This series of blog posts will go behind-the-scenes of some of my favourite portfolio pieces, revisiting the challenges and solutions.Read More
A series of posts looking back at the process / challenges of recent work.Read More
Walkthrough of creating an animated GIF in Illustrator PhotoshopRead More
For several years I’ve been testing and trying different pricing structures for my freelance design work. However, one area I’ve been looking to explore is agile pricing. The problems I’m hoping to solve are: – new clients asking for ideas as part of a ‘pitch process’ – scope creep kicking in and pushing the project over budget, with no clear grounds for me to increase the price – addition of new items – blurring between the various stages so unclear when I can resort to my “I charge more for changes in this stage” caveat What is Agile? If a project is agile, it is broken down into “sprints”, each of which has a defined and tangible deliverable, in my case, a wireframe, image or report. With a tangible outcome, we can also attach a pre-agreed price to that ‘chunk’ of work. Each section is priced up during the sprint before it – to allow for changes in scope. The Positives – setting a price for each ‘sprint’ (including initial consultation) will mean I am paid for any work I do, even if the client takes it no further. – currently my initial suggestions are made with a single pre-defined outcome based on quote price, this allows for more flexibility as we (the client and I) explore the project. – it is an easy entry point for clients not 100% sure about working with me – we can easily discuss and price-up changes that arise during each sprint – if it’s not working for either party and the project does not reach completion, I still get paid for the work done – often not possible to quantify with a flat rate job with one outcome The Negatives – it is an unusual approach for design work and might confuse / deter clients – charging for ‘ideas’ may put some clients off from the outset – as with hourly – clients may be unwilling to enter into a project with an unknown final price. The solution here may be to offer an estimate or even a Max price. What are your thoughts? Do you, as a designer, use this method?Read More
There are times in projects when you get completely stuck. Here’s how I sort myself outRead More
As a freelancer it’s very easy to fall into bad habits – working from home, lots of different projects and being my own boss means long days of low productivity, and no clear division between work time and free time.
Since I left my “proper” job in 2009 I’ve been trying a host of ways to get things done – these are the things I’ve learnt work for me.
Caroline took a complicated set of facts, figures and processes and turned them into something that now only gave them clarity but also brought them to life visually. She was a pleasure to work with through, suggesting ideas and ways we could use and display information more creatively. Very much looking forward to working with her again( Jenni Fryer, Communications Manager )
It was a pleasure working with Caroline. Her passion and skills were evident in all her work, with the final design being a creative and unique solution that met all our needs. Throughout our time working together she exceeded any challenge we threw at her, maintaining a professional and fun approach, and making the whole process enjoyable( Katy Wade, Project Manager, My Route, sampad )
Caroline is great to work with. She is creative, enthusiastic, fun and very reliable. The process of producing our infographic poster was made easy and stress free. We will be working with Caroline again in the very near future( Kate Green, Integrated Plus Manager )
Caroline’s professionalism and skill set are equaled by her infectious enthusiasm and adaptability. Caroline is friendly and helpful whilst remaining honest, realistic and focused. A true pleasure to work with and a formidable positive force( Jonn Penney, Media Officer )
The quality of Caroline’s design work is impressive; she is skilled at taking a lot of text and distilling it into eye-catching and interesting graphics that tell a story. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Caroline. On a personal level she made a big project an absolute pleasure to work on and I hope we can work together in the future( Becky Pickin, Small Groups Development Officer )
Caroline had great imagination and was able to turn a set of numbers into exciting visual information which everyone enjoyed( Vicky Fitzgerald, (then) Chief Executive )
Caroline is great to work with and I would recommend her and her services without hesitation( Darren Caveney, creator of comms2point0 )
I’d recommend Caroline to anybody who’s after unique style, creative ideas and professional approach( Magdalena Sybilska, Communications and Marketing Manager )
Caroline is very prompt and easy to work with. As well as easily working from spreadsheets and piles of data – she’s able to turn them into accurate and interesting graphics. These really helped bring complex topics to life( Anna Leach Editor of Ampp3d, the Mirror’s data blog & Susan Topping Group Art Director – Nationals Magazines and Supplements )