Frequently Asked Questions
Click on any of the questions below to learn some more of the specifics about what working together will look like, and how it will benefit you.
The greatest benefit you’ll find in working with me is a very specific focus on your success. Why?
Because I don’t get to punch a time card at the end of the day and expect to collect a paycheck regardless of the quality of my work. As a business owner, I recognize that I can only be successful if my design makes you successful.
Also, when you work with me there will be no filter between you and the person actually doing the job. I’ll be the one answering the phone when you call, the one responding to your emails, the one learning about your business and your needs, the one doing the design, and the one contacting you at the end of it all to be sure the design actually accomplished the goal it was intended to.
I’d tell you here if I could, but design is a service, and your needs won’t be the same as the needs of the business across the street.
There are some designers out there that will list specific prices for specific media (brochures, business cards, websites, etc.) without bothering to ask about your business, your customers, your principles, or your goals, but be careful. If you’re more interested in the success of your business than you are in just having a flashy brochure with your name on it, they’re not what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for goal-focused design that will help your business become more successful, head on over to my contact page and get in touch, and I will get you a personalized quote. I know it’s extra work, but it’s worth it.
The details will vary depending on the job, but generally the process for your design project will look like this:
Client Meeting and Design Brief:
This is the most important, and often overlooked, part of any design project. For any design to be successful, your business, your goals, your personality, your customers, and your budget must all be carefully considered. Before work begins I’ll have you fill out a design brief, which will help us both clarify your goals for your business, how this job will help you meet them, and the scope of the project. We’ll then discuss these things in a bit more detail at your place of business (ideally), on the phone, or via e-mail.
Research and Idea Generation:
At this point I’ll begin further research into your competition and your current and desired customers to better define the best possible approaches to reach the goals established in the previous stage.
I’ll work through a number of possibilities and narrow them down to the strongest few, presenting a rough idea of these possible approaches through a variety of possible media, including sketches, digital wireframes, and moodboards. Together, we’ll decide what approach best suits your business.
The general design will now be worked out and presented to you for approval before moving forward.
The design will be completed and polished, and presented to you for approval, and the artwork will then be supplied in a number of formats.
Assistance and Project Review:
After the job is done, I will be available to answer any questions and to help facilitate communications with printers and service providers.
Some time after the design is out in the world, I’ll check in with you to see things are progressing.
A bunch of them. “Graphic Design” includes a lot of stuff, but here is a quick list of some of the more common stuff I do:
- Books and Booklets
- Business Cards
- CD Packaging
- Direct Mail
- DVD Packaging
- Internet Advertising
- Website Design
I do all of this and much more. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, contact me and I’ll let you know if I’m suited to your particular project.
If you’d like. Prior to starting Design Dustup, I worked, for several years, very closely with the people that printed and put together the things that I designed, and I even did the printing and production myself on occassion. So I’m very familiar with the processes involved, and I’d be glad to help you in discussions with printers and others to help ensure there aren’t any unpleasant surprises.
I typically request a 50% deposit before I start work. The remaining 50% is payable once the work is completed, prior to the final, production-ready artwork being handed over.
Answer a bunch of questions, first of all. Your input’s going to be very important throughout the process, especially if you’re a new client.
If you or an outside service provider will be providing artwork or copywriting, you’ll need to get this to me very early in the process. We’ll discuss the specifics regarding your project before we start, but designing around placeholder text and images can cause problems and result in missed opportunities, so we’ll establish some deadlines for each of our responsibilities early on.
Yeah, it is kind of out there. It’s a little quirky, a little humorous, pretty colorful, and reflects my interest in history.
It’s designed to reflect some of my own tastes and sensibilities. This means that it won’t appeal to everyone, since not everybody has the sames tastes and sensibilities as I do. The great part is that it will appeal to people with similar tastes as me, people that I’ll get along with, people who I’ll enjoy doing business with and who will enjoy doing business with me.
That’s important, because that’s what I’m going to do for your business.
Too many businesses represent themselves with boring, generic design out of fear of turning people away, and in the end hardly actually draw anybody in. We’ll work together to create something that actually reflects the personality of you and your business, and draws to you the sorts of people you want to do business with.
It’s okay, I’m super easy to get in touch with! Just head over to my contact page and find out how.