I'm a graphic designer and writer in Northern Ireland. Welcome to my blog.
It’s professional to clarify terms before a client makes an initial payment, and clients want to work with professionals.
Is it a product or service that we think needs to be in the world, or would we use it ourselves?
As a graphic designer, what are your initial business costs and annual outgoings?
I asked a few talented designers if there are any apps that help them with their design work.
Do you believe there is a factor that leads a designer to be successful?
“A design ‘strategy’ is often little more than a plan of action to hoodwink customers.”
But over time I learned how to choose clients more wisely…
Is there something you do to make sure client feedback is valuable and on point?
I might have given up my dream. A big mistake.
If they give 20% what’s to stop the client chipping further?
How do you measure the success of a design project?
Emilyn Cheong asked me a few questions for her final year project, titled “Originality Trouble.”
I was briefly interviewed by Web Designer magazine about designer/client communication.
Written by Linds Redding a few months before he died last year aged 52.
Creative professionals talk about dealing with things that may seem out of your control.
A question I’m often asked is whether to charge clients by the hour or by the project.
Do the same design pricing principles apply?
The time necessary to “compete” in contests outweighs the potential reward.
An internship is not where the intern does the work of a normal employee without getting paid.
Always begin with a recap of the design brief.
A few designers who’ve reflected on their time in self-employment.
The following is an excerpt from the “Pricing your work” chapter of Work for Money, Design for Love.
What are your competitors saying about their businesses? How do you differ?
“They’d rather buy a few things that are good and are going to endure, than lots of stuff which isn’t.”
A good CreativeMornings video where Tom Foulkes and Michael Johnson talk process.
Take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.
It’ll save us all from having to look at everything on the [car] lot.
Iancu Barbărasă shares the story of his 2010 move from Bucharest to London.
Make people choose between your plans, instead of choosing whether to buy your product or not.
The people you work with define the work you do.