MOST IMPORTANT TIPS FOR FREELANCER GRAPHIC DESIGNER.
NEVER....NEVER USE YOUR NAME TO START FREELANCE WORK.
COME UP WITH SOME CATCHY NAME AND CALL IT FREELANCE.
>NEVER USE YOUR NAME
This may sound stupid but it's actually a good tip.
If you search for my name in google the first result is a cringy as fuck picture from a geocities site about the metal band I had when I was 16 with corpse paint and shit.
I've had employers tell me how much they laughed while googling me
Can anyone give me advice for starting to do some freelance graphic design? I started teaching myself graphic design over 10 years ago at a young age for fun. Fast forward I worked at my community college for 3-4 years doing the graphic design for posters/handouts for various events and clubs. I've designed everything for a small record label I manage as well for the past 4 years as well, my logo, website, some of the CDs minus the cover art, ads, merch, ect. Long story short I have experience to do flyers/posters/merch and now that I don't have my job at the community college (because I'm transferring) I want to expand on graphic design on the side, design some things for local businesses, help musicians with logos/merch/art/ect even if they aren't releasing under my label and are from a totally separate genre. My experience is in Illustrator and Gimp (I can do photoshop, but I prefer gimp and illustrator instead honestly because gimp feels better for the image editing aspect, and illustrator just allows me to save things as svgs and pdfs not constraining me to one resolution) As far as how I learned everything, I don't have a degree in gd because I'm majoring in business management, I self taught myself everything pretty much, I've taken a few gd classes at my college, but breezed through them because I taught myself so much through my job and whatnot.
How do I get my feet wet in freelance stuff? My thought was ask a customer what they want, show them 2-4 different versions of what they asked for under the conditions that they can't use any of it until paid, and then charge them after they choose what they liked in auditioned to any final edits if they wanted any.
This is my most recent flyer for my label, it's a black/doom metal label so the idea was to be simple and to the point like most of the ads I see in my mags and at shows, nothing groovy like in the hiphop scene.
What does /gd/ think of the package?
This is how the package looks in Australia.
This is just one example the image and text are randomised.
Which distribution has the best logo?
No need to say the worst, we know it's gentoo
I'm a sucker for slackware. I don't know if it's that 90's hacker vibe or that I really like the name (thanks church of the subgenius).
Arch looks really neat on teminal
>No need to say the worst, we know it's gentoo
idk man, kali is pretty cringey
>elementary logo and general branding is stylish in kind of a numale hipster way
maybe because elementary is pretty much mac?
Also try looking in the two archives that index /gd/
>Specimen generator: https://github.com/nilesr/font-specimen-generator
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