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Some reflections on being a graphic designer.
I've put the two pages side by side :)

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Yayijoy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thank you! Your guidance is worth gold to me right now!:) Can't thank you enough!
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're welcome, I wish you the best! :)
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ZRandomAnimations Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been very helpful. I'm currently working on some personal projects, and I'm also studying tutorials, working on more sketches, and learning to do more touch ups to enhance my skills.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
:aww: You're welcome
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NanoDiTorrone Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Thank you for giving us your experiences! They're all precious! :)
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
You're welcome :)
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Seraphoid Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
the todo list will help, thanks!! I am still in college and I am looking for a way to make money on the side as I study for my bachelors of fine arts degree so I can be a graphic designer
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
Good luck, then! :)
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iamthemonkeyhead Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Hey I'm in my 4th week of studying design here in Australia and I'm quite frankly amazed you have been able to do so much. I wouldn't know where to start in this career if it hadn't been for this course.

Thank you for posting your ideas, it's inspiring and informative.
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
You're welcome :) You know, things just grew up by themselves, it was fairly easy :)
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deadspirit6 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Great post bro. Very valuable indeed. :worship:
One thing I would like to add here..once a designer who used to always look at pics and then start drawing the character or design asked me on advice on how to lessen development time of concept art..i told the designer study art styles and anatomy references an hour a day and develop a visual enclyclopedia in the head. Told the designer that this helps when say u have to draw a concept of a viking in a battle pose or a pig playing golf or a gothic queen within 10 mins and mail the client. I mean if u dont have the image in yur head its not possible, u cant possibly go to google, look for a perfect pic that matches client requirement and then look at the pic and draw..tht will kill the valuable repsonse time. So yeh tht artist did heed to it and feels more confident in delivery. Sorry for the blabbering here, but I thought I should share my experience with you.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks for sharing it :)
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yasinos-rocking Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
very nice!! =)
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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YigitPinarbasi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009   Interface Designer
I'm trying to be a graphic designer and I love your advices. Nice article for who wants to be that.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
You're welcome. I happy it helped :)
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archnophobia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:thumbsup:
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
:)
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Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow Thank you! Just what i wanted to know! :D
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
:) welcome
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illissy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Student General Artist
This is so inspiring because I want to become a graphic designer as well :)
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Photographer
.aww: good luck, then!
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Romeo-Tango Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
i enjoyed very much to read your advices.
i'll be watching you ;-)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
:aww: thankies
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radu-jm Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is very very helpful!!!
I wish i could emphasize enough how helpful!
:judge:

Thanks man!
You're the best!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
You're welcome :)
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:iconzeropsm:
zeropsm Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
amazing...as always...

can I add you on msn(does you have it)?
I'd like to talk a bit more 'bout this theme.

Thanx!

Keep it up!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks. No I don't use MSN and I won't have time to chat, I'm afraid :) But you can ask me on DA if you want.
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zeropsm Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Ok thanx!

there gos the first!

I'm really getting into it, I'm working closer with the marketing dep (I'm still IT, but now I'm doing designer jobs to the marketing dep).

They're willing to pay me a course..would i go into design, or web?
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
I don't quite get your question. What do you want to know?
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:iconzzus:
Zzus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008   Interface Designer
excellent, a quand la version française ??
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
Ouh, ce n'est pas du tout dans mes plans de faire des traductions. C'est généralement d'autres personnes qui le font pour moi, même si ça semble incongru ;)
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chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
I've featured this deviation in the news article Remarkable Resources - January 2008 Thank you so much for sharing!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the support :D
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chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
No problem - thank you :D
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elgatonegro13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
- insightful mantra - I only have trouble with being a social person. the majority of clients like my designs & artistic perspective but they find it hard to relate to me personally. I've been freelancing in the film/hd industry for over 5 years working has a Grip (Setting up Lights, Stands, Equipment etc) All of my employees love the fact that I am punctual, professional and never make any excuses. Now that I am starting my own production company I am having problems with prospect clients fully trusting me. Even smiling is a huge effort. Any advice?
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Maybe just try to show them how much you like what you do and you'll have a common thing which helps being friendly and confident?
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R-B Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Good article :)

Though, bug tracking software, that's also quite handy to look into, especially if the website is quite interactive or has a sales element. There's plenty for free, bugzilla works pretty well. We use Element Tool at work though because of the scale.

Another consideration is setting up an NDA in case clients don't want anything shown or announced before a certain date etc.

For large projects, you might want to consider milestone payments, 1/3 up front, 1/3 for design and basic functionality, 1/3 for when live or whatever seems appropriate for the size of the task. Something like this is far more prudent in my line of work at least.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks. I think you're working on bigger projects than mine, that's why you have other requirements too :)
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R-B Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Digital Artist
True :)

Envious of those willing to risk the freelance track, as I'm far to conservative and prefer the stability of a steady pay cheque and not have to worry about running a business...and who'd thought stability and games industry would be in the same sentence *l*
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
Haha yeah, indeed.
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verloreneseele Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
very useful!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
Haaa, thank you :)
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Miraisis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Student
This is really useful for me. I'm thinking of going of to art school next year and from there I'm not sure what to do... we'll see. Thanks so much for sharing.
:heart:
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
You're welcome! I wish you good luck, then ^_^
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cenumesimplu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
It was a pleasure to read it. Thank you!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
^_^ I'm happy you found it interesting.
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lightronin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008   Photographer
wow. its here. Thanks so much ! :D
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
^_^ you^'re welcome :)
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lightronin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008   Photographer
No problem! thnx!
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