‘Building relationships of accountability and trust with all roads leading to love.” This happens to be the mission of my organization, Mother 2 Mother, but this is also my mission in all relationships that I desire to develop, whether business or personal. It is very important that when looking for people to work with that you develop some sort of business relationship and you are clear with one another about expectations from the start. Like the saying goes, “Get it in writing”. Graphic Design just happens to be a big part of what I do and being the creative that I am, I always make sure that the designer that I am working with is on the same page as I am. Believe it or not, but I have never met any of my designers face to face.
Often times, I am asked who does your graphics and designs. Guess what? I don’t mind sharing. So I thought it would be a great idea to compile a list for you and links. I am going to include the designers I have worked with, as well as those that I wouldn’t mind working with in the near future.
So at the top of my list is: Shani Poston, owner of Marvelous Life. Shani is an amazing designer. We met online and it has been such a joy to work with her for the past year or so. She has been a blessing to RN Brand & Design
Then there is DoggDaze, I also met him via twitter and I knew eventually we would work together. I actually told him that I would definitely be working with him soon. He provided me with the wonderful logo for RN Brand & Design, fast turnaround and very professional.
Next on my list would have to be Kevin Starr, 0wner of The Canary Station. I will definitely be working with him soon as well.
As you can see, each designer has a different style of design and personality. So the projects they work on for me would be different and reflective of their personality.
I recently posted on Craigslist looking for designers to join my team, but in the world of freelance, most were looking for work with no relationship. I always make an effort to send business to those who I do business with so it is a plus when others do the same. This is where the relationship comes in at. I can not say it enough how important it is to build quality relationships with those who you do business with. This will also allow them to get to know your personality and incorporate it into your designs. DO NOT expect your graphic designer to read your mind. Give them as much detail as you can when presenting them with a concept. This will help them bring your vision to life. Provide them with the colors you want, images, etc., the details are important.
Plan out a timeline that you would like the project completed . Graphic design is a form of art that shouldn’t be rushed. Communicate your expectation for completion. You also should come up with a budget. Always be clear on how much you intend to spend, this can also help you identify who you want to work with. Lastly, price doesn’t always determine quality, but experience, passion and commitment can allow anyone to shine. You don’t have to go with the huge corporation or big name, freelancers are hungry, ready and willing to get your business and build.
So to all the Craigslist inquiries, I am posting your links. I actually saw some very good work on these sites as well.
*NOTE: I have not worked with any of the designers listed directly above this message. I did visit their site and they all have some amazing work. Remember is important that you take the time to build a business relationship when working with any company.
I hope this was helpful! Now start creating!
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