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Questions tagged [business]

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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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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Designing While Not Employed as a Designer. They now want Source Files I don't have?

At my previous job, I was an executive assistant. I was pursuing my degree in graphic design, and worked on a few projects with the company. I left the company, and now they are asking for source ...
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Am i entitled to a refund on my deposit if the graphic designer pulls out the job for personal reasons?

Am i entitled to a refund on my deposit if the graphic designer has pulled out of the job half way through completion for personal reasons whilst only completing not even half of the required overall ...
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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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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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How much should we charge for native billboard design files (with mockup included)? [duplicate]

Our client wants to purchase the billboard files that were sent to the print company. We are terminating services with this client for a long list of reasons (very disrespectful/entitled client). They ...
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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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Should I increase the price for a recurring client?

If I've had a client since my first years of career, and he remained a recurring client for 3 years, is it fine if I increase this year's quotation (accounting for inflation and a "seniority rate" of ...
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How to really quit running my business for real

I “quit” running my own graphic design business a couple years ago. A couple weeks ago an old client, who knew I had hung up my hat on it, asked me to fix and re-order him some business cards. I asked,...
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Royalties Vs. selling designs: What can and can't I do?

I'm Graphic Designer from Australia, and I run a business that is mainly operated over the Internet (i.e. over Instagram, Facebook, Email) I create custom illustrations of peoples cars, normally ...
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What is the rationale and market value for designing a new font face?

There are countless fonts at this point. Free ones and commercial ones. Serif and San-serif and everything in between or beyond. A vast majority of the questions we get asked on this site is looking ...
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How to price my illustration that someone wants to use on book cover [closed]

I am not a designer, just a hack illustrator. I created an illustration that someone wants to put on their book cover. How do I even know how to price this thing? I got an email from the publisher ...
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What kind of goals would come out of a branding project (from scratch)?

I posted this thread several days ago regarding typical goals for a rebrand — What kind of goals would come out of a rebrand? There were some interesting answers and it got me thinking how different ...
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How do you create product mock-ups?

To show the client what the finished design will look like on the actual product (brochure, business card, envelope etc.) How do you create branding/packaging images like the ones below. Until ...
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What kind of goals would come out of a rebrand?

When I'm designing a website or a print publication, I find it is quite straightforward in asking a client what their objective is. It could be anything along the lines of: Increase awareness of ...
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Why are there no animated album covers?

Throughout Graphic Design I'd say few realms have been as forward thinking as Album Cover Art. It's commercially viable but often without the constraints of the typical corporate design job allowing ...
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Should design briefs and mood boards be used with every client or just larger ones?

I am a self taught designer and so to be honest the technique of design briefs and mood boards are new to me. I have found myself dealing with clients more and found that design briefs might actually ...
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Reaching out to previous agency's former client

A more professional based question, but I think it's a good one. I left my old agency to start pursuing freelance design and development very recently. I recalled a client from 6 months ago that I ...
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The graphic design theory behind the landing page

Today most of the landing pages are using common pattern like following Navigation bar section Full width section with scrolling images Three small sections with feature images Contact details Is ...
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How do I charge to create a business card template for multiple people to use

I created a business card design for a company and they need the cards for the Owner and GM. Should I charge for two designs or one if I'm changing name, contact info, etc.?
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How to deal with this client?

I'm desperate for some advice and I'm not even sure this is the right place to ask, but here goes anyway :(: In a nutshell: Client wanted rebrand + style guide for labels to bring consistency to ...
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Is it mandatory to use corporate colors (i.e company color logo) on all company products (digital)

I want to know if there are any hard and fast rules for using corporate colors in company products especially for dashboards and layout colors.Can I use any other color apart from the company colors.
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Is it important for a catalog cover to be left with little copy?

In catalog design the cover often has little information. A photo, company name, maybe a website, and a header possibly with subheader seems to be fairly common. For an example here's a Ford Fiesta ...
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How can I convince my boss that investing in Adobe CC is more beneficial than using GIMP?

I have recently been employed to a hotel management company as creative designer. Apparently, the guy who used to work at the company was using GIMP, Fireworks and Sony Vegas to do most designs and ...
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What's a UK graphic design company's SIC code (Standard Industrial Classification) on Companies House?

Updating the details for my freelance design company online with UK's Companies House, I was asked to enter its SIC code (Standard Industrial Classification). Normally this would be: SIC Code 7336 ...
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What's the standard practice to listing clients you've worked with through an agency

What's the standard practice, within a portfolio site or resume, to list clients you've worked with through an agency? Since the agency is technically your client, is listing the agency's clients ...
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I have a client who keeps asking for quotations but never follows through

I'm fairly new to freelancing and have an issue that I'm not sure how to tackle. I'm still struggling to get paid work so every potential job is very important, however I've had so many time wasters. ...
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How to set up a website to sell my own products? [duplicate]

I'm an artist, and I want to run a website which can sell my prints of my art, where I can write blog posts, upload products, edit photos, manage customers, etc. But I can't do all these things by ...
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Where to buy specific types of paper? [closed]

I am currently in the process of making printing out flyers and having them professionally cut. But before i need to know exactly where to buy them. I know I need either 80# matte text paper or 100# ...
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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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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 ...