Friday, 8 December 2017

10 Things to Keep in Mind before Hiring a Graphic Design Services

Today, Graphic Designing becomes as important as the website designing and the markets are flooded with some of the highly talented graphic designers in India. One of the best things about designing services is that they are capable of bringing creativity to almost each and everything which they design and that is what makes them exclusive in their work.  However, being a client sometimes it becomes quite difficult to hire a graphic designer or a designing services provider agency/company, as it takes a lot of brainstorming to pick the best one out of many.

If you are about to hire a design services agency or a company, and don’t want to spend much time in scrutinizing their CV’s then just follow these ten steps which will help you to pick a best designing services for you.

1. Experience: This is, of course, the first thing that you should look for in a graphic designer or a company. But, before that, you also need to take care of your budget. Most of the experienced designers always demand higher salary against their last drawn salary and it is very difficult to negotiate with them since they have many options already present. But there are many advantages of hiring an experienced designer as well. First, they have the knowledge of working on multiple platforms and software’s and second, they are capable of handling any critical or major project professionally. They are also capable of managing a team and work pressure.

2. Professional Skills:
This is perhaps the most important part of a graphic designing company profile. A service provider must have many professional skills which make them an expert in their own field. Some of the basic skills that every graphic design company must have are: the knowledge of software like Photoshop, CorelDraw and Aftereffects. Apart from this, they should also possess more specialized software like 3d animation, visual art, illustration and many more.

3. Knowledge: This is yet another criterion that will full fill your need for a competent design service. A firm should not only excel in the latest graphic designing software but, they should also have the parallel knowledge of their similar field. Like they have a designer with the knowledge of HTML or CSS would help you in some development work as well. Or maybe with some additional knowledge of image processing tools would help you in enhancing the vitality of your project.

4. Portfolio: A portfolio is the summary of all your past work and projects that you have worked on. You may be hiring an experienced agency, but the portfolio would let you know exactly which areas or projects they have worked.

Instead of hiring a one who has many years of experience working on a single project, you should hire the one that might have few years of less working experience but has worked in multiple projects and clients across the industry.

5. Communication: Today, what makes everyone to work seamlessly is the right communication. Nowadays, many graphic designing agencies and web designing company have to deal with many international clients. Therefore, the company or an agency should have graphic designers that have good command over spoken and written English. Because not only they need to talk to their clients, but on occasions, they also need to communicate with their clients over Skype or emails. The working team should also be very clear in internal communication so that he/she could manage other employees as well.
6. Confidence: This is not the quality related to their professional expertise but this is something that every human being possesses. While hiring a graphic designer, always look for the candidates that are more confident in their approach so that they could manage work effectively. Confident work force also never hesitate to question back to the client if the client is telling something wrong or illogical thing to do which could unnecessary enhance the cost or time of the project.

7. Understanding of the office tools: A designing team should not only have the graphic designers that have a high level of expertise, but they should also be capable of working with various office tools. For example, it should be well versed in using basic office tools like MS Excel, MS Word, Outlook, Skype, PowerPoint, Windows OS etc. because these are the things required on day to day basis in their office work.

8. Client Reviews: Another thing that will help you to pick best industry graphic designers out of many is by looking at their client reviews. Most of the designers & the companies are now working as freelancers and they already have their profiles on the top freelancing job platforms. You may check their profiles and go through their client testimonials and reviews on their work for better insights. This will tell you about their expertise level, time management and professionalism.

9. Job Success Rate and Design Portfolio: This is the thing that is usually neglected by most of the recruiters while hiring a graphic design services company. You need to look carefully & check out the details of the job done by them. A job success rate is something very important to judge the professional expertise of an agency and you may also ask them for the samples of their past work or the portfolio.

10. Remuneration: Finally, you have narrowed down to the funnel and came to the last thing before finalizing a designer or a company or the agency and that thing is the salary or the costing. Here, you need to be very smart in negotiating with the design service provider about quotes. Some of them work on contract basis, while some work on hourly basis. Never tell them about your budget first, rather ask their expectations and rates. 

Many designing agencies or companies quote much more for their services but you have to use your smartness and sharp mind to negotiate with them on the pricing to hire the best graphic design services company for your designing jobs to be done effectively.

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