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I really appreciate the services from BJS Design Studio LLC. I am working with a nonprofit organization and he was very accommodating with my budget for what I asked for. Very professional and very prompt to answering my questions. Brian called back quickly to return my call. I would definitely be hiring him again for my advertising needs for my organization. I will highly recommend him to others!Sep 10, 2018VerifiedBJS Design Studio LLC's reply
Thank you so much, Nanaefua! It was a pleasure working with you and I thought the program turned out nice! You were super quick with feedback, too, which is awesome! Please let me know if there’s anything else you need. :)
Got it done right, and quick!Sep 17, 2018VerifiedBJS Design Studio LLC's reply
Thanks so much, Seth! Glad to be able to help. You were a great client, too, with quick feedback, to move things right along! Have a good day, and let me know if you need help with anything else!
Great job on photoshopping an Architectural Exhibit for us.May 29, 2018BJS Design Studio LLC's reply
Thank you so much for letting me be of assistance on that photo editing project for you! Happy to help on any other design projects you may need. Have a great day!
Brian has worked with us for years on the Eno River Calendar and always amazes us with his creativity, his skill with graphics programs, and his quick response. He makes good suggestions to make our product better which is helpful to our group who are not as knowledgeable of the print media world.May 29, 2018BJS Design Studio LLC's reply
Thank you so much, Dave! Always a pleasure to work with you and everyone else at the Eno River Association. :)
Brian is a phenomenal graphic artist. His knowledge of digital technology gives me piece of mind in seeing a product through to a finished piece.May 28, 2018BJS Design Studio LLC's reply
Thank you so much for the kind words, Joe! I look forward to seeing your month calligraphy and other artwork for the calendar this year. :)
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge $125/hour for new/infrequent customers. Once you reach preferred status (after a few paid projects), my rate goes down to $100/hour. Estimates will be provided prior to starting any job and must be approved by either signing and returning the estimate or via approval in writing (email is fine). Discounts of 50% of my normal rate are available for charities/non-profits/fundraisers at my discretion. New projects require a deposit of 50% up-front with the remainder due at project completion. All projects have a 1-hour minimum. Third-party purchases (such as printing, stock photography, custom photo shoots, and font licenses) often cannot be estimated in advance of starting a project, and are thus not included on initial design estimates. These will be additional costs.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?1. Initial contact to discuss project details. Can be done via email, phone call, Skype, etc. 2. Initial estimate sent for approval. Client will need to look over it, sign and return it. 3. Upon approval of the estimate, 50% of the estimated total price will be due up-front. An initial invoice will be emailed to you that you can pay in one of three ways: (1) cash in person, (2) check via mail or (3) credit card, debit card or bank draft via the online payment button in the invoice email. #2 and 3 are how I receive most of my payments. 4. Upon successful receipt of your deposit, I will begin work on your project (usually within a day or two, depending on my current workload), and will start sending out PDF proofs for approval via email. You will have the opportunity to request changes per the estimate, and I will let you know if we start to approach the limits of your estimate, so you don't end up spending more than you initially agreed to. Work outside the scope of the estimate (i.e., more rounds of revisions than initially estimated) will render it void and inaccurate. 5. You will be responsible for timely feedback to keep your project on-schedule. Upon 30 days without feedback, your project will be marked complete (to-date) and any unpaid design time beyond the first 50% of the estimate will be invoiced, which will then be due within 30 days. Any further work beyond that point will require opening a new project. 6. Upon final approval of your project's design, final print files (usually a high-resolution PDF with bleeds/crops) will be created and delivered to the recipient of your choosing, whether that's you (if you decide to handle printing, yourself) or the printer/publisher (if you'd like me to handle that part, myself). **Note: by default, your final print files will be hi-res PDFs, not native layout files. I maintain ownership of all design files I create, such as InDesign documents, layered Photoshop files, etc. If you need my native design files (such as if you want to create subsequent versions or just edit things, yourself, in the future, or hand them off to someone else to do), I am happy to do that via a "transfer of ownership," which carries an extra fee. 7. Once your project is finalized, your final invoice will be emailed to you. Your second 50% payment will be due within 30 days. If your payment is not received within 30 days, a late fee of 10% of your project's total price will be added and a new invoice will be sent. Late fees accrue every 30 days thereafter until full payment is received.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?4-year college degree: Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) I went to college for fine art (painting/drawing), but was introduced to the digital side of things my senior year, which I enjoyed and pursued after graduation. During my college career, I studied Fundamentals of Design, Painting/Drawing and Art History, and I minored in English (I'm pretty adept at pointing out spelling/grammatical issues ;) ). In 1996, I worked part-time for a screen printer, so I got my first taste of the industry, from a print production standpoint, there. Interning at Qualex, starting in November 1997, is what really jumpstarted my design career, though, from learning the then-current software, to expanding my design knowledge, to working with clients. I then worked at Azalea Graphics for 18 years before starting my own freelance design studio in 2017.