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Top 10 Excuses to Get Cheap Design Work Rates

Oct 22, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Design Firms, Design Tutorials

Interestingly, I have come across quite a few designers lately raving about money dispute with the clients on different community forums. Since, I thought this article might be useful for most of the inexperienced designers.

Top 10 Excuses to Get Cheap Design Rates

Here is a list of top 10 excuses made by clients to get cheap design work rates for their projects.

  1. Do this work for cheap and we’ll make it up in the next design project.
  2. We can not pay upfront, and will only release payment once you have delivered the final design.
  3. You will get massive publicity and a lot of work once you have done this design project for us, for free!
  4. After having a look at the rough design copy, this is what you get: “We are not sure if this is what we want, however let us discuss this within our team, partner, family, etc and we shall get back to you.”
  5. Project is little delayed because we do not have enough time at the moment. Keep our tab open and we will continue working on the design next month.
  6. Work contract? Don’t you trust us? I thought we were cool 😉
  7. You can send us an invoice once the work is complete.
  8. We cannot do $x,xxx because our budget is only $xxx, firm!
  9. The last designer we had, was doing it for $xxx.
  10. We cannot pay you upfront because of some financial issues; however we will definitely make it up after you have delivered.

Please understand that the list of top 10 excuses wasn’t compiled to mock any firm or individual, however is published to bring novice designers into reality, and out of fantasy world so that they can stop losing money on offering cheap design work rates.

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Tania Arcot

Tania Arcot

Tania Arcot is a freelance writer & entrepreneur living in Chandigarh, India. She was born with a writing flare and has been doing it for self-satisfaction ever since. She has secured degree in Textile Design from quite popular Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT). Check her out and read some of her other write-ups as facebook notes here. Snippet from Tania’s writings –
“There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”

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How to guide users with clear website structure?

Oct 3, 2012     No Comments    Posted under: Design Firms, Design Tutorials, Website Design

You have only few seconds to gain attention of your website traffic, so be very careful with the website design and structure. Using straightforward options will give your landing page a clear-cut composition that will channel website users to emphasized content.

Guide Users with Clear Website Structure

Keep in mind that traffic will start bouncing off (leaving) of your website if they don’t find what they are looking for on the landing page, hence make sure of creating logical structure with appropriate information.

Here are some simple and useful design tips to form effective website structure for users:

  • Contrast – Use different color shades, diffusion, or opacity to put together elements on the landing page.
  • Size – Use large in size elements to help and guide website traffic towards highlighted information on the landing page.
  • Alignment – Display all relevant and related elements around the emphasized content.
  • Whitespace – Empty space around the specific elements will draw much needed attention while making your website design more engaging to the website traffic.
  • Grid – Create a sense of order in the structure by using simple grid to layout elements.

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Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal

Puneet Pal is the sole proprietor of Mahal Pty Ltd., in Western Australia, a full-time professional dealing in the in the Transport sector. Puneet had his first bite of technology by working as a part-time Web developer. With a good understanding of website designing and unique concepts of digital devices, his works includes mostly the latest advancements in the hi-tech design market. Puneet’s design work includes, and not limited to, Party Images. His wife is an Italian, blessed with a daughter and struggling to ease out the tight business schedule, Puneet nurture his interest of writing as a savior from the ever running work. You can connect with him on facebook.

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Important Office Interior Design Mistakes

Sep 10, 2012     1 Comment     Posted under: Design Tutorials, Interior Design

Ever wondered why you still feel your Office desk is too small for your legs? or an office computer keyboard is bigger than the slider made for it? Even customized furniture hasn’t achieved that classy look you wanted for your office cabin? Well possibly because at times we over indulge ourselves when it comes to office interior planning. To help you here, let me tell you the first basic advice:

Office Interior Design Mistakes

Over indulgence of design: I understand it is your Office, personal cabin (your kingdom to be precise), so it’s evident that you’ll shower all your Interior design knowledge on your designer or do it yourself! But let’s not get emotional here; over decorating the wall panels, unnecessary display of frames on the walls, use of very sharp colors and aimless combination of fixtures result in a bad mix of too many great ideas. Let the place look chic and not crowded. Get a grip here. A simple and classy idea for your office is the best approach.

