Allow me to be a little big-headed for once. I think that, for a Notes person, I am pretty good when it comes to graphic design. I can get so far in a project by creating my own graphics and like to think I have an eye for what looks good.
That said, there's no way I could cut it as a graphic designer. There comes a time when it's best to hand over responsibilty to the professionals.
Whether I decide to do this depends on the size and budget of a project. I've started suggesting to clients two options:
- Save some money by having me do all graphic design.
- Spend a little extra money and get it done professionally.
The benefits of getting it done properly are massive. In my eyes the appearance of a site is now almost as important as what it actually does and how well it does it.
What do you guys do/think about this approach?
On a recent intranet project I directed the client to Hicks Design (famed for creating Firefox livery), who created a simple, fresh logo that I would have struggled to create.
The trouble with Hicks Design is his availabilty, which puts him out of the frame until the latter part of the year. Good new for him but leaves me hunting for a decent designer to work with.
Firewheel Design looks good but they seem expensive.
Does anybody know of a really good graphic design outfit who are availible and reasonably priced?