Posts tagged ‘freelance’
I know I’ve been missing in action lately, but the last month has been crazy for me! Between all the weddings, vacations, parties, weekend getaways, etc. I’m finally able to concentrate on more fun things! I started a new job two weeks ago, so I took some time to adjust to that – and so far I love it! The next few weeks I plan to dedicate to finishing up some freelance projects, focusing on promoting my blog and Etsy shop more and (finally) sharing some recent work with you! In the meantime, this was in my inbox this morning. I think my friends are trying to tell me something, haha. Enjoy!
25 Reasons You Might Be A Hardcore Graphic/Web Designer
(In no particular order)
- You’ve almost rear-ended the car in front of you because you were analyzing a font on a billboard.
- You get pissed when a free Photoshop brush you download is less than 1000px in size.
- You’d rather study the paisley pattern on your boyfriend/girlfriend’s shirt than listen to what he/she has to say.
- You can use keyboard shortcuts at light speed, blindfolded, but you can’t type a paragraph of text without staring at the keyboard.
- You’ve had “Software Nightmares,” when you’ve been working way too much.
- You consider meals interruptions.
- You’ve learned your lesson and stopped using the word “final” in any file name when saving.
- You clean your keyboard more often than you wash your car.
- You’ve intentionally given up trying to explain your projects to non-designers.
- You see CMYK and RGB like Neo sees the Matrix.
- You’d rather organize your desktop than your sock drawer.
- When you heard that Adobe was acquiring Macromedia, you had a Design Orgasm.
- When you look at Album art all you see are grunge Photoshop Brushes. (Then you see the album art a couple minutes later)
- You’ve Photoshopped out a watermark for a comp or mock-up.
- You’ve actually $paid for a font.
- You’ve totally slaughtered a great design concept because the client thinks he/she knows best. (everyone thinks they are a designer)
- The amount of words you’ve written with a sharpie labeling burned discs total more than the amount of words you’ve read in novels.
- You’ve had to explain to a client that a layered file wasn’t part of the deal.
- You’ve kept a ragged concert ticket just so you could scan it.
- You’ve nicknamed the OSX spinning wheel. (and not affectionately)
- You bookmark a resource more often than you have a fun night out on the town.
- You’ve intentionally overbid a project because you can sniff out a bad client from a mile away.
- You can’t go to a restaurant without secretly critiquing the menu design.
- You have an amazingly huge font collection, and an amazingly short temper.
- If you had a penny for every mouse click, you would have been a trillionaire 3 years ago.
I have been such a bad blogger lately, I really need to step it up. Between work, freelance jobs, launching my Etsy shop and still trying to keep my sanity – the past few weeks have been nuts! Not to mention the next weekends will be spend traveling for weddings and other fun things. I guess busy isn’t a bad thing right? I made a promise to myself that I would try to still take “me time” and tear myself away from the computer. Last weekend my boyfriend Bob and I took advantage of the beautiful weekend and took a hike.
I am so sorry to have neglected you over the past few months. I have been busy designing day and night! Several freelance jobs have been taking up my extra time, but I promise to be more dedicated to you soon! Check back, I will be posting new work in a few days . . . .
It’s Friday and I am having a horrible time concentrating. The weather is beautiful and I am stuck inside in front on my computer. Poor me. Anyway, today’s post is about the never ending question, “How much should my hourly rate be?”. . . . . a question that I have not found an answer to yet. I had a conversation with a fellow designer friend this morning about this exact problem. She had a new client propose to her the idea of doing freelance design for $17 an hour! (Doesn’t that seem like pennies?) I almost broke out the tissues and started crying. I proceeded to talk my friend out of this situation. This might have been a bad idea, but I feel it is lessening the value of her work. After we got off the phone, I searched online for some help with this situation. Freelance Switch had an online calculator to help suggest a rate. Design Talk Board had some helpful info as well. They cannot make the decision for you, but maybe they will lead you in the right direction!