months now. I want to find a way to sell models, maybe make models on commission. However, at least at the beginning I don't want to do this using my real ...
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What should a Brand Guideline include?

So I'm trying to form a mock business to practice branding, and I stumbled across this useful answer to a post here. If I'm going to have a folder on my pc with all the branding information for ...
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How exactly should I ask my employer for design use permission on paper?

I'm an employed graphic designer. I did illustrations, branding and prototyping for my employer. I'm aware that without a specific contract, whatever work is done by a salaried designer, is the ...
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How to deal a freelance design project remotely?

When a client approach a designer via social media to make a design job, how to deliver that project to the client keeping a security payment? The designer can't just mail the project and wait for ...
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Civil Engineer to Graphic Designer

Does anyone have advice on a lost soul? I'm currently studying Civil Engineer already finished my second year. I hate it but I want to finish this degree. I've found myself interested in Graphic ...
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How to handle a request for handing over 6 years of working files?

My best client has just employed a new person who is vaguely capable of design work and wants me to upload all my 6 years and 70GB worth of files to their drive so they can update them when they need ...
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Calculating the price of a transfer of copyrights for artwork

I have been asked to design a set of 20 different posters for a big packaging company. This client requires an estimate price for the design service. After giving them an estimate, they are now asking ...
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Client is turning my booklet design into a website - how to charge for this?

Designed a print booklet for my client and I charge an hourly rate. I work for them freelance on an ongoing basis and they already paid that invoice. Next, they got the web designer to use the booklet ...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

I am CTO at a small-medium software development company with a few ages history. I carry RRHH selection, teaching, and internal promotion. Until yesterday we just had developers and design was driven ...
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Charge someone for wasted time?

So I have a guy that I do regular work for but he's flaky at the best of times, sometimes he takes an age to pay, sometimes he "didn't receive the invoice", sometimes he is super vague in his brief "I ...
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Working file request due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

I have had a request to supply a client with all of their files (including InDesign docs) due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). My client also wants me to delete the files from my ...
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Client not satisfied with the design. Doesn't want to pay

I have a new client which approved my proposal saying that we will split the project into milestones - first payment after the first milestone (30%). The problems appeared right from the start because ...
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I underpriced a prior job, how should I tell my client that I'm charging significantly more for new work?

I made a mistake last year by underpricing an illustration work. What should I do now that the client is back with new requests? The client has contacted me to ask for new work, without mentioning a ...
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Is it okay to set a project price significantly higher than the printing costs?

I was asked to write and design a 2-page flyer (A4 size) for an industrial product. I would like to charge AED 1000 for this job. I was also requested to find a printer and get the flyer printed (...
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What kind of graphic employment is (in general) better paid? [closed]

I will try to be as specific as possible. I am a junior graphic designer (2.5 years of experience). I would like to ask more experienced colleagues - would you recommend working as a freelancer, or ...
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How do I create a good design style that the client is looking for? [closed]

I know how to follow flyer and poster design tutorials to learn new design effects, and I know how to sketch a layout. But when I’m working on a comp for a client, I often struggle with creating a ...
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What precautions can be taken to prevent a printer from holding on to and possibly printing copies of a piece?

Other than purchasing equipment to do prints at home are there any precautions that can be taken to prevent a print lab from maintaining and possibly even giving out or printing additional copies of a ...
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Client requested new changes to edited source files [closed]

A client with whom I have a good relationship has used the source files I sent them to make major design changes and then sent them back to me, asking me to edit some items within the new file. I ...
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Is it customary to retain the copyright to your artwork when designing album cover artwork?

It is my first time designing an album cover for a client and they want me to sign a contract giving up my rights to the design so they can use it in other places besides the album cover (posters, bus ...
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How long are designers expected to keep client files?

A client recently emailed me asking for the source files from a project I did for them two years ago. I don't have the source files since it was such a long time ago and the client said it was very ...
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How can I use data to drive my decisions as a commercial artist working for a client?

There are many outlets available to designers to acquire data and drive design decisions. With the rise of AI in the realm of marketing automation and analysis how can individual designers make use ...
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How can I use data to drive my design decisions as an artistic designer?

There are many outlets available to designers to acquire data and drive design decisions. With the rise of AI in the realm of marketing automation and analysis how can individual designers make use ...

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