Graphic design in most basic is communication. In order to communicate with your customer, I need to understand what it is you want to say, and how you want to say it. To do that, you and I need to discuss, come to a consensus and plan.
To that end, I take four-step approach to working with you:
- Meeting with you (in-person, over phone, the email), discussing your project and researching how best to fulfill your design needs
- Sketching out preliminary designs, consulting with to find the best fit for project
- Final design completion using your feedback to enhance the project design, quality control
- Scheduling the production and delivery your design
I prepare proposals after discussing your design needs with you. This gives you a chance to see what you’re getting – in writing – and gives you the opportunity for feedback.
Once the proposal is acceptable to all parties, a signed contract and 50% deposit will seal deal. For a more comprehensive outline of how I work, you can download a PDF of my workflow irsr business process PDF [41KB].
My name is Jack Cole, owner and designer of ifredsayred. After working freelance several years for other designers, I decided to create my own design shop. I enjoy solving problems, helping people find the design solutions their companies need.
I started the company help small – to medium-sized companies realize the full potential of good design. I taught communications and technical writing for several years, and understand how effective communication can bring people together with information and expertise they need.
I work from my home studio in Chicago. I’m originally from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, hold at BS in International Business from Auburn University, and have lived in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Cologne and Hannover, Germany.
I often asked how the name ‘ifredsayred’ came about. Like most things is story, but I promise it short. My sister was showing my rather pragmatic father some paint samples for her house, and remarked that she was partial to “Oxblood” and “Cardinal”.
My father, thoroughly confused with precious color names remarked, “It red, they ought to call it red.” Thus “ifredsayred”, reflecting my own approach to design. Rather the confuse clients with jargon, I like to communicate in language helps clients feel have handle on design. (Thanks, Dad!)