Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most common jobs I do for clients entail start-up business items such as logo designs, business cards, brochures, and web sites. For the social department, my most popular items are Wedding invitations.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask these questions to everyone you interview. Don't just hire the first designer you come across with the best prices. Ask to see their work! Ask for testimonials. Ask for pricing and ask why they charge what they do.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I wish I knew that design services were NOT always included in the price, and if they are it usually includes choosing from templates and leaves little room for creativity. Design charges usually come at an hourly price, again limiting your ability to be a perfectionist, if on a budget. If I could share an inside secret it would be: brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm, so that when the time comes to design you can tell your designer EXACTLY what you want and there is no room for error or an overpriced set of proofs!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How many years have you been in business? What are some of your most well known projects? Can I see a portfolio? What are you prices? Why do you charge this? Do you have hard copy samples?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Buyers should know what they are willing to spend and a solid idea of what they want to have created.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Unlike many companies, our services include the design with the print and production of your chosen services. In addition to our common services, we are now happy to announce the introduction of our hand-painted & crafted stationery.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love helping small businesses to get started. I was once there and naive to the amount of work needed just to establish a strong brand and company presence. It was hard to find services that I could afford as a start-up. I saw the same in the social industry with brides and grooms that couldn't afford to make their dream wedding a reality. I wanted to make a difference.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How do I know what is a good price for what I'm getting? Prices will always vary in the design field. Research is a must! Don't be afraid to ask for quotes, you should be the ones interviewing us. You only have once chance to make a first impression, so settle for the best. It is also important to ask for itemized pricing lists or directly ask why they charge what they do.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. A friend of mine from High School approached me about making a web site and business items for a company she was starting. Her mother was diagnosed with Scleroderma and she was losing her hair at a very rapid rate. Her mother tried her best to adjust but it was a very emotional transition for her. My client decided to start a company designing Hair Hats, stylish hats with natural looking hair, donated by women. We put together a logo, promotional items and a site. She took her hair hats out to potential clients and continues to raise money for her mother's cause. She lost her mother to Scleroderma, but continues to fight. I was proud to be a part of the start of a great cause.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I think it is very important for customers to know more about the process of design and the time and skill that goes into creating a unique design with strong appeal. It is easy for anyone to design, with hundreds of programs available to the online world; but it truly takes talent and learned skills to produce an appealing layout with a strong purpose to every element.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I began as a Journalist major in college, and I had every intention of starting my own magazine for high school students and college students. We were required to take a design and layout course and I instantly fell in love. I was able to take my artistic abilities to the screen!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Recently, I was able to help a local Pizza Shop launch their new web site. We come from a smaller town where most everyone knows one another. I knew the owners and their five children; they had very busy lives to say the least! It was a great feeling to help a local business get their business online.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. As a designer, especially, our industry is constantly changing and advancing. It is imperative to stay informed of any new technology introduced to our programs. In addition we are always required to keep up on new styles and changes in the industry as far as products and services. I am a member of a number of design groups and forums, and I continually read to further my knowledge of the design field.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. One of the most recent developments introduced into our field is 3D printing. I am interested in seeing how this can be useful to both the business and social needs of clients. I do believe that in the next decade we will find ourselves working majority online, and I think with the introduction of 3D printing we will not see a complete phase out of the print industry.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. The most recent project we had was for the local Pizza Shop. Over the course of a month we were able to draft, proof and launch their site. It was a basic five page site which included SEO, Social Media Management, Traffic Monitoring, and design and launch of the site. The price was $799 plus tax for all of the above. Plus a monthly fee of $39.99, if changes were needed.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Most of my pricing starts at a base price for all simple services. Since there are many variables included with our services the prices vary across the board. We start with a quote and as the services are rendered we adjust the pricing.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would advise them to learn the basics, even if outdated, they are necessary in order to understand and utilize the tools needed to create the finest work.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strengths are my best interests on the behalf of the customer and the diversity of my creativity.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. My knowledge of mobile and App designs.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. If there was anything you could change about the field you are in, what would you suggest? I would suggest that we find a way to create one program for Web Design. Currently there are multiple programs (depending on the experience of the designer) that can help a designer to create a site. I feel this would help to weed out those who are too inexperienced, giving the customer a stronger sense of confidence in their contract. It would also help in the transition to web display across multiple internet platforms.