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How to choose the right Graphic Designer for you

How to choose the right graphic designer for you Blog Post

Have you ever worked with a designer that wasn’t quite the right fit for you? Maybe they weren’t professional, didn’t understand your vision or just wasn’t that great at design?

Or maybe you’ve been thinking about finding a designer to work with but don’t know how to go about it?

It can be totally overwhelming, especially because there are so many amazing graphic designers out there to choose from!

To help you with this process, follow the below steps to make sure your future designer ticks all the boxes:

  1. Ask your friends and family for recommendations – you’re likely to have someone who’s opinion you trust that can give you a referral.
  2. Decide on your budget and what you’re happy to pay. Graphic Designer can have an array of price ranges, so make sure you’re clear on how much you’re willing to spend.
  3. Research multiple platforms for graphic designers such as Google, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Behance and The Loop.
  4. Once you have found a few designers to look into, do a little stalking. Check out their Instagram and Facebook page, website and any other pages that pop up when you Google them.  Do they post on their social media regularly and have an up-to-date website?
  5. Check their services. A lot of designers specialise in one area of design e.g. layout design or logo design. If they don’t offer what you’re after, either keep looking OR if you REALLY want to work with them, send them a message asking if they are interested in your project.
  6. View their website in detail. Does their tone of voice, mission statement and values align with you? Do they have details on there about who they do and don’t work with? Are you their ideal client?
  7. Check their location. Do you mind if they aren’t local? The beauty of being a graphic designer is we can work with an array of clients all over the world.
  8. Read the testimonials on their website. Do they sound legit? Are they positive?
  9. Look through their portfolio. Does their style align with what you are after?
  10. If they have Terms and Conditions on their website, have a read and ensure you agree with everything listed.
  11. Finally, if they tick all the boxes and you’re happy with what you’ve found, go ahead and contact them or download their price list to get things started! They should have clear call to actions on their website.
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Now that we’ve looked at everything to tick the boxes, here are some red flags to look out for:

  1. They don’t have a website, professional business email or social media pages. If they don’t have any of these, they may not have experience which makes it difficult to get a feel for what their work will be like and even if you’ll get along with them!
  2. They have absolutely no testimonials or examples of work on any of their pages.
  3. Their logo and website are poorly designed – this is a no brainer – if their designs aren’t great, that means the projects you ask them to do probably won’t turn out well either.
  4. Their prices are as cheap as chips. Us graphic designers take pride in ourselves and spend years studying, practicing our skills and refining our technique in hours and hours of design work. If a designer is only charging $5 for a logo, for example, this is a massive red flag. If the designer you’re looking into doesn’t value design, then they won’t put much value on your project either.
  5. The designer offers unlimited revisions. This usually means they don’t have a thorough briefing process and don’t aim to get the project right the first time around.

Well, you’re ready to go out there and find your graphic designer! If we’re a good fit for you, reach out to us to get started.

If you have any questions or need some advice, we’re always happy to help 🙂

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