Most Internet Marketers, and online entrepreneurs can attest to going through dozens of graphic designers and/or design services before finding one they are truly happy with.
Fact of the matter is, most people jump the gun in investing money in a graphics service or freelance designer.
But here are some good guidelines you can follow to try to find the best Atlanta graphic design companies or graphic design freelancers and to ensure your getting the best for your money.
If you don’t see this information in their profile, then make sure to ask them these questions when you finally communicate with them.
Ask For Their Portfolio: If they don’t have their own graphic design service, and are a freelance designer, then make sure to ask for their portfolio. It is only fair to provide some kind of work they have done in the past. You may want to see their tastes in style & design, and if it’s compatible with what your looking for. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. There are thousands upon thousands of graphic designers on the internet, and you also don’t want to be a guinea pig for some newbie web designer’s first project.
Ask For Their Experience: You can ask for their years of experience, in addition to what graphics programs they specialize in. It is good practice to find designers with at least 2 years experience. Generally, most professional designers will specialize in the following Adobe graphics programs — Photoshop, Illustrator, Print Explosion, Indesign, & Fireworks. These are considered the best web design programs which produce professional results.
You can ask them what design services they will be using, and if they repeat any of the aforementioned, that’s good! If the mention Gimp -or- Paint program then run away fast. Gimp and paint are free programs which produce poor results. If they mention any other program I didn’t mention here, just perform a search in Google to see if it’s free or paid. If it’s free… then it’s garbage! Find another web designer.
Ask For The Design Process: You can simply ask them the following simple question — “Please describe to me the process you will go through that will take my design ideas from concept to completion”. Although you may not be a designer yourself, your just trying to find out if their answer has some kind of structure that elicits a process of professionalism. Generally, any graphic web designer that has designed a handful of times will have a certain process they go through to complete their designs. And if they start babbling at that answer, then they probably don’t have the experience your looking for.