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Client wants me to teach them InDesign

I include a disclaimer when delivering native files: .... makes no promise, provides no guarantee, and offers no support, for the continued use, alteration, or editing of native files after files ...
Scott's user avatar
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Is it normal practice to screen share with a client?

This kind of depends upon who you ask. Here.... it would never be an option. Much the same way I do not work with a client standing behind me "dictating changes". There is no feasible reason why a ...
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I am a client and my work is being delegated without informing me

This sounds exactly like the person you don't want to work with. A concept within 24 hours, unlimited revisions and payment at the end before receiving the final files. Red flag already. That's ...
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Is it normal practice to screen share with a client?

I've been in and out of the graphic design world over several decades, and have also spent a lot of time in both technical writing / illustration and architectural design & 3D modeling - in all ...
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I am a client and my work is being delegated without informing me

I am going to hate every word of this as I type it, but type it I must. Statement - I do not sub-contract my own work! Subcontracting exists in all areas of business I think it's more complicated ...
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How to fit a vertical headshot into a horizontal frame

#3. Get your client to see the benefits of a proper photoshoot After years of doing your #1 i finally managed to introduce an updated design for my clients' company profile, website and corporate ...
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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 far (and how often) in the process do you let a client see a work in progress?

If you're an artist, I don't think you should show them a WIP at all. If it's not up for debate, do not show it to your client. Show them the final work and then maybe give them an option to suggest ...
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How do big design companies share art files

At my current workplace we use a version control system. To be exact, we use Git + Bitbucket with the LFS (Large File Storage) extension. We also use a graphical diff plugin that lets us see a quick ...
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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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Is it normal practice to screen share with a client?

Since I like playing devil's advocate, I'll elaborate on situations where I think that kind of request would make sense. (spoiler: there aren't many) You have a client who has shown to be respectful ...
curious's user avatar
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I am a client and my work is being delegated without informing me

Taking an honest look at things.... Implying there's some sense of "wrongdoing" would be inappropriate in most instances. Although I can see how the perceived lack of transparency might cause some ...
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Can this geometric shape be created in Illustrator?

It's not so easy to do this in Illustrator without doing some manual operations or tweaks. Scott has covered possible ways in another answer he linked to and Joojaa has provided another possible ...
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Client wants me to teach them InDesign

I did that for a client once. We spent 2-3 hours discussing some basic InDesign editing with about 10-12 of their staff in a meeting room at their office location. It was a one-time workshop and we ...
Lucian's user avatar
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How do big design companies share art files

"Many projects with many files all uploaded by humans on one server will get messy, by definition." Not necessarily. I freelanced for a while in a food packaging studio that had other studios ...
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Is it normal practice to screen share with a client?

I don't think it's "normal", although there are probably designers who do it. When deadlines have been tight, I've collaborated with clients over the phone while sharing static images with them at ...
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How can I ensure consistency in web design?

Can you teach consistency? Yes. That's what the internship is for. Design is not something that requires talent to perform well; with enough practice your intern can become a great designer. Keep ...
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Should you offer multiple logo design options to the client or just one final design?

I agree in the main with Lucian's approach, but will add this thought: I will often provide three (3) early directions in sketching, and have the client make a definitive choice - they sign off on ...
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What is your backup strategy?

It's relevant I think, but I'm not entirely sure it's on-topic for "design". I suppose it's no more off-topic than "what font is this". Note I'm not in a corporate environment. I'...
Scott's user avatar
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Charge someone for wasted time?

Absolutely! The time is only wasted if you're not charging. This doesn't sound like a client, just a guy asking another guy for occasionally paid advice. I think your client needs to be educated: ...
Lucian's user avatar
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How to batch rotate image to make them all landscape?

You can put a Conditional step in an action: use the Insert Conditional... command in the Actions flyout menu: So first create an action to rotate and save a document. Then create an action with a ...
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How to start constructing a logo?

The example logo is made of simple geometric shapes - a circle, equilateral triangles, and rectangles. Draw something like this: Here I have a circle, two equilateral triangles and a line - all have ...
Billy Kerr's user avatar
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Should you offer multiple logo design options to the client or just one final design?

Paul Rand is fairly famous for his philosophy regarding multiple designs... I'm paraphrasing, "There's only ever one solution to a design problem." To this end, multiple iterations or ideas ...
Scott's user avatar
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

The answer may lie in the difference between formative and summative assessment — the kind of feedback your employee requires to advance. Note: In the pedagogical feedback theory suggested below, ...
Stan's user avatar
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Adobe Fireworks - the best replacement?

I use Affinity Designer as a replacement for Fireworks. I also use Graphic by Picta which is pretty good too, but vector only.
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How to batch rotate image to make them all landscape?

Easier solution: Use Bridge, which has a filter for orientation. Drop the images into a folder, click the 'portrait' filter, which selects every portrait image in your folder, then the rotate tool at ...
Lucian's user avatar
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How far (and how often) in the process do you let a client see a work in progress?

Everyone's process is a bit different. When I'm designing, I create three comps, or rough versions, for the client to choose from. I make it clear that these are ROUGH designs, not final, specifically ...
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How to create high quality 32x32 pixels BMP?

The most precise way you will achieve a quality 32px² picture is really making it pixel by pixel. The very origins of pixel art came from the need to convey visual information in absurdly limited ...
Lucas Flicky's user avatar
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

Normally when you hire somebody it is to delegate some tasks so you don't need to get involved in everything personally. Now as this designer is clearly a junior, as energetic as he may be, this takes ...
Lucian's user avatar
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How to improve performance with multiple duplicated objects?

Use symbols as explained in the Adobe manual. It can save you time and greatly reduce file size. To create a symbol do one of the following: Click the New Symbol button in the Symbols panel. Drag ...
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