You all know a lot more than I do, and it’s often shown in the quality of your comments. So from time-to-time I like to feature a few of your thoughts, both for the benefit of those who don’t follow the discussions, and as a small thank you.
Here’s the fourth in my ‘focus on reader comments’ series.
“The DBA events are almost always available to non-members at a slightly higher cost. Unless you’re going to all of them then it’s far more cost effective to pay the premium and save yourself a few bob by avoiding the membership fee.”
“My 15 year membership of the Chartered Society of Designers was the most pointless waste of money ever. I left about 10 years ago and don’t regret it in the slightest. I think it’s partly to do with the fact that organisations like the CSD are attempting to ape the professional bodies of other professions. You might say that you want a Chartered Accountant or a lawyer that’s a member of the Law Society, but quite frankly which of your clients has ever given a damn about whether you’re a member of a professional body? If they all combined, their size might be able to make some impact in informing potential clients about the superior service they might receive from a ‘chartered’ designer. But let’s face it, anyone can claim to be a designer and many talented people without any formal training have done so, so really this kind of organisation for designers is probably rather silly.”
“It comes down to business advantage. When someone asks for a spec. job, they either have an incredible opportunity that allows them to manipulate the situation in their favour, or they’re testing the contractor’s will. Whoever has the most confidence in these situations tends to prevail… In a way, it’s an exercise in human nature.”
“…having just completed my 3rd design project on the anatomy of type, I’ve found that none of my sources covered every anatomical element, and sources often conflicted… The sources I used were: Thinking with Type (Ellen Lupton), Type and Typography (Baines / Haslam), Graphic Design School (Dabner), I Love Typography, fonts.com (Monotype Imaging), about.com.
“I see the anatomical diagram you have (view the type image) continues this trend, and again, is incomplete, and contradictory to other sources. What’s a ‘VisComm’ student to do? It was suggested that we rely more on printed books than websites, yet when the printed books contradict one another, then clearly there’s something wrong somewhere!”
Have you had a similar experience to Jonathan?
“At every down-turn there is always someone in an up-turn looking to capitalize.
“…I have been getting a lot of logo design requests from new (rather fly-by-night) debt consolidators and loan assistance type businesses… For them, business is through the roof…”
“There are some very interesting articles to be found about charging for freelancers and small studios online. To name a few, look at:
“From there you can jump to other good articles.”
Rob Russo of Robert F Russo, on, “The 30 month evolution of my online graphic design portfolio”
“I’ve enjoyed reading your journey here from “New Dawn” to “David Airey” and wonder what would be best for me.
“I already have a personal site up, but I’m not doing as much with it as I thought I would and I’m not happy with it. I’m starting to get serious about branding myself and churning up business, so now is the time to re-focus or start fresh.
“As funny as it may sound, I’m considering the “big company name” route because I’m not loving my name right now. Or at least people’s perception of it. My domain, robertfrusso.com, includes that little ‘F’ in there for my middle initial. I registered this because 1) other name variations weren’t available and 2) I was using ROBERT F RUSSO on resumes and other materials to match.
“The problem? More often than not, people pair my middle initial with my last name and call me Robert Frusso. Well, Mr. Frusso has left the building. I have a sense of humor about it, but it has happened so much that I’m back to thinking I should start fresh with a different approach.”
I suggested that Rob play off his sense of humour — perhaps pointing out on his website that it’s Russo, not Frusso. Showing a light-hearted approach may help endear you to potential clients.
Zafir Slavov of ICDSoft, on, “GMail security failure leaves my business sabotaged”
“In the comments it is mentioned that it is better to use a managed hosting solution than a shared host in terms of security problems, and that a shared host means lower security. I definitely disagree to that. The updates of the server software depend on the administrators / staff managing the server and not on the type of hosting. Our admins here monitor server software 24/7 and make updates ASAP when needed (especially when it comes to server security)…
“…Moreover, 99% of the hacks against hosting servers occur through software, installed on the customer site. So if your blogging software or CMS, or some plugin has a security vulnerability, it would not matter what type of server you are on. For more than eight years history of ICDSoft, all hacking issues on our servers are connected with software, installed by a customer on his / her site.”
Zafir goes on to discuss how ICDSoft (my web host) helped when my domain name was stolen. It’s an interesting read, and you can view the entire comment here.
Again, thanks very much to everyone who comments on my blog(s). You help keep me motivated.