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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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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 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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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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How can I do graphic design work for free?

😀 You hopefully realize you are asking many professionals, who make their living via design work, how you can charge nothing and essentially compete for the same clients. You gotta "read 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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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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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 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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How can I do graphic design work for free?

Contact a nonprofit that does good work and offer to do volunteer graphic design for them.
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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?

There are a couple of ways to approach this question: in relation to someone new to doing graphic design, and someone new to paying for it. It's true, graphic design is easy to jump into - anyone ...
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Just how much information should you share with a former client?

I wouldn't give them or any client really anything if its one of your sources. "Thank you for your inquiry. My sources and vendors are part of the value I bring through my X years of experience. ...
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How to politely accept colleagues' critiques without implementing any/all of it?

cri•tique noun a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory. verb evaluate (a theory or practice) in a detailed and analytical way. "...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

So it seems to me like you've spotted someone who has great potential, but that potential is not currently fitting your needs completely and you need to partly delegate his training. I can understand ...
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How to deal with making design decisions

Picasso was touring an elementary school and viewing the artwork the children had on display. He was amazed at how good it all was. He asked the teacher... "What are you teaching these children ...
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How to handle requests for revisions after final files have been submitted?

Any work requested after the project has finished, has been signed off on and final files have been delivered, is a new job. Charge accordingly. If it is a small revision, charge for an hours work. ...
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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?

Because good design is 99% invisible. So because they don't see it, they don't notice how hard it actually is.
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Is it ethical to make derivations (adaptations) of an external agency's work as an in-house designer?

In answer to your question about can you make derivative works from the source files provided by an external agency - it depends on how you purchase those "source" files. If you are paying for "work ...
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How do I talk to clients who are used to seeing ads for $5 logo designs?

I have a blog and wanted a logo for some time. The difference for me was the $5 guy's portfolio looked like the 'stock logos' you fill in the words. I went with a pro who charged $150. He had an ...
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How to handle a request for handing over 6 years of working files?

As a designer working on both sides of the fence I will only tell what we did when I was hired as in-company designer. I revised all contracts with our outsource agencies. I omit the ones where we ...
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How to reveal female symbol a little more in this design?

Ambiguity or unreadability is not always a bad thing in a logo. Being too literal can, at times, cause a design to suffer. It all inevitably comes down to how a mark is going to be used. An unreadable ...
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How can I place the product on a social media post better?

I, personally, won't never rely on the lower left corner of an advertisement to convey anything. It's a dead zone, easily forgotten or overlooked by the viewer. I, perhaps mistakenly, get the feeling ...
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Can I sell rejected logos to other clients?

As a freelancer you should (hopefully) only give away copyright for final, sold artwork, and keep any unsold alternatives/proposals/variations for yourself. In which case yes, you can sell these older,...
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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?

My opinion (as a part-time web developer with low-mid graphic skills): People only see the result. They know nothing about your thoughts and ideas. Recreating graphic design is pretty easy (compared ...
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Recommended practice to improve illustrating skills?

Practice, practice, and more practice is the overall message here. But it must be meaningful. When I say that I mean setting achievable goals either on a daily basis or weekly (draw one icon, draw one ...
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