A few good reasons why you should consider hiring me as your designer.
I think differently
My work in photography taught me to view the world as if I were looking through a lens, dividing it into a grid and figuring out the balance, color, lighting etc. The creative thinking never stops and I am always inspired.
I like to tell stories
The purpose of a design and illustration is to communicate, to tell a story. In order to communicate several things have to come together and work together. I know what it takes to harness the elements of design into a good story.
Business is dynamic, therefore so am I.
My favorite clients to work with are new breweries and small grassroots start-ups. I have learned that to effectively help a client with a design problem, a designer has to learn a client's story and sometimes that means getting involved. With each new client I have learned something new. Through one of my clients I learned to ride a horse and by learning to ride a horse I was able to create an iconic logo for another equine loving client. I look forward to each new client, the design problems they bring and finding the solutions to solve them.
Here are some Common questions and answers about working with me on your next design project.
What can you design?
Items I can help you with include but are not limited to logos, business cards, stationary, print marketing materials, websites, e-mail, social media icons and other related web graphics or illustrations. If you are just getting started, or looking to take your businesses' look in a new direction, I can set you up with everything you need to make a solid first impression.
How much will it cost?
Pricing for a design project varies according to what's needed, how it will be used and how long it takes. Quotes while often accurate are only an estimate. In the case that the design process exceeds the amount of time quoted you will be notified immediately before I proceed any further.
When contacting me, it's important to understand that I am a professional in this industry with many years of experience. When speaking with you, I will assume that you are the same in your industry and therefore I will assume that you have researched your needs and budgeted for graphic design.
When is payment due?
Before we get started, half of the quoted payment is due upfront. Online payments through PayPal are preferred. I charge an additional 2.9% to cover processing costs. Files will be delivered once your final payment is made.
How can I keep track of how much we are spending?
Most clients will know before the project starts what the overall cost will be. However, for clients working off of a retainer a timing system is used to calculate hours spent. When we begin our project, I will give you a log in so you can view time spent on your project. Time is calculated in 30 minute increments after the first hour.
How long does it take?
Most of my projects can be completed within two weeks (depending on my current work load).
Projects requiring an instant turn-around (1-2 days) will acquire a rush charge (a doubled rate).
What is your process like?
I wish I could say I do all of this with a magic wand, but I don't. There's actually a lot that goes into the design process. My work flow basically goes like this: I read over the design brief a number of times. I ask a few or a lot of questions. I research and then ask more questions if extra clarification is needed. I brainstorm, sketch, refine my sketches (sometimes digitally, sometimes in my sketchbook), I present my ideas to you, we decide on a direction, I present a polished version of the chosen direction and then I refine it based on your feedback. R
The design process starts with you. When you hire me you are hiring me to bring your vision to life; to put a face on something you've dreamed up, created from scratch and probably care a whole lot about. With that said, we need to communicate frequently throughout the duration of the project. I will need you to be timely, upfront and honest with your feedback. It also helps if you are open to technology so we can collaborate via screen share when needed.
Tools that we can and should use together: