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What is graphic design and what does it include?

Graphic design is a design process that combines text and graphics in a way that is intended to communicate a specific message.

Where is graphic design used?

You will find graphic design in company logos, printed materials like brochures, posters, signs, greeting cards, postcards, business cards, billboards and ads. Advances in technology have brought us the digital environment complete with websites, online ads, virtual brochures and presentations, and so very much more.

What do graphic designers use to create these designs?

Graphic designers can use hand-illustrated designs as well as computer-aided designs thanks to a wide range of software with nearly endless digital design tools. The availability of software like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop have become staples of the graphic designer.

What can a graphic designer do that I can’t do?

A graphic designer does more than just put their creative skills to work. Though most graphic designers are intuitively creative already, they have generally spent time studying numerous design principles. It’s vital to understand how to use design elements to transmit the required messages and values as well as evoke a certain feeling in the viewer. As a visual communicator, they leverage these design elements and use concepts such as colour, typography, space, balance, form and lines to create their visual message.
Some graphic designers are also able to understand the more technical aspects of the design required to create digital assets for a company. For example, a web designer is often able to create wireframes, workflows, and sitemaps and understand how to develop easy navigation for the user experience.

How can I work with a graphic designer and stay on budget?

There are many ways to work with a graphic designer. Partnership options include working through an agency, using a platform like 99designs, or hiring them directly. However, you will want to be prepared to communicate clearly and often about what you want from the graphic designer. The more specific you can be when you fill out your request the more likely the final product will reflect your vision. Communicating clearly and minimizing revisions will hold down your expenses. Most graphic designers include one or two rounds of changes in their project price.

How long will the project take?

Every job is different and every deadline is different. Really you should allow sufficient time for the designing and proofing of your work. If your deadline is very tight, we will do our best to complete your work within this time. We will, of course, advise at the time of the work. We haven’t missed a deadline yet and don’t intend to in the future!

How long will it take to get a new website?

On average, we shoot for a six to eight-week turnaround, but the pace of any project is set by each client. How much input you can provide during the initial stages, your availability with feedback, how soon the content is ready – all this affects the speed of completion. The functionality needs may also play a role – more complex sites will take more time to develop.
Do you only create WordPress websites?

Will I be able to update the site myself when it’s finished?

Yes! We love it when our clients take control of their website and learn to manage it on their own. We’ll provide you with a set of comprehensive video tutorials to help you learn your way around, as well provide you with a training session to help get you on your way.    (Note: We love to answer your questions!)

Will you maintain my site for me?

We can! We provide on-going support for many of our clients

I’m on a strict budget. Do you have any low cost options?

A custom website can be a big investment and not all small businesses have the budget for you. We offer a budget package which will help get you online with a nice looking website fast

What if I need help on my site down the road?

I am only an email away! I’m here to help you as much or as little as you need, and I won’t disappear once the site is launched.

Can you host my domain

Yes, I absolutely can. I can also have your domain transferred. 

Do you keep copies of my work?

I do. I keep backups of all projects and open files indefinitely just in case you lose your copies or need to make changes at a later stage.

Can you have my media printed for me?

I can yes. I have wonderful suppliers for printing and branding.

Do I need to credit you for any work done?

The only time I will request that you credit Prime Design & Photography is if we had a prior agreement and I did some sort of sponsorship of design work or photography.

What types of photography do you do?

Commercial Photography. Headshots for staff and product photography.

Do you provide advanced photo editing services?

Yes. I can edit on request, at an additional fee.

Who owns the rights to the photographs?

Once I’ve received payment in full, the images and all rights belong to you. Unless we’ve come to another agreement.

Do you have a payment plan option?

I do. You can sign a 24-month service level agreement to pay a set amount monthly for design and web services. Terms & Conditions apply.

Do you offer training?

I can give training on how to use CMS platforms and help you manage your website and social media.

What is a CMS platform?

A CMS platform is a Content Management System like WordPress or Shopify. You don’t need to know how to code to manage your website.

Do you do charity work?

I am very active in animal welfare and offer my services to NPOs to promote the care, adoption and promotion of animal welfare. 

