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How do I talk to clients who are used to seeing ads for $5 logo designs?

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 ...
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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?

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 ...
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Is math needed for graphic design?

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 ...
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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?

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 ...
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How do you deal with clients who bash your designs?

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 ...
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Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?

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 ...
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How can graphic designers contribute to Open Source projects?

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 ...
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How do I talk to clients who are used to seeing ads for $5 logo designs?

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 ...
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What if client doesn't like any logo design concept?

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 ...
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Is it right to use the ideas of non-winning designers in a design contest?

Ethically and morally..... using any "contest" is merely taking advantage of designers. Contest do nothing but take advantage of designers and give all the benefit to the person running the contest. ...
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Is math needed for graphic design?

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 ...
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How to handle a request for handing over 6 years of working files?

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. ...
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What is the difference between a designer and an artist?

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 ...
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How do you deal with clients who bash your designs?

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 ...
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"Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal" - How can this concept be supported & explained by a designer?

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 ...
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Is “Graphist” a valid English word?

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 ...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

I would let it go 100%. Answer all their questions and put a deadline date after which you are no longer taking requests. I will gladly help with this information, but you need to take over ...
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Do my potential customers need to understand the "meaning" of a logo, or just recognize it?

Your customers don't have to understand your name. Your customers don't have to understand your logo. Your customers do have to remember both. To make it easier to remember you'll typically make a ...
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I already have LinkedIn, DeviantArt, Dribbble, and Behance. Do I need a personal website?

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 ...
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How can I practice my design skills in a more motivating and engaging way?

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 ...
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Will it hurt my career to work as a graphic designer in a startup for beauty and skin care?

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 ...
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What is the difference between a designer and an artist?

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 ...
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How do you charge for extra non-design related services?

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 ...
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Client asking for design suggestions

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 ...
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Client asking for design suggestions

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 ...
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What is this type of design called?

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 ...
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Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?

It's not normal, but not uncommon. There can be many reasons for it. Often it is simply a strong-armed legal department that insists on NDA-type relations with all vendors. I typically leave a line ...
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"Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal" - How can this concept be supported & explained by a designer?

Einstein said "The key to originality is hiding your sources". You're right, it's a concept that's been commented on by many great artists, the concept though I think is less literal than you're ...
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