Finally got round to learning dreamweaver and to celebrate I designed my own website which is on the web now, go check it out at http://www.bungodesign.com, still working on it, few bits a still a bit buggy.
as a small amendment to that last post, i’m not having a go at all promoters. The majority of them are very sound people who have a lot of respect for the work designers like me do, and appreciate what this business is like as many of them are in the same boat.
but some don’t.
Saw on facebook earlier someone saying “am designing logos who wants one….for free?
I don’t know if it’s just me getting older and grumpier, I like to think wiser, though probably more like grumpier seeing as I felt I should write about it on here. but this annoyed me, I mentioned to him that he’s selling himself short as well as cheapening the design industry, I said it as advice from designer to designer, but it seemed to spark off small debate, lots of people jumped at chance for a free logo, which is where the problem lies.
I understand starting off in this business is hard as i’ve been there myself, and to be honest probably still am there (though wiser and grumpier). The first flyer job I did in the first year of university I got paid a £5 bag of weed, but when he came back a few weeks later with another job I charged him £30, and he accepted this and I carried on working for him for the next two years and basically established myself as a professional designer. this was cause I realised it was a business, and haven’t done a piece of free work since then.
The fact of the matter is you’re providing a service for someone, a service you should get paid for. If people in the same position as you aren’t charging anything, of course the clients will go for them. I don’t mind other people getting jobs but I do when they’re doing it for free, because soon it’s what these promoters will expect, to find some fresh faced designer whos happy to work for free thinking that these promoters are doing them a favor by giving them work.
I had someone the other day asked me to do some work for them, followed by ‘1st jobs free yeh?’ completely seriously, no hint of irony or sarcasm, cause that’s what people fuckin expect nowadays. now like I said before wiser and grumpier, a lot of people try and fuck you over in this business, and will continue to do so if people happily bend over for them.
right, thas my rant over, felt good. on the lighter side of life got an interview and a print/design shop on thursday. think it’s for front of house rather than design, but it’d be nice to work somewhere relevant to what i do. the reason i’m getting a job is cause it’s too stressful full-time freelance design, for some of the reasons mentioned, but won’t get bogged down in that again.
waiting for some inspiration to slap me in the face. also getting slightly frustrated at being owed money for a few months. been shafted twice before, the first time i just hassled the guy, then threatened to find out where he lives and personally collect the money, not in a tony montana type way, but just explaining it would be embarrassing for him if i had to turn up at his door and ask for the money which seemed to work. with the other guy i was told that i’d probably get shafted halfway through the design, did the whole design whilst waiting for a train though, so i didn’t really feel as bothered.
the money i’m trying to collect at the moment though is from another continent which makes the whole process slightly more tricky, just gonna keep hassling i reckon.
this is just one of the woes of being a small time designer. from now on i think i may start protecting myself a bit more, properly making invoices and asking for deposits for the bigger projects.
also been looking through a few other blogs and seeing people actually write huge paragraphs about “stuff” so think i may start doing that when i have something interesting to say, like this riveting entry.
or it’s just a good way to avoid work
here’s a photo of me today. just so you blogatronics can see what i look like, don’t think i actually have a proper profile pic