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Designs.net by Italia Martinez Vallejo - 1w ago

It is very common when you are starting your freelance journey not to know how to price your work. It is actually something complicated and there’s not only one way to do it. Pricing your design work depends on a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration for your rates to be fair for your customer and you as a professional.

One thing is for sure, you should be really clear about your objective when presenting your price and project because, there are a lot of people out there who will want to pay you less for what you do, or just scape without paying. I know, it sounds overwhelming and scary, which is why we have created this infographic with some tips you should take into consideration when pricing your work. It is not a requirement to follow each and every step, it’s just to guide you and give you a bit of clarity.

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Designs.net by Italia Martinez Vallejo - 1w ago

In today’s fast-changing world, you should be ready to adapt to anything. This includes the design of your or your client’s company logo. With so many communication channels and devices nowadays, the best thing you can do is create a perfectly responsive logo that is adaptable for all of these things. If you’re not so sure how to create a responsive logo, follow these simple steps we created just for you and give it a try!

Need more inspiration? Check out our logo templates on Designs.net.

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Designs.net by Italia Martinez Vallejo - 1w ago

Innovation and design go hand in hand, and the perfect example of this is Alec Wang. All the way from Korea, Alec talked to us about what it takes to become a designer in his home country and the relevance of presentation design.

What makes presentation design so special? At Alec’s company, it’s not only about pretty looking presentations, it’s about the strategy of a presentation and how it is actually useful for a presenter. It’s about educating people on how a presentation should be done. But anyway, I won’t give away too much info. Here is what Alec had to say to us:

Why are you a designer?

Well, in order to enter a design college in Korea, students have to learn and pass a test on dessin and design from junior high or high school.
I had a high interest in arts when I was little and started to get educated on what it takes to be a designer since my high school years. This paved the way for me to become a designer.

How would you describe your design style?

I started a Presentation company 12 years ago. You may not be familiar with ‘a presentation company’ so let me explain.

What we do is provide services to help those who have to prepare and execute a presentation. The services we provide include strategic planning, design, presentation coaching and education. Our services are to solve issues in full ranges as far as presentations are concerned.

Presentation design is different from general graphic design in terms of methods of expression. General graphic design lets audiences or readers pick up information directly through media.

However, during a presentation, a presenter becomes the hero of delivering information and visual materials become a presenter’s supporter.
Presentation designs we create must contain a presenter’s purpose and intention of speech clearly. In order to do so, turning data into information to meet the intention of a presenter must be the top priority.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Usually through other designers and their designs. Looking through sites like Pinterest, Behance and Dribbble help me get inspired. In korea, notefolio.net or grafolio.com are useful.

Do you have a favourite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Our job is to bring the dead facts to life” by William Bernbach.

Who are some of your favourite designers that inspired you the most?

I like designers with philosophy. Milton Glaser who created ‘I love New York’ is one of my favorite designers. And, you may not know him but another designer I admire is Sangsoo Ahn in Korea.

What would you like to achieve in the next few years?

I am working on creating an independent presentation community site by integrating knowhow from operating a presentation company for the last 12 years. My goal is to communicate with people worldwide through this site and presentation and present related design. I hope this community site becomes famous worldwide.

What advice do you have for other upcoming design members of Designs.net?

I believe design source markets will continue to grow. I hope they create a different variety of contents that can appeal to one’s own design color that is different from others.

Alec’s Portfolio:

Do you like Alec’s work? You can take a look at more of his art on his profile: goodpello!

We would like to appreciate and thank Alec for being open with us and talking to us about his design and innovative journey. He definitely showed us another face of design today and how it can help other people’s needs. Thank you, Alec!

Stay tuned for more design stories to come

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Designs.net by Italia Martinez Vallejo - 1w ago

Designer or not, everyone might succumb under the pressure of work. The load keeps on piling, deadlines approaching at alarming rates and the list goes on. However, we all can think of ways to organise ourselves so that the stress doesn’t get to us.
Here’s a few that might help you:

1. Quality over quantity
As a designer, people will always tend to judge you by the quality of your work. Take the amount you can handle so that you don’t do something at the expense of something else, and be prepared to say ‘No’ if the load is too great.

2. Get the amount of money you are worth

Negotiate and know the value of your work. If clients are being adamant, remind them that you put invest a lot of time and effort in your work and that you are dependent on this money. 

