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7 Questions To Ask Your Graphic Designer Before Hiring Them

A website is the face of your company. Therefore, you should invest more time and energy in choosing the right designer that suits your company needs. There are many freelancers and designing companies today, but choosing a right one who suits your need might be a little bit challenging to a company owner. Hiring the right person for the job may require some knowledge of designing to prevent you from paying more for a job that would have only used a few dollars. In this blog, we will go through the key questions you should ask any prospective graphic designer before hiring them.

  • Cay I see your Design Portfolio?

A portfolio should contain samples of the designer’s previous work that falls within your price range. Asking to see the designer’s previous work gives you an idea of what you are likely to get in your designs. Most designers usually follow a common design method, so your project might be similar to the previous ones that they have designed before. You may consider talking to the previous clients and enquiring about their experience with the graphic designer or his company.

  • Which Team is working on My Project?

This question is important while you are intending to hire an agency to complete your task. Hiring an agency over a freelancer is essential especially if your project is complex and requires different kinds of expertise for example copywriters, graphic designers, and programmers. You may want to enquire on the team that will complete your work including their titles, names, and level of expertise. This allows for a more direct communication about the progress of your project.

  • Can You Take me Through the Designing Process?

You may not understand most terms and activities performed while designing but a designer should be in a position to explain them to you. The systems and processes that a designer uses determine the quality of work that they produce. A professional developer should make the process clear and easy to understand despite the complexity involved in the designing. Be on the lookout for any developer who has trouble describing the processes,  since there is a high likelihood they do not have the skill set required to complete the job.

  • Who Owns the Copyright after Completion of Design

You should always remember to ask about copyright and licensing rights before you hire a designer. Some graphic designers may not be willing to surrender the copyrights and any other digital copies while others do not have a problem with that. Make it clear that you will be willing to get the copyright and remain in possession of digital copies as well as source files as soon as the completion of the project. You can now freely make changes to the designs in future without seeking any permission from the original designer.

  • How long will it take to develop a Design?

The time taken to deliver a design depends on its complexity, the number of designs, and team members of working on it. An experienced designer has knowledge on use of various technology and tools hence giving a good estimated time. One indicator of a designer who can work on a tight deadline is his responsiveness to phone calls, emails, and submission of proposals.

  • Do you intend to Use the Royalty Free or the Custom Designs?

A graphic designer will charge more for a custom design. However, a custom design reflects the services and operations run by your company. It also has a lot to offer in terms of flexibility and texture. You should consider asking the designer to show you some of the illustrations they intend to use to complete the work. Remember some of them charge an extra fee for the illustrations, so you should enquire about that before going on with the illustrations.

  • How much Do You Charge for the Services?

Graphic designers may give you an hourly rate while others will always have a fixed charge upon completion of the project. Remember that cheap may be expensive, so it is better to get a good price range depending on the services provided. Some factors such as the rights usage, the number of designs required, revisions and the complexity of designs might have a direct impact on the overall price. Sometimes the graphic designer may give you a maximum of two revisions before charging an hourly rate on any other additional revision.

Hiring a graphic designer is not a difficult task but you should be cautious about the person you entrust with your company’s reputation. Our designers at Graphics Zoo will take you through all the services that we provide. We provide one flat rate for our designing services and you can enjoy as many designs as you want. We do not have limitations on the number of revisions that our clients should receive, so you should not shy away from one until you get the perfect one. Contact us today and we will be happy to take you through our designing process.

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