Archive for the ‘graphic design’ Category

Dialogue for Creatives in Vegas
March 12, 2009

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This Friday should be fun! I am participating in an event for the design community here in Vegas, hosted by Black Diamond Digital and Eurie Creative. They have opened up their stylish studio space for my LVGG group as well as other creatives around town.

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Stay Tuned
March 5, 2009

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Lots of changes are on their way! Can’t wait to get to share them all with you….

Las Vegas Graphics Group
March 2, 2009

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One of the many things keeping me busy lately is the Las Vegas Graphics Group. As an offshoot to the yahoo group, I organized Las Vegas Graphics Group Meetup. So far, it is a support group of sorts for designers around Vegas, with the hopes of becoming THE resource for Vegas businesses with design needs. Keep an eye out for us!

Website Design
October 17, 2008

I’m happy to announce that the website I designed for Perfect Princess Parties finally went live today! Check it out at perfectprincessparties.net!

Here They Are!
September 5, 2008

The new business cards arrived yesterday! Can’t wait to start networking and handing them out!

New Business Cards
August 27, 2008

Finally put my order in for my new business cards! I did a quick, simple design for this one, as I need them in a hurry! Here is the (lo-resolution) design, minus the phone number. Oh, and they will have rounded corners!

Design: Perfect Princess Parties Website
August 19, 2008

I recently completed work for my client, Perfect Princess Parties, and am excited to announce that I am now now moving forward on their website. Here’s an example of some of the projects I did for this fun company…a flyer and business card (I also did a really cute brochure which is not pictured above).

Upcoming Photo Shoots & Design Projects
July 18, 2008

Currently working on more Perfect Princess Parties projects. I am designing a brochure and a website. I’ll post the previous projects soon (business cards & flyers).

Two photo  shoots next week: Caiden (Baby) & Lauren (Boudoir ).

In the works:
April 30, 2008

Some of the upcoming projects on my calendar include:

Photoshoot for baby Skylar – this weekend

Photoshoot for Steffan – next weekend

Marketing solutions (design) for Perfect Princess Parties – very soon!

Photoshoot for Perfect Princess Parties – pending

Also on the horizon:

Painting a mural at a local animal shelter as part of a volunteer project

Taking part in a studio lighting workshop

Looking into taking wedding photography classes/workshops

A Practical Guide to Working with Graphic Designers
April 23, 2008

A Practical Guide to Working with Graphic Designers by The Graphic Artists Guild of Albany offers insightful information to hiring a Graphic Designer. Details change according to different designers needs but this guide offers the basics. Here are some highlights:

Good graphic design is hard work, and a team effort. Remember, a Graphic Designer is a consultant hired to solve problems. A Designer will challenge your ideas and preconceived notions to find the best solution for getting your project noticed in a marketplace exploding with information. Be prepared to work closely with the Designer and make decisions to support the creative process. Clear communication and mutual respect between the Client and Designer are essential. On day one, start with the nuts and bolts: Clearly communicate your vision for the project, its audience, objective, and the message you want to send. This is vital for putting the Designer’s expertise to work to create the visual piece that accomplishes your goals.

Sample Production Schedule

Project: brochure with previously reviewed copy
Different types of projects have different production schedules and turnaround periods. This schedule includes one round of revisions (11/21) after a layout was chosen (11/7). These revisions should be clearly negotiated in the contract. You can have as many or as few revisions as you feel necessary; but, additional changes not negotiated up front are considered Author’s Alterations (AAs) and are billed in addition to the original estimate. AAs are usually billed at an hourly rate. In the unlikely case of a complete redesign, a new contract should be generated between the client and the Designer. To budget your time and set realistic deadlines, start with your target date of publication and work backwards. Be flexible and willing to add a few cushion days to avoid rushing the job—especially if several people must sign-off on (approve) the project.

  • 10/1 Meet with designer to discuss parameters and scope of project
  • 10/8 Client sign-off on estimate and schedule (allow 5 to 7 working days; if vendors’ quotes, such as for printing, photography, or illustration aren’t needed for the assignment, estimates may be generated more quickly)
  • 10/9 Provide designer with completed copy, camera-ready logos, and/or artwork (allow 10 to 14 working days for initial design mock-ups)
  • 10/21 Review mock-ups and agree on a direction (allow 7 to 10 working days to submit final designs)
  • 11/7 Receive actual layout for approval (allow 5 to 7 working days for internal client routing and sign-offs)
  • 11/14 Return to Designer with comments (allow 5 to 7 working days to make any changes after review)
  • 11/21 Changes are made with final sign-off on proof to go to press. (Note: this time frame will depend how extensive changes were)
  • 12/15 Delivery of finished piece from the printer (allowing for 10 to 15 working days for printing; printing time depends on the complexity of the project and the printer’s schedule)