3. Time schedules and Deadlines

Respect your timeframe. Start way before your deadlines so that at the last minute you don’t rush your work. If for some unforeseen reasons you are unable to meet the deadlines, do inform your clients. Don’t let them chase you for what they are paying for.

4. Familiarize yourself with fonts & tools

Know your tools so you can make efficient and effective use of them. Have backups and remember to always save your work. You might want to try different versions and templates as well.
This article might be useful: 13 useful tools for freelancers

5. Take breaks

Everyone needs breaks. Allow your brain to rest. Maybe getting some fresh air might help with that lack of inspiration?

6. Good relationship with clients

Respect your clients, communicate with them. Accommodate their opinions, needs and expectations. Get them involved in your work by asking for their feedbacks. Explain your skills clearly to them, tell them what you can and can’t do and set expectations beforehand to avoid disputes, sign contracts.
You can try using their time zones to enable prompt responses.

7. Positive Thinking

Believe in your abilities and focus on your work. Do not dwell on failures, learn from them and excel in your job. You can check out this article for more motivation: 10 Motivational Posters For Designers

8. Look after your physical well-being:
There’s no point pushing yourself to your limit. People can cope better when healthy.  Having a poor health only brings down the quality of your work and your productivity.  A proper diet and regular exercises might help you achieve more. Do ensure you have sufficient sleep to avoid fatigue or excess intake of caffeine.

9. Use reminders

If you feel swamped with too many projects, come up with a to-do list and make a scale of preference. Do also use reminders to keep track of what you need to complete and by when. This might also help you stay in the moment and focus on your work, instead of procrastinating.

10. Be determined and follow your passion

Learn to enjoy your work and be determined to do well in everything you do. Becoming more mindful is done step-by-step.  You will face challenges, but be confident in your work.

In whatever you do, if you adopt the right attitude and stay organised, you can reach beyond your goal. Everyone has their own working styles but I hope these ten points  help you.

Here are some other articles that might boost your creativity:
5 Morning Routines To Jog Your Creativity or 10 Personality Traits of a Successful Freelance Designer

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Rest, relax and let inspiration flow while you explore the world. Doesn’t that sound great? Then why not be a remote freelancer? As a designer, you might have the chance to travel while working or work while travelling, whichever suits you better. The best part is that all of this is now possible thanks to advances in information technology and e-commerce.


To be successful however, there are some factors you need to consider:

  1. Time schedule 

    Like it or not, you might need to schedule yourself based on your client’s time zones. Believe me, it makes the communication process much easier.If your clients still prefer face to face conversations, don’t be shy to suggest Skype video calls. Make things easier for your clients. Don’t be scared to sound too pushy in order for them to land on the checkout page with just two clicks. Humans have   increasingly shorter attention spans nowadays. You don’t want to take any risks, do you?

  1. Payment 

    You want to make it very clear to your clients that designing is not just a hobby. You depend on it for a living and this is your job. You do not work for free and you provide written contracts, because after all, you are a professional. However, there are times when clients are reluctant to pay your price. You cannot always afford to reject them especially if you need the money or the experience. Learning to adapt to circumstances is a plus.If your clients are not in the same country as you, make sure to accept online payment. Bear the cost of the surcharges if any, and remember, you need to always treat your clients well. From time to time, send them nurturing emails to make the design process more personal and show the client that you care.

  1. Budgeting 

    Whether you are travelling or not, freelancers need to keep track of their expenses. Foresee those difficult times where it gets hard to acquire clients. When budgeting, don’t forget to include taxes and other miscellaneous fees you might encounter.

  1. Have an online resume 

    It is also a good idea to have an online resume. Include your contact details such as a phone number or an email address and keep up to date with them as often as you can.

As a designer, maintaining a personal website is a smart move so that people can easily find your work and relate to it. Be original and creative! Share your progress and constant design works to keep your sites as interactive and updated as possible. From time to time, change the site design slightly to make it trendy. In case you do not know how to create a website for yourself, you can find third parties who are willing to sell your work on their platforms such as http://www.designs.net/

Before you leave…here are a few additional tips for you!

  1. Since you’ll be relying heavily on the internet, make sure your accommodation runs an internet speed test before you agree to move in. Slow internet should not be a problem for a freelance designer like yourself. 
  2. Download all required software and updates and get yourself familiarized with them. As a precaution, get all your necessary work tools offline if and when possible. 
  3. Lastly, of course you need to get your fare tickets and check the visa requirements before you travel anywhere.