What is graphic design and what does it include?

Graphic design is a design process that combines text and graphics in a way that is intended to communicate a specific message.

Where is graphic design used?

You will find graphic design in company logos, printed materials like brochures, posters, signs, greeting cards, postcards, business cards, billboards and ads. Advances in technology have brought us the digital environment complete with websites, online ads, virtual brochures and presentations, and so very much more.

What do graphic designers use to create these designs?

Graphic designers can use hand-illustrated designs as well as computer-aided designs thanks to a wide range of software with nearly endless digital design tools. The availability of software like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop have become staples of the graphic designer.

What can a graphic designer do that I can’t do?

A graphic designer does more than just put their creative skills to work. Though most graphic designers are intuitively creative already, they have generally spent time studying numerous design principles. It’s vital to understand how to use design elements to transmit the required messages and values as well as evoke a certain feeling in the viewer. As a visual communicator, they leverage these design elements and use concepts such as colour, typography, space, balance, form and lines to create their visual message.
Some graphic designers are also able to understand the more technical aspects of the design required to create digital assets for a company. For example, a web designer is often able to create wireframes, workflows, and sitemaps and understand how to develop easy navigation for the user experience.

How can I work with a graphic designer and stay on budget?

There are many ways to work with a graphic designer. Partnership options include working through an agency, using a platform like 99designs, or hiring them directly. However, you will want to be prepared to communicate clearly and often about what you want from the graphic designer. The more specific you can be when you fill out your request the more likely the final product will reflect your vision. Communicating clearly and minimizing revisions will hold down your expenses. Most graphic designers include one or two rounds of changes in their project price.

How long will the project take?

Every job is different and every deadline is different. Really you should allow sufficient time for the designing and proofing of your work. If your deadline is very tight, we will do our best to complete your work within this time. We will, of course, advise at the time of the work. We haven’t missed a deadline yet and don’t intend to in the future!

How long will it take to get a new website?

On average, we shoot for a six to eight-week turnaround, but the pace of any project is set by each client. How much input you can provide during the initial stages, your availability with feedback, how soon the content is ready – all this affects the speed of completion. The functionality needs may also play a role – more complex sites will take more time to develop.
Do you only create WordPress websites?

Will I be able to update the site myself when it’s finished?

Yes! We love it when our clients take control of their website and learn to manage it on their own. We’ll provide you with a set of comprehensive video tutorials to help you learn your way around, as well provide you with a training session to help get you on your way.    (Note: We love to answer your questions!)

Will you maintain my site for me?

We can! We provide on-going support for many of our clients

I’m on a strict budget. Do you have any low cost options?

A custom website can be a big investment and not all small businesses have the budget for you. We offer a budget package which will help get you online with a nice looking website fast

What if I need help on my site down the road?

I am only an email away! I’m here to help you as much or as little as you need, and I won’t disappear once the site is launched.

Can you host my domain

Yes, I absolutely can. I can also have your domain transferred. 

Do you keep copies of my work?

I do. I keep backups of all projects and open files indefinitely just in case you lose your copies or need to make changes at a later stage.

Can you have my media printed for me?

I can yes. I have wonderful suppliers for printing and branding.

Do I need to credit you for any work done?

The only time I will request that you credit Prime Design & Photography is if we had a prior agreement and I did some sort of sponsorship of design work or photography.

What types of photography do you do?

Commercial Photography. Headshots for staff and product photography.

Do you provide advanced photo editing services?

Yes. I can edit on request, at an additional fee.

Who owns the rights to the photographs?

Once I’ve received payment in full, the images and all rights belong to you. Unless we’ve come to another agreement.

Do you have a payment plan option?

I do. You can sign a 24-month service level agreement to pay a set amount monthly for design and web services. Terms & Conditions apply.

Do you offer training?

I can give training on how to use CMS platforms and help you manage your website and social media.

What is a CMS platform?

A CMS platform is a Content Management System like WordPress or Shopify. You don’t need to know how to code to manage your website.

Do you do charity work?

I am very active in animal welfare and offer my services to NPOs to promote the care, adoption and promotion of animal welfare. 

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