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Apicella Design

Montclair, NJ

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About Apicella Design

Apicella Design provides superior graphic design services for all manners of print and web projects: from logo and ID to sell sheets, ads and complete websites. Our web work is very focused providing unique sites (no templates) that bring out the essence of your business. Our experience and market knowledge ensures effective print or web communications that will put your business or organization at center stage.

Our clients stay with us over the long term because we produce beautiful, attention-getting results, understand customer service, and have the technical skills and experience to bring a job to completion on time and on budget.

We enjoy working with both large and small clients. Our client list includes large corporations, small businesses and restaurants, local professionals and non-profit organizations.

Web work can be seen at:
apicellaweb.com

Recent websites include:
results-alliance.com
foxvocalarts.com
selahadultcare.com

Location

Montclair, NJ 07042

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  • 5/5 stars July 30, 2011

    It is truly enjoyable to work with Apicella Design. Greg, Lyn and their staff are highly competent, fast and friendly. From simple postcard promotions to complex multimedia assignments, they execute with exceptional skill and creativity, plus strict adherence to deadlines and budgets. They frequently go above and beyond the specific task to offer intelligent insights and recommendations that can help the client reach the overall objective in a faster, more cost-effective manner.
    Highly recommended!

  • 5/5 stars July 28, 2011

    "I have been mailing the compcards out to agencies and one said she really
    liked It because it was different and the color combination was great!
    Perfect fit with the new website too. Thanks for everything."
    stefanie@whoisdivine.com

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. When choosing a designer, look for a solid portfolio that appeals to your sense of how you want to portray your service or business. Consider the amount of experience the designer has. If your business is very specialized, ask about their experience in that field. Spend time discussing your project to determine whether your relationship will be exciting and rewarding (rather than just a grind). Discuss charges ahead of time, look to get a firm commitment on the finished job rather than a loose hourly rate agreement.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. I'd like to know what I don't know. I'd seek out a designer who was not only talented but proactive when it comes to creating a strong communication (marketing) that will gain attention. I'd want a designer who was interested enough in my project to have strong feelings about how a consumer will see my promotion, and help me improve it. Also, while relying mainly on talent, I'd like a designer who is current regarding technology, the Web, printing techniques, cost-saving innovations.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Where can I see your portfolio?
How long have you been in business?
Were you ever "on staff" at another firm?
Do you have any testimonials/references? Could I contact them?
How do you structure your pricing? How soon would you start charging extra for changes?
Is my time frame for completion a good fit for your current availability?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. A buyer should have a very firm grasp on the nature of their business. They should know the basic characteristics of their market, including why their product or service would appeal to that market.
The buyer should have a firm idea of what the project entails, and be open with the designer about any collateral materials that might be involved. This is because there are always economies of scale at work. For instance, if this is a logo project, will the logo be used only on screen (web) or will it eventually be part of a banner or even a billboard? Armed with this information, the designer can create proper artwork, and do it just once. Maybe a slightly higher charge but much less than starting again.

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