Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II

Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, and business “cards” made out of other objects. Today, we’re looking at different techniques. Color Let images and color draw attention to your card. If your name incorporates a color, the reiteration on the card can create a memorable impression. Take a look at the…

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Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I

As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business card can demonstrate your creativity and talent. This week we’re looking at ways business cards can generate positive interest in your design. The following three examples all use shape to convey the nature of the business. Whether you’re designing a card for another business, or…

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Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II

Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 of its publication A Client’s Guide to Design: How to Get the Most Out of the Process, AIGA states that “The most successful collaborations are always those where all the information is on the table and expectations are in the open from the outset.”…

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Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I

It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating and negotiating side of graphic design when it comes to dealing with clients. Today we’re focusing on the negotiating side of handling disagreements. Ways to Negotiate Show your skills. Now is the time to use the expertise gained from your graphic design education. You need…

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When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients

Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone knows that breaking up is hard to do. But there are graceful ways you can handle it that will help your design firm grow and keep doors open. Image: GetEntrepreneurial.com Stay business-focused. Make sure the client knows that this is not personal. It’s simply not…

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Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship

Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you form a solid basis for a good run with nearly any client. Gain clients carefully. Selecting your clients carefully is the first step in a responsible client/designer relationship. You should have a clear idea of who the client is and what needs exist, and the…

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