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Naming a business (design studio)

Since the team is growing and business is going well, I'm more and more inclined towards founding a design studio (print, video, interactive). Having come up with names for a potential business many years ago, they seem silly and immature now. I don't want to choose a name and regret it down the line. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Where to start in the business of printing and shipping my own poster de

As an illustrator/letterer living in Toronto and I want to start selling my posters, but I need to know how to handle the post-designing aspect of things (type of printing, best standard paper stocks, type of packaging, type of shipping/drop-shipping, pricing, ...). It is an overwhelming endeavor but I have to start somewhere. Any comprehensive, step-by-step resources on this sort of thing out there? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Sep 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I have a rate card?

I'm doing the ground work in setting up a small side business. This business would target a specific demographic with a defined subset of residential design services. I feel compelled to do a 'rate card' but I wonder if anyone here has experience with using a rate card as a service provider. Trying to figure out pros and cons and whether I've missed something. As a consumer, I think I'd love to see some up-front rates but I know that, realistically, it would keep me from hiring someone if I felt like I couldn't afford them (even if I could). [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Italian business font wanted

Is there a particular font that figuratively says "Italy" and business for a US person who will be reading about an investment in an Italian company? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Need your proposal for the best way to make collaborative proposals

Hairs are being pulled out. I don't have many left. I propose you take a peek inside for details... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jul 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Business documents for artists/designers

Usually designers and (to a greater degree, artists) are represented by agents who take care of all the administrative/legislative issues. However, for those who manage their own freelance businesses, it is imperative that they have their own business documents (project questionnaires, proposals, quotations, contracts, invoices, ..). I am interested in mapping out all the needed documents in the process of a project, from the moment the client contacts the designer/artist to the moment the project is submitted and the payments are made. Where can I find some comprehensive/reliable resources for such documents?
posted by omar.a on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to buy a website template?

Where can I buy a fully functional working website template for my business with all rights. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

What sort of server & network setup would work for a small design business?

What networking or server (NAS?) equipment do I need to set up a small design business that will use a lot of fairly large CAD, Rhino, PSD, AI, and other design-type files? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

I have run out of business as I'm about to fly to SxSw? How can I cleverly share my contact info?

Just realized that I have run out of business cards, and I am speaking at SXSW in a week. What clever, amusing, geeky solutions for sharing my contact information are out there? [more inside]
posted by EvilPRGuy on Mar 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Business Logo Design 101

What's the cheapest way to design a logo for a website/blog/small business? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Feb 11, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I choose a company to design and maintain my business' website?

How do I choose a company to design and maintain my business' website? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

I art direct/design a magazine. I want out. What are the legal/ethical concerns with putting that work in my online portfolio? (BONUS: am i being treated unfairly?)

I art direct/design a magazine. I want out. What are the legal/ethical concerns with putting that work in my online portfolio? (BONUS: am i being treated unfairly?) [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for advice starting a web development company?

Looking for advice starting a web development company? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Oct 6, 2010 - 7 answers

How much does a medium/large agency charge for creating animations?

How much does a medium/large agency charge for creating animations? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on May 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Is this a good route for a freelance business? Or should I look for a 9 to 5 job? Or pursue both?

Is it a good idea for a freelance web designer to work through a middleman? I have someone, a family member, let's just call him "Alfred", who has made a business proposition with me. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Feb 26, 2010 - 22 answers

What do you think of "Words Like Notes"?

I have tentatively given my freelance editing and design business the name Words Like Notes. What do you think of it? [more inside]
posted by jlhopes on Nov 25, 2009 - 21 answers

Brand me

What is that I'm doing? Tag my business. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Copywriting Woes

The A-B-C's of corporate collateral writing: I'm a graphic designer. How do I communicate to my client that willy-nilly editing procedures, and last minute proof-stage rewrites inevitably makes projects run to the last minute? Is there a "standard" procedure for writing/editing? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 7, 2009 - 8 answers

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

We are Professional vs. "Check out this cute kitty photo."

Design Filter: Does anyone have any good best-of-field examples of corporate/institutional websites that are well-integrated with blogs? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jan 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Help me grow

So I started my own design company and went into full-time freelancing 6 months ago. It's OK. Not great, but it pays bills. But I'm confused what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Where I can get exquisite business cards that leave an impression designed and printed?

Who knows where I can get really exquisite business cards designed and printed? I'm looking for a company who will help me design a special businesscard for my consulting firm. [more inside]
posted by remcobron on May 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me with my Portfolio!

