When it comes to graphic design help for your business, why limit yourself? I recently worked on logos, handouts, flyers, invitations, PowerPoint presentations, white papers, nametags, car magnets, direct mail, email marketing campaigns, and business card designs. Not to mention a 175-page book.
Over the course of my career, I never limited myself when it came to designing whatever was needed. I got to try my hand at all kinds of graphic design projects, from tiny toothbrush package inserts to giant building-sized billboards. I’ve even designed the panels of trucks a couple of times.
Having worked successfully on all of these projects gives me a breadth of experience I can bring to my current and future clients, no matter what graphic design needs they have for their businesses.
Did you know how important it is to brand your company consistently with web, print, and social media? Get this right and you will have a company look and feel that will reassure customers and potential customers that you take your company seriously.
I understand how difficult this can be. I started my company back in 2010 without a plan for how to brand it. I of all people should have known better since my business plan was to brand small companies! But it’s easy to get caught up in the moving parts and forget to look at the overall picture. I created a look I liked for my business card and some print materials.
Then an ad opportunity came along so I created another look for that.
An Ad for My Company from 2010 or 11
I had a website to match for a while that I based on a template I liked.
My old Website
But then I wanted to add WordPress to my skills and the theme I liked was a different look again. It may be time (Ok it is time) to use my skills to create a consistent brand for myself. I will keep you posted on that.
How should you do it?
That’s where I encourage you to learn from me and not do it the way I did. Instead let Pat Creedon Design give your brand the look that suits it, or work with the one you have to get that professional consistency across all your materials whether printed or online. With a website (preferably with a blog), a Facebook page, a Twitter page and your LinkedIn company page branded with the logo, colors to match your brand look and feel, consistent fonts and a good photo you’ll be on your way!
Unless you are a Graphic Designer!
DIY is big. It even has a cable channel (that I watch all the time). But Do It Yourself design of logos, ads, brochures, and even websites when it’s the branding and promotion of your own business? Not a good idea.
Would I write my own song? No!
I just got a music composer as a client. She has been my client before when I designed her first CD cover and insert. I’ve never written a song, whereas Monica has written many. I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Well maybe I’d try to learn an instrument first or learn to read music! But even with some rudimentary knowledge like that I doubt a song will be penned by me anytime soon.
Have computer, will DIY your design?
If you’ve never designed a brochure, logo, website or ad where would you start? You have a computer and know how to use it, but is that enough to start designing your business materials? Maybe not. If I needed a song written I would not rely on myself to do it. I’d definitely find an experienced songwriter. If you need promotion or branding, your business will definitely benefit from hiring an experienced Graphic Designer. It’s worth it!
I sometimes buy items simply because I like the graphic design. I’ve been known to wear T-shirts from teams or places I have no relationship to. Here are some examples:
Love the colors and graphics
I wear these team colors a lot but have never been on the team!
I bought this for my husband. He loves it though we only bought one album and have never seen the band in concert.
It tends to cause the occasional awkward question, like “Did you play Lacrosse at Middlebury, Vermont High School?” (No, not even in New York State where I grew up…) “No, I just liked the design so I bought it as a souvenir on a trip up there.” That causes a confused look and the person usually moves on. But I love design and show my appreciation of it this way, even if it might be hard to explain to passers-by!
Have you ever seen something printed that looked jagged and strange? Here is an example from a flyer I got a while back:
It was an obvious mistake since we all know that logo is not supposed to look like that. But what caused it to print like that? The problem was it was too low resolution. There are two types of images used in printing, vector and bitmap. Vector is done in programs like Adobe Illustrator and it can be resized up and down with no issues. Bitmap images have to have a certain number of dots per inch to reproduce correctly. Many people pull a logo or other graphic off their website send it to their graphic designer and say here, put this on my print materials. They don’t realize that the resolution on the web is much lower than what is required to print something with ink on paper. Of course why should they know that? It’s a piece of knowledge we graphic designers need to do our jobs right but other business owners know their own industries not ours. So I tell my clients to get me the original or something as close to the original as possible so it can look as good as possible. I’ve gone as far as recreating graphics and logos from scratch to get the quality needed if they couldn’t find or otherwise access better images. It’s part of being the best partner to my clients as I can be in my area of expertise.
If dpi, vector, bitmap, resolution etc. are like another language to you then allow us to keep your print materials looking as perfect and professional as your small business deserves!
I’ve never written a song. I wouldn’t know where to begin. Well maybe I’d try to learn an instrument first or learn to read music! But without even some rudimentary knowledge like that I doubt a song will be penned by me anytime soon. If you’ve never designed a brochure, logo, website or similar where would you start? You have a computer and know how to use it, but is that enough to start designing your business materials? Maybe not. If I needed a song written I would not rely on myself to do it. I’d definitely find an experienced songwriter. If you need a design to promote your business or brand then find an experienced Graphic Designer. It’s worth it!
This is a farm sign with my logo design on it.
I like how it turned out.