What types of customers have you worked with?
Logo Design & Branding
Printed Collateral (business cards, letterhead systems, brochures, signage)
Web Graphics (banners, icons)
Book Covers & Author Promotion
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
1) Review their portfolio and look at the diversity of clientele
2) Ask the provider what questions they ask in the design process
3) Don't hire on price. You will always be able to find a cheaper solution. Hire based on competence and ability.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It's easy to find very cheap solutions for logo design by going overseas or hiring dirt cheap online designers. You may get a logo you like, but does it truly reflect who you are? Does it accurately communicate your message? Again, if your designer isn't asking enough questions, they aren't designing. They're just making things that look pretty.