Photography Portfolio Filter: I'm finally hanging out my shingle *officially* to do portrait shoots and show my more *artistic* work beyond the few small galleries I've already been in. To whit, I'm putting together two portfolio books. One for prospective portrait clients and another for gallery work. My question is one of formatting the pictures within the portfolio book. (More inside....) [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Jan 4, 2008 - 9 answers

What look for a creative small business website?

What look to give a website for a creative but commercial/professional small business? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Dec 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Help Me Liven Up Financial Information Design

Help me find a well-designed financial services site that is not stuffy! [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Oct 11, 2007 - 3 answers

How can I have a couch made?

I have a design for a couch or a bench. Where and how, preferably in or around NYC, can I go about having it manufactured in small or large quantities?
posted by idledebonair on Apr 22, 2007 - 4 answers

Please help me find the business cards of the big dogs

Are there any sites that have a collection of pictures of Fortune 500 companies' business cards? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Offshore design firms?

Does anyone have experience with an offshore design/illustration house? [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 on Jan 4, 2007 - 7 answers

Advice for new web designer(?) webmonkey(?)

The unanswerable(?) questions about rates. RE: Web design, development, photography and the works. There is, of course: [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on Nov 20, 2006 - 7 answers

How can I leverage my potential business partner 's interest and solidify a business idea?

Hello. Here’s the lowdown: I’m the senior sound designer / managing director for a leading international sound library company who’s been successfully running a company that doesn’t belong to me for 6 years. I’ve exhausted this opportunity, as the company is limited in its ability to grow due to the owners methods. In short, although I still have my job (and could have it forever, so to speak), I need to get out. I’m striving to create an opportunity for myself (and potentially for some of the other amazing employees I’ve hired who are looking for better opportunities) by starting a new company, and I must act now as I am not getting any younger.. I’ve been thinking this through for almost 6 months now, and something seeming great has just happened. Can you help me make the most out of it? [more inside]
posted by AdInfinitum on May 25, 2006 - 13 answers

Selling custom t-shirts: alternatives to CafePress?

Selling custom t-shirts: alternatives to CafePress? Also, questions about getting off the ground, general advice very welcome. [more inside]
posted by lychee on May 23, 2006 - 14 answers

books about art direction?

Good books (textbooks?) about art direction? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Feb 21, 2006 - 2 answers

Where can I find some good "arguments" online for paying more for web design?

I'm looking for factual arguments to my boss that paying good money for a good website is worthwhile. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Feb 18, 2006 - 11 answers

What's good software for a small service firm?

Looking for software to run a small design firm...any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Aug 21, 2005 - 3 answers

How should an amateur artist price a CD cover design?

Amateur artist needs help setting a price... I'm a Canadian college kid and an amateur artist. I got an email a few days ago from a musician in England asking me to design a CD cover for his band, based on him having seen a picture online of the only commissioned artwork I've ever done (a small painting that I sold for $125 American).
He's asked me to set my price, and I've got no idea. I'm not a professional by any means, and I'm just a kid, and pretty broke anyway, so I'd be happy with relatively little, but I don't want him to think he's getting some kind of bargain-basement deal. What should I take into account here, and how should I go about negotiating a price with him? Is there anything else I should know about this kind of transaction?
Thanks in advance.
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2005 - 16 answers

What should I charge for web design work?

I am in Wisconsin and forming an agreement with a company interested in oursourcing some web design. I'd like to charge a flat fee per project. What is a fair percentage of the profit they make for me to ask for? 40%?
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2004 - 7 answers

Small-business Web Design

When my company discusses web design service with potential clients, they generally *always* balk and get ornery about the cost. Most of the time, we're working for small businesses, so understandably, $5-$10k is a substantial chunk of change for people to shell out. We don't get upset when we lose bids for being too expensive because we've always been taught that compromising our rate is not the solution... you simply can't meet everyone's budget. That being said, we turn away enough people who expect websites to cost $500-$1500 that I think there might be a market supportive enough to create solutions for. [come inside, won'tcha?] [more inside]
posted by Hankins on May 13, 2004 - 37 answers

How to acquire clients for a new web design business focusing on Flash design?

I want to start a web design business focusing primarily on Flash design, but I need some tips on how to acquire clients. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by banished on Mar 16, 2004 - 6 answers

Moving Domain Hosts

I've been asked to redesign a medium-sized corp (60 employees) web site. The current host is dreadful and I want to switch it to Dreamhost, who I use for all my small clients without problem. How will moving their web site/domain to a different host affect their email? [MI] [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jan 13, 2004 - 7 answers

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