Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I do a lot of print design including, but not limited to business cards, letterhead, brochures, publications, advertising, and direct mail pieces. I have also done many websites and can create both custom HTML sites as well as implement and customize WordPress themes. I have also recently begun doing e-books for online readers.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. It is much too easy to choose a designer based on the price estimate you receive. Don't be fooled into thinking that cheaper is better. A good, well educated, and experienced designer will get the job done right, on time, the first time and you won't be disappointed. Make sure you look at samples of their work and even contact their references to be sure you know you are getting what you are paying for.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. A computer and some Adobe software do not a designer make. A good designer has gone to school and studied design and the elements of good design. They have also studied typography and have invested in a large font library. Ask for credentials and don't be afraid to ask for references.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I often describe graphic design as like doing a puzzle. You have all these elements... text, images, illustrations, size constraints, etc., and I love figuring out how to fit it all together and make it look beautiful. I absolutely love it when a client looks at a proof that I send them and they simply say "wow!"
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. When I was young my father thought I should be a mechanical engineer. I wished I could be an artist, but my fine art skills never quite blossomed. When I was in high school I discovered that graphic design fit my skills and desires and I never again thought about doing anything else.