A lot of new clients are unfamiliar with working with a graphic designer and have questions about how the process works. I hope that this page will give you some insight into working with me on a project.

Working
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The relationships established with most clients have lasted long after the completion of the first project. Whether updating print pieces, extending brand identity to other applications, updating and expanding websites, or taking on brand new challenges, these long-term relationships have yielded some great results.

If you're interested in working with me, please call or email me to discuss your needs. Or fill out this form to get started. We can discuss your project and decide if we're a good fit for each other. Discussing the project over the phone may be enough for me to come up with a proposal, or we may want to have a brief meeting in person.

Defining the problem

My first step in working with you will be to learn all I can about you, and to clearly define what you are trying to accomplish. I like to meet in person for this, perhaps at a coffee shop or at your workplace (though I have also worked very effectively with long-distance clients). We'll talk about who you are and what your goals are, in an effort to clearly define the design problem. I've also developed a short 'design brief' questionnaire that helps to quickly provide some direction, which I may ask you to complete before we meet.

Finding the solution

My design process at this point usually involves pencil sketching, jotting notes, noodling ideas and seeing where it goes. This is the really fun part. Ideas are then evaluated and altered, variations sketched and more ideas explored, to see which ideas rise above the rest. Then I'll typically move to the computer and start exploring some of the ideas that show the most promise. After this I might end up with several concepts to share with you.

Involving you in the design

As my client, you'll find yourself closely involved in the design process, with opportunity to provide input and feedback. Depending on the scope of a project, I might present rough ideas at several stages, narrowing and focusing the design direction as we move along.

Design reviews generally happen online or via e-mail and phone conversations, or we might wish to meet in person. The design will then be gradually focused and refined to a final design solution.

Wrapping it up

With your final approval, I will then produce the final product, whether it be press-ready files for a print piece, or an active website uploaded to your server.

While I don't provide printing services, I have great working relationships with many printers in the Minneapolis area, and I'd be happy to recommend a printer that would be a good fit for your job. I'm also happy to work with your preferred printer or even an online printer.

Likewise, with website work I don't provide web hosting but can recommend a web host or work with your preferred or existing host – all I need is ftp access to your web server to get your new site up and running.

An Ongoing Partnership

The relationships I've established with most clients have lasted long after the completion of the first project. Whether updating print pieces, extending brand identity to other applications, updating and expanding websites, or taking on brand new challenges, these long-term relationships have yielded some great results.

Get in touch with me