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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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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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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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How to bill a client when budget was never discussed

I have a new client who was 4 days late getting me the information they wanted designed and dropped it in my lap the day before they needed it complete. It was chaotic and a mess to coordinate but I ...
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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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Regular client increasing workload

I have been working as a contractor for this company. It is a non-profit company. They pay me a monthly salary. I do their graphic and web work. I first started as a one job, create their website ...
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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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Client wants me to teach them InDesign

My client wants me to teach them how to do basic editing in InDesign. This is after, against my better judgement, I had agreed to give them the ID files of the documents I created in favor of ...
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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 ...