9 easy tips for hiring a graphic design company
It is an undeniable fact that if you are planning to start a business or you are already into one, you will want to have graphics and branding for your services or product. Having a logo is not enough nowadays as the number of startup businesses has increased and each wants to be a point of sensation for potential customers and clients. Graphic design companies design business cards, letterheads, flyers, print ads and brochures, to name a few, and can be an important part of your company’s brand being successful.
It may be a challenge to discern the best San Diego graphic design company, but with the following tips, we will get your pointed in the right direction:
1. Look at the company’s portfolio
This is the collection of previously done work that is kept on the company’s online site. Here’s an example of our design portfolio page: http://www.elevatecreativeinc.com/print-advertising/ If you like the design agency’s work you may consider hiring that company. However, the portfolio items should relate to the job that you want to hire the company for.
2. Check their pricing
The company must offer competitive rates to ensure that you find their services affordable. However, you should not go for very cheap services as this may have an implication on the quality of the job you need done. Most of the California design companies are perfectly willing to give you a free introductory design consultation, as well as a free price estimate, as you can see on Elevate Creative’s contact page: http://www.elevatecreativeinc.com/contact/
3. Ensure the designers are experienced
Sometimes a company may have a good portfolio but happen to currently have all new and inexperienced designers. Ensure the designers who have designed the items on the portfolio are still in the company. You can take it a step further and ask the company to tell you exactly which Art Director and Designer will be handling your projects, and what their specific design experience is.
4. Communicate with the designer
You may need to communicate with the designer to know whether you will get along easily and whether they have any questions to ask relating to your project.
5. Check out the company’s schedule and mode of operation
Check what time the company is open for projects and how they execute their duties to their clients. You may need to know how and to whom you give your project and how to follow up later. San Diego design companies typically work Monday through Friday, but with certain deadlines, may be willing to put in extra hours to accomplish specific design goals.
6. Ensure the turn-around time is great
You may be able to figure this out by how fast they reply to emails, calls or how fast they answer questions regarding their services. The designers should be enthusiastic about the project you are giving them and also show they have time available for your project.
7. Make a budget for your project
This will be determined by how much money you want to use on the project and the type of project. You will also need to set a realistic schedule for your project which will be determined by the graphic design company’s turn-around. California graphic designers will give you a free quote that allows you to budget well.
8. Create a project list
This will include what type of a project you need, how you want it done and other set of instructions to be followed by the designer. You can also use a sample from their portfolio to give the instructions.
9. Hire the company and follow-up your project
Once you hire the company, ensure that they live up to their promise as far as the duration of the project and the quality of the piece.
In summary, if you are looking to hire an experienced graphic designer who will make your brand a success. At Elevate Creative we work hand-in-hand with our clients, making sure you get quality, creative design that not only looks amazing, but will help sell your products and services.