This week, I was interviewed by local designer, Jamie Crump. She’s a student preparing to hunt for her first graphic design position in Indianapolis. Jamie presented some great questions regarding work environment and showing your portfolio. Read more →
Every week I collect the most interesting and popular design tweets from my Twitter feed. Then I share them with you!
Here is the behind-the-scenes video on how Apple filmed their commercial entirely on iPhones. Very cool stuff. http://buff.ly/1jltHan
A few thoughts on giving better design feedback http://www.davidairey.com/giving-better-design-feedback/ …
Nice gallery of black & white logos http://shape-form.com
After graduating with honors from Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem, Gideon moved to New York where he persevered to realize his dream to design a cover of the prestigious New Yorker magazine. He’s the chief creative officer of one of the largest Israeli advertising agencies and recently published a book “No, No, No, No, No, No, No, Yes” about innovation and creativity.
One of Indy’s leading marketing technology companies is celebrating its recently consolidated brand tomorrow. Come join us at PERQ (formerly CIK Enterprises) to unveil the newly designed 30,000 square foot office space with the support of VERGE Indy. Learn what PERQ’s emergence means for our community, and watch Scott Hill’s 5-minute pitch for their new FATWIN technology platform. Read more →
Time to share a new documented brand identity process! The logo design project I’ll be sharing in this brief is with Open Data Science, a start-up organization by a return client which I had a good experience with on our first project Stock-Fight. Read more →
The most fragile part of freelancing graphic design has to be maintaining your business relationships. When work comes along you can’t waste opportunities to impress.
After moving to downtown Indianapolis, I sent out a few LinkedIn recommendation requests to current/past clients. Recommendations are always great resume builders, and LinkedIn asks the endorser to choose three top qualities.
Out of ten results, the most used words were: Great Results, Personable, Expert, On Time, Creative, Good Value, High Integrity. Three of them are highly notable, according to writer Neil Gaiman’s Speech at the University of the Arts.
Treat clients like people. Also, convey that you are also a hard-working person just like them with a life. A phone call will usually one-up an email. Let the client know that you appreciate the work they are giving you by thanking them.
Eventually, you will learn to joke with each other and share stories. That’s when you are building trust.
We all want to be paid on time, right? Well, return the favor by delivering projects on time.
If I’m ever going to be late, I always provide reasons that will benefit the project. A good example would be when I’m testing my front-end designs in multiple browsers. Being late is going to provide higher quality assurance for the client, which is usually OK if they aren’t pressed for time.
Tip: Overshoot your delivery date when possible. It’s better to over-deliver than be late.
Fantastic designs will always help your situation. The client came for good results, and there is nothing better than giving it to them better than they expected.
Your first project is the most important with a client, but don’t forget about the second one. If you knock out two projects in a row, you are sure to have built a solid business relationship.
As Neil states in his speech, you only need two factors out of three to please a client.
Holding a high standard of business is something I always strive for, but I personally agree this theory holds ground in the freelance design world in cases where I’ve slipped.
What do you think?