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Old 01-12-2010, 17:29   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum and have not used or posted on one like it before so please go easy on the comments.

I have recently launched my own graphic design website to launch my Freelancing career.

logologo - home

So far it has been going very well with the contacts and customers I have known for a while and who trust me. Recently though things have been drying up and next year isn't looking as rosy.

Does anyone have any simple advice or tips on what i should do first to get myself into the local community?

Any comments on the look and layout of my website are welcome.

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Old 01-12-2010, 17:41   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-12-2010, 17:52   #3 (permalink)
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I am not expecting any nice people to suddenly come out of the woodwork haha. Just some key points to what is missing or needed to improve the little bit that is there. I expect to get some shit on here but then this is the design world and everyone hates everyone right?
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Old 01-12-2010, 18:02   #4 (permalink)
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I expect to get some shit on here but then this is the design world and everyone hates everyone right?
Right. So my honest and quick critique:
Neither the site or portfolio cut it for me I'm afraid.

Other than your illustration, the logo/web examples mostly look amateurish and outdated. Maybe focus on your brand/web skills first before promoting these as part of your skill-set? You could always specialise in just the illustration - which is where I think your talent is.

Regarding the site - You don't seem to have much to say so a simple portfolio site like Welcome :: Indexhibit should suffice for a much nicer and clean presentation of work.

Once you sort this out you should look into local networking events - especially those where there is an informal environment with a membership of like minded people.
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Old 01-12-2010, 18:03   #5 (permalink)
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What experience/training do you have in design - it doesn't look professional standard, there are basic layout errors and a lack of attention to detail that makes me wonder if you should be selling your services as a designer at all
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Old 01-12-2010, 18:12   #6 (permalink)
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I think it's a half decent start but the quality and professionalism in the work sways massively from half decent all the way to massively shit.

The best work is to be found in the illustration section.
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Old 01-12-2010, 18:29   #8 (permalink)
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Basically I am a simple graphic and logo designer who designs layouts for websites and has a team of contractors who do the coding etc. The illustrations are not mine nor is the photography. My work is the logo's and websites.
I am trained as a product designer but found graphic design easy to get into following university. I know i have a long way to go in the design world but just slamming my work with comments like 'massively shit' isn't going to help me see what my strengths/errors are.
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Old 01-12-2010, 18:35   #9 (permalink)
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You're strengths are in subbing work out. Everything else needs a lot of work.

That's not me being a cunt btw. Just the bits you do are the bits that need the most improving, I don't think the transition to graphic design was as easy as you may have thought.
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The illustrations are not mine nor is the photography. My work is the logo's and websites.
In that case then I'd say stop what you are doing and go learn your trade.

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I am trained as a product designer but found graphic design easy to get into following university. I know i have a long way to go in the design world but just slamming my work with comments like 'massively shit' isn't going to help me see what my strengths/errors are.
*Good* design is not easy. If you can't see where you are going wrong then I'd say you are in the wrong industry. You owe it to your clients to give them a good return for their investment.
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Old 01-12-2010, 18:49   #11 (permalink)
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I thought everyone's comments was actually quite measured and restrained for DT, and focussed on being constructive.

I echo everyone else's thoughts really.
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Old 01-12-2010, 19:01   #12 (permalink)
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The logo design is of a pretty poor standard tbh
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Old 01-12-2010, 19:10   #13 (permalink)
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Wow you really are a bunch of cunts and I feel like the worst designer in the world. Congrats. Guess you like beating down on people who are not up to your standard and looking down on people who aren't nearly as cool as you. I get a lot of business funnily enough and love my job. When i re-design my website for next year i'll be sure not to bring it to this table in case someone doesn't like it and wants to be de constructive with there words.
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Wow you really are a bunch of cunts

Didn't hear anyone name calling
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Old 01-12-2010, 19:20   #15 (permalink)
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If you really have a skin this thin you're definitely not in the right industry, all we've been saying is you need to work on your quality. And DT is capable of being much harsher and more blunt than it has done so in this thread.

It's not about cuddling the designer and making him feel good, it's about being able to deliver a professional standard of work to a client...
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Old 01-12-2010, 20:00   #16 (permalink)
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I thought things were drying up now you're getting a lot of business. So you don't need our help, so good luck.
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