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It's a simple answer really, low barrier to entry. No school requirement No certifications or accreditation required Most people already own a computer so capital investment is very low too. Even on the highest end you're talking about maybe $3,000 in top of the line software and hardware It's like the tagline from the game Othello, "A minute to learn a ...


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You say "You get what you pay for." Sure, you could get a logo for your business for $5. You could also build your website with the free "website builder tool" which your registrar offers, and you could get your business cards designed with the "add an element and push print" app from the mass printing company. The question is this: will these el cheapo ...


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Well, the thing is you don't need a whole lot of things in the world. Some food, water, shelter, and that's about it. So you definitely don't need maths, it goes into the same category as you don't need a car either. (In fact, contrary to what others have you believe you don't need money, you can live off the state's generosity in almost every prison known ...


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I'm not a graphics designer, but I don't think the issue you're describing is in any way specific to graphics design. I think that if you look hard enough, you can find this is issue in any field -- I know I've seen it in software development, for example. There's something in psychology called the Dunning–Kruger effect, which I think is related. It is a ...


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Stefan has several excellent points, which I'll echo and expand upon: Write up a contract. You don't start anything without a contract. It took me over a week to write my first contract, but that baby is as detailed and iron-clad as I could make it, and now I can slice-and-dice and adapt it to future jobs. The AIGA has a ridiculously detailed sample ...


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You have a "thumbprint" client. This person must always change something, and feel like he's left his thumbprint on it, or he doesn't think he's done his job correctly. I have a coping strategy I got from When Bad Relatives Happen to Good People. It's called "Setting a Budget." A woman was upset because every time she went to her son's house for a ...


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This old quote from US broadcaster Ira Glass puts it really well. It's something I believe is true for every creative profession: Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just ...


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Another common issue is, that by posting their content on Behance in your name, their brand is on a platform they can't control. It may be difficult (even borderline Quixotic) in our age, but many organisations try hard to keep complete control of all uses of their brand. Worries can include: They might simply have unspecified concerns about a comms ...


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The most important thing is to find a project who's goals you really support. I'd hate for open source work to become a chore, you should quit if it does, and you're more likely to create good work for something you're passionate about. Hopefully the project itself won't die out quickly, because you want to make something that lasts. Once that is ...


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If you don't like any, you'd have to pay more This is exactly what you should say. Now, prior to creating the logos, you should have a design briefing meeting with the client, so that the client can give you some direction and you're not just striking out blindly with your three designs. I like to give homework by asking "What are three (sites, logos, ...


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As someone who looked over résumés, I would be more impressed by a résumé which was elegant and a little different but readable than something with enormous graphics, fancy fonts, or blinking text. Or glitter. Remember that the readers are going over dozens of résumés in every batch. They need to look for keywords, ...


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I can make you a logo for 10$. For 10$ you buy me for about 10-15 minutes and it is perfectly possible to make a logo in that time. However, there are several reasons why you wouldn't want to buy that logo. Here is a list of reasons: I am not a graphics designer. I will be doing it in a hurry. Most likely I would just be choosing a logo of several throwaway ...


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Disclaimer: I use questions answered by me as an example for the plain reason that I am familiar with them. As I am almost a professional mathematician¹, I hope that my perspective adds to the existing answers. I use graphic design mainly for scientific illustrations and for hobby purposes. When graphic designing, there are essentially three ways in which I ...


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Don't. Unless specified in the original contracts of that 6-year body of work, you are not obliged to keep the original working files of past projects. That you do so is only for personal archiving. Shenanigans like this are the exact reason for that, and I advise you to include a statement to that effect in your terms and conditions from now on. Try and ...


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I personally would let it slide since they are a regular client. It sounds as if it was a communication issue, so you may want to let them know somehow, "Hey we removed this item from the invoice due to a misunderstanding, but please note that our design fee is XXX for furture reference." That way they are aware, and you look like the "good guy" to a ...


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Art is typically something that an artist designates as art, or society has deemed culturally important. It’s often a physical work (or just an idea) that had a certain aesthetic or intellectual intent. It’s purpose can vary, from being an outlet of personal expression, to excite the eyes, to set a mood/emotion, to provide commentary, etc. Design is ...


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Do web designers need to know basic modern CSS and HTML techniques? Yes. Why or why not is this important for a well rounded web designer? I answered "yes" because you used the word basic. It is absolutely essential that web designers know basic HTML and CSS techniques, in the same way that architects must know something about physics and material ...


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There are actually a couple issues here. If the client just repeatedly wants changes, as @LaurenIpsum posted, they are a "thumbprint" client. And you simply need to get to a point where you can separate yourself from the work and just do what they ask. I often have to tell myself "this is just what I do, not who I am." So changes aren't personal attacks on ...


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While there is a Wikipedia entry for "graphist" (given anyone can add or edit Wikipedia), I would state that it's not a valid English word, at least not American English. It does not appear in the Meriam-Webster dictionary. In my (quite lengthy) career, I've never heard anyone use that term. Sounds similar to someone calling a plumber a "plumbist" or a ...


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I've always interpreted this as a more literal reference to the possession that "stealing" implies. If you've truly stolen something, then it is no longer owned by anyone else. Nor is it a copy. It's owned by you. There's the old saying that "possession is 9/10 of the law". Steal your inspiration, and own the results. I don't think anyone has truly ...


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Finding work (as opposed to a job) is part of the motivation in (and reason for) creativity. Any couch potato can think of a design job — a tee-shirt with four descriptive words that begin with the letter 7, or something. Big Deal. No wonder you're not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Finding work means that you have found a reason for your intervention. For ...


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Before you put yourself through the trial that is creating your own website (and it is, just in the amount of time it takes), you have to ask yourself what reason you represent yourself online. Do you really just need a portfolio for potential employers? Then worry not, because having your work on those major sites is enough for employers to get a feel for ...


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Graphic designers work in all shapes and sizes of companies selling all types of product and services. There's no field which is not suited for a graphic designer if the company markets anything to customers or clients, in any visual manner, in any medium. As for "personal and professional growth"... that can't really be answered by anyone other than you. ...


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I made this another answer since this is to comment on your design: You tell us that you can easily recreate professional templates. In fact i doubt it. You really have to learn a lot about webdesign. Seriously far to go, but you are eager to learn and therefor i made this mockup to explain some things. This is not to bash you, seriously no offence meant, i ...


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I've been a designer for 8 years and I worked with many designers and artists. To summarize it quickly I would say: Artists are concerned about the design itself, they want to make something beautiful in their own way. Designers want to solve problems first, then to make it pretty according to the target and client.


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Quote a price, then itemize on any estimate/invoice. If a client sends a broad statement like you've posted.... First ask questions even if you know the answers to them: Will you be providing the copy to use or is that something you want me to come up with? Do you have high resolution images you'd like to provide? Then respond with an itemized list of ...


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My response when asked for free consultation.... I'm sorry, [client]. Please understand that my time is valuable. You are essentially asking me to donate my time for your project, even if it is merely in the nature of a consultation. Unfortunately, it would be nearly impossible to try and convey all that I have learned through education, trial and error, ...


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There are a few options: "Sorry, but I just don't have the time to volunteer for pro-bono work at the moment." That's probably the easiest way to handle it. On the other hand, is there a benefit in trying to make this person happy? Could it benefit you in the long run if she's your friend? Is she well connected? If so, maybe you want to try and keep ...


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These type of illustrations are known as isometric illustrations, can design these easily on Adobe Illustrator with the help of Isometric grid, which can be downloaded here Isometric grid. Isometric projection is a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions.


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