Here we go with five more excellent comments from you, the people who help make this website what it is. For previous reader comment features see the ‘related articles’ section at the foot of the post.
“The other benefit to established payment upfront is that it makes sure both the client and the designer have a vested interest in the project. Of course, even this doesn’t always work to make sure the client is serious about the project, but at least the designer gets partially paid for his / her trouble!”
“…it seems increasingly that blogging is an essential and major part of any forward thinking business, we are encouraged by google to provide more relevant info, educate our customers and be transparent and open about who we are and our motivations, the internet is benifiting as a result. Blogging has not so much interfered with my day job but enhanced it…”
“At the end of the year 2006 I designed a calendar / poster for 2007. 470 x 1000 mm. I had a small print shop print it for free and had my logo and theirs on the poster. Then I offered it to my readers as a thank for loyalty and reading, but they had to visit the print shop to get it. Most of those who asked for the calendar had a nice talk with the guys at the print shop about printing and business. So, everyone gained.”
“There’s the Paul Valéry quote, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned” which is very true of layout and design, at least in the eyes of the designer. I could quit my job and fine-tune my own site for the next six months and never feel it was quite right.”
“If you work for free you devalue your work in the eyes of your customers and then it will make it harder for them to feel that they should pay you for anything. Potential customers who witness you working for free for others (they do talk amongst each other you know) will have a lower opinion of the ‘value’ of your work.
“Hey, use so and so, they will do this and that for free for you.”
“You’ll just end up with even more businesses referred to you by the previous ‘freebie recipients’ who also don’t want to pay. And so you start a vicious circle for yourself. Only you can control the circle and stop it happening.
“It’s all about branding. As a designer you have to take care of the perception of your brand just as much as any other business.”
Can you relate to any of these reader comments?
Thanks very much for the continued comments / discussion from all of you (not just those five friends listed above). You’re a great source of inspiration, and it’s a pleasure to have you read my website.