Hi there, Blackberry Design is a graphic design consultancy based in Malmesbury, it’s run by me, Martyn Joyce, a designer with over 20 years experience in the design industry and lecturing on the subject at degree level. I have a First Class Honours Degree in design and I’m also a trained photographer, awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.
If you’d like to kick-start your project, please call me on 01666 317070 for a free, no obligation chat about your project. Thanks for taking the time to view our website.
So you’ve got a project or an idea and need a graphic designer to help bring it to life with a logo, signage and marketing materials. In this article I’m going to give you some insider tips to make sure you get the results (and value) you want.
How much should I spend?
You’ll find many designers charge by the hour, I don’t, instead I charge a fixed amount for a project based on its value to you. Why do I do this?
The price is fixed, enabling you to budget more accurately with no nasty surprises.
The time component is totally removed from the equation – you and I are both free to be creative and work towards the best possible outcome.
The price is calculated at the outset to give you a good return on your investment.
Should I tell my designer my budget?
Yes! (Here’s why): Prospective clients are generally often reluctant to ‘give away’ a budget figure, but honestly by knowing your budget I can bring the most (and best) resources to bear to create the best possible outcome while staying inside it.
If we take a logo for example, “How much does a logo cost” is akin to asking how long a piece of string is. A logo can be created for very little, but simply put, the more you invest, the more resources are made available (more research time; number of initial ideas; amount of development; number of design revisions; amount of refinement) thus increasing the likelihood of success of the project and mitigating the risks.
With the above in mind and depending on the project I will usually give you three price options (effectively small, medium and large), each step up will provide clear benefits over the previous option so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money.
The take away
As a potential client looking to hire, think about:
What does the project mean to you?
What does a successful outcome look like to you? How can you measure this success?
A project can usually be achieved at any price point, but the more investment you can provide increases the likelihood of success, mitigating risk.
Tell the designer your budget.
Get a detailed breakdown – make sure you know explicitly what you are getting for your investment.
Ensure your designer is someone you can work with easily, shares your goals and understands your passion for the project.
In the light of Covid-19 and heading back to work we have been increasingly taking enquiries about social distancing solutions and safety signage. To help you decide what you might need for your business to keep your staff and customers safe we have a brochure showing:
Social Distancing Floor & Wall Stickers,
Social Distancing Signs,
Roll Ups and Banners,
Budget Sneeze Guards,
Acrylic Sneeze Guards,
Of course if there’s anything else you need do get in touch as we have access to many more products and solutions for you.
Once again we were very pleased to design and manage the production of a totally bespoke exhibition stand for Paul Clark Services for Euro Bus Expo. A complete turn-key solution for the client, from initial design to delivery.
We have always supplied large format printing (i.e. banners, flags, signage, posters, off-the-peg exhibition items – that sort of thing), but have now put together a catalogue to show you what we do and give you a few ideas for your marketing projects. You can view online here or download it here.
Here at Blackberry Design we’re please to be able to offer a fantastic cost effective, way of selling quality branded merchandise to your customers. Maybe you want to spread the word about your product or perhaps cash in on your brand’s loyal following?
You do nothing once the shop is set up except receive your commission!
We can create a personalised, branded outlet for your merchandise, with a range of bespoke merchandise options tailored to your customers, fully branded with your logo or message.
Tell me more
No need to carry any stock
No up-front cost for stock
You set the retail prices for your products
Customer payments handled by the shop not by you
Deliveries and returns handled by the shop not by you
You literally do nothing once the shop is set-up except receive your commission!
How much does it cost?
Prices start at £199 with no ongoing cost to you, just an initial cost for setting up the shop. The initial cost is dependent on size of the shop, whether it’s integrated with an existing website or stand-alone. You may also be subject to domain name and hosting fees.
The book gathers advice from experts in the Graphic Design field all in one place. From client management to typography, brand identity to practical tips for designers. The book showcases new ways to think about design from the country’s leading designers.