Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I work on a variety of Graphic & Photography projects such as:
Album & DVD Covers
Brochures & Catalogs
Sweet 16/ Quincenera
Album Cover Shoots
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I have come up with multiple designs for a high end client for their t-shirt design. Hip Hop oriented with a known artist.
I have designed a corporate lacrosse team logo. Logo has been applied to the teams jerseys, website and stationary.
I have branded a product for a manufacturing company in NY. I developed the product logo, packaging & sales collateral.
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 how well a designer knows their programs. What platform they are working and what I am getting for my money. Many a times you have designers that say yeah yeah I can do that and in reality they can't at all. Get references, get great references! This is what will help you determine a Great Designer from a over night designer.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How long have you been working as a designer?
What credibility do you have?
Has any of your work been published?
How proficient are you in your programs?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What your looking for graphically, also know that my pricing is competitive and you always get the best quality work for what you are paying for.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have been drawing since I was 3/4 years old. I have a natural talent that I incorporate with my design work. When the finished project is ready to be presented you will find that it is unique and can not be found anywhere else. I live creativity, its one of my favorite things about what I do.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love that I have creative freedom and that when I present a finished project to a client they are happy with the results that they receive.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Q: How long have I been designing?
A: 8 or so years
Q: Can I work in house?
A: No, I work remotely because I work on multiple projects.
Q: How long will it take?
A: Depends on your project and how much detail needs to go into it.
Q: How long have you been designing websites?
A: 6 Years give or take
Q: Do you know CSS?
Q: Do you know a good web host?
Q: Whats included in your start up web package?
A: Design of website, research, maintenance (up to 1 year pending on package), SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Many people think this is easy. Ive been told that I'm lucky because I get to play with crayons all day. Its really not that simple. The proper way to develop any graphic material is to research the demographic, competitors and then devise multiple looks for the project in question. Once that is done then you sit down with the client and compare and contrast what is liked and what is not and then another round of mock ups are made. Web design is even more complicated with knowing coding and testing constantly to make sure everything works as it should. Everything takes time just not excessively.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have been drawing my whole life and have a love and passion for design, painting and photography. I was hoping at one point to get into illustration but I absolutely love where I am at right now. Freelancing and getting to meet new people and work on a variety of different design projects and photography projects has been my biggest love of all time and greatest outlet.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Recently I worked with a cousin of a famous painter. I was asked to develop her idea into a t-shirt design. I am a big fan of this artist and he has been one of my inspirations. When I developed the looks for the t-shirt I was very happy with them and excited. When I presented them to my client she was MORE than happy with them and in awe by the time frame I had finished them and out come. I look forward to working on more designs with her in the near future.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am presently taking some online classes with Treehouse Island Inc. It is a wonderful website to brush up and gain new incites on resources and different ways to approach coding. I also like the fact they have offered App programming for Android and Apple which I am planning to get into very soon.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength is having a keen eye. I know what colors look good together, I always grasp the idea what my clients are looking for and having a great imagination. Without imagination working in the design field can be hard because you need to be able to come up with multiple ideas for just a single project to give your client an option to choose from.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. At the moment I am working on strengthening my Web Design Coding skills. I am in the process of taking some refresher courses and additional training in other Coding languages.