Ultimately, remember that a happy client will recommend you to other clients. Allow yourself to step into The Not-So-Unknown and let the adventure begin. You can also get an insight into freelancing from this article: 10 Personality Traits of a Successful Freelance Designer

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Designs.net by Italia Martinez Vallejo - 1w ago

It is very common when you are starting your freelance journey not to know how to price your work. It is actually something complicated and there’s not only one way to do it. Pricing your design work depends on a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration for your rates to be fair for your customer and you as a professional.

One thing is for sure, you should be really clear about your objective when presenting your price and project because, there are a lot of people out there who will want to pay you less for what you do, or just scape without paying. I know, it sounds overwhelming and scary, which is why we have created this infographic with some tips you should take into consideration when pricing your work. It is not a requirement to follow each and every step, it’s just to guide you and give you a bit of clarity.

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Designs.net by Italia Martinez Vallejo - 1w ago

In today’s fast-changing world, you should be ready to adapt to anything. This includes the design of your or your client’s company logo. With so many communication channels and devices nowadays, the best thing you can do is create a perfectly responsive logo that is adaptable for all of these things. If you’re not so sure how to create a responsive logo, follow these simple steps we created just for you and give it a try!

Need more inspiration? Check out our logo templates on Designs.net.

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Designs.net by Italia Martinez Vallejo - 1w ago

Innovation and design go hand in hand, and the perfect example of this is Alec Wang. All the way from Korea, Alec talked to us about what it takes to become a designer in his home country and the relevance of presentation design.

What makes presentation design so special? At Alec’s company, it’s not only about pretty looking presentations, it’s about the strategy of a presentation and how it is actually useful for a presenter. It’s about educating people on how a presentation should be done. But anyway, I won’t give away too much info. Here is what Alec had to say to us:

Why are you a designer?

Well, in order to enter a design college in Korea, students have to learn and pass a test on dessin and design from junior high or high school.
I had a high interest in arts when I was little and started to get educated on what it takes to be a designer since my high school years. This paved the way for me to become a designer.

How would you describe your design style?

I started a Presentation company 12 years ago. You may not be familiar with ‘a presentation company’ so let me explain.

What we do is provide services to help those who have to prepare and execute a presentation. The services we provide include strategic planning, design, presentation coaching and education. Our services are to solve issues in full ranges as far as presentations are concerned.

Presentation design is different from general graphic design in terms of methods of expression. General graphic design lets audiences or readers pick up information directly through media.

However, during a presentation, a presenter becomes the hero of delivering information and visual materials become a presenter’s supporter.
Presentation designs we create must contain a presenter’s purpose and intention of speech clearly. In order to do so, turning data into information to meet the intention of a presenter must be the top priority.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Usually through other designers and their designs. Looking through sites like Pinterest, Behance and Dribbble help me get inspired. In korea, notefolio.net or grafolio.com are useful.

Do you have a favourite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Our job is to bring the dead facts to life” by William Bernbach.

Who are some of your favourite designers that inspired you the most?

I like designers with philosophy. Milton Glaser who created ‘I love New York’ is one of my favorite designers. And, you may not know him but another designer I admire is Sangsoo Ahn in Korea.

What would you like to achieve in the next few years?

I am working on creating an independent presentation community site by integrating knowhow from operating a presentation company for the last 12 years. My goal is to communicate with people worldwide through this site and presentation and present related design. I hope this community site becomes famous worldwide.

What advice do you have for other upcoming design members of Designs.net?

I believe design source markets will continue to grow. I hope they create a different variety of contents that can appeal to one’s own design color that is different from others.

Alec’s Portfolio:

Do you like Alec’s work? You can take a look at more of his art on his profile: goodpello!

We would like to appreciate and thank Alec for being open with us and talking to us about his design and innovative journey. He definitely showed us another face of design today and how it can help other people’s needs. Thank you, Alec!

Stay tuned for more design stories to come

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Designs.net by Notroot - 3w ago

Resources / Product

1. What is Logomaker? 

Logomaker allows users to generate A.I. powered, personalized logos.

Tool Usage 

1. How do I make a logo with Designs.ai’s Logomaker?

Designs.ai’s Logomaker works by analyzing the information you entered.


This tool takes your preferences on what fonts and styles you would like, based on our suggestions for your brand identity.

You can even customize the fonts, colors and layouts easily with our simplified editor.

Once you have customized your logo the way you want it, click “Finish” to purchase the logo.

