Check out Grant’s new site! Grant was living in Houston, TX and moving up to Minnesota. He had created a small following while in TX and I encouraged him to create a website and a myspace page so his fans from TX could follow him even though he was moving to the Twin Cities. As time went on, he outgrew his first site, and we had some better images to work from. We decided on a blog-based design. Blog designs are great because they allow for easy updates without knowing code and as time goes on, provide a very easy platform for redesign too.
Our process, in particular, was very cost-effective. I gave Grant about 10+ choices of free WordPress layouts. After he chose one, I tweaked it by adding a banner with background, changing link colors, and adding widgets he would use for music, contact, photos, and gigs. The great part is now he can update these on his own while blogging about shows, music or concerts while have fan input. I could not have been more happy with the process, and since I was paid per hour it worked out quite well for Grant too.
His music is great so check it out! And keep on the look-out, he’s coming out with an album this fall.
> Grant Dawson’s Website
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Logo designs created recently for Pathway Labor Service and Nicole Lenzen Photography – both Minnesota based companies. If you are starting something new I offer affordable graphic design, logo, and branding rates. To see other freelance graphic design work here! And contact me for a quote on graphic design.
General Process for Logo Design:
Your Goals and Ideals:
A discussion about the client’s business goals and audience with graphic designer. Any suggestions on color or other logos the client likes are always helpful. The number of colors also needs to be decided upon. Most businesses should have a 1 color logo for faxing and other print pieces or a logo that will look good on a black background and a white background. If the logo is for a website it can have unlimited colors but should still have a 1-3 color option.
3 Different Design Comps:
I supply 3 different logos for the client to choose from and make comments on. Typically we want to narrow down to one of these designs.
Winning Logo Revisions 1:
Taking client suggestions to create the final logo.
Winning Logo Revisions 2 – Creating Finalized logo:
After first suggestions are taken into account, the client has one more opportunity to make any final revisions.
Finalized Logo Files:
I supply the client with finalized logo in original design files (ai) and jpg/png/gif/psd (depending on needs of company) files of various sizes for the company to use on big to small projects.
Just added a links page which will include anything I link to within the site and them some. They include helpful links for art technique, art learning centers, graphic design, friends, artists, museums etc. Let me know if you think of any helpful sites! Click here to visit the Links page or simply press on “Links” in the navigation by my name.