Posted by Vinylxpress on October 29, 2010
Whenever you create a piece for printing, whether it is an advertisement, a sign, or a simple decoration, you will find yourself working with a designer of some kind. Even if you have done all of the designing that you will need for the project, it will still need to go through a designers hands in order to be formatted properly for the print shop’s equipment to read and reproduce. Many people find that their work is not sufficient to meet their design standards on its own, however, and in those cases you may choose to work more closely with a graphic designer.
Focusing on Design Sensibilities
In this situation, the importance of choosing the right graphic designer cannot be overstated. Most designers meet a certain level of technical ability. As professionals, they will have a certain skill set in common. But at its heart, graphic design is a creative act and that means that every designer will bring a unique sensibility to their work. As the customer, you want to make sure that you are working with a designer whose sensibilities work for you. If you do not, you will find the process of achieving the results you desire to be slow and difficult—in some cases it might even be impossible.
The Importance of Clear Communication
One other important component of choosing a graphic designer to work with is communication. You need to find someone that you can communicate effectively with because otherwise you will find yourself encountering fatal disconnections between what you are thinking of and asking for and what your designer is producing. Just as in any other business relationship, your ability to communicate with your designer can ultimately make or break your project.
Fostering A Relationship
The good news is that no matter who you work with, their professional skills and commitment to achieving your vision can help you to foster a relationship that transcends the difficulties you may otherwise encounter. At the end of the day, choosing a good graphic designer is as much about choosing someone that you can work with as it is about choosing a technically skilled design professional.
Posted by Vinylxpress on October 23, 2010
There are many different choices that will ultimately influence what your large format printing project says to the world. Every choice that you make will have some effect on the message’s framing and, eventually, its interpretation. Still, there are some choices that will have more impact than others. These are things like your choice of words, of printing mediums, of colors and graphics, and of display location. Make sure that when you frame your project’s message, it shows to advantage.
What You Say
Driving your advertisement are the actual words you use to sell your idea. This is why it is so important to work with a good copywriter. Though you may feel that you know your product and its market best, an experienced copywriter can help you to take things to the next level. They will bring a practical knowledge of their craft to the table as well as a fresh perspective and a strong sense of creativity. These are things that you simply may not have at your disposal otherwise. After all, your personal skills probably lie elsewhere entirely.
How You Say It
Once you have developed the copy that will epitomize the message you want to send, you still need to think about the other physical components of your ad. Graphics, color schemes, and even your printing substrate will all have a powerful effect on the final product. This is another place where working with the professionals can really help you out. A graphic designer, for example, may be able to help you chose the most powerful visuals to represent and complement the message you have already developed.
Where You Say It
Finally, you need to think about where you’re planning on displaying your project once its finished. You need to place it in the public eye, where it will be seen by the right people at the right time. There are lots of different ways to do this effectively. You will need to consider what types of locations you have available to serve your advertising needs as well as how best you can utilize them. With a little forethought and expertise, you can give your message the best possible frame—all the better to shine.