2. How do I download a logo?

It is free to make as many logos as you like.

To download a logo, go to your selected logos and click the logo you would like to buy. Then, you have the choice of editing the logo or click the “Finish” button to purchase the logo.


Click the “Buy” button located at the bottom of the logo.

You may select your package as Basic or Premium. After your purchase has been confirmed, you can download your logo right away from our site.

Just be sure to stick around after your payment goes through. Once it has been completed, then click “Download”.

Logomaker automatically saves your favorite logos to your account.

Once you have completed your selection, you will be taken to the editing page.

You can hover over the logo and select the “Save” icon at the top right of the bar to save your logo.

Usage of Resources 

1. Once purchased, how do I receive my logo package?

Once you have bought your logo package, our Logomaker will generate and create the different file formats of your logo.

After your purchase has been processed, you will be able to download your logo right away from our site on the post-purchase page.

Just be sure to stick around after your payment goes through. Next, click “Download” logo.

Copyright 

1. Do I own the full copyright to my purchased logo?

You are free to use your purchased logo for any commercial or non-commercial use and have full ownership of it.

The copyright, however, applies to your logo as a whole and not the individual elements.

We acquire our icons and fonts from a database. Therefore, we are currently unable to guarantee the copyright of the individual elements, nor do we remove them from our database after purchasing.

For additional information, please read our article on trademarking and our terms of service.

2. Can I trademark my logo generated by the Logomaker?

While we would love to help, applying for a trademark is a legal process.

Unfortunately, Designs.ai are not authorized to give legal advice about your logo design. For further information, please read our terms of service.

However, we do not have an objection if you want to work with an attorney familiar with the laws in your state or country.

3. Can I add TM, SM, © Or ® to my logo?

TM, ©, or SM can be used on non-registered trademarks. However, the ® symbol is only applicable for officially registered trademarks from your country or state’s governing body.

4. Can others use my logo once they purchased it?

Designs.ai’s Logomaker currently creates over a million different logo options for every input.

Because you have made your own logo design, it will be personalized for you and your brand. Hence, the chances of someone creating an identical logo is very low.

It is important to know that no individual, agency, or designer can guarantee that no one will come up with a similar combination.

There is always a chance that another designer will create a similar logo. However, this rarely happens and is an issue that is not unique to Design.ai’s Logomaker. Instead, this applies to any designer or agency you would use.

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Designs.net by Notroot - 3w ago

1. What is Mockupmaker?

Mockupmaker is an all-in-one platform that helps you upload an image to the available templates to create a mockup in minutes.
Customer Support 

1. How to create a mockup?

To create a mockup, select the category of mockups you want to use from the side menu bar.

Next, select your preferred mockup from the preview.

Click on “Upload Image” and select which image you want to use.

Reposition and resize your image if you need to.

2. How to download a mockup?

To download a mockup, click on the “Download” button next to the design you want to use.

3. How to purchase my mockup creation?

Once you have a finished mockup, click on “Download” next to the mockup preview. However, before receiving your mockup, you first need to sign up.

Next, once you are logged in click on the “Purchase” button to buy and download your finished mockup.

4. How to bookmark a template?

To save a mockup or template for later:

1) Go to the page that has the mockup or template you want to save (login require).

2) Click on the heart icon bottom left of the mockup or template to save it.

3) Additionally, if you want to see all your saved mockups and templates, you can click on your favorites.

Image Mockups Tutorials 

Customer Support 

1. How to resize and reposition an image?

To adjust the image that you have uploaded to Designs.ai’s Mockupmaker, click on the upload image button. You will then see a pop-up window with your image.

Click and drag the image to reposition it and use the slider below the image to make the photo bigger or smaller.

Copyright

Following is the summary of Mockupmaker license terms provided for your reference only. It is not a legally binding document and is not a replacement for the license. Please make sure you read the license thoroughly.

You Are Allowed To:  

1.  Use Mockupmaker to add, develop and edit content to make a final design.

2. Create a finished mockup for a client and sell for a fee.

3. Apply to register trademarks with the mockups you create.

4. Publish, broadcast, display and distribute the finished mockup you created with Mockupmaker.

5. Put your final design on any kind of product and sell them.

You Are Not Allowed To: 

1. Take the Mockupmaker content and distribute it as part of a design tool, stock image or template.

2. Use a final product that contains an image of a person or third party brands in a way that is offensive.

3. Use a final product that contains an image of a person for endorsement purposes.

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