I'm a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta. My major is Graphic Design. I had a student come up and asked if he can see some of my work because he is looking for someone (a graphic designer) to do two logos for him. I said sure. About a week later I sent him some of my work. He email be back saying what he need for the logos. Later he called and asked about his logos. Now, Many people (Graphic Designers) told me never do work for free, unless for charity. So I asked him what his budget was on the logos. He said that he needed me to do samples of the logos before anything was set. I said that I can't do that. I explained to him that I can't do the work because if you don't like it, I wasted my time. That's why I sent you samples of my work. Long story short....He basically told me that I was scared and I didn't even like my on work. He said it was the way of the business and he need the samples first. Then he was going to let me know the changes and then pay me. I haven't talked to him since....but I just wanted to know what do I do in a situation like that?
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You are not wrong in your understanding of the situation. This is not how regular business is conducted. Your samples speak for you. Some one is purchasing your services based on your previous work, they are either comfortable with what they see or their not. This is a very typical way of attempting to get free visuals done. Do not fall into the trap of providing low res images either, they often take them to a printer and have them recreated at a fraction of what they should be paying you for the original design in the first place. Stand strong.
Posted October 23, 2008
By Malys Aaron