Secondly, buying paints before fabric and furniture: Yes, we do that, so many times I myself have seen clients telling my interior designers a cloud of ideas for their customized furniture, curtains and fixtures after buying the interior paints. That obviously leaves no scope for the designer to design your furniture and fabrics in varied manner and thus have to stick to the colors already bought! Do not rush, painting is time consuming, it requires consideration to wood, stone and cladding to be used in the office. It is not similar to home interior, office fabrics and paints are of totally different taste and texture.

Thirdly, Employee space and recreation: It is your premises, you are the boss, you may have designed the best cabin for yourself, but would have kept the economical wood, electrical fixtures and stones for employee stations and recreation room, and this will evidently be costlier to you. Keep in mind, it is the working stations which are used maximum and thus will require maximum repair. Do not limit the space for work as it will deplete the quality of work and also do not ignore the resting areas for employee; always have provisions in your planning for it. It’s only a matter of common sense to enhance work productivity.

Over doing Lights: It is very annoying when you enter an office building and the the over the-top- lighting gives you a café bar feel. Especially when you experiment with the colors on walls and add bright lighting effect on them, it feels like an exhibition of drastic lights. It kills the sobriety and professionalism of the place. Keep it simple, subtle and limited to False Ceiling lights.

Lastly, Design your place with a purpose: Compliment it with the field of business or service you provide. This is a serious advice; a salon will be differently designed than a restaurant. A corporate office furniture, color groups and work stations will be different from a small business unit. I agree it’s your place of business so always special for you, whether big or small, but on this thought, circle back to my first advice of “No Over Indulgence” Easy!

Happy working!

Raman Sandhu

Raman Sandhu

Raman Sandhu has rushed and brushed her career with the fancy corporate world, yet still aiming advanced mechanism in human resources. Writing was never inherited, it is simply her flare of expression in anything and everything that she finds her interest of say! If readers can imagine what’s expressed through pen by Raman, its definitely a win-win situation for her. She has started writing with an experimented and quite varied genre of designs, and different aspects. While working as a human resource manager with an architect company, the language of design and decor is always easy to understand for her. You can connect with Raman through facebook profile.

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5 Common Mistakes To Avoid By Graphic Designers

Aug 24, 2011     No Comments    Posted under: Design Tutorials, Graphic Design

We tend to make mistakes, even when we (as graphic designers) try our level best to be somebody who likes to do things properly because of our flawed nature. However, we should learn the “right lesson” from our slip-ups and not be disappointed. You should keep on trying till the time you don’t succeed in your efforts.

Graphic designers should be open to criticism regarding their work, rather than dreading failure. If most of the recurring mistakes committed by graphic designers can be identified, they can certainly be avoided in the future.

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid By Graphic Designers

Through this article, we wish to educate fresh designers to avoid common mistakes and here are top 5 of the most repeated mistakes:

  • Starting design project without proper brief and details is one of the biggest mistakes commonly committed by graphic designers.
  • Graphic designers fail to understand the target audience, and are unable to design accordingly to make an impact.
  • Being a professional, graphic designer must retain proper paperwork (contract to be precise) to avoid possible standoff.
  • References are somewhat acceptable; however graphic designers must use their own creative design skills rather than copying from other concepts.
  • Graphic designers should avoid using excessive effects and unjustifiable elements that will spoil their creativity in design projects.

If you are still making mistakes after following these design tips, please don’t give up, as you will definitely be able to avoid them someday. Please feel free to read our database of graphic designer interviews for inspiration.

Jay

Jay

I currently hold editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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